VII: SARAH WOZ

SARAH TIMMS WOZNIAK. ATHLETE. WOMEN OF GOD. LIFETIME BEST FRIEND.

I met Sarah my sixth grade year of middle school during our P.E. class together. We were both awkward, brace-faced and just two kids with no idea of where we fit into the world. Let me preface with have come a long way since our original “glory” days.

We have seen each other through the middle school awkward phase, high school graduation, four years of college at different schools hours apart and are now currently navigating the adult world and married life together. She has been my longest friend and been my side through for as long as I can remember.

During our senior year, I would follow Sarah to the local course after school for her to get reps in as she would just nod and laugh at my horrible golf game. We’ve lived through middle school yearbook class together, being roommates during our high school mission trips, our questionable choices in boyfriends during college and coming full circle to being bridesmaids in each other’s weddings.

Sarah has always been one of the first to send a text to check in and say “Hey, how are you?” or call to check in on my week. She truly is the epitome of a lending hand and a selfless love.

SARAH,

I strongly believe in having “a person” and there is no better person to fit that description than you. For the last sixteen+ years of my life, we have been through numerous different stages of life together, like learning to drive, applying to colleges and planning weddings. To me, it is so important for your friends to be proud of you when you get a new job, learn something new or accomplish the big things. It’s also really important for your friends to just be proud that you got out of bed that day and you do both. You let people know there is more to them beyond their mistakes and are the first to offer a word of encouragement and a smile.

You light up every room you walk in and lift spirits of everyone around you. You face problems with dignity and and it’s no wonder why people are so drawn to you. You’re always the first to give of yourself without asking for anything in return. You exemplify grace in every sense of the word and are a testament to the Lord’s forgiveness in every situation.

You have sat with me, laughed with me, cried with me, empathized with me and picked me up hundreds of times when I feel like my world was crashing.

Thank you for sticking by my side, showing me the most sincere support and living out unconditional love. You have been a constant for me when the world was ever changing.

 ♡,
ALEX

Find a “Sarah” to have in your life, because she has been such a blessing to me. She is a bubbly, yet determined woman who is bound to change the world and I cannot wait to witness it firsthand.

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XO,

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TOP 5 FALL ACTIVITIES

Fall is almost here, y’all! Fall has always been my favorite season and means sweaters, leggings, boots and bonfires. Just two weeks ago, pumpkin spice hit my local Dunkin’ Donuts and it touched my soul a little differently.

As our first fall season in Asheville, I figured I would make a list of my favorite activities to do to help get us in the mood for the best season of the year. 🤩 Within the last week, the weather has dropped and it makes this girl one happy camper.

Taste the apples of a local harvest

SKY TOP APPLE ORCHARD
This has always been a Fall favorite of mine! Chandler and I have gone to Sky Top every year since we started dating and it definitely helps jump start your mood for the fall. This is a great place for families with kids, groups of friends and couples to go and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery lined with acres of apple trees. Dogs are allowed, so don’t shy away from bringing your furry friends. Sky Top offers hay rides, apple cannons and the most delicious apple donuts and slushies. Expect a longer line when buying your donuts, but don’t let that detour you from getting some for yourself. These delectable desserts are made in house and literally melt in your mouth. We usually go in late September to get the full fall effect, but any time really is a good time. You can grab a bag of apples to go or fill your basket as you get lost in their luscious fields. Each different row of apples are clearly marked if you are looking for a specific type.

*Because of new Covid rules, you now get to keep the basket you pick apples with. I fully expect to use mine for some kind of fall decoration this year.

Spend a day baking your favorite fall treats

Baking has always been a “therapy” of mine, so I had to include this on my list! Set aside time to try a few new recipes. If you’re unsure of what to make, Pinterest is always a good place to start. You can always make treats for coworkers, neighbors or friends! If you do end up going to the apple orchard, make a batch of apple butter. It’s definitely a fan favorite and is super easy to make! Below are some of my other personal favorites!

Thanksgiving Margarita Recipe
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Caramel Cheesecake Bars

Visit the fair

Some of my fondest memories growing up were at the Piedmont Interstate Fair every year! We’d load up the whole family (cousins, grandparents and neighbors) and take a trip (or three) to the fair that week! We’d ride every ride at least once and eat funnel cakes until our stomachs hurt. I always loved stopping by the animal exhibits to see the horses, cows and rabbits. The Spartanburg fair always had such beautiful table exhibits and art galleries to stop and marvel at. Once I got to college, I drug my friends to the state fair and loved reminiscing on my younger days. Check out your local fair. It’s nothing short of amazing.

Host Friendsgiving

Like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving gives you another chance to indulge in the soul food that ensues around this time of year. Offer to host your friends and create a sign-up sheet for people to volunteer for different food and drink options so you don’t have any repeats. It’s a great night of community and a great refresher for the soul.

☆ Run (or walk) a holiday race

Every Thanksgiving morning, it feels like my entire hometown of Spartanburg is at the Turkey Troy 8k. It is an opportunity to see friends and other people that you wouldn’t otherwise see that day. Our race begins at Spartanburg’s Morgan Square and is a big loop through downtown’s local neighborhoods, parks and streets. People wear turkey hats, full pilgrim suits and crazy Thanksgiving socks for the race and it’s always a good laugh to see what new outfits people whip out every year. Starting at an ungodly 7am, you finish just in time to watch the Macy’s Day Parade and take a nap before the Thanksgiving feast starts. I’m sure there are plenty of race options in your area, so be on the lookout for those in the weeks to come. Get your exercise in early and don’t feel as guilty for the wearing your sweatpants later that night.

If you have any other fall favorites, I would love to hear from you!

As always,
♡ Alex in Asheville