Sarah + Tim

a canadian, american and calico living in perfect harmony

Sarah and Tim: An Online Love Story October 4, 2009

Photo c/o Yaletown Wedding Gallery

Photo c/o Yaletown Wedding Gallery

Tim and I just celebrated our fourth anniversary at the beginning of September.  Here is a little insight to how Sarah and Tim became Sarah and Tim.  You may be surprised.

One August night in 2001, I was invited by a friend to go to with her, a chat room specifically for people of our faith.  After a few minutes online, I started chatting with Tim.  At the time I was living in Vancouver and he was in Portland.  We soon found we were the same age, shared similar interests and got along quite well.  We ended up chatting for four hours that night, exchanged email addresses and started emailing, chatting and racking up crazy phone bills on a regular basis.   Because of the distance between us, we had the opportunity to develop a strong friendship that was an excellent foundation for what was to come.

New Years 2002, Tim and his band came to party and we finally met.  The chemistry was there and shortly thereafter, we began dating officially.  We took turns coming to visit back and forth (luckily there is only a six hour drive between Vancouver and Portland) and then that summer Tim received his call to serve in the Chile Santiago North mission.

The last time we saw each other before Tim's mission, July 2002

The last time we saw each other before Tim's mission, July 2002

I was devastated.  Of course I wanted to support Tim but knew I was going to miss him while he was gone.  Tim asked me not to wait for him, and I wasn’t planning on it.  While I dated up a storm while Tim was away, the feelings I had for Tim (and vice versa) didn’t go away.

That said, I had skipped out writing Tim for the last six months of his mission and Tim thought I’d gotten married by that point.

At the end of his mission, we talked and were both a little indifferent of our relationship.  He decided to come visit before leaving for school at BYU the fall of 2004 and before we knew it, we were exactly where we left off.  Tim wanted me to come to Utah, to which I responded something like “over my dead body” (fate has a cruel sense of irony) and we decided to call it quits.  We both thought it would be forever, but in February of 2005, I called Tim to tell him I still had feelings for him.  He was dating another girl at the time, but before I knew it, he had broken up after mulling over our conversation.  Tim told me that he had been comparing me to every girl he dated at BYU and none of them had measured up.

Our engagement photo by Stephanie

Our engagement photo by Stephanie

By spring of 2005, Tim had planned a roadtrip with his school friends to Vancouver and we had several days together.  At the time I was planning to serve a mission for our church and he was fully supportive of the idea.  But by June, the thought of putting our relationship on hold for a mission was hard to swallow.  We started talking about getting married and were engaged soon afterwards.

How did Tim propose?  We were at the Seattle Temple and he says to me, “Maybe we can go ring shopping this weekend!” and I’m thinking, “You don’t already have the ring?”  As we”re sitting in the parking lot, then he pops this gorgeous diamond on me and asks me to marry him.  I said yes, of course.

sarah-and-tim-online-love-story-ringOne stressful summer engagement and two receptions later, we were married in the Cardston, Alberta temple and then rode off into the sunset.  It was perfect.

So there you have it.  I met the love of my life on the internet.  How is that for God bringing two compatible people together that may have never met otherwise?  It’s beyond chance and makes me immensely grateful.

How did you meet your husband/wife/partner?


Childhood Dreams Come True February 8, 2009

When I was 8 years old, I took a modeling class.  And let me tell you, I had a kick butt runway walk – even then!  As kids, we dabbled in the entertainment industry, being involved in commercials and movies.  As a teenager I totally wanted to model and even went to an agency!  I was instructed to lose an inch off my hips and come back.  Though I never did, I have thought about modeling for years and gone through phases of enthusiasm… but never really done anything about it.

lisa-j-peck1Until now.  In November, I started working with life coach Lisa J. Peck, the Step It Up Queen.  The weekend before, this urge to model had been rekindled so we talked about it.  She told me how she could hear the color in my voice whenever I talked about modeling and encouraged me to make time for and pursue my childhood dream.  It’s been amazing how Lisa’s encouragement has helped me move forward these last few months, not just with modeling, but life in general.  With her help, I’ve made incredible progress in trusting my instincts, living with confidence and actively pursuing my dreams.  I live with greater clarity and direction.

Here’s some of my favorite shots from some recent photo shoots… more to come!

