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Rachel Anne
Making life better, one Small Thing at a time.
Interests: writing, painting, avoiding housework
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Posted 2 days ago at Home Sanctuary
I've got a gift for you, and a sweet way to finish up your Christmas shopping! Read on! Most of you know about my new children's book, Flash the Donkey Makes New Friends, which came out recently. I'm so excited... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Home Sanctuary
via It is a delight to be a guest on the incomparable Ann Voskamp's blog today. My heart has been hurting for our children who may feel unsettled and afraid in this big old world. With everything going on,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
cul·ti·vate to prepare and work on (land) in order to raise crops; till. to promote or improve the growth of (a plant, crop, etc.) by labor and attention. to develop or improve by education or training; train; refine: to cultivate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
My mom has always told me, "you never stop praying for your kids." Now that I've made it through the teen years and am well into the young adult phase of parenting, I know this to be true. Our mama-hearts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
This post first appeared in 2008, when doomsday talk dominated that election cycle. It's just as relevant today, if not more so: "The end of the world as we know it...if the other party wins." ~ every other Facebook status... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
Hey everyone! In case you missed my Facebook Live video, here it is (click the link below the pic): Personal Invite! I know those of you on the east coast may be dealing with Hurricane Matthew and will not be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
When was the last time you went to a pajama party? Well, that's too long. WAY too long! I would love for you to come to my PJ Party on Friday night (Oct. 7) at 7 pm! Now, not everyone... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
Here is Flash, straight from his new book Flash the Donkey Makes New Friends: It's been so fun to get to introduce my storybook characters to you in the past few days. I couldn't wait to bring Flash out of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
We are counting down to Release Day of Flash the Donkey Makes New Friends by meeting the quirky characters in the book. Some people make you sit up straight and think about proper grammar, and how lovely it would be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
Well, what can I say about Jed? This guy... Jed....well you could say he wears his heart on his sleeve. You never have to guess what he is feeling because it's written all over his face. And then there's his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
You know how awesome it is when you get to introduce people to each other that you just know will be instant friends? That's how I feel about my friend, Ruby–and you. See, when I wrote Flash the Donkey Makes... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
My friends, I'm so excited I'm about to bust. My brand new book, written especially for children and starring my dear friend Flash, will be out on October 1! (Pause for nervous giggles!) Here is the official synopsis: "A Stray... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
I tell you what. These people who are campaigning for public office right now are just tireless. Honestly, I don't know how they do it. Up at the crack of dawn, they travel, give stump speeches, rally their troops, try... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
God uses ordinary events to reveal His extraordinary purposes. Just when you think you're going in circles in your everyday life, He can intercept your plans and make His ways known to you. From my desk today... There's a story... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
When the world's problems feel too big, too serious, too impossible to you just sort of implode? Feel overwhelmed, and then immobilized by the immensity? I do. I feel powerless to do anything significant to help meet people's needs,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
The fields have been awash with white wildflowers this spring. Delicate petals, floating on tall stems – like sprigs of kindness pointing to love in the middle of untamed land. At least, that's how I've imagined them. Sometimes I get... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
A couple of months ago, I accidentally interrupted my own my blogging routine without even so much as an "excuse me." I'm not sure where my manners went! (This is where a person might ask, "What, do you live in... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
Good GRACIOUS. I can't believe it's been a couple of months since I last posted! I can hardly remember what I was doing in February. I did not mean to leave you hanging, but I sort of dropped everything to... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
Today's post is a reprise from 2012, but everything about it is still true. Except that now we've had 33 Valentine's Days together. Enjoy: I've tried to write about our love story at least a half a dozen times on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
Thank you, Amy! Im so happy to hear you enjoyed the book and youre sharing it with your friend!
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When my daughters were preschoolers, they coined the phrase, "company girl," to describe how they kept each other company. It's stuck with me ever since. "Will you be my Company Girl?" one girl would ask the other. It seemed like... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
Yes. Yes, I believe it is possible to struggle well. I mean, I know I've struggled poorly a lot, but as I reflect, there are the good kinds of struggles as well. You know, the kind where you say, "Oh,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
January 2016 - LET'S DO THIS! (Bill Watterson) Like Calvin, I plan to continue winging it this year. A few days ago, I actually sat down to jot a few goals for the year, but the problem with that is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Home Sanctuary
Two weeks ago, I was invited to be on Daystar's Marcus and Joni show. I posted photos on Facebook and Twitter...and then sort of forgot that my dear BLOG READERS might want to see some highlights. Sometimes, I wonder about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at Home Sanctuary