The Meaning Behind the Name


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Last Friday I launched my new website with some pretty big news for our family and I’ve been so grateful and overwhelmed by all the Facebook messages, blog comments, Twitter replies, and texts. Thank you so much for your support and love that you poured out on us as we add to our already crazy adventure of growing our family! My mama heart is taking it all in and treasuring every prayer and word of encouragement.

You may have noticed that my blog name also changed. When I first started blogging, I was in search of a name for the blog and didn’t give it much thought. One of my good friends had a similar title and so I stole it and revamped it a bit (thanks Kristin!). After almost two years of sporadic blogging about my major life change of getting married and moving to Tucson, I noticed that my writing was shifting and I wanted the blog name and my writing to be a bit more cohesive.

I knew that I needed to “rebrand” this past summer, but wasn’t sure how to make the move, so I spent all summer brainstorming names and praying over what my goal is for this little space. A friend gave me the idea to think back on some nicknames that I had growing up to see if any of them would still have meaning today. I knew that “Sarah-beara” wouldn’t work, nor would “G-Rav” or “Grav” (different shortened versions of my maiden name). I dug a little deeper and recalled a student that I had tutored in high school nickname me Sarah-Plain + Small, a spin-off of the character from the books & movie Sarah, Plain & Tall. 

As I pondered the name more, I realized just how true it is of me now. I am still short-ish in height and look rather plain in my dress (jeans, sweatpants, and t-shirts are my go-to every day). But also, I feel like my life is somewhat ordinary and small and I’m learning that’s not a bad thing! Acts 4:13 says:

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ORDINARY men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

Peter and John were ordinary, plain men before they met Jesus. After they met Jesus, their lives were wrecked for the better! They took courageous steps of faith that seemed crazy to those who did not know Jesus and now their stories are written in history for ages to come.

I also want to be a woman who lives my life with courage and boldness in all ways so people can take note that I have been with Jesus. And I want to encourage you, my readers-whether you’re living on the edge or feel like you’re just a plain gal, like me- to live your lives in such a way that when people see your small steps of faith they too will take note that you have been with Jesus.

Here on this little space, I will share my heart with you on how plain gals, like myself, take small steps of saying “Yes” to Jesus each day in hopes that the Kingdom of God will continue to move forward in our lives and in the lives of the people around us.

Matthew 13:31-32 “He (Jesus) told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch on its branches.”

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