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Hello everyone & welcome to The Cooley Cottage Blog!

I am Sara, and I am a 25 year old Kentucky gal who is happily married to the man of my dreams, Casey, who also shares this blog with me!

We are recent homeowners who live in the quaint town of Versailles. We have spent the majority of the past year deep in home projects, learning to tackle a mortgage and student loans, making and sometimes failing monthly budgets,  weekly meal planning, deciding and making rather important career changes, working through grad school all while building our photography/videography business. Oh, and creating and designing this blog! Did I miss anything? It has been overwhelming at times being new homeowners and newlyweds (we’ll always consider ourselves newlyweds) but each challenge has been such a sweet journey to tackle together with my husband. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I promise to share all of these moments we’ve experienced thus far with you in future posts. I’ve kept lots of details and pictures stored away knowing I would share them with you one day. But for now, I want to get back to my hubby real fast…

I met Casey at college and quickly fell head over heels for him. I will soon share with you our journey and how I knew God chose him to be the man with whom I would spend the rest of my life. He is my strongest supporter and the best leader for our home. Not to mention he is really adorable and so is his first blog post that made me laugh and cry!

Through our blog, I hope to share with you our everyday life. My prayer is that we do not show you a life through a crystallized lens or give the idea that we have life figured out, because we don’t. We may have a cute white picket fence (that I’m madly in love with), and we really have never left the “just married honeymoon phase,” but please don’t let that keep you from thinking our life is perfect. Our desires for this blog are to share with you how we are learning to build a life and marriage together while facing some of our greatest fears. This blog is another step Casey & I both know we’ve been asked to take together, and to be honest it has also been a bit of a daunting task for me.

I have not shared my desire to create this site with very many people….not many at all. Only recently have I spoken about it to a handful of friends/family members. In fact, the only people who really knew from the very beginning were my parents, and then later my husband.

My desire has always been to write to encourage others, which started when I was a senior in high school –– SEVEN years ago! I didn’t know exactly what that would look like or even what all the details would be. All I knew was when God placed creating and writing on my heart, it was almost like he handed me a gift. This gift became so precious to me that I wanted to keep it safe. I treated it like a special jewel tucked away in a little box in the back of my mind titled “saved for later.” I have been dwelling on this very thing for seven long years asking God what he wanted me to do about it. I wanted the thing to be absolutely perfect, and I didn’t want it to be all about ‘me’.

I didn’t know it completely then, but I do know now that God needed to take me through a refining process. It took me a good long time before I even looked at my own heart and realized I couldn’t do anything until I dealt with the ugliness and bitterness that took a deep route inside me.

All the pieces have slowly come together, and I am now at a point that I know is time to take a leap of faith. God has taken my little box that I have buried away, and has given me the green light to write again. I know he has been pushing me towards creating a blog for about a year now…and I am out of excuses to delay that thing that I now know is called, “The Cooley Cottage.”

We hope you truly enjoy the moments of our life that we share with you. I cannot stress enough that we do not want this to be about “us” because that was never the original plan. But rather we want you to see yourself resonating with our stories and be encouraged to take a leap of faith towards the desires that have been placed on your heart. 

With the deepest love, welcome to our blog and welcome to our story.

– Sara

P.S. That’s all for today, I just wanted to give a little introduction to our blog, for now feel free to subscribe below, check out Casey’s post, and view our online gallery to see a glimpse into our home! I’ll absolutely be writing some decor posts very soon. We will be posting more this week! Stay tuned, we’re so excited!!

Sara Cooley

  • Patrick Bissig

    Sara!! As your dream is realized may you find yourself strengthening, building and encouraging your readers. Honesty which comes from self-realization always is the difference maker in others lives. THIS is just the beginning. WELCOME TO THE BEST, ENJOY!! I am proud of you! Love you both!!

    September 6, 2016 at 10:16 pm Reply
  • Melinda Parks

    Absolutely love your blog! Being married for 40 years to my best friend has brought many challenges and reading the beginning of your story has been delightful. You are doing something that I wanted to do years ago before blogging was around and did keep a journal over the years. Marriage is not a 50/50 but a 100/100 and I encourage you to continue to encourage other couples. Excited to see what life has in store for you both!

    September 7, 2016 at 1:32 am Reply
  • Steph Doyle

    Commitment itself takes a whole lot of bravery, selflessness, faith, compromise and love. From observing you two, it is crystal clear to me that you and Casey have these things in abundance. That you feel comfortable enough to share your life experiences here, tells me that you also have strength and a good foundation together. Life is not at all perfect, but that is also part of the fun and it helps you grow as an individual and as a couple…..and you are an absolutely lovely couple. Congratulations on this new endeavor! This will be another chapter of your story of commitment to each other, to God, and to giving back to others. I think it’s wonderful.

    September 8, 2016 at 11:31 pm Reply

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