Articles from Jackie

Here you’ll find encouragement, sage advice, and godly counsel I wish I’d had while going through the difficult seasons of life.

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What Would You Like For Christmas?

What Would You Like For Christmas?

Ask any child that question, and you will get a long list of things they think they can’t live without. When my sons were growing up, they anxiously waited for the Sears & Roebuck Christmas Catalog, pored over each and every page, and circled their wishes. As they...

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What’s an Author?

What’s an Author?

I am rarely at a loss for words. I love words. Words that inform. Words that inspire. I love to speak, sing, read, and write words. Ask anyone who knows me, and they will acknowledge, “Jackie loves to talk, sing, read and write.” My passion for words blossomed as a...

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Go Outside! Stop Whining!

Go Outside! Stop Whining!

How often have you heard yourself say to your children, “Go outside! Stop whining. Use your imagination. When I was a kid, we….” I could go on, but you get the picture. These are some of the exact words said in 1965 to the children of the Pritchard family who were...

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June on The Farm

June on The Farm

The smell of freshly mowed hay makes this farm girl smile! Summer is just a few weeks away, and my three sons have already finished the first cutting. That fragrance of green and growth is intoxicating! I’m so grateful not to suffer from hay fever because I love everything about hay season: the warm sun on my face, the crickets chirping, and the birds singing. Just listen to the hum of that tractor as it crawls over the rolling hills.

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Seed Packets

Seed Packets

The information on the seed package reads: Seeds germinate in 6 to 10 days Growing height- 3 feet Best sown in a sunny location after the danger of spring frost Thin seedlings when they are 2-4 inches in height Garden hints: Keep moist and water frequently. I follow...

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May On The Farm

May On The Farm

This spring, we planted Macintosh and Delicious apple trees to replace an old tree that fell this winter. The fruit from that tree was tart, suitable only for making pies. And, speaking of pies makes me think fondly of my mother-in-law, who held the gold seal in the...

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April On The Farm

April On The Farm

Spring sunshine and warm breezes energize me. Some days I feel like a tornado whipping around, cleaning and organizing inside and out. My exercise regimen also jump-starts every spring, just like daffodil shoots. But invariably, a remnant of winter blasts through the...

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Finding Joy As You Journey Through Grief

Finding Joy As You Journey Through Grief

I’ve learned that we never get over grief. It becomes a traveling companion as we proceed through our lives. We discover that despite our losses, life does go on. And one day, when we hear the name of that special someone, and we smile instead of cry, we know we have...

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March On The Farm

March On The Farm

Spring officially began last week. I feel the warmer breezes, I have started my annual search for green shoots poking up from the dirt, and I hear the squawks of the Canada geese as they fly back to the pond. Sure-fire signs of spring that don’t require a calendar. I...

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February On The Farm

February On The Farm

As I anticipate the arrival of the seeds ordered earlier this month, I remember the Parable of the Sower, recorded in Matthew 13. Jesus told about a farmer who scattered seeds randomly. Some fell along a path where they were trampled and consumed by birds; they never...

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January On The Farm

January On The Farm

Looking out over the snow-filled fields at first light, on this cold January morning, I shiver at the sight of gray skies and the sounds of howling winds that have ushered in another winter on the farm. The horses are blanketed, the heater is plugged into the water...

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New Year’s Giveaway

New Year’s Giveaway

As the blustery winds whip outside, I find myself curled up inside, reading some wonderful books. I’d like to share some of my favorites with you. Be sure to read to the end to find out how you can enter to win one of these books. You Were Made for This Moment by Max...

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Waiting, Anticipating, and Longing

Waiting, Anticipating, and Longing

Some years, turning the pages on the calendar comes more easily to me than other years. Seasons change, and I change with them. Labor Day rushes past, and I start baking with apples and winter spices. By Halloween, I’m pulling out scarves and mittens and writing to-do...

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