Everyday

Snack time!

Hi my name is Sara and it’s been 8 days since I last ate carbs or sugar.

Gestational diabetes. Yuck. I got this diagnosis after some testing last week. So, that means no more late night ice cream sandwiches and grilled cheeses for this momma!

Before I got pregnant, I was on a low carb diet plan through Profile by Sanford. With help from a diet coach, and support from my husband, I had a lot of success on this diet plan. I even learned to love a lot of the new foods and recipes that I had discovered through it. So, hearing that I had to cut back on a lot of the things I had reintroduced into my diet since becoming pregnant, while a bummer, wasn’t the worst news in the world. I knew deep down that I shouldn’t have strayed so far from my low carb lifestyle in the first place – but DANG these cravings!

Anyway, I’m back on track and finding new, healthy foods to satisfy my cravings now and keep my blood sugar in check. So, I thought I’d share some of my favorite low carb, low glycemic foods with you all:

Purely Elizabeth Granola

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Holy Yumballs! I found this stuff while searching for a snack at work one day. It’s non-GMO, grain-free, granola sweetened with coconut sugar. I haven’t tried them all yet, but my favorite so far is the Coconut Cashew. I don’t put it in milk or yogurt or anything (although that’d be yummy), I just eat it straight outta the bag! Good for breakfast or just for snacking on throughout the day.

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Where the blacktop ends

I’m back! I was able to unplug and spend a super relaxing week away in Eminence, Missouri last week. You’ve probably never heard of this little one-horse town with a population of 600, but let me tell you, this place has a piece of my heart ❤.

This was my 27th annual trip to Eminence. Every year during the first week of August, my family packs our horse trailer full of all the camping essentials, loads the horses up, and heads west to the Cross Country Trail Ride in Eminence, MO.

The trip from Indiana to Missouri is unremarkable – not a whole lot of intriguing landscape to look at while you travel. But, once your tires hit that red Missouri dirt, you know you’re in for a treat. Nestled in the heart of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Eminence swallows you up in its cool natural spring waters, clear, winding riverways and rocky Ozark hills.

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To my daughter…

Shortly after I found out I was pregnant, stumbled upon a piece by Sydney Davis called, Why I Will Teach My Daughter Not to Wait. I was so moved by her words. It inspired me to write a letter to my little wildflower. I’ve spent weeks putting these words together for her, in hopes that one day she’ll read them and know her worth, and just how loved she was even before we met her.

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My daughter –

My beautiful, fearless, kind, strong, roundhouse-kick-to-the-face-of-conformity daughter.

First – I want you to know that the love I have for you has been measured out from before you were even conceived. Since the first thought of you I haven’t even began to comprehend how it is possible that God loves you more than I do, but I know that He does. I want you to always know that too, and hold that love close to you all your days. Know without a shadow of a doubt, pretty girl, that the love held for you is so immense that it sits among the stars. The very love that breathed the stars into existence so that you might one day wish upon them, is the same love that holds you carefully and tenderly, nestled in the hands of an Almighty Creator. That, paired with the love your daddy and I have for you, will be more than enough to get you through anything.

Also, I want you to know that there is nothing you could do that would make me love you less. Nothing. 

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Everyday, Printed With Grace

Created to Create

Part of the calling in “The Curve and the Calling” is my calling to create. And from that calling, I started a small business of my own this year, Printed With Grace (blog post here).

After a lot of prayer and work, I decided to apply for a couple local art shows and the farmers market in my town. I was nervous I’d be shot down, but then when found out I was accepted as a vendor for these events, I was even more nervous!

I was so scared to be out in the public selling my art. I love talking to people about art, but I am not a salesman. I was so afraid of failure; That I’d work so hard making inventory and setting up at the local craft show, and then no one would buy anything. Or that my booth display wouldn’t match up to those around me.

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Not Today Satan!

IMG_1129Ever have days when it feels like everything goes wrong from the moment your feet hit the floor? Sure, we all do. I’m guilty of letting days like these spoil my mood. I become and quick to snap, grouchy and impatient (okay, I’m impatient on good days too – I know you’re thinking it Jonathan). The fact is, we not only have days like this, we have seasons of life that seem like Satan is beating us down. Sometimes when it feels like our life has hit rock bottom, Satan rips the floor out from under us and we continue to fall. But the good news is, I’ve found a solution – and it’s just three words.

