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The Difference a Year Can Make!

2/22/2011 *Sara-Marie* 0 Comments

Wow, I actually forgot that I started a blog back in Nov 2009. I'm not sure what is more shocking: the fact that I forgot I had a blog or the fact that I stopped blogging after only 3 days!

They say that everything happens for a reason, and I'm actually really glad that I just stumbled on this today. It brought me back to a time in my life where there was so much uncertainty and it seemed like my world had been turned upside down.

Yet little did I know that it was the beginning of the best year in my life...

"Entrust your ways to the Lord. Trust Him, and he will act on your behalf." Psalm 37:5

This verse cannot be more true!!! When I lost my job in Oct 2009, I made a conscience decision to surrender everything to God. I clearly couldn't get by on my own and I needed His help...BIG TIME! So I truly put my trust in Him and He did some amazing things in my life!

Exactly one month later after losing my job, I began working again. I knew this was miraculous because so many people are STILL looking for jobs during this terrible economy. I was blessed enough to only have to experience that for 1 month. Shortly thereafter, God blessed me with a promotion that I truly LOVE! The pay was exactly what I had prayed for and God has graciously granted me the knowledge to perform well in this new position. Praise be to God!

During this past year, I've also found a WONDERFUL church where I've been able to call home. I began singing again (every Sunday morning) and that has brought me so much joy. I also have become very involved in the Young Adults ministry which has been awesome! I'm so grateful that the new job that God blessed me with has allowed me to have more time to focus on the things I LOVE to do, instead of devoting 125% of my time to my job.

All of these miraculous changes have really renewed my faith and commitment to putting God first in my life. Trusting 200% in the Lord is the best decision I've ever made...


2010 also brought me a future husband!!! On September 25, 2010, Mark proposed in an apple orchard in NH! It was so romantic, exciting and perfect!!!

I can't be any happier to be marrying the love of my life on January 28, 2012.

I thank God everyday for blessing me with such a wonderful, ambitious, loving, focused, handsome man who truly loves me for me.

Well I already explained above how fortunate I am to have found a new position that I love!
Mark is also pursuing a change in career that could potentially move us to PA (closer to my family!) so we are trusting that God will open up the doors for us if it is His will for our lives! Very exciting while we wait and see....

So, I'm still trying to lose weight. Even though I said the last time that I was really serious...I am REALLY serious now. Plus, I have a wedding to look amazing in so that has been the best motivation. I joined Weight Watchers this time around and it truly does work!

Weight Loss So Far:

-5 lbs prior to joining WW
-8.6 on the WW program
-13.6 lbs total (as of this morning!)

Although I need to lose a total of about 60 lbs, I am attacking it in weight loss chunks. I am 1.4 lbs away from my first goal...hoping this week I can keep "on point" and reach that by Tuesday 3/1. I'm not even going to think about my next goal until I lose that 1.4!

*New Category Alert*

Wedding Planning
Wedding planning has been so much fun so far. Since I've been planning my wedding since I was about 2 years old, everything is now in just execution mode!

Even with 340 days left to the wedding (who is counting?!), we already have the reception venue, florist, DJ and photographer booked. Save the Dates have been sent and I also already have my dress! I actually bought it unexpectedly less than 2 weeks after getting engaged!

The only things left to finalize: bridesmaid dresses, formal invitations, limo service, cake vendor, hotel room block, random decorations/accessories, and favors. I think we are in pretty good shape!

Not stressed yet! :)

Wow, this post was quite lengthy...but so much has happened in the last year! I'm excelling in a new career, renewed my relationship with God, and fell deeper in love with my future husband! (<--love saying that!)

Hoping I can stick with this blog and maybe somebody will actually read it ;)


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