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Rachel Anne
Making life better, one Small Thing at a time.
Interests: writing, painting, avoiding housework
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Goodness, I have really dropped the ball on our Wednesday "Small Things!" Let's do one together today...but first a lil' story: Awhile back, we were at our son's final hockey tournament for a whole weekend, and left the house in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Home Sanctuary
After a wonderful Easter weekend, I went to bed Sunday night thinking about Monday. I started making my mental lists of what needs attention and how I need to get so much done this week. I felt the joy and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." Colossians 3:15 I don't often think of being "called to peace," do you? And yet, if... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
One of the unanticipated serendipities of choosing Fridays to write about finding and creating beauty at home, is that my eyes have been opened in new ways to see beauty. My goodness, beauty is everywhere! I've become much more aware... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
A Wednesday "Small Thing" for your sanctuary sanity: Several years ago, my son's youth group was doing a huge garage sale as a camp fund raiser. Church members were to drop off their donated items on one particular night, so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
Hey, whatcha doin' on Saturday? Why not come and meet up with me! If you're in the Dallas area, I'll be at my favorite place, Paws for Reflection Ranch on March 18 from 10-2. I'll have Flash (and Henry) with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
Bless you, Debbie! Youre my personal encourager!!
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Are you facing a tough and scary Monday? Are there things that are just beyond your control that are making you feel afraid? Anxious? Knees knocking? I want to encourage you today: God's got this. Everything's going to be okay.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
I travel with my bed pillow. That's how much I love and need it. It supports my neck just right, and helps me get a good night's sleep. It's worth all the space it takes up in my luggage, even... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
On Wednesdays, we purposefully do a "Small Thing" together that helps create a sense of sanctuary at home. If you're floundering with disorganization and feeling overwhelmed, this is a great place to start. Just do this one, small Wednesday thing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
Chances are, you have a hodge podge of framed prints, loose photos in drawers, and a gazillion photos stuck in your phone or computer. You'd love to figure out a way to display your favorites, but need some inspiration to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
On Wednesdays here at Home Sanctuary, we try to do a little something together to create order at home. "Order" is our theme song. Often, it doesn't take much effort to make a huge difference in how we feel about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
It's hard to trust God when you're facing financial stress. Maybe you know what I'm talking about because you've been there, too. I had the opportunity to chat with Mary DeMuth on her podcast, "ReStory," to talk about how God... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
On the nights when my mind can't seem to grasp on to any one thought or can't be pushed over the edge into restful sleep, I love to listen to various music and spoken word to calm my mind. Just like the psalmist, I turn to songs in the night. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
Just in time for Valentines Day, my friend Dawn Camp's newest book is here! The Heart of Marriage is a gorgeous compilation of writings on marriage from today's top writers and bloggers. I love that there are many voices, perspectives,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
You know, back when all my kids were home, I used to daydream about how clean my house would be after they left. No more bins filled with backpacks, shoes, and rotting lunch bags by the back door. No more... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
"We should be rigorous in judging ourselves, and gracious in judging others." ~John Wesley Lately, I've been thinking about the art of being gracious. It feels a little old-fashiony and quaint, doesn't it? Graciousness doesn't seem like a trait that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
This week, I found something I never knew I needed, but immediately fell in love with: Remote controlled flameless candles. These things are THE BOMB! Oh man. Now, I have always loved candles, and I regularly light them around the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
We sang "This is My Father's World" in church yesterday. The opening chords of the song immediately took me back to the first time I heard it sung by a children's choir at a Lutheran summer camp in Minnesota. Their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
Today I'm welcoming my oldest daughter Lauren to the blog as a guest contributor! Lauren is a creative (graphic and web) designer, besides being a wife and a mom to two of my darling granddaughters named Ivy and Hazel. :)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
Every now and then, I come across something I can't pass up sharing with you. The "Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle" is just such a thing. In full disclosure this is an affiliate link, which means I earn a percentage... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
One of the things I remember most clearly about the afternoon of September 11, 2001 was the silence. The skies were eerily absent of sound. I had never really noticed the near-constant hum of aircrafts...until there was none. All planes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
This year, Fridays are normally dedicated to the idea of "beauty," but since the U.S. is inaugurating a new President today, I thought I'd share a beautiful prayer from 1947, when Dr. Peter Marshall, the Chaplain of the U.S. Senate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
No matter what season of life you're in, having a Daily Routine can save your ever-lovin' sanity. I say this as one who has moved from the seasons of babies & toddlers of my own – to GRAND babies and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
But first, an embarrassing story. When Toy Story 3 came out in 2010, we were super excited to see it. We had loved Toy Story 1 and 2 – they'd been family favorites and the source of perfect quotes ("That's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Home Sanctuary