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Rachel Anne
Making life better, one Small Thing at a time.
Interests: writing, painting, avoiding housework
Recent Activity
Our son Grayson got married last month, the last of his siblings to tie the knot. It was an incredible, beautiful event which had me smiling from early morning until the moment their car pulled away to whisk the couple... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Home Sanctuary
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - (Piano/Cello) - The Piano Guys I love Advent. I didn't grow up in a tradition that formally observes the church calendar, but my parents still made sure we appreciated the anticipation of the season.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
"Start where you are." This index card has been on my refrigerator door for several years now, a small reminder to me for when I feel overwhelmed with tasks in front of me, which is pretty much every day. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
Have you ever found yourself begging and pleading with God for Him to show you what to do? You SO want to please Him and serve Him...but how? What does He want from you? What is His will for your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
Happy World Animal Day! Today is the perfect day to hug your furry (or feathered) friends. Our pets, and all of God's creatures, are such a source of joy and delight, aren't they? Over the past tragic days especially, I've... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
Thank you to everyone who participated in the book giveaway last week! We have a winner of a signed copy of Evie and Alistair: Farmhouse Warriors! Our commenter/winner's name is Patricia - she is going to give the book to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
I'm really excited to share a new children's book with you, by my friend and longtime blog-reader, Rebecca McNew. Evie and Alistair: Farmhouse Warriors Inspired by her own family, Evie and Alistair: Farmhouse Warriors is about a brother and sister... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
On Friday I posted a photo of my little office- the room I'm spending most of my life in right now. You see, I'm working on another book! Yep, it's true. What is this book about, you ask? Well, it's... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
I've always had a thing for nooks. I love small spaces that are tucked in corners, or under staircases, or in out of the way spots. There is nothing like a comfy chair, a cup of tea or coffee, a... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
Y'all, I've been up since 4:15 this morning so I could get on the road to a college commencement a few hours away from home. My son, my baby son (but don't tell him I said that) is graduating from... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
I'm so excited to introduce you to one of my recent favorite reads: Waking Up Slowly, by Dave Burchett. You're going to love this book. I love what Dave says: "We live in the most connected culture in the history... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
This post first appeared here in 2015, but it's message is for you, for today. I planted it more than a decade ago. A lavender plant in a four-inch pot that held a tiny dream. I was so hopeful back... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
If you're feeling overwhelmed with the clutter of life and don't know where to even begin to dig out, have no fear. I will give you the perfect place to start. Read on: An older gentleman friend passed away a... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
(Book of Common Prayer) Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Home Sanctuary
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 Apr 26, 2017 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