DIY Projects for Your Family This Spring | Tina Hamilton

DIY Spring Family Projects

Springtime is all about “out with the old and in with the new.” Many of us use the inspiration of new spring blossoms and the return of singing birds to make some changes on our own lives. Some try to restart their New Year’s Resolutions or finally clean out that closet that has been neglected… Read More

What You Don’t Know About the Swartzentruber Order | Brenda Nixon

Amish Monroe

I have minimalists friends. They live and decorate their home sparingly. Don’t subscribe to the newspaper – read it at our public library. I respect people who try to live simply or resist over-scheduling, over-technology, and over-abundance. Those who live off the land are my favorite. My grandpa retired from a factory to become a… Read More

Simple Lessons from Mennonite Upbringing | Shirley Hershey Showalter

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You can take a Mennonite girl out of the country, but you can’t take the Mennonite out of the girl. When it comes to simple living, we Americans get lots of things wrong. We waste. We over indulge in food and substances. We are distracted by our electronic devices. We use entertainment as a means… Read More

How Does Your Garden Grow? | Kathleen Fuller

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The winter of 2014 is one for the record books, at least here in Ohio. We had one of the coldest Februarys ever, and as of right now Lake Erie is almost completely frozen. I’m so ready for spring! Over the years, my husband James and I have had a variety of gardens. He has… Read More

To Garden or Not to Garden? | Beth Wiseman

Spring gardening

Readers often ask if I pull from real-life experiences when I am writing my books. I absolutely do, the same way my personality creeps into my character’s thoughts and actions. I’m adopted, so I’ve included that in storylines. Someone close to me had a kidney transplant, and that made its way into a book. I… Read More

The Power of Example | Guest Post by Suzanne Woods Fisher


“Children live what they learn and learn what they live.” Amish proverb In A Surprise for Lily, a magazine writer visited Lily’s farm to write a story about her father, Daniel Lapp, who has a furniture shop. The writer promised not take pictures out of respect for the Amish family’s beliefs. Once or twice, Lily… Read More

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