Hey it's me, Sally. I used to be Stokes, now Jackson. It dawned on me the other day that I am reaching 30 years and there are many people in my life who barely know me. Weather you are a family member or a long-time friend, don't you think it's high time we caught up?
This blog is my way of saying, "Let's sit down and talk story, eh?"
Well, to update you with the latest on my life, I've still got brown, multi-colored, foofy hair, and brown eyes. I wear 2 rings consistently; my wedding ring and my CTR ring. I have lots of scars from surfing and bike crashes, I'm pretty sure my Uterus is bigger than it was before, I shave my legs every 3-6 months when I remember, my skin is turning pretty white from less sun exposure, but my face is still tan, as are my arms. I always have a baby carrier wrapped around me, my eyebrows have never fully recovered from when I partially shaved them in the 8th grade, I get high off long-distance running, I have a baby tooth that never fell out, i wear dangly earings to match my outfits, I prefer cooking wholesome foods with lots of grains and veggies, but I can't say no to Taco Bell. I eat my fingernails, I have recurring dreams about humpback whales, I have never dyed my hair, I love sewing projects and breastfeeding advocacy, and I feel prettiest when I dress up for church.
I have accumulated a lot of opinions in my 30 years. You'll hear some of em. You may not agree with them all, but I trust you'll still like me anyways.
I am in love with my husband Micah. We like to sit on the couch, and crack each others toes, and talk about someday owning dairy goats. He carves spoons out of wood and cooks delicious yams.
I am a mom. I believe in being gentle with my children and teaching them kindly. We practice Attachment Parenting in our home because it feels right. We want to nurture strong connections with our children. Sometimes it's not the easiest choice, but it has the greatest outcome for ourselves and our kids. It's those sleepless moments at night when children are snuggling up to me and my breasts are being emptied of milk, that I feel the most human. Being a mother is my greatest joy and biggest focus.
I live each day with my heart towards God. I believe He alone brings goodness into life. I am a Latter Day Saint. I don't debate God's plan. It's real. It's true. It's simple. It keeps me grounded.
I don't claim to have a perfect life, ever. I only claim that I am trying each day to do better than yesterday. I have strengths and I have weaknesses. I have joys and I have pain. I have nice days and I have grouchy days. I have beliefs and I have doubts. I have cravings for pumpkin ice-cream a lot.
I hope this blog provides me with an outlet for sharing what's important in my life with those who care. I probably won't write too much about what's happening at home. That's what my personal journal is for.
This blog is for me, for funsies. It's cheaper than therapy.
Mostly, I really hope you walk away saying, "So that's the Sally I've known all these years."