Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

To Snow or Not To Snow

January 29th, 2015

For those of you who watch the news or are living in the northeast, you will know that we have experienced quite the snowstorm and cold weather! I LOVE snow…when I have no where to go.

There is something so peaceful about watching it snow. But when I have to worry about family and friends out in the snow or my own schedule, then I begin to worry.



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


So…are you for snow or against snow? How do you stay warm in this cold weather?


How To Decide?? Books To Read in 2015

January 22nd, 2015

How do you decide what books you want to read next year? If you’re like me, the list seems to be so long you wonder how you will ever get through! I’ve found that creating a list and then make a schedule works the best for me (though sometimes I get a bit sidetracked;)).

Here is my list (in no particular order!)


  1. Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden
  2. Wings of a Dream by Anne Mateer
  3. The Vow by Jody Hedlund
  4. An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund
  5. The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen
  6. A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings
  7. Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden
  8. Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen
  9. To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander
  10. The Potter’s Lady by Judith Miller


  1. Writing for the Soul by Jerry B. Jenkins
  2. Proofreading Secrets of Best-selling Authors by Kathy Ide
  3. Writer to Writer by Cecil Murphey
  4. The Entrepreneurial Author by Jay Levinson and David Hancock
  5. Business for Authors by Joanna Penn


Now that is just a bit in each section. I’m sure they will grow by leaps and bounds! 🙂 Watch for reviews of each book I read on Rachel’s Back Talk.


What’s on your “To-Read” list this year? 

Welcome 2015!

January 1st, 2015

Happy New YearHappy New Year! I find it hard to believe that it truly is 2015 already. Welcome to the month when people show that they really don’t know what year it is as they date papers 2014 when they really mean 2015 (happens to me all the time!)

In this post, I will be sharing what I was able to check off my checklist from December (read that post HERE is you missed it before).



Exciting drumroll…I was able to complete 6 out of 10 items on my list. Not bad, considering how busy my month was!

Here are some of the fun Christmas-y activities I took part in:

  1. Bake Christmas Cookies: This combines with #2 as well, but I had a group of my choir girls over for a Christmas party and we made and decorated Christmas cookies. It was so much fun to pick out cookie cutters and then see how everyone liked to decorate their cookies.
  2. Host a Christmas Party: Originally the Christmas party that I mentioned above was going to be at a friend’s house, but due to unfortunate circumstances, it was at my house. Christmas parties are so much fun especially when they include cookie baking, White Elephant, Four-on-a-couch, lots of food, friends, and fellowship!
  3. Make Ornaments: My young adult group made iron Christmas tree ornaments to hand out while caroling (unfortunately, I never got to carol for various different reasons…) but it was still a lot of fun to make ornaments!
  4. Go Sledding: Okay, so I am including this one. When I actually went sledding, it was on Thanksgiving but since we didn’t really get snow in December, I allowed it. 🙂 It got me in the Christmas spirit nevertheless!
  5. Christmas Movie Night: On various nights throughout the month, my family would watch the Christmas shows on TV, but on Christmas day, we went over to my grandparents and had a Hallmark movie night since we had already opened presents. It was such fun to be able to watch Christmas movies ON Christmas day!
  6. Sleep Under the Christmas Tree: On Tuesday night, my cousin, sister, and I slept over at my grandparents house and watched Hallmark movies and then slept under the tree before it was taken down. Twas the perfect was to end my Christmas season!
#3 - ornaments

#3 – ornaments

#4 - sledding with cousins

#4 – sledding with cousins

#6: Sleeping Under the Christmas Tree

#6: Sleeping Under the Christmas Tree



So that’s what I was able to accomplish, how about you? What fun Christmas activities did you accomplish? 


As far as looking towards the new year, I am always one to write out lots of resolutions and like my December To-Do list, some get checked off, others don’t. Sometimes I even lose my list! 🙂

Last January, I blogged about wanting to find joy in all situations and my goal to write down 1000 things I was thankful for. Didn’t quite make it. But this year, I want to renew that goal. Starting January 1st (today), my resolution is to write down 1000 things I am thankful for by December 31st. That’s about 2-3 things per day.

Would you like to join me in my challenge?

Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old