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About Me

Nick and I halfway up Pike's Peak in March of 2010

Greetings fellow Earthlings, my name is Sarah! I’m from West Virginia and currently reside in St. Louisville, OH – population, no kidding, ~200 people. I am married to my junior high sweetie, Nick Hudson, and over the last 5 years we moved from OH to WV to OH to NY to CO to TX, and finally back to Ohio. Whew! The thought of it all just exhausts me. My husband’s education is to blame thank for our many travels. Nick graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in June of 2009. From there we went on to Ithaca, NY for almost 5 months so he could train/study to become a farrier at Cornell University. After he completed the training program there we packed up our vehicles and made the journey across the country to Littleton, CO where he began his year long equine medicine internship at Littleton Equine Medical Center. I should note here, most students only do one internship, but not my husband. He was determined to drag me to Texas. So on we went, leaving Colorado and all her striking features behind to the furnace of Weatherford, TX. Nick had convinced the partners of Reata Equine Hospital to take him on for a specialized internship focusing on podiatry. Nick completed the internship at Reata in July of 2011 and we returned as close to home as possible…Ohio.

We became parents on February 5th, 2011 when Arabella Layne arrived in the world.  We also have a fur-child, our velco dog named Greta, who would love nothing more than to become a full-time lap dog.

Greta even wants to sit in Arabella's lap.

I like to journal. Sometimes I write everyday about every whimsy that surfaces. Sometimes I don’t write for months. I am not a blogger, yet here I am. This space is for me but I like the idea of being able to share with family and friends that aren’t near by.

About me, well, I guess I am a work in progress. I am a stay at home mom and spend most of my days trying to discover what balance feels like. I am grateful to be home and able to immerse myself in the unbelievable joy of being Arabella’s mama and fortunate enough that only the dog is witness to our moments of not joy. Motherhood has deepened my well of patience and yet I still scrape the bucket on the bottom some days and beat myself up for it. My sewing machine is collecting dust as fast as I am collecting sentimental scraps of fabric for a quilt and other such projects. I wrestle with my meditation practice and then I have a glass of chocolate milk. What? It’s almond milk, that’s healthy right?! By nature I am a read-aholic and being a mom has only made that addiction worse. My obsession with being fully informed has me reading on my BB way too much. Why on the BB? Simple, because when I nurse Arabella the computer won’t also fit on my lap…and well, it’s kinda my ‘free’ time. I think of a million meaningful things to write only to have them vaporize as soon as the computer is booted up. It has recently occurred to me that I am in fact aging; I am not a fan of the tiny lines forming around my eyes.

A piece of my heart will always be in West Virgina. I worry my children won’t know the beauty of those mountains. The rivers and mountains there provide comfort in a way I can’t describe.  Local author, Ann Pancake, describes it best in her book Strange As This Weather Has Been:

“I know people not from here probably don’t understand our feeling for these hills. Our love for land not spectacular. Our mountains are not like Western ones, those jagged awesome ones, your eyes always pulled to their tops. But that is the difference, I decided. In the West, the mountains are mostly horizon. We LIVE in our mountains. It’s not just the tops, but the sides that hold us.”

 

Nick, 6 month pregnant me, my Mom, nephew Andrew, and sister Becca at Long Point in West Virginia

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