You’re on BASE! Take some time to catch your breath … you are safe.

 

“Hippo birdie two ewes, hippo birdie two ewes, hippo birdie dear Sarah, hippo birdie two ewes.”

We used to sing that song in 2nd grade … amazing the things we retain. I can’t remember my world history, but thankfully the hippo song is embedded in a safe place.

I decided that your birthday would be the perfect time to honor you my dear friend. It has only been recently that we’ve become reconnected and I am so grateful. You are an amazing woman and a blessed friend.

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I don’t remember where this picture was taken … oh yeah … CAMP SHAMROCK! What an experience.  I’m so glad that we got to come visit you guys. I know that I enjoyed it and hope that you received some encouragement from the trip as well.

I wanted to come up with some questions for you that would help us get to know you a little better. So if you don’t mind telling us:

your favorite childhood memory

your favorite song, movie, book, and food

your favorite story in the Bible … or verse …. or thought

the one thing “you don’t want to be” (only one … so really think about it)

a thought that we would be surprised you have

something that we probably wouldn’t know about you

your favorite thing to do when you have the night off and you get to spend it all alone

 the most challenging aspect of being on the field

favorite part and most difficult part of teaching children

and …

your favorite birthday story

I’m just kidding about answering all of those … but pick at least a few things to tell us so we can get to know you a little better.

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I really am glad that I’m getting to see you around … it has added even more laughter to my life, and I can never have enough laughter. You are also a great example for me of someone that hungers to know more about their maker. I appreciate the example.  What you are doing for the children’s class will have an impact on them for a lifetime. Thanks for your willingness.

Enjoy your birthday my friend!!!

 

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Comments on: "~*~*~*~*~*~*SARAH FLOYD~*~*~*~*~*~*" (15)

  1. I can tell you some things about Sarah. She truly cares about others and has a generous spirit particularly to those she loves. She is honest and faithful. She loves God so. One of the most intelligent people I know, I always learn something when I am with her. She is also all kinds of fun! Fabulous on roadtrips, usally bringing the best music. I have always been thankful for the day we became friends. God has used her in my life in so many ways to teach me about His love and grace. Happy Birthday, my dearest friend! I love you!

    I AGREE LISA … ALL OF WHAT YOU WROTE IS TRUE … AND SHE IS “ALL KINDS OF FUN”.

  2. SARAH!! YAY someone I know (a little bit at least) 🙂 I have been so blessed to have you come into my life. You are a joy to be around…you have such a good heart. And your excitement for God and His family is evident in the way you live. Thank you for giving me opportunities to laugh with you. I hope you have a fantastic birthday…enjoy listening to “The Final Countdown” over and over 😉

    GLAD FOR YOU TO FEEL “INCLUDED” ON THIS ONE SHERRY. YOU KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THAT WORD IS TO ME. LET IT NEVER BE SAID THAT I DIDN’T INCLUDE SOMEONE. : )

  3. Oh and I love the “hippo birdie two ewes” song…my brother got me that birthday card ages ago and I still have it…it still makes me smile when I read it!
    Thanks for the reminder~

    YOUR BROTHER SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD GUY. SOMETHING ABOUT BROTHERS NAMED KEVIN …

  4. I found my way here via Sarah’s blog. I have been fascinated by things no one wants to be.

    I have not had the blessing of calling Sarah a lifelong friend. I have only known her for a few years. But I have heard stories of her kind spirit–even before I knew her. And I guess the reason I am commenting now is to tell the world that she is still that same kind, loving, funny person.

    Sarah gives so deeply of herself that sometimes she feels she is doing nothing at all. Yet she feels that way becuase that spirit is simply a part of her make-up–like her eye color or complexion.

    I have a little boy named Matthew who is destined to do great things for God. Yet in his short little nine years he has seen enough struggle to create in him much self doubt. He’s been loved by his family, he’s been told God loves him, but he has struggled at his “job”. He has been threatened with retention in school and told, maybe not forthrightly, but nonetheless he has known that his progress is not enough. We needed help for Matthew. I prayed desperately for someone to reach out to him–not just to teach him but to love him. And we met Sarah. She worked with Matthew through tears and tears. She gently, lovingly pushed him to excel. When he started with her at age 7 he was reading below average–31 words a minute–now he’s over 90 sometimes at 100. He’s improved over 300%! She deserves most of the credit for that. Whatever Matthew dares to become he will always look back and say “I am here because someone took the time to help me when I could not help myself.”

    Since that time she has taken my children when we have needed to move, she has nursed my oldest child when his arm was broken, she has brought us dinner when my husband was involved in a wreck, and she has loved us. As a mother alone I weep when I think of her kindness, but then I have the sincere pleasure of saying that she’s my friend. Yet I go back to the parent side of it. If it brings ME this much joy to see her reaching out to my child who started as a stranger to her, how much more joy does God receive when she reaches out to help every hurting longing soul she meets? And that is exactly who she is.

