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Rachel Anne
Making life better, one Small Thing at a time.
Interests: writing, painting, avoiding housework
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When we first got married, Tom used to worry whenever I got quiet. "Are you mad at me?" he'd ask. I'd look at him like, where would you get that idea? "Of course not," I'd say. "Is everything OK?" he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
It's an odd stage of motherhood I'm in. It's the uncharted territory of letting go of these kids we've raised, and embracing a new season in life. It's exciting and scary at the same time. I remember, as a kid... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
The randomly drawn winner of this canvas print from Tuesday/Wednesday's post is: Cari LaCroix! Cari, send me your address and I'll send the print to you! Congratulations!! I loved reading everyone's "Big Bad Ugly" that they faced. It's heartening to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
This post is reprised from sometime last year....because Perfectionism's Big Bad Ugly Cousin, Procrastination, has been hanging around again. This time, I've been putting off writing some letters and making some phone calls. Let me introduce you to Mr. Big... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
Oops, I sent out yesterday's blog with a bad link. If you had trouble accessing my 6 Top Organizational Posts, here is correct link to the post: 6 Top Organizational Posts. Are you one? If you're struggling with clutter and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
Sorry! I fixed the link....sheesh. {thats embarrassing}
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2014 on Need Order? Get Started Here at Home Sanctuary
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Grab a cup of coffee and have a seat! Let's chat about Order. In January, I listed my Top 6 Housekeeping posts in one, easy to read post. Many of you have joined me in the last month or two,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
Last week, I talked about cultivating peace in your home as the first step to creating a sense of sanctuary. If peacefulness is the foundation for your structure, then Order is the pillars that holds it up. This is great... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
Lyn, please let me know how I can pray. Waiting is the hardest part. Praying for peace.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2014 on 5 Things that Steal Your Peace at Home Sanctuary
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Clearly, you're right. I wasn't trying to be patronizing, only lighthearted about it. Is that OK, or must it always be serious? You've made me wonder! And though this is a blog for adults by an adult, I'm committed to PG content (just in case of little eyes seeing something left up) and I never thought a euphemism was bad thing. My hope is that my posts are read in the spirit in which they were intended...but sometimes I miss. Thank you for your comment...I always welcome new insights.
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Anne, I love your comment. Thank you! Perfectly said.
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Oh man. This is a big topic, but let's see how far we get today. Remember, we started out this series by saying that Sanctuary is a three-legged stool. It is held up by Peace, Order and Beauty...and without these... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
Love the empty drawer concept! I have never heard of that before...but it does make a lot of sense. I DEFINITELY relate to the ball of yarn brain - haha. It sounds like you have a lot of respect for each others needs....what a great example. Im so glad you shared.
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Hi Sarah, I really appreciate your two cents! I love what you said about marriage NOT being a two way street, but a one way...I'd never thought about it like that. It's a great word picture. A 700 word blog post cannot begin to address all the issues...or fix something with deeper problems. But I think you hit the nail on the head with the things you shared - and I thank you! As for the 14 minutes...of course I was just being silly there. Sometimes we find a thousand other things to do instead of being available to love...we don't have time, can't make the effort, the dishes need doing, etc etc. It's just a reminder to not put it off when it is an important part of your marriage.
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We're still talking about creating a peaceful home that is a place of refuge for yourself and your family this week. If you're just joining in, I hope you'll read this, this and this as well! I used to think... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
Did you get a chance to download the free art yesterday? I hope so! Scroll down to the bottom of yesterday's post for the link. Let's keep talking about Peace, OK? While we might know in our hearts that Christ... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
Seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:14 I started talking about creating a home sanctuary through peace, order and beauty last week, and today I'm picking up where I left off. When you think of what you want your home... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
Hi Amanda, I have heard from so many people who relate to your story. And although Im not shy, Im definitely introverted at heart, and have longed for that one true friend. I think you are wise to just take your time, but I also think its important to put yourself out there when you can. Maybe without expectation, without pressure. Ive found several new friends by volunteering for projects...working on things with other people gives such an opportunity to find common ground without being awkward. You are not a Debbie Downer....I think you are just expressing what so many others have felt as well. Blessings to you, sweet Amanda.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2014 on Not a Girlfriendy Girl at Home Sanctuary
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Sanctuary: Peace, Order & Beauty Imagine if every person in this world had a roof over his head, a tummy that was full of good food, a job that provided for his family, and chance to pursue his dreams? What... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
Im so sorry about your grandpa. What a wonderful thing to say about him - that he was one of your best friends. Not many people have such a gift in life. Your empathy for the lady at church was no doubt very comforting to her. Bless you.
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Nothing is wasted is a quote that is on my desk. Someone sent it to me and I loved it - it is by Adrian Plass. Im not familiar with him, but I love the thought. Everything will be used for His glory and our good....somehow in the light of eternity, everything will make sense one day. I look forward to that!!
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Im a grumbler too! I start murmuring before I remember to say OH! Look and see what Gods going to do! LOL
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