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Rachel Anne
Making life better, one Small Thing at a time.
Interests: writing, painting, avoiding housework
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Good gracious, Christmas is almost here. And it's arriving just when I've come up for air, after trying (and failing) to meet my deadline for turning in final sketches for a children's book. Question: Did you know that scanning in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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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
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"We can do no great things; only small things with great love." Mother Teresa I found this quote years ago, during a time when I felt particularly insignificant in the world. I was knee-deep in parenting, which took all of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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Stop me, people. I keep pinning gorgeous, lick-able paint colors on Pinterest. christinasadventures.com I'm this close to pulling out rollers and paint trays and slathering every room with some new shade of deliciousness. rachaelgathers.com The only thing that's stopping me... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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A Christmas gift that will capture your heart. When a stray donkey wandered into my life, I had no idea that I was about to learn some of life's greatest lessons. What could a long-eared, buck-toothed, braying animal possibly teach... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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Last week, Heather MacFadyen, host of the God Centered Mom Podcast, asked me a few questions about balancing work and home life. HA! "IS THERE A BALANCE?" I ask. No, seriously. Is there?? Since this is something I have struggled... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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Life is about to get a whole lot of crazy, what with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Black Friday, Parties, Shopping and Decorating. Whew! BUT BEFORE ALL THAT GETS UNDERWAY..... I want to invite you to two events on the same day! You... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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It seems like you probably ought to know by now. Because technically you've been a grown up for awhile now. :) It seems like everyone else got it figured out in their twenties, or at least by their mid-thirties. But... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
GREAT NEWS, EVERYONE! You people are AWESOME! As of this morning, we have raised over $1700 for Tonita and her family, and we've made a big dent in the furniture and household items she needs! WOW!!! We are so excited... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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A few weeks ago, an email from our son-in-law landed in my inbox. It was a request for help for a family needing a temporary place to stay. We knew the family through our daughter, Meghan and her husband Nathan,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
Hi Naureen! I'm so glad you left a comment! It's good to "see" you again! I really appreciate your viewpoint and it causes me to clarify my post. I believe you are right...most Muslims do not hate Christians, and vice versa. The problem is that because of the atrocities we see done by the extremist Muslims, we (western Christian) start to generalize...just as many non-Christians generalize about our faith. It happens. "They hate Christians, right?" was meant to typify some of the ideas that I hear around me that explains the resistance to wanting to help the Syrian crisis. I will put that sentence in quotes in the post. Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone in the world ascribed to loving their neighbor, regardless of religion? All I can truly control is my own response to the needs around me (whether in my hometown, or across the world) and pray that others will do the same.
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On Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of working at another Awaken event here in the Dallas area. My dear friend, Priscilla Shirer, (maybe you saw her in War Room recently?) does a few of these events each year, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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Are you on a journey? I sure am. My life has never taken the "easy roads." Oh, there have been some grand views and great adventures along the way. But there have also been deserts and thickets, some big boulders... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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I have such exciting news...I've been busting at the seams to tell you about it! Flash the Donkey is becoming a children's book! My wonderful publisher, Tyndale, will publish the book next fall so it will be in stores well... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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I'm currently loving most of those you've listed, plus Ask Science Mike - it's with Mike McHargue of the Liturgists. I love the generous way he handles the questions! If you've ever wondered if animals have souls, or about quantum physics, dark matter, human origins, the way the brain works, or any other random question....this is the podcast for you. http://mikemchargue.com/asksciencemike/ I like the way Elizabeth Gilbert's Magic Lessons are set up...taking an individual listener's scenario and giving advice for how to create "magic" (creative energy) within it. Inspiring! Great post...love the suggestions from everyone!
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2015 on podcasts to pass the time at hollywood housewife
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The late summer sun has scorched the pasture, leaving it barren and dry. Oh, it still has scraggly weeds and thistles, but the grass that Flash and Henry need for daily sustenance is long gone. This is the time of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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The photo of little Aylan Kurdi's dead body, washed up on a Turkish shore, broke my heart last week. Surely you saw it, too? Aylan, his brother, and his mother all drowned when the small, overloaded boat sank as they... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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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 Sep 1, 2015 at Home Sanctuary