The Girl Behind the Blog: An Interview with Sarah Koontz

Sarah Koontz invites women of all ages to explore the beauty of God’s design. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. Sarah lives on 13-acres in South Dakota with her husband, two daughters and a rowdy flock of 30 chickens. She revels in their simple, uncluttered life.

I was tickled pink when my blogging friend, Mary Hill, invited me to participate in her series “31 Christian Bloggers who Inspire Me to Walk Closer with Christ.”

It was fun to share a few pieces of my personal story that I haven’t yet had the opportunity to blog about, including my testimony and favorite Scripture verse.

Our interview inspired me to pull the curtain back and share even more of my quirky self with you today in this blog post.

You see, blogging requires that we share our stories without making it all about ourselves.

It demands a fine balance between transparency and making certain that every word serves a purpose and meets a need in our readers’ lives.

I tend to veer away from sharing too many details about my life, not because I have something to hide, but rather because I don’t ever want my blog to feel like “it’s all about me.

All of that said, it is fun to step out of the norm and share a bit of my real life with you.

I’ve included a few snippets from my interview with Mary, along with some fun random facts about myself.

I’ve also included a fun “get to know” you question at the end, along with a call for you to submit any burning questions you have about me.  Enjoy!


I live on 13-acres in South Dakota with my husband, two daughters and a rowdy flock of 30 chickens.

We live a simple, uncluttered life –and I revel in the peace and quiet country living provides.

I love spending my days crafting words and digging into my soul to find the perfect message to bring hope to my readers.

I am in the process of drafting my first book proposal and enjoy building my platform, honing my craft, and networking within the writing and publishing community.

My constant prayer is that my only passion be for Christ.

To make Him known.

To honor Him with each moment of my day.

To learn to do what He wants me to do, without being distracted by my own desires.

I am not sure where this writing journey will take me, but I will continue to pray that God gives me words that are filled with hope and faith to share with my readers.

And emboldens me to share my story without fear of what others may think of me, in hopes that my story will inspire others to embrace their own!

Because where there is real fruit, you will always find seed in it for more fruit.

Sarah Koontz invites women of all ages to explore the beauty of God’s design. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. Sarah lives on 13-acres in South Dakota with her husband, two daughters and a rowdy flock of 30 chickens. She revels in their simple, uncluttered life.

I don’t want anyone to remain stuck simply because they have no one in their life urging them to dig into God’s word and find a way forward.

I have always had loving Christian mentors –people who had gone before me and were willing to retrace their steps and walk alongside me.

Understanding God’s beautiful design for my life has brought so much freedom and joy to my life, and I simply must share it with others.

I want to be that friend urging you forward, pointing to God’s word and walking the curvy paths alongside you.

Head on over to Mary’s site for the full interview where I also share my personal testimony, life verse, favorite authors, and so much more!

Click Here for Full Interview

Now it’s your turn.  See all of the fun questions along the side of this post? I’d love for you to take a minute to answer one of them in the comments.  Favorite food? Irrational fear? Claim to fame? You pick!

Also, feel free to ask me any burning questions you have that weren’t covered in the interview.  I will do my best to answer all of them.

French Fries!  I used to avoid them, but now that I am 100% gluten free they are my  guilty pleasure.
Favorite Food
Married to Ryan in 2004, 2 children (Anya- Age 9 & Nadia – Age 7)
Family
When I was 19 years old, I lived in 4 different countries in the same year.
Claim to Fame
Stink Bugs! Our house is filled with them and I have to keep reminding my husband that I married him for his bug killing skills.
Irrational Fear
I love the Gilmore Girls (can’t wait for the new shows).  And hubs and I are currently watching NCIS and The New Girl.
Favorite TV Show
I hate taking showers, baths are better, but between you and me, I do neither as often as I should.
Confession
I adore my flock of 28 hens and love the kitty who adopted us (yes, he just showed up one day!) and is a fantastic mouser.
Pets
My hubby loves pickled herring, YUCK!  Of course, I’ve never tried it, but YUCK!
Least Favorite Food
I am too serious for hobbies, I turn everything I love into a job. Gardening, writing, photography, yeah, they are all jobs!
Hobbies
I used to be a professional golfer. It’s funny to think about now, but I was pretty good for all of about 5 minutes.
Random

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I love to share my writing at these inspiring blogger linkups.

Photography by Kristi from Picture Perfect Portraits.

Sarah Koontz

About Sarah Koontz

  Sarah Koontz invites Christians of all ages to explore the beauty of God’s design. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. Sarah lives on 13-acres in South Dakota with her husband, two daughters and a rowdy flock of 30 chickens. She revels in their simple, uncluttered life. Follow Sarah on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Read Sarah's full Bio Here.

30 thoughts on “The Girl Behind the Blog: An Interview with Sarah Koontz

  1. Sarah- this was a fun read because I got to know you better!

    I had a flock of chickens (raccoons and stock tank claimed the majority of them) so I guess I know who I can swap chicken stories with;)

    I’m gluten free too. Which restaurant has the best french fries or do you make at home?

    #TestimonyTuesday neighbor,
    Julie

  2. I love the Gilmore girls too! Actually I’m trying to finish season 7 before the new show comes out. I love your writing style and it’s always a joy reading your posts! God truly does have a beautiful design for each of our lives. I rediscovered that this week when my husband ad I attend a worldwide marriage encounter where we spent the weekend on retreat together drawing closer than we ever have been. God is good!

