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The Importance of Rest: Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Women’s Retreat

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“Come ye . . . apart . . . and rest awhile.” Mark 6:31 I’ve just returned from spending the weekend with more than 100 Mennonite women. What a lovely time we had at the Amigo Centre, a Mennonite camp and retreat center near Sturgis, Michigan. As the speaker for the event, working with the… Read More

Christmas in West Kootenai | An Amish Second Christmas

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In An Amish Second Christmas (released yesterday!!), I was one of four authors who was able to share a unique story about Second Christmas. What is Second Christmas? The Amish Christmas is a simple holiday. Families spend time together, but usually only the children receive presents. (One small present per child.) They do not decorate their… Read More

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

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