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Maybe you'd like to be Amish...but not quite. You want more peace in your life, in your home, in your family, and in your heart. You want to try a new recipe and pick up a needle and thread. You want to learn to simplify and care for God's green earth (and teach your children to do the same).
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We're on that same journey. You're not alone in your quest. We'll be opening our hearts and homes, too. I believe that together we can find inspiration in all things Amish (and a few that are "not quite Amish") and enjoy their simple lifestyle in ways that are quite unique to our own lives.

Do You have 10 Minutes to Sit before God?

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Do you have 10 minutes to sit before God? To stop moving, to retreat from the world around you, and just to sit? “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10 NLT I dare you to do it. Just… Read More

My Holy Dog

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A high school graduation gift from my parents, my Bible was simply engraved “Amy Lynn” because they knew my maiden name would someday change. I quickly dashed their hopes that I would love its words and embrace their Writer. Its leather was uncreased, its pages were stuck together, its advice went unheeded. The only witness… Read More

Elegy Written After a Bike Ride to a Country Churchyard

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What do you do to celebrate 45 years together? My husband and I chose to celebrate by traveling 7000 miles during the month of July, taking what we called a BookTourAnniversaryPalooza. On the actual anniversary date, Saturday August 2, we did something much less ambitious. We enjoyed a huge, leisurely breakfast featuring blueberry crepes, bacon,… Read More

Back to School: 3 ways NOT to give in to peer pressure

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Every summer, it happens. As day after glorious day of summer vacation dwindles, so does the time of our children’s summer “freedom.” Somehow the routines that we held so closely during the year have been forgotten, and it’s almost Thanksgiving break, it seems, that we feel like we’re almost back on track. Advertisers have been… Read More

Keeping Your Home Safe All Year Long | Tina Hamilton

How to Keep Your Home Safe All Year Long

The safety of you and your family is a top priority that is always on your mind. You want to do everything you can to prevent any possible accident or incident that might cause harm to your family. Creating a safe home environment is one of the best ways to do that. You want a… Read More

Choose Life

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Beep. Beep. Beep. The alarm screams into the peacefulness of sleep. My eyes unable to focus and my body crying out for just a few more minutes of sleep. I roll over and hit the snooze. Nine minutes later, the piercing noise again interrupts the silence of a slumbering house. This time, I get up. Not… Read More

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