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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.

Why I Refused to Love My Neighbor (Plus a Giveaway!)

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When our daughter outgrew her swing set, we sold it to an acquaintance who struggled to find a truck and some buddies to help haul it away. We weren’t home when his plan came together, so we told him to go ahead and get started. They removed the swings and were dismantling the slide when… Read More

5 Ways to Edit Your Home

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Recently I wrote a post over on my blog about telling a story with your home. I talked about ways in which you can use your surroundings as a way to convey your family values and priorities. Today I’d like to discuss a key to simplifying—editing your home once your story is already being told…. Read More

A Prayer for the Week Ahead

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Last week during my Bible study, a verse jumped out at me.  Funny, isn’t it, how you can read a passage countless times and then one day, the words come alive in a new and powerful way? I shared the verse on Instagram and on Facebook. And the words burrowed deep into my heart and… Read More

The Heart of the Home

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One of the things we really wanted to do to our new house was remodel the kitchen. It screamed for updating. So six weeks ago the demolition began. We are still in the middle of the project. Everything everyone has ever said about redoing a kitchen seems to be true: It will take longer than… Read More

More thoughts from an Army wife

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I’ve been thinking about war a lot lately, which might seem odd for someone who writes about the Amish, who practice nonresistance*. Let me explain. One of the reasons is that April 25th was the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, and May 8th was the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II… Read More

Seven Layers, One Delicious Salad

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I was a picky eater as a child. I didn’t like cheese. I didn’t like pizza. I abhorred fat and religiously sliced it from my pork chop or roast beef. I didn’t like any vegetables except carrots (I’m sorry I shunned you, corn on the cob). I especially disliked salad, which in my eyes was… Read More

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