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Rachel Anne
Making life better, one Small Thing at a time.
Interests: writing, painting, avoiding housework
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My son, Grayson, is starting his junior year in college. Each year, it's gotten a little easier to say good-bye, but I do admit to a tiny hole being torn in my heart when I watch his car drive away.... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Home Sanctuary
Just a quick note to update you! Meghan is very close to having this baby, but so far no baby yet. We think it will be in the next day or two so I am with her while she waits.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Home Sanctuary
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We are still waiting on Heidi Joy to make her appearance, my friends! At forty-one weeks and two days, our daughter Meghan (and husband Nathan) is really ready for this thing to happen! (Isn't that a perfectly round-and-big-and-wonderful belly??) Will... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Home Sanctuary
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What do you do when the laundry, dishes, carpool and work all threaten to kill that little dream that's in your heart? I'm over at the Declare Conference blog today, sharing my thoughts. Hop on over and visit me there!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
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Today is my daughter Meghan's due date! Heidi Joy will be arriving any day now and we can't wait to meet her. Will she have her mama's red hair? Or will she be dark, like her daddy? We figure this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
Good Monday Morning! I hope you had a great weekend. Just a quick note today to announce the winner of the "You Make Me Happy" canvas print: The winner is Shirley, who wrote, I found your blog today from a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
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Back when I was posting Small Things, (daily tips and challenges to help you get your house in order, which I desperately miss because they mostly helped ME get my house in order), I had one about "What Lurks Beneath"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
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"Gratitude turns what you have into enough." I don't know who said it, but it's true, isn't it? I've been consciously grateful in recent weeks - even in the midst of a brown recluse spider crisis - and it's amazing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
Becca, that is a horrible story. I hope hope hope we have gotten rid of them here! Im so creeped out. I love your goal...and can totally relate! I love that my talker still loves to talk with me, now that she is grown. So glad we just let her talk away....! Rachel Anne Ridge artist, writer, stray donkey owner Home Sanctuary - blog FlashTheDonkey - book
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Last week, Tom and I were settling into bed - he, with a scholarly book, and me, with Facebook on my phone. (No comments, please, about which of us is the brains of this operation.) As Tom flipped the covers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
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via 9gag.com As a child, I lived in Washington State, a gorgeous part of the country where people say "roof" like "rough," and rhyme "root" with "foot." When I moved to Texas at age 17, people would look at me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
YES! "Fully engage in the present and let tomorrow take care of itself." I am a big believer in preparation for the future, but I've often missed what He has for me today because I've been so focused on tomorrow. I love what you shared. It's great to "see" you here, Corby!! Love you and miss you.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2014 on Finding Joy in the Journey at Home Sanctuary
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IM JUMPING UP AND DOWN!!!!! I get to see you at Declare!!!! WOO HOO! I can't wait to squeeze you.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2014 on Finding Joy in the Journey at Home Sanctuary
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I LOVE when that happens. I'll get in the car and flip on the radio and hear a sermon on THE EXACT TOPIC that God is talking to me about. He does love us enough to make sure we get it, huh? I've been praying for you, even though I've been quiet online. Hope you are doing well in the midst of your rough patch.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2014 on Finding Joy in the Journey at Home Sanctuary
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I think you hit the nail on the head...to live in expectation and trust AND to learn to enjoy the journey. Sometimes it's a juggling act, but when you can do both, I think that's a good place to be. Bless you!!
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2014 on Finding Joy in the Journey at Home Sanctuary
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I wonder how often we miss the gifts He gives us each day? Yet they are there, and they show that He really does care! Great example with your vehicle...thank you for sharing it!
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2014 on Finding Joy in the Journey at Home Sanctuary
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Well, you know how Idahoans are.....haha! I love your description of the bird singing - how beautiful. I've never seen a mooner since, so this incidence is engraved in my memory. :)
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2014 on Finding Joy in the Journey at Home Sanctuary
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It had been a long, hot summer visiting my grandparents in Nebraska and we were headed back to our home in Washington State. It was the 70's and we were a rambunctious preacher's family in hand-me-downs, driving a '68 New... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
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I am SO EXCITED to be speaking at The Declare Conference this year! Declare is a conference for women with a desire and a calling to use their words and online influence to know God and make God known. At... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
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What I learned from my social media break Have you ever thought about taking a break from social media? I stepped back from blogging several weeks ago, and seriously cut back on the other forms of social media I use... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
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After a holiday weekend which included helping with my neice's wedding, I'm pooped. And the house could use some help. But where should I start? I'm keeping things simple by following Mother Goose today. (I'm reprising this post from 2009!)... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
Star, YES YES YES! Oh my yes. Our family is forever indebted to the birth mom of our niece. Our joy over her is always tinged with the knowledge of how hard it must have been to give her up. Thank you for adding this group of women to my Happy Precious Day list. Great to see you today, Star! Rachel Anne Ridge artist, writer, stray donkey owner Home Sanctuary - blog FlashTheDonkey - book
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All last week, I kept meaning to write a Mother's Day post. But each day, I found ways to put it off yet again, until it was too late and the decision was made for me. Finally, there was no... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
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It's the day you've all been anticipating for weeks, right? Eagerly planning ways to celebrate? Thinking of your favorite donkey? Imagining the magic and wonder of Donkey Day morning? No? Hmmm. I can't imagine why not. Our daily lives are... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at Home Sanctuary
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To tend: (verb) to pay attention; to apply oneself; to watch over I was pulling weeds and planting some flowers my neighbor gave me as the sun was slowly sinking in the west. Should I put this white penta here?... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at Home Sanctuary