the circle of life

This is my friend, Jamie. We were both born on Halloween (I’m a year older.). We both have 3 kids (hers are boys). We both have a younger brother named Josh. We’re both tall (well, if you consider 5’3″ tall).

My girls didn’t have school Tuesday (Election Day/Cinco de Mayo), so Jamie let Eden skip kindergarten, and she and the boys (4-yr-old Erik and 10-wk-old Ezra) made the 2-hour trip to visit us. She’s a brave one, that Jamie. We almost always go to the Inniswood Metro Gardens when she’s here, and I was so happy that the weather was nice.

I love how green everything is. I love Spring! We were walking around the gardens all happy and chummy, and I got a little twinge of, “Oh, no! How much longer do we have until our kids are too old to do this?” I wanted to freeze time, keep our kiddos at 8, 6, 6, 4, 3, and 10 weeks. I don’t want them to be 16, 14, 14, 12, 11, and 8. I know how fast time flies, and I don’t like it.

On a happier note, this is a snake eating a frog.

We watched these two battle it out for a good 15 minutes. When I first spotted them, I just saw the frog. I wondered why his body was all stretched out. Then I noticed that a snake had him by the foot. We watched the snake inch his way up the frog’s leg sooooo slowly. Every time he’d let up to try to get more in his mouth, the frog would try to get away. By the time we got tired and moved on, he had the frog’s whole leg in his mouth and was working on his lower body.

Here’s the view from the other end, so you have a face to put with the leg. It’s a lot sadder when you can see the frog’s eyes.


We always get our picture taken in the circle. It’s a tradition. I’m done adding girls to the circle. Jamie, on the other hand, might be up for another boy or two.

Stop growing up, would you?

Thanks, Jamie-girl, for such a fun day! It was great to catch up with you, to meet baby Ezra, to change a baby boy’s poopy diaper for the first time in awhile, to fall asleep in the recliner with a baby curled up on my chest for the first time in awhile, to laugh and talk and eat pizza with you. Love you, friend!

Thanks, everybody, for your encouragement yesterday. I felt the love. One of these days I’ll get to the rest of the zoo pics and Sea World and Kaye’s super-cool give-away. I’ve got another fun give-away in the works too. Sneak peek here. Anything else I’ve promised in the past couple weeks and haven’t delivered (I’m almost afraid to ask), let me know.

I’m speaking at my sister’s Mother/Daughter banquet at her church tonight. I grew up in that church (until 6th grade), and I love going back. Pray that God gets all kinds of glory and that the women and girlies in attendance will be blessed.

And for you writer people (or any people, actually), Gabe interviewed Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers on his God’s Mac Podcast last week. The episode airs today. You can listen at God’s

Have a great Thursday!

14 thoughts on “the circle of life

  1. Kelsie

    Thanks for the sneak peek – Those are the CUTEST backpacks! I was praying for you yesterday and thought of you often, as I wasn’t feeling so great myself. Praise God for a better day!

  2. Amy

    I don’t know if I am fascinated with the whole snake eating a frog thing… or absolutely disgusted. I probably would have watched it for a long time too… and would have stood up saying we should leave a few times as I sat back down to watch nature at work.

    Glad you had fun with good friends!

  3. Amber

    The frog-eating snake is disgusting. I watched a snake eat a mouse once. I thought I would be sick.

    Your girls are SO beautiful.

  4. Tarah

    That’s horrible! And you guys watched this play out for 15 minutes? Alright…..we probably would have too, I’m sure it was fascinating in a morbid way. But….yuck! You just can’t help imagining what the frog was feeling at that point. What a way to go…..inch by inch, while you’re still alive! I’m sure there’s a good analogy in there somewhere.

  5. Kelli

    I love the tradition of the picture in the circle. I can’t wait to see them as teenagers squeezing in there for a picture. How sweet to have a friend like that to do life with! 🙂

  6. Marla Taviano

    Sara–I know this is the 5th place I’m thanking you (facebook, your blog, twitter, e-mail, my blog), but THANK YOU (and for letting me WIN!

    Friends, you MUST go check out Sara’s blog to see my canvas! And to meet one of the most inspirational people I have ever known. She is UNREAL! Yet oh, so real.


  7. Kaye

    Thanks for sharing your great day with us! Love all of the pictures, especially all of you in the circle!
    Congratulations to Gabe, and hope to listen to the interview.
    Prayers for all of you especially while you speak at your former Church.
    Blessings today and always,
    Matthew 21:22

  8. Joanne @ The Simple Wife

    Okay as a totally snake phobic, freak out and scream and run away no matter how small or harmless the snake may be, I just got a huge adrenaline rush when I scrolled down, nearly screamed out loud, and am so glad I wasn’t drinking my coffee or it would be everywhere.

    I know you gave a itty-bitty warning. But you need to go add a bigger one. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Jamie Nygaard

    Ya, I laughed out loud on that too! I’m glad you had as good of a time with us as we did with you and your family! It’s been awhile!

    Your right….it’s much sadder when you see the frog’s eyes….I couldn’t get that angle when I saw him.

    Oh..and by the way…I like your nose. 🙂

  10. Krisco

    Oh my gosh, I laughed out loud when I read “we’re both tall”! HAHAHAHA! Jamie wishes…..

  11. Ali

    Seriously, I’m beginning a daily prayer ceremony for you and Gabe. You are going to need all the prayers you can get when those girls are teenagers. They are too gosh darn beautiful.

  12. Tonia

    Loved the pictures! Looks like you all had such fun. I realized just now I’ve gotten to see you 2 springs in a row but not this year. So sad!

  13. gitz

    First of all… I hate the circle of life. I want you to go back immediately and rescue that frog!!! [I obviously had issues growing up on a hog farm… although I have no problem eating the bacon.]

    Second… does that publisher publish children’s books? Cuz I have a couple of them that I have no idea what to do with.

    Third [and really, most important] YOU WON THE CANVAS FROM MY DRAWING!!!!! WOOT! WOOT!

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