Sarah Durham Wilson is one of the most badass ladies I've ever had the pleasure of speaking to.
I learned about Sarah from her online presence on Instagram, DOITGIRL. The quotes she wrote and posted always pulled at my deepest need to see that particular sentiment being said by someone else, and then I felt validated enough to keep going. (That might sound vague, but damn did she pull on my heartstrings and my fears and my anger and my love in those moments, and this is the best way I can describe it.)
Today, I present the incredible interview I had with her just a few weeks ago.
When I was a little girl, after every Sunday church service I went to with my Dad, we would stop by my Grammy and Pappy's apartment.
I loved to tell them what I learned in the service, in Sunday school, and how I was doing in school.
When I went with my Mom to church, we'd inevitably pass by my grandparent's apartment building, but it wasn't her family, and my parents were divorced, so we'd head home. I'd still look up, squinting my eyes toward their balcony to see if I could make out if they were there or not.
I remember learning to swim at the YMCA with my Dad and Pappy, pretending to cut and style his hair with my children's hair dresser set, how they would always have root beer barrels and Werther's for me when we came over, and listening to Frank Sinatra on his two in one radio and c.d. player. I also remember being with Pappy when Grammy passed away and being in the hospital with him when he had shingles and was close to passing.
But the weeks coming up to Christmas, there was something I craved that only my Pappy provided: fruit cake.
On October 11th 2015, only ten short days ago, I married my best friend.
There are a lot of things I love about my husband.
He’s incredibly kind.
He keeps our home clean.
He loves me for exactly who I am.
And he encourages me to stick to pursue what I love.
Today, we’re in Miami on our honeymoon.
One thing people don’t know about us is that some of the more intimate time we get to spend together is when I read aloud to Ryan.