Cranberry Tea Time
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.
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. Through all of this I will be sharing the hope and joy that I have in the midst of momentary troubles.
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).