rainy day in DeYang. China
Rhonda Sittig, wife, mom, friend, teacher, thankful blogger, child of God
The blogs I like to read are mostly by young, bright, talented, inventive people.  They do brilliant photography, have fresh ideas and their writing goes for sassy to sparkling.  Oh, there’s the smartsy blogs too, clever people with deep ideas that set you to thinking.  So why on earth would I think I could write a blog?Here’s why:

To keep a record of all that makes me thankful.  It’s good for me to read back over years and be reminded of all that’s gone behind.

To send off recipes to friends.  This morning Christine told me she made the tortilla soup and Glenda asked where to find the Cherry oatmeal bars post.  I love that.

To remember worthwhile books.  Keep an account of some I’d like to go back to.

To have a little journal of events in our family–weddings, babies, holidays, visits back and forth.

To jot down memories and pictures of travels near and far– great fun to relive those trips.

To put a bit of me down in writing that perhaps my grand girls would see some day.  Maybe Charlotte would like her great grandma’s apple cake recipe or to read about how I love being her grandmother.

It’s not a place to bare my soul.  I have my friends I meet with every week to pray and share life’s ups and downs.  But I hope to keep a sort of record of who I am.  It will be lovely to read through all the years when I’m sitting in the old folks home someday!!

So if you’re reading this, thank you.  It’s a joy to write to you.

Larry and I live in a small house under the green maple trees. It is an orderly place, filled with books, chocolate cake and memories. We have four children, now scattered. Micah and his Jodi, in Shanghai with 3 dear girls. We dote on their every long distance video. Aaron & his adorable Jessica work at facebook and live in SF. Ani and Brian live in a pretty row house in SF. She spends her days at Seatme and Brian is an Apple engineer. And Laurel, after wandering the country, has settled in SF as well, adding her creative spark to Photojojo. My day by day job is teaching 3rd grade, satifisying when a child masters long division or reads through the BFG. But my vocation is the people I love, my family, (What a joy to set extra plates around the table when kids are home with us!) and the women I meet with to talk and pray each week— Joys, such as kid’s weddings, big accomplishments, new grandkids, insights from God’s word tie us together– as well as heartaches of unexpected surgeries, marriages gone awry, job problems. I thank God for the best parents, 4 dear children, friends I can grow old with and a home and life with my Larry. God is good.

65 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey, Rhonda. I realize that your blog is more designed for women than men, but this is a really practical, inviting, attractive and Christ-honoring blog. One of the best on the web. The layout and design are impeccable and the content is meaty rather than fluffy (coincidentally, the names of my two cats). Fantastic job! I’ll definitely visit often. I may be the wrong audience, but I appreciate good work.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking the Spaghetti and Meatball recipe and the About page. I hope you have time to browse the archives sometime and try out a few of the recipes. Please let me know how they turn out! Thanks again for stopping by.

  3. Rhonda – I have been directed to your blog by my dear friend and your (I believe she said) cousin-in-law, Brenda Lauer. I lived many years in Phoenix and became good friends with Derek and Brenda. My oldest son (16) is named Derek, after your cousin. Brenda and I aren’t in touch nearly as much as I would like but we have always referred to one another as “kindred spirits” and that is how she referred to you as well. Specifically, she pointed me towards your post about “Bird by Bird” by Anne LaMott so I will definitely check that out. Anyway, LOVE your musings, photos and recipes(!!!) Everything looks so tantalizingly gorgeous. I’ll be stopping by often. Thanks. I’m going to send my 13-year-old daughter, Clare, to check it out as well. She wants to blog about some of her teenage experiences, as a support to others and so I want to encourage her. Your blog is the perfect inspiration for her.

  4. Hi Anne– Yep, don’t you think Brenda is a doll? How can someone be so spiritually in tune and so sassy at the same time? And she knows how to cook! I’m excited for your daughter to think about blogging. Would you send me the link if she starts up? It’s such a lovely way to keep track of all you’re thinking and so encouraging when dear people like you come along. And one “PS”– Anne LaMott is super, although a bit out of the box with her faith. Reading her sets me to thinking… So anyway Anne, thanks for reading here and for your kind words.

    • I will definitely let you know if and when Clare is up and running – if you have any suggestions for her we’re all ears! She will be thrilled just to know that someone is interested enough to have asked to be kept in the loop. She has much on her heart and is always furiously journaling! I, too, have thought of blogging – it’s on the list, it’s on the list! Several friends, including Brenda, have encouraged me to write, thus her suggestion of Anne LaMott’s book. I wandered around last night online looking at her books and recalled that I have, indeed, read some of her work – an excerpt about the birth of her grandson. And yes, she is a wee bit out of the box in many ways. I was nearly wetting my pants for laughing though – always a good sign that you’ll enjoy the writer! Blessings on your day.

  5. Hi Rhonda

    My name is Kevin Gillespie, I do, MUCH prefer to be called Kev though. :).

    I live in Wales, & am now Following your Blog back. :).

    Thank You for Following my Blog also. :).

    Best Wishes
    Kev. 🙂

  6. What an absolute wonderful introduction to your blog! I loved reading your reason behind starting this blogging adventure and I think it’s absolutely fantastic! I will be looking forward reading more of your recipes and posts!

    Have a beautiful day 🙂

    Elisa (Ely)

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  8. Hi Rhonda, I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated your lovely blog for a Liebster award – http://wp.me/p3Nc97-sF. Participation is optional and there is no expectation that the award will be paid forward, even if you choose to accept it. Have a lovely day! 🙂
    By the way, your apricot almond muffins are a huge hit at my home. I have made it several times now.

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