Up and writing

10 Dec
black ball point pen with brown spiral notebook

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My imagination has been bouncing around with ideas to write about.  Writing is so relaxing.  When I read and have time to reflect, I think of this look nook.  I think of it as my old-fashioned corner where I can sit in the window, basking in the bright rays of sunshine, and let my fingers tap out stories that unfold through the pages of my daydreams.

I crave this corner of the world because it’s quiet, cozy, and it’s personal.  It’s kind of like story-time.  I would like to start incorporating more of my creative writing into my blog posts.  In order to do that, I need to have a schedule.  I can’t wait to see what enfolds, but I get excited just thinking about writing stories.

If you know me, you know that I love books.  Especially the old, hardback books that have that rustic, nostalgic smell, that takes me back to spending time in our local library.  I have always enjoyed reading, and over the years, I’ve built up my personal collection of books.

This corner of the world feels, in a way, like my own personal library where I can’t sit down and let my creative juices flow, and where I can share with you some of my deepest ponderings about life, spirituality, home-making and cooking.

I’m thoroughly excited to be on here.  The times I blog anymore are few and far between, but I keep getting that nudge to sit down and share.  Whether a personal story, or a story birthed from my imagination.

I hope to be back here to my quiet space again very soon.  Until then, keep warm and may the hope of Our Savior fill your heart with peace and healing this Advent season.

Love,

Rachel

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7 Quick Takes: Hello from my backyard

13 Jul

Hello!  Blogging always brings me joy.  It is one of my goals this summer to blog more.  So far I’ve blogged . . . . once.  HA!  It’s still summer, so my goal remains the same.

1. Our flower gardens have been one of the highlights for me this season.  I get a thrill from watching the flowers grow from their tiny little leaves and buds into full grown blooms.

 

2. Yesterday evening B. found two giant tomato-eating caterpillars on the tomatoes.  We he plucked them off the tomatoes and tossed them into the pond for the fish to eat.

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Great big gross green tomato caterpillars

3. My sister K. has been in town visiting while her husband is on a business trip.  They have a 3-month-old, who is B. and my goddaughter.  I’ve been thoroughly enjoying spending time with my sister, and of course getting in lots of baby snuggles.  I hope and pray that someday B. and I will have babies of our own.  In God’s perfect timing, #amiright?

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Me and my sister’s adorable baby

4. There’s nothing quite like fresh laundry from the clothesline.  It smells so good.

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It was pretty windy that day!

 

5. I call this plant “lamb’s ear”, but I don’t know if that’s the correct name for it.  The leaves are really soft, and it feels like a lambs ear (I guess!) It’s growing in the middle of the grass in our backyard.

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6. I am so thankful it is Friday.  My week was good, but I was exhausted by Wednesday!  We have been working a lot around the yard and the house, and most days this week after we finished dinner, we would jump back into a project and then collapse at the end of the night.

7.   B. and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary this spring!  I thank God every day for my wonderful husband.  Here we are working on a project together.  (New closet doors – *squeal!* )

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Stay tuned!  *Coming soon* —  *Home Improvement Projects*

Thanks for stopping by!  It was nice to have you.  Come back again soon!

I’m joining the “7 Quick Takes” at This Ain’t the Lyceum, so head on over to read other blogs!

 

Love,

Rachel

What do you do during Thunderstorms?

19 Jun

Summer thunderstorms are thrilling!  The ominous clouds billow and build, creating giant dark gray thunderheads.  This afternoon we had a wonderful thunderstorm while I was at work.  I could hear the rain pelting the roof of the building as my fingers clicked away at my keyboard.  After work, I ducked for cover as I dashed into a local Blessed Sacrament Chapel.  I spent some peaceful time in prayer and did some spiritual reading.  Here is a picture from the Chapel:

 

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St. Vincent Blessed Sacrament Chapel

 

After my visit to the Chapel, I went home and began a delicious Chinese supper with some leftover grilled turkey and frozen veggies.  While supper was simmering, I couldn’t help but pull some things out of the pantry and re-organize (I am my mother’s daughter, and she LOVES to be organized.  I totally love it too!)  

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Home-made Chinese dinner

 

As I worked around the kitchen, I watched the rain and listened to the thunder overhead.

 

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Our newly organized pantry

Thunderstorms can be scary or they can be enjoyable.  It depends on our approach.  Do we run in fear, or do we sit and watch in awe and wonder?