    Truly Sarah you are the apple of Our Father’s eye. I am blessed to know you. Happy Happy Birthday!

    ELAINE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THAT WITH US. I KNOW SARAH IS AMAZING, BUT I DID NOT KNOW WHAT SHE WAS DOING FOR YOUR SON … THANK GOD YOU FOUND SARAH.

  5. Happy Birthday Sarah!!

    I’m singing “Birthday” by the Beatles as I type this by the way 🙂

    I have some great memories of you Sarah (and some pretty cool photos too!). Living in the top floor apartment in Temple Bar in Dublin, you introducing me to the hilarity that is Days Of Our Lives, your love of pyjamas and U2. I second what Lisa said, you are so much fun and you really care about people. You’re fantastic with kids and teenagers love you and that’s always a great testament to a person’s character in my book.

    One of my favourite photos is of the Ireland AIM team, me and Richard from when we all went on holidays to Lanzarote. Such good times and good conversations, sipping Sangrias on the balcony and watching the sun go down. I am honoured to call you my friend although it’s been far too long since we’ve been able to hang out. You need to visit Ireland Sarah!

    (By the way Paige, I feel like a real dope now because of course we met at Camp Shamrock! You came over with Benjy right? Duh.)

    I DID COME WITH BENJY … WE ACTUALLY CAME TO CAMP SHAMROCK AFTER A MONTH IN RUSSIA, WE WERE GROWING TIRED OF EACH OTHER I’M AFRAID. CAMP WAS A GOOD BREAK. I SAW YOUR PICTURE ON YOUR BLOG … I REMEMBER YOU NOW. I’M GLAD YOU’RE BECOMING A REGULAR HERE ON BASE …

  6. Wow! That person you guys are talking about must be something else! Honestly, I think I must have you all fooled! You are all too generous! Thank you! It is humbling!

    My favorite childhood memories include any time spent with my Grandmother June. She used to sleep out on the neighbor’s trampoline with us well into her 80’s.

    Movie: Wizard of Oz
    Book: Cold Sassy Tree
    Food: Pretty much anything chocolate.

    Bible Story: Esther. I used to lay my head on my grandmother’s lap while she read Esther and knitted at the same time.

    Don’t want to be a port a potty!

    Thought: I think that it would be nice to have the power to blink people out of existence!

    What you don’t know: I have an aversion to large paper clips. I prefer binder clips.

    Favorite thing to do: Curl up on the couch with some good wine and veg out watching mindless TV.

    Most Challenging thing on the field: I think it was more challenging coming off the field. The church in Dublin was so amazing, it kind of ruined me on church here.

    Favorite part of teaching: how well my kids know me. If I’m grouchy they ask me if I’ve had my coffee. They love unconditionally.

    Most difficult: movativing them to rise to their potential.

    Favorite Birthday: I have been blessed with good birthdays, with the exception of a couple. I think the one that means so much to me is my first birthday on the field. My team and a couple other friends had a surprise breakfast birthday for me at Mike and Gregs. I felt so loved and blessed by my team.

    Paige, I am blessed to have you back in my life. You are an amazing friend. Thank you for this!

    THANK YOU FOR TELLING US ALL ABOUT YOU. I GOT SOME GOOD IDEAS FROM YOU … I’M GOING TO START WORKING ON THAT BLINKING PEOPLE OUT OF EXISTENCE THING. AND I AGREE WITH YOU ON THE CHOCOLATE … I’M WORKING ON TRYING TO GET THAT NAMED AS A FOOD GROUP. THANKS FOR BEING SO FUN. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ONCE AGAIN.

  7. P.S. Paige, I think it is time for you to get some new pics. I am kinda embarrassed! 😉

    HEY MY PICTURE IS RIGHT THERE WITH YOU … SO WE’LL LIVE THROUGH IT. IT SHOULD AT LEAST MAKE YOU APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE AGING WELL. BESIDES THIS IS THE SARAH I KNEW AND LOVED UNTIL NOT LONG AGO THE NEW PICS WILL COME WITH THE NEW MEMORIES.

  8. Sarah – I didn’t get to know you very well – but always knew about you through the folks who loved you – especially Greg. I remember you working at the Children’s Home – of course – I didn’t see you much because I really tried to stay out of the office as much as possible – I always prefered to be in there after hours to work on computers and such.

    I have heard from some of those I love most in the world about your being at our little place in Lubbock – and what a blessing you are…thank you for being there…thank you for doing what you do…and for loving those who mean the world to me. I pray that God continues to use you to touch lives there, the way you have every where else you have been in this world.

    LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SOON DENNIS. TOO BAD YOU WON’T BE HERE FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT … WE WERE GOING TO LET YOU SELECT THE MENU.

  9. Happy Birthday, Sarah. I have known you for maybe a month or so … but I have known Sherry … Paige … Dennis … Lisa … Claire … (listed in order of when I met them) for a long time … and if they like you, it is settled for me. I like you, too. But long before I knew any of them, I got to know Jesus – and He loves you, so that is settled for me. I love you, too.

    But just in the little time that I have met you … I have seen in you qualities that were in your name sake, Sarah, the woman God chose to be the wife of His friend Abraham and the great great great, etc. grandmother of our Lord Jesus. When you read about Sarah’s life – you learn that she was an attractive woman (even Kings were attracted to her) … a woman with a sense of humor (she laughs – not at God – but with her husband at this marvelous joke God will play on the world through them) … a woman loyal to her family – following her husband, as he searched for the city promised by God and defending her son – protecting his rights as the promised one. You are such a woman – attractive, fun, and faithful. May God use you … as He used the original Sarah … to fulfill His purpose in the world. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Rex

    AMEN!

  10. Happy late birthday Sarah!

    I’ve got to say that I loved what Elaine wrote about you. After my first grade year, Linda Jones spent extra time with me teaching me how to read. (I wasn’t so quick on the up-take.) She loved me, pushed me, believed in me and loved me some more. I can’t tell you how much Linda Jones means to me and to see that you are someone else’s Linda Jones…

    You’ve always been cool, funny, easy to hang out with (I miss those days with you, Greg and Amberlee… even if you didn’t think Tommy Boy was as funny as I did.) But it makes me especially proud to hear how you continue to grow and bless those around you.

    May your next 40 years be as great as your first 40. (It is 40, right?)

    THANKS FOR TALKING ABOUT LINDA JONES. I KNOW THAT ALL TEACHERS LOVE TO HEAR STORIES LIKE THAT.YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT SARAH, SHE IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN SO MANY LIVES.

  11. Better watch it Tim! I turned 25, thank you very much!!!

    GO SARAH! I DON’T MIND IF YOU LIE WHILE YOU’RE ON BASE. YOU CAN BE WHATEVER AGE YOU WANT TO BE … EVEN IF IT IS QUITE A BIT YOUNGER THAN YOUR REAL AGE.

  12. Cool … I didn’t know that Sarah and I were the same age. (I will take 25 or 40 – either one of them gives me some margin.) The truth is … I don’t know how old Sarah is … but I do know that I have socks older than that.

    PLEASE DON’T PUT SARAH AND YOUR SOCKS IN THE SAME SENTENCE …

  13. PAIGE!!! YOU HAVE BEEN TAGGED!!!! SEE MY BLOG FOR DETAILS..HA HA HA

    I CAN’T GET TAGGED … I’M ON BASE REMEMBER. JUST KIDDING … I WILL PUT UP MY FACTS IN A FEW WEEKS.

  14. Sarah, you gave the sweetest and greatest gift possible to my mother this past week, just by coming to her and listening and caring. She has a hurt that is never far away. One we just try to live with, learn to live with, and you lifted her spirits by your kindness and loving words.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Sometimes old people feel invisible, and they are afraid to speak, fearful of sounding dumb or not relevant, so I really do appreciate your acknowleging my mom with your hugs and kind words.
    I forgot to tell you happy birthday, so I am telling you now,
    Happy Birthday. I hope you had a very nice day, and I wish for you that all your wishes come true.
    I am enjoying getting to know you too, and you have been a wonderful addition to our family.
    I have read Paige’s blog from time to time. Although I do not know anyone else, I found I know you. So yeah ! I can leave a comment. Now I really feel a part of this base.
    With love, Celia

    CELIA … THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY. I KNOW THIS BLOG HAS FEATURED PEOPLE THAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW, BUT PLEASE KEEP CHECKING ON US … IT WILL NOT ALWAYS BE THAT WAY. THERE WILL BE SOME YOU DO KNOW AND SOON OTHER TOPICS WILL BE DISCUSSED. I SHARE IN YOUR APPRECIATION FOR SARAH. WHEN I SAW HER OVER THERE SPEAKING TO YOUR MOM I WAS SO HAPPY. I COULD TELL YOUR MOM APPRECIATED IT. PLEASE KEEP VISITING… EVERYONE NEEDS A BASE ONCE AND A WHILE.

  15. i want to write about sarah, but first i have to act all shocked and dismayed about my 19 year old husband in that camp shamrock picture. . . . well, i have to be shocked and dismayed about all of you “kids”!!!

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