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Gratitude Begets Generosity

For me, Thanksgiving marks the official kick-off of the holidays.  It’s one of my favorite days where gathering with family and friends, celebrating the bounty of a full table of homemade food, and offering thanks for my many blessings are all untainted by the retail frenzy soon to follow.

This is the first year I have been able to retreat and have some time for reflection before Thanksgiving.  I had the beautiful opportunity to celebrate my Mother’s 75th birthday. ...


Outside The Lines

Outside The Lines by Gentry GroshellPeace of Heart Home (POHH) has been built. It is beautiful but the process was messy. It did not go as planned yet I trust God’s timing for it. It alone is an accomplishment but only minor compared to the stories it will set the stage for.  While we file our paperwork and wait for our license, we anxiously await the stories of peace, faith, love and hope and the growth they...


It Takes a Village

“Recently my inner circle of autism Mom friends have each been attacked by strange and serious autoimmune conditions. Their journeys and mine with Rheumatoid Arthritis have compelled me to write this blog.”

In the days after tragedy struck my life (my late husband and my father passed away in a small plane crash), I had an epiphany moment. This tremendous loss gave me permission to loosen autism’s vice on me. Something more significant had just presented itself and I was relieved to put...


Receiving the Other

“Upholding the heart of autism”, is the meaning behind Peace of Heart Community’s logo. Turning listening ears inside out was of what Jesus did. Such counter cultural commands: “the first shall be last and the last shall be first, revealing his truths to the simple yet confounding the wise, to gain your life you first must lose it…” are what I call the Gospel. When he called for his followers to receive little children in the same manner we receive him he...


“Your Corner of the World”

“Your Corner of the World”

With all of the pressing needs and complex issues in our society, life can seem overwhelming. The power of one seems diminished when looking into the eye of poverty, dementia, cancer, autism, war, and social injustice just to name a few.

I remember when staying at a bed and breakfast, very pregnant with my 4th child, Howard and I found ourselves engaged in a conversation with an older couple. I was sharing my story about Gentry. The woman, obviously in pain, stopped me abruptly to say that, “everyone has a story”. In sharing mine, I was not meaning...