Hello! I’m Sarah–a recovering teacher, workaholic turned work-at-home/stay-at-home mom to twins, and wife to the most incredible woman I’ve ever met.
I have a bachelor’s and master’s in education and 8 years of experience teaching middle school English. My planned and organized world turned upside down when our twin boys were born. I never imagined myself as a stay-at-home mom; I never even thought I would marry, much less have kids. When I had kids, I believed I would be a better mom if I worked outside the home. Turns out I was wrong. Taking care of my family became the most important thing to me and I grew tired of giving the best of myself to a career that didn’t value me. Professional turned wife and mom, that’s my story.
I’ve wanted to have a blog for as long as I remember, but I have always lacked the self-confidence to do it.
Between the best cheering section ever (my wife) and the desire to share our parenting story, I have finally found the motivation to begin. I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was a kid, well before I ever started school. I have believed for years that teaching is a gift and a calling and always viewed my classroom as a mission field. Honestly, I wholeheartedly believed that I could help make the world a better place if I was a teacher. Maybe I did, maybe I didn’t, but I gave it my best. I gave all of myself, and now I feel at peace about this transition to something else, whatever it may be.
I believe that I accomplished whatever I was called to accomplish and my new calling is to make the world better by raising good kids who are equipped to fight for justice and love.
So now I’m here at The Same Sunset–a name inspired by a quote from S.E. Hinton’s novel The Outsiders–my favorite novel to teach. “Maybe the two different worlds we live in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset,” says Ponyboy Curtis. It is my reminder that even though my life and goals have changed drastically, the sunset hasn’t. And even though you and I may be totally different, we still see the same sunset–so maybe you can find some comfort in my stories–or a laugh, some inspiration, or help.
Does this feel like a scattered mess?
That’s my life now. Mom Brain is REAL and somewhat debilitating. I’m still working through it. In the meantime, I am coping by continuing to develop my book obsession (Harry Potter), upping my crafting/scrapbooking game (I just upgraded my Cricut Expression to the Cricut Maker!) and learning more about Anglican traditions. The wife and I were both raised in conservative Protestant traditions, but have since joined Episcopal/Lutheran church. The transition has been wonderful.