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

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On Saturday, May 16, I planned to celebrate Plain City’s Amish roots at the Der Dutchman Heritage Festival. I awoke to a cool, showery day: strike one. Yet I had only myself to please, as I wasn’t meeting family until later in the afternoon. Verdict: go to the festival and hope the rain held off. […]

On surviving the busy seasons in life

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The idea of pursuing simplicity certainly isn’t new. Socrates spoke about it. So did Plato. As did Henry David Thoreau. I agree with all of them. Simplifying everyday life does give us more direction, time, and focus. But there are seasons in life when it seems we have little control over how detailed our lives […]

Indescribable Gifts

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Gifts. Everybody loves them, don’t they? They make us feel special and loved. They remind us that someone cares enough about us to go to the effort of giving. Gifts are a tangible love language that know no boundaries. Amish or English, child or adult, we all love gifts. And it does not seem to […]

Let’s Play!

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Last month I shared the song in my heart because spring had finally arrived after a long cold New York winter. (Find the link here.) I had hymns in my head celebrating the rebirth of life! I wanted to rejoice as all of nature burst into bloom. I pulled out my markers and started drawing […]

May Flowers

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The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come. SONG OF SONGS 2:12 In late spring and summer you can find many auctions in Amish communities. In Hazleton, Iowa, flower and produce auctions are held on Tuesdays and Fridays. In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the term for the annual auction is “mud sale.” […]

Finding Grace Amidst the Mess

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Somewhere at the beginning of this day there was a plan. Honest. No one told me there would be days like this as I sat in my French literature class at the university. No one prepared me for this part of homemaking. I meant to help my five-year-old son clean his room. He needed a […]

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