Itinerant: i•ten•er•ant noun 1. A person who travels from place to place.

Idealist: i•de•al•ism noun 1. One guided by ideals; especially : one that places ideals before practical considerations.

Email me: itinerantidealist@gmail.com

Simply stated, I am Sarah. I am 25, and currently hail from the dappled foothills of Colorado. I am a writer; a passionate writer who hopes to one day write the sort of novel that chills and kindles and brings an unexpected glory all at once. I am an occasional musician. And having managed to delay college for several years, I am an avid traveler (15 countries and counting). I come from a highly opinionated family who values discussion, good books, strong tea, and the thinking up of impossible ventures. The genes run strong. Beauty is my passion; loveliness in life and creativity especially as it is expressed in great literature, in life-giving discussion, art in myriad form, and music, always music. I will do almost anything for a strong cup of coffee or tea and am always ready to enter the buzz of a good discussion. I love God’s green earth; hope someday to live a little closer to it, but for now am always eager for a foray into the mountains or down into the valleys. Life is, to my thought, a feast to be celebrated and a grace to be daily blessed, and my delight is to live it fully through my beloved God and the people he has given me to love.

Books, My Companions:
A Place on Earth, Bright Evening Star, Streams of Living Water, Pilgrim’s Inn, At the Back of the North Wind, Our Mutual Friend, The Great Divorce, Chronicles of Narnia, The Space Trilogy, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Speak What We Feel, Christ Plays In Ten Thousand Places, The Brothers Karamazov, Middlemarch, Daniel Deronda, The Man Who Was Thursday, The Giver, Simplicity, Mysticism, The Celtic Way of Prayer, My Antonia, Gentian Hill, Walking On Water, The Chosen, The Renaissance of Wonder, Peace Like A River, Mariette in Ecstasy, The Yearling, A World Lost, Phantastes, Lilith, Life Is A Miracle,

Music, My Muse:
Rich Mullins, Eidolon, Loreena McKinnitt, Kate Rusby, Chris Rice, Sufjan Stevens, Caedmon’s Call, Andrew Peterson, City On A Hill, Sarah MacLachlan, Moya Brennan, Fernando Ortega, Bob Bennett, Josh Groban, Jim Fhyrie, Joanna, Libera, John Muir, Patrick Doyle

Movies, My Guilty Pleasure:
The Village, Babette’s Feast, The Wind and the Lion, Everything Illuminated, Hunt for Red October, Carrie’s War, Lorna Doone, Persuasion, Evelyn, Mrs. Brown, The Village, Chariots of Fire, Fiddler On the Roof, One Against The Wind, Life Is Beautiful, Finding Neverland, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Much Ado About Nothing, Sense and Sensibility, Count of Monte Cristo, Anne of Green Gables, Gettysburg, Nicholas Nickelby, Daniel Deronda, Pride and Prejudice, Ever After


26 responses to “About

  1. Christi

    Hi Sarah!

    I so enjoy reading your blog and am excited to hear of your summer plans! We met at Phyllis’ table around Feb. of last year, you might remember. We still reside in Woodland Park and are still passionate about encouraging Jesus loving artists of all flavors. Therefore, I must gush…I love, love, love your writing! I think of you and pray for you and your family when God brings you to mind. Maybe someday our paths will cross again. Until then, I will be an avid reader of how God is using you and the gifts He has placed in you to shake the nations. Onward!

    Greenhouse Arts

  2. Alan Grant

    Dear Sarah:
    I am a casual acquaintance of Jim Fhyrie, who I knew when he lived in Laguna Beach, Ca. I am a dentist. I treated his mother just before she died. My hobby is underwater video. I am entering a 5 minute underwater video in a amateur video club contest, using his music as background. I wish to contact him in Arkansas (if he still lives there), and ask is permission to use his hammer dulcimer music, royalty free for my submission.
    If you have any information on how to contact him, please contact me at dentadive@cox.net. Thank you for your help.
    Alan Grant

  3. Hi, Sarah. I like the sense that your blog puts forth; it resonates with the idealist in me. I look forward to reading more. If you have time for any more reading, my blog is Balance. Come take a look.

  4. geektechnique

    Hello Sarah!

    What a wonderfully written and expressive “About” page! It is rare to see an about page written “not too short” but “not too long”, but I think you have written just such a page.

  5. Hello Sarah,

    Greetings from Cambridge and all the rest of us at the Round Church. Just saying hello. It looks like your trip to the Lakes was excellent and you seem to have discovered Beatrix Potter’s home. A few mates and I are going up to the Lakes in a few days time as well – to a place called Skiddaw House in the middle of nowhere. They say it is the remotest bunkhouse in England so we shall see.

    In Christ,


  6. Rachel

    You are a very gifted “word weaver”. You have been given the awesome ability (indeed responsibility) to weave words together just as a lacemaker takes string and creates intricate and delicate lacework. I praise God for creating people like you and your mom who can pen a phrase that reaches deep into the core of the reader. I am one such reader and I am delighted to be one of your backstage cheerleaders in prayer who will hopefully one day be able to meet you face to face as a true kindred spirit and sister in Christ!


  7. Ahhh, joy! My discovery of your blog reminds me of a lamp-lit coffee house, muted conversations over steaming cups of tea. I was searching for Advent reflections, and I’ve already seen quotes by Lewis, Tolkien, Chesterton and others! I’ll certainly be adding you to my blogroll under the Exaltation category!!
    Thanks for what you do.