That’s right – three little words that can knock evil flat on its butt.

“NOT TODAY SATAN.”

I started using this phrase as more of a joke truthfully. A co-worker and I would say it to each other when things weren’t going our way. Then it became something we said every morning, almost as a greeting. Then we started to really declare it. We started claiming those words and, even better, we started letting God claim those words. And we all know that when we let Got claim stake in our lives, we better hold on because He will take it and run. And that’s just what He did.

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Home.

Home is the nicest word there is.

Yesterday my husband and I got to celebrate American’s birthday at our favorite place, home.

We love our home. We’ve lived there for a year and a half now, and we’re still working on various projects to make it our “own”. All the work we’ve put into it already makes it so worth coming home to at the end of the day. It’s fun to look back at pictures of when we first bought it and see all the changes and personal touches we’ve made to it already!

Home is our favorite place to be together, but lately it feels like it’s our least visited and most neglected place. We’ve been in a season of traveling, camping, late work nights, and all the fun busyness that summer brings. Even the days when one of us would be home, it seemed like the other always had something going on.

So yesterday, after several weeks of going non-stop, we got to enjoy the entire day at home. Together. And it was fantastic.

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ROMP

Right On My People. River Of Music People. ROMP ROMP ROMP!

Whatever it stands for, ROMP is my favorite outdoor music fest of the year. ROMP is all about free spirited, grassroots lovin’, wholesome folks celebrating the roots and branches of bluegrass music at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, Kentucky. Once you come, you’re hooked; This past weekend was my sixth year as a ROMPer, and my first year as a ROMP volunteer.

This year’s line up included the Nitty Gritty Dirt BandThe Punch BrothersRhiannon GiddensThe Steel DriversPokey LaFargeBilly Strings and Scythian. Baby girl loved the tunes! She tumbled and danced in my tummy all weekend. That girl’s got great taste in music already!

It rained. We danced. It rained some more. We stayed up all night. We soaked it all in. A good time was had by all.

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I decided to volunteer this year to cut the cost of my ticket. My volunteer shifts really weren’t that bad. I was kind of dreading it, but I ended up meeting a lot of great people that way and actually had a lot of fun getting a more behind-the-scenes look at the fest.

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The Curve and the Calling

The Curve & The Calling

The Curve

The bumpy curve in the road, the lumpy curve of my hips, the curve of my smile, the sharp curve of my winged eyeliner. The Curve.

For me, the curve was something I had to learn to accept. And then to love.

I didn’t love the sharp curves and bumps in the road when my family was going through some really dark times a few years ago. I hated it. I hated every middle-of-the-night call I got from them telling me that we’d set off on yet another unexpected curve. I hated the heartache and the pain and the stress of it all.

But I can now see that, while those curves hurt and made the path much longer, they’ve really shaped our relationships with one another. Through faith and constant prayer, those curves were set straight and now, while we definitely don’t have it all together, my family is at a much better place than we were before. Because with every unexpected, hurtful, heartbreaking curve we took together, it showed us, or at least me, what it was like to have a heart of grace and forgiveness. It taught me what it was like to rely on the only One that matters. It humbled me by showing me what it felt like to be at the very bottom, looking up, grasping for any sign of hope.

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Welcome!

Another day, another adventure.

Thank you for visiting The Curve and the Calling. This lifestyle blog will give you a glimpse into the beautiful mess that is my life. There will be laughs, there may be a few tears, but my hope is that you will always find something here that will spark your creativity, or at the very least, inspire a smile.

I live on the curve and I’m constantly finding and pursuing my calling. Through grace, creativity, and Christ I’ve found my happy place in my life, and I believe it is worth sharing with others. That’s how The Curve and the Calling was born.

In the past, I’ll admit, I’ve been a bit of a serial blogger…

Through college I created and briefly maintained a total of four blogs. Each with very different themes and content; A testament to how desperately I was trying to find my “way” during those four years of discovery.

But I’ve found it – the “way”. Or at least, I’m a lot closer to finding it than I was back then. I can’t wait to share with you the things that have brought me so much fulfillment, joy, and contentment, as well as all the bumps and messes along the way.

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