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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.

Christmas in July

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“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”- Buddy the Elf I think we can all agree with Buddy, right? I am going to spread some Christmas cheer this July because I really love the movie Elf, and I also wanted a reason to post some pretty pictures. Hold… Read More

Friendly Mail

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I have a love affair with mail. One year I kept track, and what started out as a Lenten discipline of writing one friendly letter a day turned into a year of sending over 500 pieces of friendly mail to family and friends. I love seeing a handwritten address in my stack of mail! This… Read More

Eco-Friendly Home Improvements to Save You Money | Tina Hamilton

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Home Improvement always seems like a difficult task to tackle. There are some many things that can go wrong and we all want our homes to look as good as they possibly can. Not to mention the extreme cost that always seems to accompany most home improvement projects. There’s got to be a better way… Read More

Twenty years, three things about love ‘n marriage

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This month, my husband and I plan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our first date. I think, “Wow, twenty years. When did that happen?” Twenty years ago, we went on our first date. We went through the Taco Bell drive-through and then went to see a movie. We’d torn ourselves away from my husband’s… Read More

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

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