Hello, Friend, and welcome to Cranberry Tea Time! Thank you for coming to visit with me. I’m Rachel, a wife, a mother, and a sinner saved by grace. I have dysautonomia; it is a chronic illness, and it makes life challenging. I am mostly homebound due to muscle weakness, intense fatigue, and migraines. 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. He is a graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He works hard every day to provide for our family and to take care of my many needs.
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 10 year old boy who loves Jesus and loves his family. William enjoys going to school, building with Legos, and throwing football. He is a helpful, kind, and generous child.
Adelaide is a 6 year old girl who is excited to finally get to go to school. She loves Jesus and her family. She likes to sing, and we often say that living with Adelaide is like living in a musical! She is playful, loving, and affectionate.
Cranberry Tea Time
I started a blog, 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. 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.
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 with me in the comment section if you wish. I love hearing from my blog readers!
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" (Psalm 73:26, NIV).
Want to know more? Here are a few of my favorite 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.