Amish Hospitality | A Special Trip to Amish Country

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Amish Hospitality Recently I was able to make a quick trip to Pennsylvania to see my Amish friend Ruth (fictional name to protect her privacy). I first met Ruth when I was researching A Gift of Grace, the first in my Kauffman Amish Bakery Series. Ruth lives on a dairy farm and has seven children…. Read More

The Return of Pumpkin Flavored Everything

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Fall is my favorite season of the year. With it comes fuzzy sweaters, pumpkin cookies, crisp cool nights, the changing of leaves, and we must not forgot pumpkin spice lattes! It seems as though we indulge in vast amounts of pumpkin flavored everything during the months of October and November. I happen to think apples… Read More

Autumn Outreach

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My daughter used to get on my last nerve by the last day of summer. I think this phenomena is actually God’s kindness to mothers, easing the pain of separation with the joy of independence (her’s and mine!). We both looked forward to going back to school. But then I blinked, and this happened— Just… Read More

Perspectives on the Plain

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If you’ve stepped into the Plain world for any length of time, whether by books or your own life experience, and mention it to others, often you’ll get a variety of reactions, especially about the Plain lifestyle and Plain-themed fiction. In my own experience, I’ve seen reactions from passionate lovers of all things Amish who… Read More

3 Ways to Slow Down on the Busy Days

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I just finished reading {again} The Big Sky series by Tricia Goyer. Marianna Sommer is one of my favorite characters ever. I relate to her desire to find that elusive blend of hard work and stillness in daily life. My days are full of things to do, projects to complete, places to be, and people who… Read More

Autumn: An Appreciation

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All my senses are ready for fall to be here! I love the cold weather and the comfort food. I am excited for the shorter days and bundling up in layers of clothes. I can’t wait to wear my sweaters and have soup for dinner. The first official day of autumn is September 22. But… Read More

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