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Here at Light from the Shadows you will find a little slice of our life as a young family. In addition to documenting our high points and everyday experiences, I also write about our parenting journey (gratuitous baby photos included!), what I’m reading and watching, and home related things such as decorating, gardening, and recipes.

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So Who Are We Anyway?

I’m Sarah, former marketing and technical writer turned stay-at-home mom and blogger. I enjoy documenting life much more than documenting software! I love writing and blogging (duh), gardening (mostly flowers, but vegetables more and more), my dogs, making lists, my husband, reading books, using parenthesis, my son, watching movies, and fixing up our house. Not in that order. I’m also into nutrition, a little crunchy (you know, like granola), and a born-again Christian. A little of all those things pop up around here.

Even though I’m an introvert, I have a certain number of words I’ve just got to get out, and this little blog helps with that problem situation. And spares my sweet husband some of the onslaught.

I already mentioned my husband: that’s Jeff. We met in college, bonded over writing and good grammar (yeah, we’re kinda nerdy), fell in love, graduated from college, got engaged, got married five months later, and welcomed our sweet baby boy five years later. (That’s the short version.) I think he’s pretty fabulous.

Sam joined us in July 2011; our lives have been richer (and more tired) ever since that beautiful day. He’s a happy, sweet baby, our pride and joy, and the star of the show.

Then there are our first kids: the dogs. Yes, we’re dog people. Keiko (KAY-ko) is the older, smaller one and Mochi (MO-chee) is the younger, larger one. Both are lovable rescues and female border collie mixes—the border collie part means they are high energy and intelligent. So far they know more words and tricks than the baby. They are our constant source of entertainment. Even though they’re now 6- and 3-years-old, we still call them our puppies and always will.

Why Light from the Shadows?

The line comes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s poem, “All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter” that first appears in The Fellowship of the Ring:

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

I love the imagery and hope in those stanzas. There’s a lot of junk that goes on in this world we live in, and my hope and desire is that my life be a light amidst the shadows.