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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.

Smile on Your Brother: Befriending Amish Neighbors

Indiana-Graybeard

A reader asked how to go about making friend with her Amish neighbors. Here are a few suggestions. Hire Them! Many Amish depend on family businesses to make a living. Why not buy what they sell? I met ‘Betsie’ in her Plain City harness shop. I don’t have horses, but I wrote an article for… Read More

Getting to Know Your Amish Neighbors

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When we had a question from a blog reader about the best way to meet your Amish neighbor, I jumped on the chance to respond. Not because I live next door to an Amish family, but my long-distant Amish friends in Lancaster are forever telling me, they are normal people, just like me. In my… Read More

Simple Baked Eggs

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I’ve noticed a new trend among some of my city-dwelling friends and acquaintances lately – they want to raise chickens in their back yard. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s with the idea that the eggs and meat from these chickens are healthier. Or perhaps it’s a longing for a simpler way of life or… Read More

Self Care | You’re Not An Anorexic, But Your Life Is

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As 2014 begins to wrap up I naturally reflect on living into my God-sized dream this past year. It causes me to remember these words: “You’re not an anorexic but your life is.” Words spoken to me over 12 years ago by my therapist. While that may seem like along time ago to you, it… Read More

Commonplace Notebook vs. Facebook

LookCarefully

I’ve posted before about my love for reading and slowing down our summer months after a busy school year. You can find that post here. In the same vein I wanted to post another way to slow down our lives and enjoy the small moments that are far too easy to forget. What I always… Read More

The Inward Call to the Simpler Life | Martha Artyomenko

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Amish fiction. Jane Austen. The call of the past and the promise of a simpler life draws many of us. Those of us that spend our days surrounded by cell phones, computers, and the latest technological gizmo often think we would love something more or maybe I should say, something less. The draw of the… Read More

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