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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.

Making the Most of Your Time … Every Day

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Do you ever end the day with the sense you didn’t do anything, even though your checked off to do list suggests otherwise? Earlier this month I was reading Psalm 90 during my quiet time.  This prayer of Moses is rich with praise and insight. One of my favorite verses is the 12: So teach… Read More

Tasty Breakfast Sandwich

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It’s hard in the winter to eat lots of fresh veggies and fruits. If you are like me you had vowed to eat a more healthy diet this year. Here it is March, how are you doing so far? I’ll confess I love sugary treats to start my day, coffee cake, French toast, pancakes. Yum,… Read More

Amish Cooking

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As an author, one of the things I like to do for research is experience the food the culture I’m writing about cooks and eats. That’s easy to do with the Amish! I don’t cook as much as I used to. I’m usually writing right up until dinnertime and then pull together something quick and… Read More

I’ll Take You There: Visit Hardin County, Ohio

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In 1996, we lived near the highest point in Ohio—Campbell Hill, elevation 1535 feet. We bought a Logan County spec home built by Amishman-turned-Mennonite Sam Eicher. Mr. Eicher had a Bobcat excavator; painted on it in dark blue script was “Grandpa’s Toy.” He’d left his Amish ways far behind, but occasionally we’d see Amish buggies… Read More

Married for Life | Amish Secrets to Marriage

married for life blog

I just celebrated my twenty-fifth wedding anniversary with my husband. I’m not sure how we made it through a quarter of a century, but somehow we did, as well as three years together before that. