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Grand Prayers

Prayer matters! Praying with and for your grandchildren matters!They may be too young to understand the importance of your prayers, or they may be old enough to take it lightly and even roll their eyes, but your grandchildren will never forget that you are praying for them.Whether your grands live next door or many miles away, your prayers are...

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God’s Paintbrush

Announcing! I'm a member of a prestigious group - Weather Wimps of America. Next summer I'll wave the white flag of surrender when triple digits hit but recently my flag was waving in response to snow drifts, sub-zero temps, crazy wind chills, and black ice. So...join me. I know you're out there. WWA members, unite! We are at the mercy of...


Generational Grace

Sometimes I feel I need industrial-strength glue or duct tape to hold things together as I navigate this broken world. Life is hard. Perhaps glue and tape could heal all wounds. Maybe it could guard the younger generation from pain and hard times. As a wife, mother, grandma, and friend, there are many times I'm tempted to reach for glue to fix...

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Prayerful Grandparenting

"Grandparenting. The only thing in this life that is not over-rated." - Rob Rienow, Founder of Visionary Family Ministries. I'm involved with Legacy Coalition - an organization of intentional Christian grandparents who are seriously a force to be reckoned with. I've attended their seminars and summits including one in Southern California a few...

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A Cord of Three

I'm not a genealogist; I leave that distinction to my brother who is. I am simply a family historian who is passionate about generational storytelling. My 'work' is challenging, exhausting, fascinating, never-ending, and yes...even addictive. But, I do it because of the resulting connectedness and resiliency our family gains as we know from whence we came.

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Country Cougar

  "McPherson Woman Reports Rare Mountain Lion Sighting: Last Documented Sighting of a Cougar in Kansas was in 1904." That was the headline! The local newspaper was first to tell my story; just a couple sentences about what I saw in the New Gottland area of McPherson County. Days later, a regional newspaper ran with a slightly expanded...



Long ago, I resigned myself to the fact that something very valuable to my younger self must have been unintentionally tossed out with the trash sometime in the last five decades. Thankfully, the memory hasn’t faded.I even mentioned this on social media a few weeks ago when a friend’s post rekindled my memory. For the millionth time, I...

Welcome, I’m Elaine. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ, a choreographer of words, a challenger of the status quo, an admirer of all things colorful, and a lover of life who finds great comfort and joy in knowing I’m completely adequate to do whatever it is God calls me to do!

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