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

Where Church History has Led Me

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I’ve been fascinated by the Amish my entire adult life—a trip to Lancaster County in my twenties and lots of reading fueled my interest—but it wasn’t until five years ago that I started seriously researching the Amish. That led me to research church history, all the way back to the Reformation and the beginnings of… Read More

Bridge Over Troubled Water

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“And forever and forever, as long as the river flows…” —The Bridge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow No doubt about it, there’s something romantic about a covered bridge. Sometimes called “kissing bridges,” many a kiss has been sought within the dim recesses, but romance isn’t the only fond memory. My husband’s grandpa once told us a story… Read More

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