Photo care of Robert Parker

Photo care of Robert Parker

Photo care of Chris Blackburn

Photo care of Chris Blackburn

Photo care of Chris Blackburn

Photo care of Chris Blackburn

Photo care of Justin Hackworth

Photo care of Justin Hackworth

So what are your childhood dreams?  Are you living them?  Do tell!

And a big thank you to Lisa for all her help and encouragement.  I totally recommend Lisa and would love to introduce her to you!


give love – 2.14.09 January 24, 2009

As you may know, I have a jewelry company called blue bijou that I design jewelry for.  blue bijou was established in 2007 and has since been featured on Studio 5, Good Things Utah and the TV show!  These have been tremendous experiences and this Sunday, our segment will reair.  And the details:

give-love-on-valentines-day1The show will re-air on Sunday, January 25th at 9:30am on ABC4 and Comcast on Demand.  In the event that you live outside of Utah and would love to tune in anyway, feel free to visit the website and watch it online!  Thanks everyone for your encouragement and support.

The co-owner of the show, Ryan Winterton, made us blush:

Blue Bijou was a HUGE hit with my
wife.  I told you how she isn’t a very
bling-bling type of girl, but she
absolutely loved the
necklace and ear
rings.  Thank you
very much!  And we will be enjoying
the vacation that came as a bonus
too.  Blue Bijou ROCKS (literally and

– Ryan Winterton,

While I’m plugging blue bijou, we’re running a special Valentines promotion for called give love.  With Valentines Day around the corner, show love by giving blue bijou on February 14th!  In honor of this celebration of love, blue bijou is discounting everything by 40%! (note the discount is taken off at the check-out)  Check out our Valentines Day ideas here!


A Brand New Year January 18, 2009

a-brand-new-year-wordsThis Wednesday, the youth in our stake had a huge joint activity where we all watched a broadcast from the Conference Center in Salt Lake City featuring Elder Jeffrey R. Holland & Elaine S. Dalton. The 2009 worldwide theme for the youth of the church is to be an example of the believers. The youth have been encouraged by the First Presidency of the church to do 3 things: read the Book of Mormon for five minutes every day, pray daily and to smile. At this same activity, each of us was assigned a page or two to read from the Book of Mormon. We all collectively read the entire Book or Mormon in seven minutes!  🙂  Beat that!

And the biggest shock this week – I was released from my calling in the Young Women’s presidency! In fact, our entire presidency was released. You know when you can feel it coming?  It’s still so strange and I feel somewhat directionless.  The girls are blessed to have an awesome prez coming in w/Kim, Mindi and Jamie.  We all had opportunities to bear our testimonies in Sacrament Meeting today and I’m so glad we did – I had really wanted to.  It’s been an absolute privilege to serve the amazing girls in our ward – I have needed them as much as they’ve needed me.  I really have thought twice about what type of example I’d be setting for them, so they’ve helped me be a better version of myself.  We really have had awesome memories together.  I love you, girls!!!

Okay, so what do you do with yourself once you’re released from a momentous dream calling?  Advice, please!

Photos by Alexei

Photos by Alexei



Newly Updated: November 9, 2008

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This week, we gave a facelift!  It has been streamlined and updated to include gift ideas (with the giving season around the corner) and lovely testimonials from some of our favorite individuals.  Please check it out – we’d love your feedback and ideas!


PS: PLUS, we are expanding our gallery, so if you have a photo of yourself wearing some blue bijou bling, please send it to us!  We’d love to showcase your photograph and/or testimonial on our website 🙂  Example: Selina wearing the Selina earrings.  Photo by Melia of Lucida Photography



BOO! October 9, 2008

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Yesterday at work, Scott scared the LIVING DAYLIGHTS out of me!  At our office, the bathrooms are outside in the hall.  As I’m coming back from the bathroom, I open the door to the office and much to my surprise, he jumps out at me!  I screamed, did my “cat pose” I do when someone freaks the tar out of me, and he takes off running.  I haven’t been scared that bad for years and I wasn’t about to let him get away with it so I bolted after him, running down the hall in a skirt.

After we all had a good laugh, Kristen says to me, “It’s a good thing he didn’t scare you BEFORE you went to the bathroom.”  Dang right!  I might have looked something like this…

(kudos to Joseph’s girlfriend, Vivian, for a great picture!)

Have you had a good scare recently?  Do tell!


Short Hair is Sexy September 20, 2008

My photographer friend, Justin Hackworth, recently did a shoot for Metropolitan Salon in Provo.  Herein lies proof that short hair is sexy.

I’m a believer!