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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.

I’m Too Busy to Be Too Busy for God

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I’m busy, busy—dreadfully busy. . .  Most of us are busy, even the Amish. Personally, I’m grateful to be busy putting loads of store-bought clothes in my front-loading washer instead of hand-washing handmade frocks that hang on the line. But there’s something different about the intentionality and pace of their lifestyle and the hectic, hurried… Read More

Swartzentruber Amish | Karen Johnson-Weiner

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I was asked once to talk about the Amish to members of a local church, and, as I debated how to help them make sense of what Don Kraybill has called “the Riddle of Amish Culture”[i], the answer hit me. The Amish don’t study their religion, read learned texts, or debate biblical scholarship. Theirs is… Read More

An Old-Order Mennonite Family: Like the Stars in the Heavens

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My husband and I will celebrate 45 years of marriage this August. We are taking the month of July to do a 4000-mile book tour with my memoir Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. The Saturday before we left on this trip, however, we attended a celebration honoring Stuart’s maternal grandparents, Webster Clay… Read More

Eclectic Hospitality | Hillary Manton Lodge

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Sometimes when you’re hosting events, everything in your life is tidy. You have time to shop for ingredients, to prepare food, to pull off the complicated and make it look easy. But sometimes life gets messy – that was the year we had last year. As one family emergency after another enfolded and the holidays… Read More

How to Organize Your Priorities and Keep God First

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It’s a simple thing, really, yet I have to admit it’s the #2 thing that makes me productive. It’s writing things down, five things a day. They are the top five things that I’d like to achieve in a day. If possible I put the hardest thing first. Once that’s out of the way then… Read More

New York City—Surprised!

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It’s not what you think. How many times have you been surprised by a stereotype? You hold a preconceived notion and it is contradicted by the reality in front of you. On the Fourth of July, my husband and I landed at JFK airport in New York. We watched the fireworks from our new (though… Read More

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