Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

{Destination: Ireland}

July 20th, 2017

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Earlier this summer, I had the amazing opportunity to go on a study aboard trip with my college. I would definitely recommend traveling abroad sometime during your life — it is such an amazing experience!

 

So where was my travel destination? A little island that now holds a big place in my heart – Ireland.

 

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I spent 10 days in Ireland and let me say, we did so much! During those 10 days, we went to Dublin, Belfast, and Cork. I met some lifelong friends on the trip, plus memories to last me forever! 

 

 

TOP HIGHLIGHTS: 

  1. Book of Kells & Trinity Library: The book of Kells is an ornately decorated copy of the four Gospels in Latin. Then upstairs in the Long Room at Trinity College, there are over 200,000 books! A reader’s dream! 18557017_1850759725175767_5293297299884914828_n
  2. Howth Head: A beautiful coastal port on the East side of Ireland! 20170517_191111
  3. Titanic Museum in Belfast: This a place that I was so excited to see! The research wheels in my mind couldn’t stop spinning! This is the place where the Titanic was built. IMG_20170519_194408_134
  4. Giant’s Causeway: In Northern Ireland, this causeway is a result of volcanic eruption. The ocean was just so blue and clear! Overall, our weather was basically perfect! 20170520_110803
  5. Cliffs of Moher: This was an extra excursion on the schedule and was on my top things to see in Ireland! The majestic splendor of these cliffs was beautiful as we looked over the Atlantic Ocean. 20170521_141339
  6. Blarney Castle: I kissed the Blarney stone! Folklore says that if you kiss the stone, you will be granted the gift of eloquence. 🙂 This castle is located on the south end of Ireland in Cork. It was really neat that we were able to go to all ends of Ireland and it look us roughly 3-4 hours to get to each point!20170523_101251-1

 

That’s just some of my favorite memories! Have you ever traveled abroad? If not, where is one place you’ve always wanted to go? 

#Throwback Thursday

June 4th, 2015

I coulWriter - to - WriterConference (1)dn’t resist doing a #ThrowbackThursday post! A year ago, on June 1st, was when I officially graduated from high-school.

As I think back, I can’t believe how fast the year has gone. The high-school years are behind me and I am totally in the “college season” now!

I love the verse in Ecclesiastes when it talks about how there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under God. How true is that?! As much as we may wish some seasons of our life to come quickly (or pass!), we need to learn to enjoy the place that God has placed us in at THIS time. There is a reason for it.

I love to look back on my life and see all that God has taught me in each of those seasons of life.

I encourage each one of you, take some time and see what God has been teaching you in the many seasons or activities of your life.

Remember When…

April 23rd, 2015

have courage and be kind (1)There comes a time in everyone’s life when we must say good-bye to something that was important to us.

One such time has come for me — yesterday was my last day of choir.

I was privileged to be apart of Sola Gratia Musicians choir for 3 years, returning a fourth year as a mentor. Every year was different in that we all kept growing up. Friends would graduate. So many memories and friends were made to last a lifetime. 

And now it is time to move on to a new season of life.

I love the way our “good-bye” piece summed it up so well–

“And when we part and sorrow can’t be swayed, remember when, and let your heart be staid.” Omnia Sol (Z. Randall Stroope)

No matter how our journeys change, no matter where life takes us, we will always have our memories.

I will always remember the songs I sang, the friends I met, and how I grew musically and spiritually in choir.

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.

 

“Snowfall” 

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?

 

Birthday Memories

November 6th, 2014

Birthdays are

 

 

Tomorrow will be my 18th birthday. The time has gone by so fast that it almost seems surreal to me. I’ll be an adult. Those who know me well will tell you that I love to reminisce. I enjoy looking back on picture books and reliving what I have done. I am also very much a traditionalist. I enjoy making traditions that are celebrated each year and those always hold special memories in my heart.

 

 

 

Would you take a trip down memory lane with me?

 

 

blog pic 1Age 4 ~ I don’t remember much about this birthday except that all my family was there. As a young girl, I would make huge wish lists of presents just to make sure that everyone had options. 🙂

 

 

 

blog pic 2Age 7 ~ This was the birthday that I received my first sewing machine. Until then, I was learning how to sew on my mom’s machine.

 

 

 

 

blog pic 3Age 9 ~ My mom, dad, sister, both grandmothers, aunts, cousins, and I went to the American girl place in NYC! American girl was a big part of my childhood and so I was absolutely ecstatic to finally go to the American girl place!

 

 

 

 

blog pic 4Age 13 ~ My first birthday having “helpers.” My cousin was 2 1/2 and she loved helping me open presents, and I loved having her help me!

 

 

 

 

blog pic 5Age 15 ~ The first time I shared my birthday party with my brother! We are 4 days apart (and 10 years!) so it seemed natural!

 

 

 

 

394013_287197684730585_1445356565_nAge 16 ~ My surprise sweet 16 birthday party shared with my dearest friend who is a week older than me! It was such a lovely time to see all my friends come out that have made a difference in my life in some mode or fashion. This experience is one that I shall remember for the rest of my life!

 

 

Well I’m sure I could recall something pleasant from each birthday! I am blessed to have both sets of grandparents, both of my aunts and uncles, and my six cousins at my parties, usually happening for a Sunday lunch. My parents are also wonderful in that we have a “birthday” supper the night of my birthday with a special dessert.

 

Overall, I feel blessed. I’m excited to be moving on in this next stage of my life and it has been wonderful recounting all the special moments from past birthdays.

 

ALSO, IN HONOR OF MY BIRTHDAY, I AM HOLDING A KINDLE SALE OF MY BOOK, Finding Faith! GET IT ON AMAZON FOR ONLY $0.99 ONLY UNTIL SATURDAY NIGHT! DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS CHANCE!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old