Author Archives: gretchenr17

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.

And…yet

Thanksgiving is a gateway holiday for me. It marks the beginning of a season of hope, wonder, joy, celebrating with family, rich foods, sweet moments, and new memories. I love November and December with their changing weather, slower paces, and … Continue reading

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Slip Covers

Growing up in the 1970’s meant a lot of household items were harvest gold and avocado green. From the appliances in our kitchen to the colors in our furniture upholstery. As the 1970’s gave way to the 1980’s color schemes … Continue reading

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Inside, outside, all around

As the weather turns colder, I start drinking hot tea more frequently. When I steep the bag in my cup I can smell the aroma of the cinnamon or star anise, my favorite flavors. The longer the bag stays in … Continue reading

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He who dwells

Dwell: to live in or at a specified place (origin -in Middle English-to tarry or remain in one place) –Oxford English Dictionary Psalm 91 is one of the richest passages of Scripture, full of insight into the relationship between man … Continue reading

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arms up

“Arms up,” I would tell my boys when they still needed help to get dressed. They would reach up and I would put the shirt on in the morning or take it off at night when it was time for … Continue reading

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The waiting….

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations (Psalm 67:1-2). We live in a home without a television due … Continue reading

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We are fools

Reading through the New Testament was a goal of mine as a new believer. I had memorized certain verses during my childhood, but I could not see how they were linked together. I completed a Bible study, which helped, but … Continue reading

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Memories

During the holidays we were allowed to sit in my grandmother’s front room, but we had to be careful since most of her antiques were displayed there. To keep busy, we often looked through the photo albums she had on … Continue reading

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Pins and things

I enjoy the craft sites which give ideas for the house, children, and gardens. I can daydream about the ways I could decorate my farmhouse, learn how to care for my goats, how to use regular household items to clean … Continue reading

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Bottle babies

We have two baby goats on our farm who were rejected by their mother. I am now their surrogate mother, complete with bottles of goat milk replacer (think formula for baby goats) to feed them. In the morning I will … Continue reading

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