Hello, Friend, and welcome to Cranberry Tea Time! Thank you for coming to visit with me. I’m Rachel, a pastor's wife, a mother, and a sinner saved by grace. I like coffee, flowers, tea parties, the color purple, and painted toenails. I have never reached my chocolate threshold seriously think I may not have one. I have dysautonomia; it’s an invisible illness, and it makes life challenging. I am learning to take life one day at a time, to rely on God’s strength, and to rest in His grace. Despite the difficulties I face, I am very blessed. God has given me a wonderful family and blessings beyond what I deserve.
Meet the Family
I am married to Will, a godly man, faithful husband, loving father, and Iowa Hawkeye fan. Will enjoys cooking, hunting, reloading ammunition, preaching, and singing. He recently graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He now works in pastoral ministry, and we live in Minnesota.
God has entrusted two precious children, William and Adelaide, to our care. They brighten my days while simultaneously wearing me out! I wouldn’t trade them for anything.
William is a 7 year old boy who loves Jesus and loves his family. He likes to learn about animals, watch Star Wars, play outside, and draw pictures. He is a helpful, kind, and generous child.
Adelaide is a 3 year old girl who adores her big brother and loves to snuggle her mommy and daddy. She likes to sing, play with her baby doll, have tea parties, and color. She is delightful, loving, and determined.
Cranberry Tea Time
I started a website, Cranberry Tea Time, in 2007 partly as a way to promote dysautonomia awareness, but most importantly as a way to share the hope and joy that I have despite the difficulties of living with a chronic illness. In 2009 I started a blog, One Day at a Time, when I first declared correspondence bankruptcy. Blogging was an easy way for me to keep in touch with family and friends, and a fun way to make new friends. In 2011 my husband gave me the thoughtful gift of my very own domain name! I have now merged my website and my blog into one site, CranberryTeaTime.com.
I named my site Cranberry Tea Time because to me it is a symbol of heart to heart talks. Back in college my closest friends and I would often share cups of hot cranberry tea until the late hours of the night (or wee hours of the morning!). While sipping cranberry tea together we would talk and talk, sharing our hearts. It was a comfortable, warm, welcoming, and enjoyable time. That is how I want you to feel when you are visiting me on this blog. I want you to feel welcomed into my world, and I want to share what is going on in my life, and the joy that I have despite life's circumstances.
Heart to Heart Talks
On this blog you will find me chatting about my family, my health, life with a disability, and the God I love and serve. I want to share the hope and joy that I have in the midst of momentary troubles. I invite you to chat back at me in the comments. I love hearing from my blog readers, and I appreciate the encouragement that you give to me.
God is the most important part of my life. In Him I find strength, hope, and grace for each day. "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever" (Psalm73:26, NIV).
Want to know more? Here are a few of my favorite and best read posts. They will give you a glimpse into my life as a disabled wife and mother, and they will give you a taste of the hope and joy I have in the midst of life's difficulties. Most of all, I pray that they will give you a desire to know Jesus Christ and share in the hope I have in Him.