  8. Henok M.


    Simply stated, you are itinerant!! But I don’t see how you are an idealist….what are your ideals? Traveling around to smell a rose or nourishing your soul with the roses? I am just being curious to know your ideals…Can I hear that from you?


  9. Sarah

    Henok M. –

    Please read the post from the 12th of Jan. to answer your question.


  10. Your Jan. 12th post was a wonderful response to Henok’s question! I’m really looking forward to exploring your archived posts. I have a feeling there is treasure to be discovered there! 🙂

    I noticed that you listed Babette’s Feast as a favorite movie. It’s been a long-time favorite of mine as well. I have yet to find anyone who has both seen it and liked it well enough to discuss it with me. Maybe we can exchange ideas sometime.


  11. Jeanne

    I enjoyed attending the recent conference in Southern California with you and your family! Your message about “Beauty” still resonates in my mind and heart. Even though I am twelve years your senior I felt a sense of common interests in ideals and spirituality as you spoke to all the lovely women in your presence.

    I am eager to read all of your posts, and I hope to glean some encouragement and knowledge from them! I am so glad that your parents gave you the opportunity to learn at home and become a lover of literature! How rare it is to see a young woman these days who have more experience in the written word and stand so tall and confident in God’s strength!

    Thank you for your beauty that you give to the world and to the people you touch! I hope you are blessed in every way as you journey through life and become more “itinerant” in your experiences. I hope that someday my children will stand tall and confident in their relationship with Christ as they are educated in a similar fashion to your upbringing!

    Jeanne in AZ

  12. kourtney

    sweet sarah,

    just wanted you to know that you were on my heart tonight. we are at the beach on our way home from our 3 week ministry trip. i am sitting in a dark, quiet hotel room reading your blog–waiting for the boys to fall asleep.

    i hope that the conferences are going well. you are all in my prayers.

    with love,


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  14. I am a home school mama of three – well only one is currently “school age” – but I have absolutely fallen in love with your blog! I read it for the first time last night and found myself back here again this morning during our “break time” to soak in some more – wow – you inspire me! Thank you for sharing your heart. Sunshine

    PS I linked my blog to yours – I do not have many readers – but those that do read I want them to be blessed by your words too!

  15. Susannah

    Hi Sarah!
    I’m a total stranger, but I’m a Christian fifteen-year-old girl and live in Auckland, New Zealand. I just thought I’d say that it seems like you and I are quite similar – I almost feel like I know you! Often what you’ve written has made me think a lot more about faith and just random things in my everyday life – thanks for the musings!

  16. Hi.. Beautiful Blog..in terms of presentation and content.. Really loved it.. Exploring and will return


  17. Loretta

    Dear Sarah,

    I spoke with your mom at the ApologiaLive Conference in Baltimore this past weekend, and she suggested I contact you about out of print children’s books you are looking for in connection with your own “book about books.”

    Please feel free to e-mail me at AMNBooks@juno.com with a list of what you are looking for. I am more than happy to check my inventory as well as all the places I do book scouting.

    The cover of your new book looks great; Apologia can’t get it published fast enough for me (a sentiment I would imagine you feel even more strongly than I!)

    With love,


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  19. I’m glad The Brothers Karamazov is one of your favorite books…I have to read it for my World Lit class and it is quite long! But I am liking it so far. I’m expecting its quality to make up for its quantity. Haha 🙂

  20. I really liked your “about” page. It seems that you are my type of girl, meaning that we like some of the same movies, and 2 or 3 of the same books. The page is very well written. You are an excellent writer.

  21. Jackie Johnson

    Dear sarah,

    C.S. Lewis, Elizabeth Goudge, George Macdonald, Loreena Mckennit – your books and music read like my desert island discs! ( Is that too British a reference?) How wonderful to ‘meet’ a kindred soul so unexpectedly. You seem to appreciate Celtic spirituality – look at the Northumbria Community, a dispersed monastic community that I’ve been part of for almost twenty years. you might find something there for you.
    all the best from me, a ‘companion on the changeful way’.

  22. Sarah,
    I am sure if I believed in book characters coming to life you might be Jo March . . if her parents had reared her in the truth of God’s word instead of transindentalism . .
    I am not a true blogger, but my husband is. The blog I listed is his. I am really not much of a computer person at all . . . but I recently had a very encouraging conversation with your mother about 20 year old boys, long-boarding and trusting God with the results. I think it might be time for me to finally step into 2009 and create an e-mail address, work on a favorites list and add you and your mom for occasional doses of lovliness when life gets harried.
    Why didn’t you list your brother as one of your favorite musicians? Someday you may be sorry you didn’t!
    I hope you enjoyed your girl vacation, your mom seemed like she really needed it. I love how she speaks of your relationship. You are blessed Sarah! I look forward to reading your thoughts in the future.


  23. Deb Weakly

    Hello Sweet Sarah,
    I loved your article in the Rabbit Room! You paint so many beautiful pictures with your words! You bring so much beauty into our world.
    Love you! Deb

  24. Mia

    This blog discovery was a lovely blessing that God surprised me with today. Thank you.

    Seize the day

  25. Ashlee

    Hi Sarah,

    How have you been?

    You and I e-mailed a few times years ago, and I was curious about you recently, and wanted to know what you had been up to.

    Thanks to Google, I found the pretty, positive, gifted writer.

    Hope you’re doing well.

    ~Ashlee Evans

  26. You you could make changes to the page subject About Itinerant Idealist to something more catching for your blog post you make. I loved the the writing yet.

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