Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Winter Wonderland--- Rachel Style!

I am a quirky, slightly-nerdy, slightly-posh, black and white, and very intense person.  I love my coffee (or tea) and books.  I love my warm indoors.  But I also love that never-ending TV series that pours into the core of you.  And I also love getting outside and having so much fun that you just can't stay tidy. 

And my last weekend has been so many of my favorite things all heaped together. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tis the season

Oh dear, I know... my blogging diligence hasn't been nearly what it should be.  Life has been buzzing with so very, very much to do.  My wonderful little home is decked for the winter season and I just couldn't wait to share pictures!!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Here it is. 
That time of year when we gather around and count our blessings. 
Sure, we are thankful for things in other moments throughout our year, but now we are just hours from that set day when we stop and give thanks.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

One and a half years...

I can scarcely believe it!  It has been a year and a half since Andrew became my husband!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


... October skies
Sometimes sunny, sometimes stormy.  That has been you this year.  It has very much mirrored my life as of late.  Today you are overcast and cold.  You are changing the leaves into deep brilliance.

And I can't believe that you are nearly gone.

Thursday, October 3, 2013


I stand in the doorway
between my cozy kitchen and
back balcony;
door wide open,
rain pouring,
wind blowing. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

my people and what we do

My family is the most cherished group of individuals in my life.  Every single member shares some of those same expressions and mannerisms, yet are all so unique from each other.  They show affection in different ways, they challenge me in different ways, and they all make me love them more an more in different ways.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

changing of the seasons

"Winter is an
etching, Spring
a watercolor,
Summer an oil
painting and
Autumn a
mosaic of
them all."

Thursday, September 19, 2013

come, autumn!

Autumn is my favorite season.  It is a time of crisp mornings, beautiful colors, pumpkin-flavored/scented everything, scarves and hats, rosy cheeks, open windows, and cozy days of reading good books with a steaming mug of coffee.  It all definitely makes up for the amount of allergy medicine I have to take.  :-)

Friday, September 13, 2013

not the end

"Not everything in life has a happy ending...
 but this life is not the end of the story."
~Rick Warren

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Psalm 94:17-19

"If the Lord had not been my
My soul would soon have dwelt in the
abode of silence.
If I should say,
'My foot has slipped,'
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, will
hold me up.
When my anxious thoughts
within me,
Your consolations
delight my

Thursday, September 5, 2013

recent life ~ in pictures

~ apple cinnamon muffins... homemade... a gift from my sister
~ eggs with Italian seasoning
~ cold milk and hot coffee
~ sunlight through the windows in the morning

Friday, August 30, 2013

summer-- wild, terrible, beautiful

Summertime in Indiana means hot, sunny, humid days.  This cooler-than-usual-type-of-summer has been filled to the brim. 

My family has escaped several times, sweeping me away with them on two occasions, to Lake Michigan.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

standing on the promises...

One of the difficult things in blogging is knowing what parts of your life to share and what parts to keep private.
Something happened this last week and at first I didn't know if I could write about it here... but I really feel in my heart that this is something too important and life-changing for me to not be open about it.
I also don't know how this is going to affect my future posts for the next couple of weeks, so at least you all will know why now.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

I'm not home yet...

Life can be oh so hard, but there are times when the beauty seeps through and you are left breathless, when your heart catches in your throat.

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Closet Revamp!

I suffer from closet blindness.

Yes, that moment when you step up to a row of clothes hanging in your closet and think "I have nothing to wear!" for the next half hour.

And, honestly, I get tired of it!  So recently I decided to revamp my closet.

Now, because I don't have a pile of money to roll around in, this process will take time, effort, and strategy.

Here is a step-by-step process of what I am doing to put together a wardrobe that I adore!

Friday, July 26, 2013

smiles, sweat, stress, and serenity

My life has been all of these things this last week.  This last weekend was all four as my church held a special service at a local camping park (the same beautiful park where Andrew and I were married).  The weather was very nice, which was a blessing as we had no AC.  We had very little time to prepare, but everything turned out wonderfully in the end.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

List Burning, Anyone?

When I was single, sometime during highschool, I made three lists.  Each one had certain things listed about what I wanted in a man someday.
The first was the "Must Be" List.  He must be a Christian.  He must hold to the same Theological beliefs as myself.  He must desire purity.  He must love God.  He must want children.  He must believe in homeschooling (or at least be supportive of it).  On this list was the no brainer, duh!, stuff. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday Favorites {No. 34} Midsummer Days

The last few weeks have involved simple, little days of craziness.  I have felt quite busy, yet most days haven't involved a ton of activities.  Maybe it is that sweet laze that is mid summer.

Friday, July 12, 2013

take a trip to my kitchen

Yes, please do.  There are still no curtains on the windows, but everything else is ready for you.  You could come by some morning when I'm still bleary-eyed enough that I don't mind you seeing the dishes in the sink.  I'll make us both some coffee (or tea, if you prefer).  You will have to try a spoonful of our raw honey from out west in your drink, it truly is amazing.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday Favorites {No. 33} Free and Brave

Oh yes, it has been forever since I did a Friday Favorites.  Mostly because I didn't feel those posts were too super interesting... I'm over that now though.  ;-) 

My family celebrated the 4th of July with another pastor's family from our church.  We had such an amazing time of fellowship and hilarious fun.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Why today should be celebrated...

Today is so extremely special.

Today marks another year since a baby girl was born who grew into a woman who became a wife and then a mom.

My Mom.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

insert creative post title here! ;-)

This is one of those random posts where, to fill the empty space between real posts, I upload some pictures from my life with a few thoughts. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

My People... Drama Group Pictures!

Oh my.  Drama is one of my favorite areas of life.  I love performing in them, directing them, watching them, re-watching them...

Last year I was too busy planning (and having!) my wedding to take part in the VBS dramas like I had the two years prior.  This year I was able to come back and enjoy the pain, sweat, tears, and joy that is drama.  Some of the cast I had worked with in the past, some were brand new!  The ages ranged from 12 to 23 and I don't think there was a single person in the group without a strong personality.  :-)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Vacation Bible School in Pictures

This year's theme was Construction Zone.  It centered around the time of Nehemiah and the rebuilding of Jerusalem's walls. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

ordinary days

These days in my life are simple.  Most of the time.  There has been a lot of chaos the last month or so... 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Recipe Time: Yummolicious Stir Fry

This meal calls for lots of fresh veggies and good old chicken!  You can mix and match what veggies you want to use, but this is how I did my stir fry (and it turned out amazing!).