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Annie Sechrist (Jane Grey)

Joined 6 years ago from Colorado

Some things can't be put into a box, and my life is one of them. But if I were to tell you the one driving energy behind all that I strive for, it is to please my Head and King, Christ Jesus. This means that I understand every sphere of life to be existing by and for God, and governed by His principles as laid out in the Word of God. I write about books, theology, business, decorating, how to write and teach writing, international real estate, cooking, social and cultural issues, philosophy, crafts, travel, and anything else worth thinking about: all from the view of life that believes that the entire universe is being put under submission to God by His conquering Son, Jesus Christ. It's a joyful, hopeful life because I know it's not all about me!

Practical experiences include being homeschooled and discipled by loving, wise parents, completing a bachelor's of Christian Education/Communications through a small Bible school, editing some local newsletters and books, teaching English and writing to grade school and high school for six years, serving my family through making my home the workstation central of my energies and talents, serving my church, and volunteering for a local home school organization.

I am currently working on a research/book project on the Protestant Reformers and their marriages and families, which you can read about on my blog: http://annsechrist.wordpress.com. I am also the manager of a new business venture called Lilywinkel: the Bridal Blossom Shop (http://www.Lilywinkel.com). We design and sell artificial bridal bouquets and wedding floral arrangements.

Hope you enjoy browsing my articles! My favorite is one I wrote as a personal confession about learning to Honor My Father, but the articles that consistently bring the most visitors are Castles for Sale in Ireland and Blue and White Room Decorating. The one that was just a lot of fun to write was Oxford Comma Fans Unite! and that's a favorite as well. Feedback is always appreciated, and I reply to direct messages if they're important. 

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  • 15

    Narrow Calf Boots—Favorite Styles for Slim Legs

    20 months ago

    Who wants their boots to look like sagging elephant ankles? I've hunted down the most stylish narrow-calf boots available, thanks to help from other readers' suggestions.

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    Irish Cottages for Sale in Ireland

    2 years ago

    Thatch roofs, seaside bungalows, sheep pasture hideaways, these cottages for sale in Ireland are sure to please. What's your favorite type of Irish cottage? These are for sale now, but hurry!

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    How to Verify Your Wordpress Website on Pinterest — Uploading the File to Your Server for Dummies

    18 months ago

    Verifying your website with Pinterest can be very difficult if you are not a techie, because Pinterest requires you to" upload a file to your website server." Most how-to guides don't explain how this...


    My Italy Travel Blogs - Pictures of Venice

    2 years ago

    Like a city out of a fairy tale, Venice seems like a figment of a child's whimsical daydream. Streets of water? Boats instead of cars? Colorful plastered walls—now faded—and chipped statues of Grecian women...


    Visit Hannibal Missouri—Mark Twain's Childhood Home

    3 years ago

    Hannibal? The fellow who led a cavalry of jangling war elephants over the Alps? Or Hannibal, the Lector fellow who disgraced the name of the previous man by the same name? No, I discovered a Hannibal nearer to...


    Colorado Sales Tax Small Business Help Guide

    3 years ago

    Let me say from the outset that I am in no way an expert on taxes, accounting, or sales tax. However, I have had to figure this out for my own small business operating here in Colorado, and I figured my simplified...


    Mrs., Miss, or Ms.? Married or Not?

    2 years ago

    The title "Ms." has become common currency in our social systems these days, but it is a fairly new invention. Now Ms. is used by nearly every woman, but most women don't know that it has philosophical roots...


    Climbing Colorado Fourteeners

    2 years ago

    You haven't really breathed Colorado air until you breathe it from the top of a 14,000 foot peak that you climbed yourself. The view from the top cannot be described in human words. I'll try, though. It's an ocean of...

  • 12

    Lily Bouquets for Weddings, Including Tiger Lilies and Calla Lilies

    2 years ago

    Lily bridal bouquets are stylish, elegant and simple. This comprehensive guide to lily bouquets will help you know what flowers and styles to choose for your wedding bouquet. Includes the calla lily, tiger lily,...


    All You Want to Know About Cockatiels as Pets!

    2 years ago

    These pretty birds are as personable as puppies, as noisy as kindergarteners, as quirky as asylum inhabitants, and as lovable as can be. Explore the fun and funny ways of cockatiels as pets here!


    Letter to a Young Christian Woman

    4 years ago

    These are lessons I have learned and am learning still. I pray that your heart will be soft to these lessons as well. “Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it spring all the issues of life.”...

