31 People(s): Sara

Today I get to tell you about Sara aka THE BEST ROOMMATE EVER! Sara and I have actually known each other since 2002! We met at our community college BSU when I was a sophomore and she was a freshman. She’s also part of the infamous Friendgroup and one of the ones connected through the summer camp most of us worked. We were pretty close at camp and have always had a similar sense of style and have always accidentally owned many of the same clothes. 

During the college years and all through our twenties, we never lived in the same place. She always lived in Hattiesburg, and I lived in Clinton, then Southeast Louisiana, then Clinton again. I always loved seeing Sara at Friendgroup gatherings and wished I got to see her more, but never in a million years would I have thought we’d get to be roommates one day! Camp was great and seeing each other at Friendgroup gatherings was fun, but none of those memories compare to the ones we’ve lived the last year and a half, and those are the ones I’m going to talk about!

Long story short, I used to have a live in position at MC. I decided I wanted to live in a house in the same town and therefore needed roommates. I was searching far and wide for roommates, never thinking I’d end up living with someone I’ve been friends with for 10+ years! Sara was pretty set in living in Hattiesburg, but a mutual friend talked to her about moving to Clinton. She prayed about it and every force around her practically pushed her to Clinton. We’ve lived together for a year and half, and I seriously couldn’t have scripted a roommate more perfect for me in this season of life.

I’ll talk about all the ways Sara is an amazing roommate for me in a minute, but first I just want to talk about her. She’s a beautiful human being inside and out. Our friend Lindsey coined the perfect term for her – stunning. On the surface, I mean she’s just a pro at makeup. Her face is flawless every day and she gets asked once a week for makeup lessons. Her giving love language is acts of service and oh how she loves and serves the people in her life! She feels passionately called to teach pre-k kids and prepare them for kindergarten and she is a beast at it. She loves her kids and their parents unlike any other preschool teacher I’ve ever known. I passionately hate folding clothes, and one day when I left the house for less than an hour to workout, she folded and hung all my clothes! I wept. She’s genuinely servant hearted! She’s also hilarious, and is frequently shocked that people think she’s funny, but we all know she is! 

She also has an amazing family that she readily shares with all of her friends. Her sister is a frequent and welcomed guest in our house and our whole friend group loves her! Her mom is an angel in disguise! I love watching Sara and her family love one another, but it doesn’t just stop there! Her mom is one of the most giving and caring people I’ve ever met. When we had a roommate leave last minute and our house ended up void of some necessary furnishings, within a week we had a rug, couch, side tables and more all thanks to her. When we had another roommate leave sooner than expected, she insisted on buying our groceries for the ENTIRE MONTH because she knew things would be tight that month. She delivers boiled peanuts for Sara AND me! She sends Sara home with dessert from the holidays for Sara and her friends. She visits us all the time (AND WE LOVE IT) and when she does she refuses to let us pay for our meals when we go out. She’s seriously an angelic saint! So clearly Sara has good genes.

In case you don’t know, I’m an incredibly flawed person. To name a few:  I apparently leave the kitchen cabinets open anytime I go in there (which is often). I’m OCD and often unintentionally put unrealistic expectations on the people around me in regards to organization (SILLY!). I am pretty much a b-word before I have coffee. I sometimes tend to have hanger episodes, and yeah, nothing more needs to be said about that. I sometimes forget to have a filter and say things without thinking. Sara is undeniably one of the most forgiving people I know. I have to apologize for my sinfulness A LOT and she never holds anything against me even for a second. She listens to me when I freak out about things. She isn’t afraid of me when I cry. She always tries her best to fix things for everyone when they are broken. Seriously, I wasn’t exaggerating when I said she was the BEST ROOMMATE EVER!

What I love most about Sara though is the way I’ve seen her love Jesus and the family of God this year and the way I’ve watched her let Him pursue her and wreck her life this year in the best way possible. We have similar stories in that we went through some rough seasons after and during losing our dads and did some things we wish we wouldn’t have. But there is absolutely nothing more beautiful than watching someone realize how loved and forgiven they are by their Savior. Despite any fears or nervousness, Sara jumped in head first to getting connected to a gospel community and it is so beautiful to watch! We get to be in an accountability group together (stay tuned to hear about the other two girls in our squad, Lindsey and Anna, soon) and the freedom we’ve all experienced this year and the healing we’ve all experienced through confession to one another and Jesus is absolutely amazing! There really is no one else I’d rather be doing roommate life with in this season of life than Sara. She’s my best roommate, one of my besties, and I love her!

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This is part of my 31 People(s) I Love series. I’ll be writing about 31 people/peoples that I adore! Click here if you would like a list of all the posts in this series.

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