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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.

The Inward Call to the Simpler Life | Martha Artyomenko

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Amish fiction. Jane Austen. The call of the past and the promise of a simpler life draws many of us. Those of us that spend our days surrounded by cell phones, computers, and the latest technological gizmo often think we would love something more or maybe I should say, something less. The draw of the… Read More

Stress . . . Line One

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Is stress calling for you? Stress is defined as “pressure or tension exerted on a material object” or, “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” I reckon we all can relate to having a demanding situation that has faced us. Whether a big situation or small… Read More

Where is Home?

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I once read “Home is where you know how the plumbing works.” That gave me a giggle. And I’ve traveled internationally enough to agree! These days I am thinking home requires more than simple plumbing. We recently moved our lives and household across the country. Setting up everything in a new location has many challenges…. Read More

Freezer Tips: 7 Things You Never Thought About Freezing

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Freezer Tips I have this thing about waste. Definitely something I share with the Amish. These frugal people will save four green beans left over from one meal, stuff that most people would throw away. Though my parents never gave me the “starving people all over the world” speech, I still hate to throw food… Read More

When I’m Squeezed, a Little Bit of Amy Oozes Out

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I got squeezed, and it wasn’t pretty. My feelings were hurt and my feathers were ruffled; I was offended and angry. Hateful words of retaliation and blame oozed from my lips. Resentment seeped from every pore, and bitterness slimed the rest of my day. Ugh. When life gives me a good, hard squeeze, all the… Read More

How to Prepare Your Floors for Your Toddler | Tina Hamilton

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How to Prepare Your Floors for Your Toddler New moms have a lot of things to worry about, and it seems like the older your child gets, the more you have to worry about. An age when moms become especially worrisome is during the toddler years. Their child is learning how to walk and becoming… Read More

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