"Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one'."

Read About Me - S

Here's what you should know about Sarah...

I was born in 1984 in Emporia, KS (and still consider myself to be a Midwestern girl at heart). I was blessed with incredible parents, both teachers, who instilled in me a love of learning and a passion for the public school system, among other things. They raised my younger brother, Brian, and I in a Catholic home full of love and faith; they taught us to pray as a first response to any given situation, and encouraged us to be gracious, courteous, and thankful. I graduated from Emporia High School in 2002 and completed my freshman year of college at Emporia State University. My family moved to Auburn in 2003; I met Doug a couple months later and we've been inseparable since our first date.

We had our fairy tale wedding in March of 2005. Our world revolves around our three beautiful girls: Haley Marie (11/03/05), Hannah Rose (12/06/06), and Holly Brianne (10/11/08). Oh, and we also have two dogs who think they're children: Emma (Boxer) and Eddie (Jack Russell-mix). To quote a pre-tragic Kate Gosselin, "It may be a crazy life, but it's our life."

I'm a stay-at-home mom, the best job in the world as far as I'm concerned, and Doug brings home the bacon as a Project Manager for the family business (Donovan Brothers Commerical Construction). I love to run (ran my first half marathon in June and the next one's in November) and I love to cook for friends and family. My long term goals include going back to school to finish my nursing degree and eventually working in Labor and Delivery. It took me a long time to figure out 'what I want to be when I grow up' because all I was ever really sure about was that I wanted to be a wife and mommy. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined just how much I'd adore my children; they are truly the air I breathe. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for our family!

Sarah's thoughts on Lindsay:
Well Lindsay wrote hers first and stole all the glowing praise I was going to include in my note about her. So I think I'll share with you exactly how we came to realize that we're two peas in a pod...
After Doug and I got married and had Haley, I was lonely. Happy, thrilled with my new role in life actually, but desperately lonely. Babies are great fun but not great conversation, you know? All my old friends were still single and childless and suddenly I couldn't relate to anyone. We bought our first home when Haley was 9 months old and I was 6 months pregnant (I know, it's a whole other story...) and a couple weeks later I offered to host a neighborhood barbecue at our house. Forty people showed up, we still had boxes everywhere but we had a great time and when Dan and Lindsay arrived, my first thought was probably, "Look at that tiny little pregnant woman! Hmm, she looks about my age..." We exchanged phone numbers but were quite busy being pregnant and for months Doug urged me, "Hey Sarah, why don't you call the neighbors? Hey Sarah, have you called the neighbors yet?" (Because our social calendar is exclusively my responsibility.) Turned out the kiddos were born the exact same day, although we didn't know it at the time, and when they were a couple months old we finally had a playdate and bonded over caramel macchiatos. I haven't been lonely since; it was the beginning of something truly spectacular.

The list of things I love about her could go on and on, but here's the highlights: She's always ready with a situation-appropriate Friends or Twilight reference. She loves with her whole heart and is tirelessly devoted to her boys. Her creative ambition amazes me; a lot of people have great ideas, but Lindsay has great ideas and the drive to see them through. She's honest and direct and I know if I ask her opinion about something, she'll tell me exactly what she thinks. I never have to wonder, "Who sings this?" or "What movie is that from?" because her brain is like a pop culture Encyclopedia Britannica. And she is organized in a way I thought only existed in Container Store commercials.

Last time I was at Lindsay's house,we burst into a fit of giggles about headphones and OtterPops and her husband said, "You two are quite a pair." We really are. Sometimes it's like we're two people sharing one brain. I can't count the number of times I've called her to have her pick up the phone laughing and saying, "I had just picked up the phone to call you!" She wears many hats (mommy, wife, photographer, interior designer, designer, housekeeper, party planner) but I'm honored to call her friend and can't imagine life without the McCabes down the street.

"...See! He's her lobster." (Meet My Husband)
Doug and I have been together for almost seven years. If I had to pick a word to describe our relationship, I think it would be FUN. We met my first night working at Longhorn Barbecue in Auburn...he trained me. And then he asked me out. So we had dinner at Red Robin and the rest is history! We had the girls in rapid succession, all according to the game plan. It's sorta nuts but we figure when we're 42 they'll all be off to college and then we'll travel the world together. (Call us in 16 years and we'll tell you how it panned out.)  The babies are priority number one whenever Doug's not at work; we love spending time outdoors, exploring all that the great Northwest has to offer. But we jump (literally--for joy) at babysitting offers from the grandparents so we can enjoy a night sans children...we usually end up at the movie theater watching a raunchy comedy or action flick. And we are totally devoted to 'our' shows: Chuck, The Middle, Glee, and NBC's whole Thursday night comedy line-up.

Things I love most about Doug: He's a weekend warrior around the house, he's an amazing father with limitless patience and compassion, he's devoted to staying fit and healthy and his motivation is inspiring (he rode in the STP in July!--WOW), he has a great sense of humor, he read the Twilight series to see what the big deal was, finished it in a week and a half and liked it (unlimited number of brownie points here), and I know without a doubt that there's nothing he wouldn't do for me.