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Rachel Anne
Making life better, one Small Thing at a time.
Interests: writing, painting, avoiding housework
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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 11 hours ago 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 7 days ago 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
"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
Stop me, people. I keep pinning gorgeous, lick-able paint colors on Pinterest. I'm this close to pulling out rollers and paint trays and slathering every room with some new shade of deliciousness. The only thing that's stopping me... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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
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
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
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
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
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
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