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Maybe you'd like to be Amish...but not quite. You want more peace in your life, in your home, in your family, and in your heart. You want to try a new recipe and pick up a needle and thread. You want to learn to simplify and care for God's green earth (and teach your children to do the same).
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We're on that same journey. You're not alone in your quest. We'll be opening our hearts and homes, too. I believe that together we can find inspiration in all things Amish (and a few that are "not quite Amish") and enjoy their simple lifestyle in ways that are quite unique to our own lives.

Distracted by the Details | Hospitality vs Entertaining

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The scripture about Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42 has always troubled me. It goes like this: “Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his… Read More

Come and Get It: Easy Chicken Pot Pie

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Come and Get it: Easy Chicken Pot Pie “Hey, Mom! What’s for dinner?” –Every kid ever born. Let’s face it: sometimes, even though we know we should be grateful for food to prepare, we tire of cooking. We’ve made the same old meals for thirty years and nothing sounds good. Yes, we should be ashamed… 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

First Impressions and Avocado Hummus with Jalapeno

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I’ve been thinking about first impressions lately, and how they are often incomplete. Take my oldest son, for example. He’s quite tall at almost 6’ 7” and people frequently make assumptions about his interests and abilities. Three or four times each week he has someone ask him the same three-word question: “basketball or volleyball?” when… Read More

Promise to Cherish…a novel of sacrifice, faith, and love.

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I’m so excited to share my heart through my latest novel: Promise to Cherish. From my letter to the reader: “Back in the 1940s my ‘daddy’ (grandpa) was among the many young Amish men drafted to fight in World War II. Since he was a conscientious objector, however, he was sent to work at the… 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

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