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

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

Little Bit Party

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In need of a summer activity to do with your kiddos? Throw a “Little Bit” Party! Haven’t heard of it? That’s because my husband created it! John came up with the Little Bit Party as a fun activity for  our kids and our three “adopted” grandkids, Cayla, Audrie, and Donovan. The concept is simple. Create a dinner menu… Read More

A Simple Summer

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So after a LONG winter, we are knee-deep into our summer. Are you making the best of it? If you’re anything like me, around March I start putting together in my mind’s eye all the ways I’m going to simplify our summer. Slower mornings. More pancakes. Playing outdoors. Reading more. As homeschoolers we are always… Read More

A Q&A with Amy Clipston about ‘A Mother’s Secret’

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Amy Clipston’s new book, A Mother’s Secret, debuted in June. To celebrate with Amy, enter to win a copy of the book and also a Kindle Fire! Enter to win here!   What is A Mother’s Secret about? My new book, A Mother’s Secret, is the second in my Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel… Read More

Where Healing Blooms

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Are you gardening yet? I am! And I have little red cherry tomatoes to prove it! It’s funny that sometimes when I write about a thing, I begin to do that thing. I wrote an Amish mystery series set in a quilt shop, and I began quilting. I wrote Where Healing Blooms, one of the… Read More

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