Happy Thanksgiving!

I am writing this post with a very grateful heart today..

This is the first post from our new HOUSE. Praise the Lord, I can’t believe this is really my home. It has been (and will continue to be) a very hectic few weeks as we have tried to finalize all the things that come with the home buying process, while making it through a very intense part of the school year, and on top of that, enjoying the Rebels incredible football season.

All of that has resulted in a very different Thanksgiving in our home.

Rather than spending the week in one of our parents’ homes, we woke up in our own house today because the Rebels had a Thanksgiving day practice, which, I am learning, is a great honor. Tomorrow night is the state semi-final game. There are only four teams left in the tournament, and West is one of them. I am so proud of that team and especially my coach, my husband, Nat. He puts his entire heart into that team. Around October he starts to get exhausted, but he pushes on anyway. Being able to coach at West has been a great blessing. It has been an amazing experience, and so now we are hoping to end up in Cookeville next weekend playing for that state Champion title.

I am so humbled when I think about the last year in my life. What a year it has been. I think I will always look back on this first year and a half of marriage with gratitude when I think of all that has happened.

This morning, instead of running the annual Werre turkey trot to Pig & Whistle, I ran the Hot to Trot 10k with my friend Hayley. I am so thankful for the friendship we have developed and all of the friendships that have come out of our community group at church.

I am missing my family terribly this year; that comes with the territory of living far away from everyone. I can only think back on this year and smile (and cry happy tears). We welcomed a new member, Sue Ann, into the family in August, we got to take a once in a lifetime trip as a family, we found out we are going to welcome the smallest member of our family in March. I am so grateful for a family that loves hard and loves even when it is hard. It is not easy to live away from all of those crazy people, but it sure makes seeing each other so much better.

I am so thankful for the Scott family. I have always felt like I was part of that family, even before Nat and I were married. I am thankful for health, and for medicine and the fact that everyone is going to be there today. My heart is full when I think about how well they love Nat and I. I won the jackpot when it came to in-laws. It is so nice to know that if I can’t be with my parents, I have a great other half of my family just an hour and a half down the road.

Anyway, this is gushy, I recognize that. I am just counting my blessings today.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Life through my iPhone

Hello, friends! Here is my life lately:

IMG_1458We have finally started to have the beautiful Knoxville fall weather I love. Avery has been enjoying it as well. I’m glad she is a good dog and we can just sit on the back porch without her running all over the place.

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I made another Boston butt to have more shredded pork, which pairs REALLY well with some onion straws to create a really yummy taco.

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And if I am going to cook something salty, I have to have something sweet…

IMG_1453These have happened…twice. PB rice krispy treats, dipped in chocolate of course. That recipe is coming up soon! They are so simple and so yummy.

IMG_1438Of course, plenty of football has been watched already…

IMG_1415I’m thankful for good friends who will come cheer on the Rebels (and Nat!) with me.

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So far it has been a great season 3-1!

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This is my life motto lately. IB is creating a very stressed Sarah, but the kids are great and I am never bored that is for sure.

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I got to spend the weekend with my family. They came to cheer on the Rebels and spend some time with Nat and I. It was such a great blessing! I can’t believe the next time I see my sister we will know if she is going to be having a boy or a girl!

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My parents got to come to my school and see my classroom. This really was a blessing. They are the reasons I am a teacher and they are such a great support system. I am immeasurably blessed by great parents.

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Life has been busy and I am exhausted and pretty sure I am coming down with the flu, but it is good and I can only thank the Lord for that.

And of course, in the last few weeks we have had a little fun with our dog child.

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I mustache you a question….

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Am I the only one who takes selfies with their dog?

I’m Not Crazy!

I don’t love football.

I can’t and won’t lie about that. I don’t love football. knoxville-west-tn

I love what football does for young men. I love that it teaches them to be team players, and about respect, and about being good men. I love that.

I love that my husband loves football. He feels joy coaching. He feels joy watching. He feels joy talking about football. I do love that.

I love what football can do for communities. Kids who normally wouldn’t have anything to work towards can find ownership in a team and can feel inspired. Families can come together to support a team. Communities can grow closer. Those are all good things.

I am not a football loving gal. I wasn’t raised to love football. My dad loves football. My brother loves football. Having a sister, though, we weren’t expected to sit down and watch football games; we could do other things if we wanted to. I didn’t grow up near a huge college where football rules all and I didn’t grow up near a specific professional team. Football is not in my blood, but now, married to the man i’m married to, everything has changed.

Nat is a football loving, football coach. This has been something both of us have had to get used to in our marriage. I came into the marriage not loving football, not expecting to have to. Nat came into the marriage from a family that L O V E S football, not expecting someone not to.

Anyway, that has been something we’ve dealt with during our first year of marriage. The back and forth, up and down of football season. Why aren’t you home? We don’t spend enough time together? Why can’t I just be supportive? All of those things…not the prettiest parts of our personalities.

I am not friends with many other coaches’ wives. In our circle of friends, Nat is the only one. This year I’ve really wondered- am I doing something wrong in our marriage? Why am I having a hard time when everyone else isn’t? Well, last weekend Nat and I went to Carson Newman’s coaching clinic where they minister to coaches and their wives. I sat in on a session for just the wives that was eye opening. The presenters asked us to list the best and hardest parts of being a coach’s wife. I was expecting to be the only one who said something along the lines of…everything.

Was I wrong! These women opened up and spoke about the things I have been struggling with all year- the late dinners, the hours spent alone during the season, the realization that sometimes football comes first. I sat there dumbfounded- I am not crazy! Other women feel the same exact way I do. They sympathized with me when I spoke about eating dinner by myself or very late at night. They told me that it is always a struggle, but it is always worth it.

I was so refreshed by the end of that hour. I am not alone in this. I am not the only coach’s wife who feels a little aggressive towards football come October. Hallelujah, thank you Jesus. I am not crazy. I can make it through football season knowing that I will get used to it. It doesn’t magically get easier, but I will eventually learn how to manage it better.

Being a coach’s wife is a hard life, but it is a blessed life. I have to give myself some grace knowing that we are only 1 full season in. I shouldn’t be an expert. I shouldn’t even be good at it. I am learning. I am so thankful to Jesus for that room of women telling me what I needed to hear. I am not crazy. I am a coach’s wife.