Author: Gretchen

Lines of Gratitude: Celebrating Life and Service

November 11th has always been a day of celebration for our family.  Mainly for us because of the fact that it is my husband’s birthday.  Since he works for our city,  today is considered a government holiday.  So, every birthday we have celebrated with him being around.  Today he spent the day painting in our […]

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Grateful Lines: The Distance Connection through Books

I have grand intentions to read books that are considered classics.  But since reading is one of my primary ways to relax, somehow reading a book that really makes me concentrate does not sound very appealing.  When I read about the idea of long distance book clubs in Lisa Wingate’s, Firefly Island, I knew that […]

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Lines of Gratitude: Drip Line of Coffee

For 37 years, I was a proud abstainer.  In fact, I am not even sure that I could make a decent pot.  We did “inherit” my Grandma’s percolator pot, but the glass top part broke, so for the longest time we did not even have a way to make coffee. So, if my mother-in-law came […]

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Lines of Gratitude: Generosity

I am not quite managing the daily thankful Facebook posts this year.  But I am trying to have both of my blogs reflect a grateful attitude this month.  Well, really every month that would be my goal.  Today I am especially thankful for one thing. Generosity: liberality (fullness) in giving. With having six people in […]

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Unspoken: Following the Line of Domestic Violence (Even in Christian Families)

I admit this is an abrupt departure from my recent posts.  But this is definitely an issue that God has brought to the forefront of my mind.  I pray as I post this column that the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart will be pleasing in His sight! I almost did  […]

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The Good-bye Line to Age Four

Yesterday was my last day teaching the preschool class at our homeschool co-operative.  Possibly ever teaching preschool in a more formal setting as next year my youngest will be in kindergarten.  For ironically, yesterday was also my youngest child’s last day of being four.  Today he is the big five years old. He had me […]

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Blessings Abound through numbers 30-39 on my personal timeline

I am less than two hours away from entering my next decade.  Since I can remember when my parents turned 40, this birthday does seem like a bit of milestone for me.  My thirties were good to me!  Not that there have not been challenges, but overall I have been so blessed by God! I […]

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Forty Lines After the Hour

My grandparents had quite the collection of antiques.  When I was younger, I did not recognize that this was unusual.  As many of them are now gracing my home, I am highly appreciative.  What is amazing is that many of them were gifts from a gentleman whose family did not want them.  I am not […]

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A Line of Strollers

When you have four kids age six and under, you need a way to transport them.  For a time, we had a double stroller, single Graco one that matched our car seat and an umbrella stroller minus the covering that these little strollers came with a few years after we had our first born. This […]

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