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Rachel Anne
Making life better, one Small Thing at a time.
Interests: writing, painting, avoiding housework
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Every summer, just like every January, I vow to get organized. I promise to clean the windows. I am determined to stay on top of the laundry. But life is so hard. And Netflix starts the next episode of my... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Home Sanctuary
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Recently, I learned that just because something works for a season, it doesn't mean it will always work...for all time. A simple moment in my kitchen helped me see this. So, I've made some small changes....with big results. I'm guest... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Home Sanctuary
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Today, I'd like to introduce you to my friend Emily Wierenga. Emily's newest memoir, Making it Home, releases on September 8, and I've invited her to post an excerpt from her book here. I know you'll love her story about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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Hazel Marie made her debut on August 3! One week old today, she is healthy and beautiful. I had the privilege of being with Lauren, Robert, and Ivy (age 2) for the first five days of Hazel's life. I have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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If I seem a little bit giddy, it's probably because every other minute I'm thinking about the imminent arrival of my third granddaughter, Hazel Marie. Lauren is my oldest daughter, and she is READY for this baby to come! Hazel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
Facebook has done that to me as well. I am weary of it! Time to step back for me, too.
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Sarah, Ive been spending all year in the gospels, just looking at how Jesus responded to people and what He said. It seems like his anger was reserved for the people who either misused the Temple (money-changers) or those who were self-righteous. Toward sinners He showed compassion. Toward government, He said, give to Caesars what is Caesars. It seems like He refused to get drawn into politics, but instead said, my Kingdom is not of this world. Im doing a whole lot of thinking about this, as you can tell! Im just reminded to ask, What would love do here? first. Its what we should be known for.
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I've been thinking. And you know how I get quiet when I'm thinking, right? I've tried to sit down and write a decent blog post over the past week or two, but I've been stuck. Lately there's been such a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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My newest obsession is cold brew coffee. In a word: YUM. Perfect for summer afternoons when you need a little pick-me-up, this recipe will make you happy because it's simple, makes plenty, and tastes divine. Because it is literally brewed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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We all want to simplify our lives -- starting tomorrow. We would start today, but we've got too many things on our plate to begin the process, right? I hear ya. Here are five things you can do today that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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I have the fun pleasure of being the guest co-host on the Sorta Awesome Podcast with Megan Tietz this week! You might know Megan from her former (very popular) blog, Sorta Crunchy, and her book, Spirit-Led Parenting - From Fear... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
Stacy, I bought silver paint from Home Depot, in the Martha Stewart section. Poured it into a tray and rolled it on with a sponge roller. Good luck!
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2015 on Inexpensive Counter Re-Do at Home Sanctuary
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Anne, I love your sweet, giving heart. I just replied to Cynthia and I don't know if you'll see it...but I want to share my thoughts on thiese important questions in another blog post or two. It takes me awhile to put things into words so I can't make any promises as to WHEN I'll post! But for now, I think it's just important to keep trusting God that His timing will be perfect. He know exactly where you are and what is in your life, and He will make all things beautiful in its time. And in the waiting, I think you keep looking for ways to prepare and stay hopeful. Blessings to you, my friend!
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The lavender farm dream has faded away...I guess I'll just have to go visit Provence to get my fill of the wonderful blooms. But I love your questions and I do have opinions about the whole "dream big" message. I am definitely planning to write more about this, because i know it's a questjion on all of our hearts. What do we do with the dreams in our hearts when the waiting seems like forever! I'm so glad you commented today...I appreciate it so much.
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I planted it more than a decade ago. A lavender plant in a four-inch pot that held a tiny dream. I was so hopeful back then. We'd moved to the country from our suburban neighborhood, and I imagined that someday... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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Hey there, friends, After eight years of blogging, I'm finally putting my favorite posts into one, easy-to-access place. I'm not finished adding to it, but thought I'd go ahead and post it now, and I'll let you know when I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
My husband was frustrated with the amount of clutter and debris piled into our closets and drawers. "Every single thing you open has a bunch of junk in it," he said, disgustedly. (We've had this discussion many times, just in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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Church Directory Photo - 2008 Don't you want to get to know these dorky people? It was 2008, and we had just had our family portrait taken for the church directory. "Now, if you'll step this way, you can view... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
You are welcome, Julia. Rachel Anne Ridge artist, writer, stray donkey owner Home Sanctuary - blog FlashTheDonkey - book
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Yesterday, I wrote a post that's been on my heart for several days. I tried to finish it last week, but I struggled to find words that didn't sound corny or trite. In the end, I think I crammed about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
Hi Amanda, Thank you so much for your email! Wow, you really made my day! I am so excited that you read the book and that it spoke to you...it means so much to me. I loved writing it, and I wish you could have seen me sitting in my office...all alone...typing away...wondering if anyone would read it! Flash and I have been really warmed by the response, but I have to say that youre the first person to tell me theyve highlighted it all over!! Thats awesome. I will tuck your email into a special file - I know it will bring a smile whenever I read it. Thank you again....I appreciate you taking the time to send me a note. Rachel PS If you have a moment, I would LOVE if you could leave a review on Amazon for me? Im hoping to reach 100 by the end of this month!! No pressure, Im just spreading the word!! http://www.amazon.com/Flash-Homeless-Donkey-Taught-Chances/dp/1414397836/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 Rachel Anne Ridge artist, writer, stray donkey owner Home Sanctuary - blog FlashTheDonkey - book
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The cap and gown photos that have filled my Facebook feed in the past few weeks have made me feel a little bit sentimental. Looking into the faces of the high school graduates, flanked by their smiling parents, I remember... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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Earlier this week, after I'd posted photos of the upholstered chairs that I'd painted, I wished I'd added a paragraph. Painting the chairs was a fun little DIY project, but it deserved some commentary on gratitude and hospitality. Hide and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
My chairs did have a smooth fabric, so I think that was a plus. However, I have seen it done with nubby upholstery and it still works. It will just be stiff, but I say....why not??
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I did have these chairs indoors for quite awhile after I first painted them. They work fine inside, they just feel a little bit like fake leather or something. It never bothered me, but its probably a personal thing youd have to decide for yourself. I think its a great solution when reupholstering isnt feasible!
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