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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.

Amish Hospitality | A Special Trip to Amish Country

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Amish Hospitality Recently I was able to make a quick trip to Pennsylvania to see my Amish friend Ruth (fictional name to protect her privacy). I first met Ruth when I was researching A Gift of Grace, the first in my Kauffman Amish Bakery Series. Ruth lives on a dairy farm and has seven children…. Read More

The Return of Pumpkin Flavored Everything

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Fall is my favorite season of the year. With it comes fuzzy sweaters, pumpkin cookies, crisp cool nights, the changing of leaves, and we must not forgot pumpkin spice lattes! It seems as though we indulge in vast amounts of pumpkin flavored everything during the months of October and November. I happen to think apples… Read More

Knit Lessons

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Autumn! I was singing it’s praises earlier this month. I’m still thinking happy seasonal thoughts. For one thing it’s knitting season again! With a nip in the air it’s time to pull out my warm woolies. I’m a knitter, fall is the perfect excuse for putting something new on the needles. This month I discovered… Read More

When Life Gives You Lemons

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When Life Gives You Lemons Make lemonade right? Yet there are many other uses for the citrus fruit. And I’m not talking about putting it in our water or using it to cook. In these days of ‘being green’ and pitching in to do our part to nurture the earth, lemons offer a natural way… Read More

Autumn Outreach

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My daughter used to get on my last nerve by the last day of summer. I think this phenomena is actually God’s kindness to mothers, easing the pain of separation with the joy of independence (her’s and mine!). We both looked forward to going back to school. But then I blinked, and this happened— Just… Read More

How to Wear a Crown: Five Gifts Grandparents Can Offer Children

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Proverbs 17:6 “Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” Until I experienced it myself, I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. Friends wearing beatific smiles assured me that no other human experience surpasses that of becoming a grandparent. But until little Owen, our first… Read More

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