Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What I like about you!

Sarah Mathis

I have been planning on featuring Sarah on "What I like about you" for months now. I don't know why, but I just haven't done it yet... until today!

Sarah was the first person I met at South Side B.C. She was dropping off Noelle at the nursery the same time I checked Jack in. Mike was still in Little Rock so I was attending by myself. I asked where the adult Sunday school classes were and Sarah offered to take me to the Fellowship Hall where the adults were meeting that day. She introduced me to her friends and invited me to sit with them. She gave me her phone number and told me about a playgroup that she and some other ladies from the church attended.

I called her later that week and she gave me directions to the home where the playgroup was meeting.

Her welcoming heart made me feel very comfortable and at home at South Side.
Another friend of mine told me a similar story about Sarah welcoming her to the church. Seems like this is pretty common for her.

Sarah is someone who will go out of her way to help.

Three weeks ago I called and asked if she would mind watching Ty while I took Jack to the ER. She didn't. She fed him, bathed him and put him to sleep during the 5 hours we were at the hospital.

Two weeks ago Sarah and Chris invited all of us over for Easter dinner.
Last week Jack and Ty spent the night Friday night while I was at church for the girls lock-in.
That's three weekends in a row we have intruded on their time. Here's the best part about it. Chris and Sarah don't make me feel guilty for bothering them so much. Should I? Probably. But I don't. I just feel like they love us.

To me this is huge. I can't even explain what I'm trying to say here. There are very few people who make me feel like this. It's like when you leave your kids at their grandparent's house and you don't feel bad about taking advantage of the free babysitting because the grandparents really want to love on the kids. Know what I mean?
That's how the Mathis's are. They just make you feel like they want to love on you. I hope this makes sense to you.

Sarah is one of my very good friends in Abilene. She is pleasant to be around. She is always actively learning about God's Word. She hosts Bible studies and small groups in her home. Her house is so kid friendly -I LOVE going over there. She cooks well. She sews. I stopped by her house the other day because a button fell off my sweater. I needed purple thread. She gave me some :-)

Sarah's always up for a party. -I like that.

Sarah is patient, and she is so humble. She will downplay all of this stuff I am saying about her here -just watch.

She keeps Chris in line. ha ha. No really. Chris, you are so lucky to have her.

The more I have gotten to know Chris (he is the boys AWANA leader so we do stuff on Wed. night together) the more I see how beautifully they balance and compliment each other.
Sarah pays attention to people. I had a huge Easter party at my house for the neighbor and church preschool kids. There were about 25 kids sitting on the floor of my living room with snacks and juice while I was reading the Easter story. A child spilled their juice in front of me -during the story. Most of the other moms were visiting with each other and didn't notice what had happened. I looked up and scanned the room for someone to go get some paper towels. Sarah was standing near the back and I pointed to the floor and she said, "I got it." I know that is tiny, but it seemed big to me. She was paying attention to the kids, to the situation, to me and was willing to help at any turn.

That's just who she is.

If you live in Abilene and want to know Sarah. Let me know. I'll introduce you -and you will be a better person for knowing her.


Anonymous said...

I like this!

Carolyn Rogers said...

I agree.....The Mathis family ROCKS!!!

Sue Anne said...

How beautifully you have described our Sarah. She is a blessing to me and to our family. How I thank God for her!

Anonymous said...

nice post