    1. Thank you, Hannah. I appreciate your kind words about my writing, and it’s nice to know I’m not alone in my Gillmore Girls obsession! That retreat sounds amazing, I know it is a sacrifice to attend conferences and such, but it is always worth the effort. Blessings to you.

  3. What a great idea and a fun post! I loved getting to know you a little bit better! In fact, I think we may have to encourage all of our Blessings Counter ladies to write a post like this one!
    And, I love Gilmore Girls too!
    Hope you have a wonderful day~
    Melanie

    1. I knew I was in good company with you, Melanie. The Gillmore girls is such a fun show, and I can’t wait to see more of it. Thanks for stopping by, I look foward to seeing a similar post on your blog soon…It’s fun to get to know the girls behind the blogs.

  4. I loved reading this post and getting to know you better! You are the ONLY (former) professional golfer I know. That’s probably a pretty elite group of people! What a cool thing. My husband and I are “saving” golf as something to do together once our kids are out of school. We’ve been so busy with their sports, for so many years, that we decided we needed to have something to look forward to when our schedule suddenly opens up. Neither of us knows how to play- yet.

    1. Golf is a great sport! My dad always said it’s something you can enjoy for your whole life, and he was right. As a “recovering” professional, it’s tough for me to fully enjoy it during this busy season of life simply because my Martha Stewart body can’t handle my aggressive Tiger Woods swing. I played only a few times this summer, and hurt myself each time. LOL. I do hope you follow through and take up the sport someday, it’s a beautiful way to enjoy God’s creation if you don’t get too caught up in trying to play well.

  5. Love your number one tip for bloggers to discover the WHY. SO, so good, Sarah. I knew most of these things about you, but it was so fun to read them over again and catch some new things. Love you and your beautiful heart!

  6. Hi Sarah! How fun to get to know you better. My claim to fame is that I’ve only lived about 6 years in the US in the past 28. (3 times for a year each, and other two or three month stints!) I’m married to Jose, a Salvadoran, and my kids Andres (19) and Camilla (17) were born in El Salvador.

  7. Sarah, this was such a fun way to get to know you better and I look forward to sharing this behind-the-scenes glimpse of you with my friends. ‘Look it’s the lady with the 28 chickens (and 1 dearly loved cat)!’ Does that sound about right? 🙂

    For my turn, I’ll mention that even though I’m from the Caribbean, I really don’t like a lot of the local dishes (What? I know, right!). Fish is not high on my list and salt fish is probably the worse. As for pickled herring, that’s where I draw the line!

    1. I’ve never been a huge fish lover either, Marva. Although, I am from the midwest so we don’t have the freshest options here. I did love a good bread bowl filled with fresh clam chowder until I had to go gluten free, and I’m learning to enjoy salmon too. I have no idea where hubs picked up the taste for pickled herring, but it’s one of his few flaws, so I choose to persevere…. 😉

      Thanks for sharing me with your friends, it means a lot!

    1. Brandi! I did that for a while too. I have dark hair on my arms and hated it in high school. I like smooth arms, unfortunately…my hair grows too quickly, so it wasn’t worth the effort. You should definitely try Gillmore Girls next time you are looking for a good binge show.

  8. I love this! It’s great to take a little time to get to know one another in this crazy internet world. Sometimes our writing makes it seem like we go straight to the 20th date and skip the rest!
    Burning question: What was your timeline & process for creating such a beautiful blog?

    1. Becky, this is actually my second blog, so I had lots of experience before I launched it. My original blog is located at http://www.groundedandsurrounded.com and my best friend runs it now (although there are still 100 articles in my name). To be honest, I already had the bones figured out and a theme I loved so it didn’t take long to set up the design (simple is always best online). I put it up quite quickly (a few days), and then did a re-design about 6 months in once I decided to make it my primary blog. WordPress and blog design has quite a steep learning curve, but if you are diligent and willing to watch lots of how-to videos on YouTube, you can develop enough skills to be quite self-sufficient. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to drop me an e-mail and thank you for asking.

  9. I love that you decided to do this. I think you captured the struggle of Christian blogging well, as far as how much you make it about you. Earlier this week I was feeling stuck on my writing so I did a brain dump just to clear out all my thoughts and one thing I wrote down was, “It is ok if YOUR blog is about YOU sometimes.” It was incredibly freeing to give myself this permission to make it about me at times and trust the Lord will use my story to connect with others.
    Ok so my turn to share a little. I have been married for 7 yearsm have a 16 month old daughter and two dogs (our starter children).

    1. Yes, sometimes raw vulnerability and real truth is the best way to reach into the hearts of our readers, yet it always needs to serve a greater purpose, doesn’t it? Thanks for stopping by and sharing a bit about yourself. I love that the theme of your blog is Joy, what a beautiful inspiration!

  10. It was great to get the extra peek into your life, Sarah! Mary has done such a beautiful job with this series! What an honor! Thanks for sharing this at #MomentsofHope! You are a blessing!

  11. This is a fun post, Sarah! An ex-pro golfer and chicken lover who makes the very right, smart and totally unquestionable choice to NEVER eat pickled herring ever ever ever. Yuck is right. I grew up with my mom always having a fully stocked fridge of that grossness. 🙂 I’m with you there! And I could never have chickens as pets, we would become too attached and when it was time to say goodbye I would never be able to eat my little friends!

  12. I have read several posts but your style of writing is super! especially the “anthill lessons post”. I read it like ten times only to realize am learning a new concept every time I read through it. I love the way you portray God’s message; may God expand your territories dear.

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