Sometimes there are thunderstorms in my heart.  Sometimes the storms are beautiful and sometimes they’re turbulent.  Sometimes it’s the voice of God speaking to me.  Other times it’s my own human heart that is upset or discouraged.  I try to listen when it’s the voice of God.  Other times, I rely on myself during the storm, and that’s when I begin to doubt.  But Jesus is on the other side of that storm, stretching forth His hand, asking for us to trust.

Our Lord delights in the heart that remains peaceful during the storms of life.  He is our anchor when the rain comes pelting down and the water rises.  He is our stronghold and our Mighty God who need only speak the word and our hearts are healed.  Will you join me in listening to the voice of God during the thunderstorms of life?  The storms are truly beautiful and oftentimes the storms of life help make us stronger if we allow ourselves to be led by the mighty power of God, the one who has control over all the storms.

What do you do during Thunderstorms?

 

 

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Our backyard during the Thunderstorm this evening

 

(Note: please pardon the different font types.  I don’t know how to change that…)

 

Puppy Love

5 Mar

It seems to be the trend, as I get back into blogging, that I find a story I’ve written a year or two ago, and post it.  I wrote this post a couple years ago about my sister’s dog Teddi.  He is a Golden Doodle with Irish Setter.  He is one of my favorite dogs!  He is energetic, friendly, smart and has a great “personality.”  At the end of the story, I have included a current picture of  Ted.  (The structure of this blog post is a little wonky since I’m posting it from my iPhone.

 

This little dog, Teddi, is my sister J’s dog:

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This was right after running laps around the living room tonight

He is affectionately called, “Teddi Face”, “Teddi Bear”,

“Little Guy”, “Freddi” and even sometimes “Ya Little Terd.” All in good humor, of course 😉

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Say CHEESE!

Can you believe that he is only FOUR AND 1/2 months old? He is growing So. Much.

He has been attending obedience lessons where he is learning commands.

Better to start young than to try to teach an old dog some new tricks, right?

He is doing well at his lessons for being such a young puppy.

He can shake hands, sit, jump, and is working on “stay”, “down”, and “leave it.”

His teacher said that he would make a good therapy dog.
(Although, when he is running around the house getting into everything, I think otherwise. . . .)

But he is such a cutie and I know that he’ll outgrow this phase of getting into everything.

It’s amazing how much I love that little puppy.

I guess that’s what you call Puppy Love.

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Picture of Teddi taken yesterday.  He’s grown a lot in the past two years!

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Me and Teddi hanging out 

Wedding Planning – Part 2

1 Mar

This blog post is titled “Wedding Planning – Part 2”, but as you know, B. and I are nearing our 1st ANNIVERSARY!  It seems like our wedding day was just a couple months ago.  When I typed out this blog post sometime early last year, I didn’t find the time to post it.  In the midst of wedding planning a year ago, here were some of my thoughts, and here is a picture from our wedding day (We were getting ready for another pose, and by my mother’s windswept look you can tell it was a bit windy.)

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Here are some of my thoughts about wedding planning a year ago:

Thankfully B. and I are both frugal and we know how to shop for deals, so we are off to a good start there.  My mom has generously offered to make our cake (a friend of the family made the cake – I wanted my mom to enjoy the days leading up to my wedding and not be concerned with making our wedding cake.)

My youngest sister R. has also offered to make pies and cupcakes, which is a HUGE help and for which we are so grateful.  (We ended up just doing cupcakes, which kept it simple for my sister.) My other sisters and one of my cousins have volunteered their help with phone calls to rental companies and for getting quotes on invitations.

Some friends say that they are glad they got married in a park, or in the courthouse, and were glad they didn’t have to “deal with all that.”  But there is something so beautiful about having a full marriage ceremony at a church with all the dresses and suits, flowers, music and ceremony, and most importantly, in God’s house, in the Sacrament of Marriage.

There is something so sacred about getting married in a church with family and friends and the people that have been part of my life since day one.

B. and I knew we would get married in a church, have the marriage ceremony, and then have a big celebration with family and friends afterwards.  My dream of having a marriage ceremony in a church and doing all the planning and purchasing, may, to some, be seemingly “unnecessary”, but it all has so so much meaning.

The symbolism of the exchange of rings, saying our vows, wearing a white dress, etc. – it all has meaning.  We are getting married before the eyes of God and before the witness of our family and friends, listening to the exchange of vows and commitment of me & B. to each other, after all the planning, searching, worrying and praying, and to celebrate with all the glitz and glam and song and dance of a beautiful, new covenant.

(Picture below is my father-in-law congratulating us after the wedding ceremony.)

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