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    Bridesmaid Hairstyles, Half Up, Half Down, UpDo, and All Down

    2 years ago

    Photos, facts, and simple how-to on some of the most gorgeous bridesmaid hairstyles around. Borrowing from celebrities and fashion experts, I have collected a stunning line-up of hairdos that will give your bridesmaids...

  • 12

    Italy Castles for Sale

    23 months ago

    Many castles that are now for sale in Italy have brilliant histories from Rome and the Medieval era. Here are a few that will get your imagination intrigued.

  • 7

    Destination Weddings: Silk Bouquets and Floral Design Solutions

    2 years ago

    Atmosphere is everything for some brides. As a bride, you may be imagining a beach softly bathed in waves and breezes, a rugged mountain lodge on a ski slope, a European castle with trumpets, flags, and flickering...

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    Chicken Pot Pie Casserole Recipe: Unique Crust/Dish Idea

    2 years ago

    Hearty chicken, creamy sauce, chunky vegetables, and a light buttery crust are what make chicken pot pie the perfect fill-you-up comfort food. However, most chicken pot pie recipes require a crust that lines the bottom,...

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    Coffee as a Flavor in Cooking

    4 years ago

    Recently I've discovered the amazing world of coffee as a flavor in food. Drinking coffee has its perks for some people, but I've never relished the dark, bitter taste of black coffee, and I've never needed its...

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    Castles for Sale in America

    4 years ago

    The American Dream sometimes includes castles. When it does, no expense is spared. Unlike the castles of Europe and Asia, American castles have no history worth mentioning except for perhaps their stories of rugged...


    Why We Love William Wallace: "Freedom!"

    3 years ago

    William Wallace's battle cry, "Freedom!" resonates a deep chord in Americans' hearts. Perhaps it is the powerful war-voice of the bagpipes, the poetic thunder of a thousand hooves of Highland-bred horses, the...


    York, England Attractions and Leaning Buildings!

    15 months ago

    One of the many attractions in York, England: the medieval town. York, England is one of the oldest medieval towns that is still in operation. Because of this, York provides visitors with an intricate variety of both...


    Facts About the Tower of London (with Photos)

    2 years ago

    Planning a visit to the Tower of London, or just curious about its history? I've compiled a list of odd and curious facts about the tower of London, along with some fantastic photos of the inside.


    British and American English Differences

    2 years ago

    British and American English can be vastly different, much to the surprise and humor of everyone involved! Here are a few fun tidbits about how our neighbors speak across the pond.


    The Effects and Dangers of MSG Seasoning: Is It Bad for You?

    20 months ago

    MSG has been defined as the sodium salt extract of the non-essential amino acid of glutimate. Other research has revealed MSG to act as an excitotoxin of the highest degree. It overstimulates the brain cells which are...


    Scottish Castles for Sale in Scotland

    18 months ago

    Scotland's castles are a wealth of history, drama, and culture. Now, many castles in Scotland are for sale. Here are a few of the finest castles for sale in Scotland, available at a range of prices.

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    Blue and White Rooms and Decorating with Blue and White

    2 years ago

    Nicknamed by a designer as "the new neutral," blue is coming into its own as the decorating style of preference for all types of rooms! Here are some photos from my own blue and white decorated rooms.


    Irish Castles for Sale in Ireland

    5 months ago

    Irish castles are the stuff of legend and lore, but many people don't realize that many of them are on the market! Check out these historical and authentic castles for sale in Ireland.

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    St. Patrick's Story and Confession: Evangelism of Ireland

    4 years ago

    How the missionary Patrick defeated the witches, answered a pantheist princess, and baptized and ordained 1,000 former sorcerers for the ministry of Christ.


    Life and Confession of St. Patrick: Captivity in Ireland

    4 years ago

    Fourth century Ireland was no place for a young man who was "barely sixteen" and in his own words, "almost as a boy not able to speak," when he was captured from his hometown in England. The young St...


    Pink and Brown Room Theme (Baby Room, Living Room, Bedroom)

    2 years ago

    Pictures, ideas, and inspiration for decorating with pink and brown. Think chocolate, strawberry, beige, blush, and pastel pinks, and how to use these colors in the rooms in your home.

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    Jergens Natural Glow Face or Body Moisturizer: Product Reviews. Is It Safe?

    2 years ago

    Because this Jergens product is so popular, I did some unbiased research and reviewed hundreds of users' opinions to find out if it really lives up to its claims. Also, I researched the ingredients and found out which...

