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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.

May Day Ideas for Your Neighbors

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Spring is when Amish communities generally share communion together (also in the fall), and they do this outside of their regular church services. After communion, they wash one another’s feet in a sweet gesture of servitude, humility and kindness. For those of us who are not quite Amish, we can take delight during this lovely… Read More

Sing Your Way Home

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In primary school, my class learned an old song that goes as follows: “Sing your way home at the close of the day, Sing your way home, drive the shadows away. Smile every mile, and wherever you roam It will brighten your road, it will lighten your load If you sing your way home.” Singing… Read More

5 Components of an Ideal day

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Recently, I read the above quote and was inspired, again, about the value of using the time I have to do the things that matter most. Are you using the time you have to do the things that matter most? @TeriLynneU Click To Tweet A couple of years ago my friend Sandra wrote a blog… Read More

Brussels Sprouts

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When I was growing up eating my vegetables was no fun. I was great at pushing the cooked carrots around on my plate or “accidentally” dropping green beans on the floor for the dog. Looking back I can see I was served a lot of canned veggies and I do not mean canned Amish style… Read More

8 Herbs to Grow in Your Garden | Maria Karla Salinas

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“Those of you who think of herbs as just parsley, sage and thyme, think on.” –Jekka McVicar, Herb Expert. Aside from its healing properties, herbs can also be used as perfumes and food flavourings. They require serious treatment for gardening. Herbs are tough wild plants, they love the sun and will thrive when provided with… Read More

Morning Has Broken | Watching Birds Like the Amish

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“Morning has broken, like the first morning, Black bird has spoken, like the first bird…” Eleanor Farjeon A very early memory for me is seeing my mom rescue a robin from our basement window well in St. Louis, Missouri. I was probably four years old. I remember the robin sat on her finger and this… Read More

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