Monday, January 16, 2012

Inspiration: Sarah Hull

The best kind of role models are the ones who are a wee bit older than you—you can look up to them being all "adult," but you still feel a camaraderie with them. Some people find that kind of role model in an older sister or a fellow cheerleader/theatre nerd/church sister. That is how I feel about Sarah Hull.

She's a loving wife, a fantastic mom, a successful business woman, and just a dang fun girl. Wouldn't you like to be all those things, too?

Sarah went to church with me when I was growing up; I'll admit that I can't remember how we got to know each other, but in my hazy memory, she was everywhere. She is no longer living in my hometown, but her in-laws live there and we have run into each other several times over the last few years. In fact, the day my sister-in-law Shyla got married at the San Diego LDS temple, Sarah's brother was also getting married there—to a girl who grew up in Oklahoma with Caleb! The world is very, very small.

Sarah met her husband Bryant in college and have since had three adorable children with him. If you want to get weepy over a Happily Ever After, here is the entirety of their love story.

If being a happy family woman isn't enough, she's the warrior mama for her first daughter Katie; Katie has Spina Bifida and is seriously the dreamiest girl I have ever encountered. Katie plays sports, takes swimming lessons, and is smart as a whip. She even starred on an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba! And through all of this, Sarah has harnessed her inner power and been a warrior mom. She has inspired other parents of Spina Bifida children and reaches out with loving arms. Sarah has written out Katie's story here—follow the link and be ready to start your fan letter to Sarah.

Sarah's other children, Ella and Carter, are also a sight to behold. In fact, when her little Carter was born, I had just found out that I was pregnant with Jacko. The photos Sarah posted on her blog of her little "Man Baby" made me want Jack to look just like Carter. I was pleased when Jacko was just as animated and adorable as MB. Sarah has since had surgery that has ended her child-bearing days, but I honestly believe that God hand-picked the three children she has from his best batch.

I want to be just as effusive as Sarah is. No matter what she loves, whether it be The Bachelor or costume parties or her siblings or Real Time Adventures, there are sparks flying off of her excitement for it. And not only is she passionate, she is friendly and willing to share her enthusiasm with anyone she meets. Sarah will talk to just about any stranger, which is not my strong suit. And even if you barely know her, she will speak with you like you are BFFs. Being around Sarah is a treat, to say the least.

So, why is Sarah inspirational? I will boil it down.

Enthusiastic. Generous. Brave.

Those are all things I want to be.

If you want to follow Sarah further, she writes often at Having a Hull Lot of Fun. She also has a photography business that my family swears by and makes Little Penelope Lane headbands and hair accessories.

1 comment:

  1. Holly, you are the nicest! Thank you so much for your sweet, sweet words! You made my MONTH! I am seriously floating on air! That was such a treat! Thank you again for your kind words and for the nicest post in the world! You are wonderful! XOXOXO