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    Ideas on How to Create a Home Design Studio or Craft Room

    5 months ago

    If you own a business that designs, creates, and sells handmade items from your home, or even if you just love to put your hands and mind to work, it is likely that you need a studio that intrigues your imagination,...


    Home Business Ideas to Make Money Easily from Home (And Where to Sell Handmade Items)

    2 years ago

    Many people want the flexibility and ease being able to work at home, while maintaining an income with good wages or a business with high profits. Mothers and caregivers, called to their homes and their family may need...


    Oxford Comma Fans Unite!

    4 years ago

    Oxford Comma activists are becoming more verbal about this beloved punctuation mark. They label their enemies fools, brigands, communists, anarchists, hard-headed, stubborn, insensible, and haters of cauliflower. Have...


    What to Do to Improve Communication

    5 years ago

    “Employers at high-tech companies increasingly search for employees who possess not merely technical skills but strong communication skills as well.” (according to SUNY, the State University of New York: the...


    How to Teach Vocabulary

    4 years ago

    As an English grammar and writing teacher, the last thing I want to do to my students is to overwhelm, frustrate, or bore them with a list of words and definitions to memorize. I have found that these methods and...


    How to Stitch: Step-by-Step with Pictures

    5 years ago

    A simple basting stitch for hand sewing is really not hard, once you know what steps to follow and what to look out for. This simple stitch will work for mending ripped cloth, sewing on buttons, hand-sewing delicate...

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    Thank You Notes for Gifts or Services Rendered

    4 years ago

    I sat down to write thank-you notes today and had a feeling that I was doing something unusual, something epic, something even historical. It would have been easy to rattle off an email, to let my spoken...

  • 22

    Book Review of The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte (Author of Jane Eyre)

    5 years ago

    Though readers all over the world have enjoyed Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, many have not had the privilege of being exposed to her lesser-known novel, The Professor, which is deeply revealing in its depths of moral...

  • 12

    The Importance of Vernacular Bible Translations by Martin Luther, John Wycliffe, and Erasmus in the Reformation

    16 months ago

    At the start of the Protestant Reformation, the Word of God became suddenly accessible to people in all walks of life. This was essential for "the priesthood of all believers" to transform culture.


    My Father Is a Man Worthy of Honor: Lessons Learned by a Daughter

    5 years ago

    "Honor your father and your mother, that you may live long in the land." Our culture is barren of honor. We have no idea what it means to honor another person, much less do we seek to honor those who deserve...

  • 17

    Biblical Principles on Marriage in Jane Austen's Books

    4 years ago

    Mrs. Bennet was snoring, the young ladies were occupying the parlor, and giddy Kitty suddenly announced, “He’s here! Mr. Bingley!” The snoring stopped, the ribbons were tossed into a basket,...

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    The Role of the Printing Press in the Reformation

    21 months ago

    Along with the many amazing communications barriers that were overcome, the invention of the moveable-type printing press made it possible for Bibles to be owned by the common people, thus helping make "the...


    Clouds in a Tumbler: a Literary Analysis of Jane Eyre

    5 years ago

    “There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner... the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre,...


    Philosophy Essay on Truth, Goodness, and Beauty Part III: The Beauty of Holiness

    2 years ago

    Beauty has always been an area of controversy. Even though many people may agree that there is an absolute standard of truth and goodness, they will not automatically make the connection that there must, therefore, be...


    Review of Bastien Piano Books

    5 years ago

    The Bastien piano books series bring fond memories to me of my early lessons using these books. I would examine the colorful pictures of children and notes, play the "Chocolate Cake" song with my mouth...

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    Philosophy Essay on Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, Part II: Is There an Absolute Good?

    2 years ago

    The principle that God holds in Himself all truth must also require that God holds in Himself all the truth about Goodness, for if there is such a thing as absolute goodness, then this falls under the category of...


    8 Benefits of Writing in a Journal or Diary

    4 years ago

    Let me motivate you to continue writing in your journal, or if you haven't started yet, then let me tell you about all the wonderful blessings that will be added to your life when you start writing in your journal or...

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    Philosophy Essay on the True, the Good, the Beautiful, Part I: What is TRUTH?

    4 years ago

    The True, the Good, and the Beautiful have long held my attention as something I wanted to explore more deeply. We all have wondered at some point or other, "What is truth?" With that has been a desire for...

  • 9

    Summary of King Lear and Its Major Themes

    4 years ago

    This play is about true vision.Those characters one would suppose are blind are the ones who see best; and those who have no physical blindness really cannot see a thing. In ancient Britain, when kingdoms and kings...

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