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Lance and Anna Barton

If you’re anything like me, there is an interesting story behind who you are now, and how you do what you do. People don’t just arrive one day as fully-grown adults armed with all the answers, (we never do wind up with all the answers). Real life rarely resembles all the expectations we have, and that’s not even a bad thing. It just makes for a more interesting story!

I help women see how God is in their story by sharing my own story. These are the Tales of a Sonrise Life.
With every new sunrise, I pray that more women will see the Son rise in their family, in their marriage, in their friendships, in their own lives.


My name (Anna) means Full of Grace. But, I am a sinner from the word go. It’s my nature. However, I am also a daughter of The King, Christ Jesus, my Redeemer, and my God. I am a flawed and sinful woman, who knows the humbling, freeing power of God’s grace and forgiveness.

Therefore, as a forgiven sinner, I am reminded to be graceful to others. Sometimes I actually am, and other times I fall short. I miss the mark.

Oh, if only I were perfect, sinless, guiltless — that would be great!

My opinions are my own. While I do prefer informed opinions over uninformed – I have the shoe prints on the inside of my mouth that say otherwise.

Likely, I will go on my merry way, and just stop to pick the gravel out when needed. That’s life!

Lifelong Learner

In the age of eCourses, eBooks, Podcasts, YouTube, and one of my favorites – – there is just no excuse to stop learning. As long as Google is a verb, a person can find out anything about anything – just google it. We even found videos on how to multiply matrices, when information like that was necessary for my son’s education.


I don’t know anyone who is over-prepared.

Prepared for what, you ask?

  • How about what you’re making for dinner tonight?
  • What you need at the grocery store for the whole month?
  • Emergency meals, for when a storm has you cooped up – maybe without power?
  • Building up a Home Store, so you’re not tempted to hit the drive-through – again?
  • Smiling in the face of unemployment, because you’ve prepared a Storehouse for your family?
  • Sharing your faith with people?
  • Your outfit for the next day, ready the night before?
  • A week’s worth of “snacks” that are wholesome, delicious, and won’t mess up your current diet?

If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to check these off your list, so you can prepare for a nice long soak, up to your ears in a bubble bath!

We’ll talk about…

FAITH, FAMILY, and FOOD: Making time for God, making memories with your family, and making the most of your food

INTERIOR DESIGN: The changes in your home and in your heart

EXTERIOR DESIGN: Perennials and evergreens, the chicken coop (the home for our “girls”), and all things BACKYARD.

PREPAREDNESS: Creating monthly menus, Home Food Stores, on-plan make-ahead snacks, and automating whatever we can – to work smarter, not harder

POWER TOOLS: The Bible, forgiveness, and prayer, plus some really awesome gadgets and appliances

Fun Facts

I married Lance, the man of my dreams just five days after graduating high school.

We still hold hands.

Annie. Anna. Anne. They’re all me.

Anna, after my maternal grandmother. My parents called me Annie. I wanted a more grown-up name, so I had Lance call me Anne. When we lived in the South, I was called “Miss Anne.”

Why Sky Blue? Because it’s so optimistic! (I intend to paint all my ceilings a form of “sky blue,” and I will let you know how that goes.)

We raised a mighty man of God. Raising a son, plus the Risen Son, is where I came up with “Sonrise” for Tales of a Sonrise Life and Sonrise Hobby Farm.

Sonrise Hobby Farm actually started out on a semi-suburban plot, a little over half an acre, with chickens. Now we’re on half again more land with more room for the hobbies — and more chickens.

We belong to a WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) church in our area.

If we ever move again, there must be a WELS church in the vicinity. (No joke. Reliably, thoroughly, Biblical — or as best as can be expected this side of heaven.)

My Minimum Requirements For This Home Were:

    1. WELS congregation near enough to commute
    2. UPS and FedEx able to make deliveries, and
    3. High-speed Internet.

Well, I got 2 out of 3!  My Internet service provider is my cell phone. (Yet, I have managed to start a Blog!)

Notice that I didn’t require a kitchen. Good thing, because this 1910 house did not come with much of one!

There’s ROOM for a kitchen… and there is a kitchen sink, where the kitchen used to be… but not much else. (I guess the previous owners needed the appliances and counters more than I did.)

My (future) kitchen currently resembles a dining room — with a big refrigerator in it.

My (future) dining room currently resembles a make-shift kitchen — with my Craigslist find of a convection oven & microwave combo sitting in the corner, waiting for their turn to serve me in the new kitchen.

Rolling carts hold my toaster oven, a microwave, an Excalibur Food Dehydrator, an Instant Pot, the Kitchenaid, pots & pans, a Nuwave Induction Cooktop, and foodstuffs. One cart even serves as a mobile working island. Very useful, indeed.

The carts and chrome industrial shelving units roll out easily enough for vacuuming and mopping, then roll back just as easily! (I think there’s something to learn here for the new kitchen!)

This current “no-kitchen” situation doesn’t scare me in the slightest! More time to perfect what I truly want in my kitchen…

And so, it goes – life at Sonrise Hobby Farm – one day at a time, and one project at a time.

“We are here! We are here!”

The blogosphere is vast, with countless choices and voices. is my tiny YOP! (Horton Hears a Who reference, folks.) Just one voice in a squillion. Maybe my voice will resonate with you, and you’ll come back to hear more Tales Of A Sonrise Life.

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