I Hate Summer


I have tried to like summer, really I have. I wrote about summer in my May post. But I was faking. I hate summer. Summer is hot and humid and I’d rather curl up inside with a book or my knitting. I love nature just not when it’s trying to cook me the minute I… Read More

A Lesson–Too Late


It’s been over a quarter of a century since I penned the poem below, and in the spirit of the “older women teaching the younger women,” I’m sharing the poem and a quiet nudge to you young mothers out there. Take time to breathe. To enjoy. To delight. To savor the still moments of the… Read More

Amish Roots, Part Two: Der Dutchman Heritage Festival at Plain City, Ohio


In last month’s post, I concentrated on the people at the Heritage Festival at Der Dutchman in Plain City, Ohio. For part two, I’ll highlight the crafts that were demonstrated on May 16. Pete Snellman patiently crafted brooms with this kicker-winder machine. His prowess at this dying art attracted quite a crowd. In my research… Read More

Six Gems from a Wise Woman | Elisabeth Elliot’s Legacy

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A wise woman died June 15, 2015. She changed my life, beginning in the 1960s when my Girls Auxiliary “adopted” a missionary serving in South America whose beloved husband, Jim, had literally given his life for the gospel. Elisabeth Elliot’s faithful sacrifice wasn’t headline news, but her life poured out for Christ did much to… Read More



How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. —PSALM 36:7-8 We live in a world of limits. There are limits to how much we can do, how… Read More

Signs of Simple Living | Tana Reiff (Plus a Giveaway!)


Here in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, we live in different worlds. There is Lancaster, an old city with a downtown vibe and urban issues. There are the surrounding small towns and suburbs, modern and busy. And then there is rural Lancaster County, with its vast farmlands. That is where more than 30,000 Amish people live as… Read More

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