Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old


January 21st, 2014

Music sweetly beckons me to rising,

Glancing out my window I find–

Snow: crystal white snow

That freshens the earth it lays upon.


School seems to come easier

Watching the falling snow,

Than dreary, bleak rain

That seems to stop the flowing of my mind.


The roads are quiet and untouched,

Car paths covered up by the rapidly

Falling snow; the blowing wind howls,

Shaking the windows, begging to come in.


Icicles cling to the trees that shake their branches

Ferociously; the snow continues falling

Piling up more and more

As the time continues to click on.


Little boys run around, not minding the cold

Which stings their faces; Dog dashes here

And there, looking like a snow puppy

When Mother calls him in.


Mother shovels sidewalks swiftly

Glancing behind her as the snow covers up

Her path; Father and I drive to work,

Snow clinging to the windows till the heat warms up the car.


But the night hastens on and the snow

Still collects; Warm soup sits on the stove

As the temperature continues to drop

And drop

And drop.


Who know when it will end–

This snowstorm. The wind shall howl,

The snow shall stick; till morning

Rolls around once more.


written by Rachel Rittenhouse



January Joy

January 12th, 2014

Well, we have made it twelve days into the new year! I heard someone mention that it hardly the “new” year yet, but if I still write 2013 sometimes…that makes it new!

Something for the start of a new year that I would always do would be to write out a list of goals/resolutions for myself. I’m very much a list person, so having a list of things I’d like to accomplish motivates me! One item that I included on that list this year would be finding joy in every situation.

Wait. Does that mean finding joy even in the things I don’t want to do?

Well, yes.

My friend recommended the book “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp and so far, it has been such an encouragement! Ann suggests that we write a list of 1000 things we love. She says, “they are just common things and maybe I don’t even know they are gifts really until I write them down and that is what they look like. Gifts He bestows. This writing down–it is sort of like…unwrapping love” (pg 45).

Unwrapping love…I like that.

So I began. Just thinking of the little common things that I wouldn’t normally think about.

1. Snow that gently caresses my hair.

2. Smile from a friend.

3. Singing harmony with sister.

4. Snuggling with babies.

5. Watching the snow cover the earth with its beauty.

6. Early morning hours to think and pray.

And my list now reaches 17…only 983 more to go! 🙂 By intentionally looking for gifts, the jobs that once seemed tedious are ever so much more enjoyable!


Psalm 4:7 says, “You [God] have put more joy in my heart.” God puts that joy in our heart and when we reach out and acknowledge it, we become “Happy in all these little things God gives” (One Thousand Gifts pg.56).


Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old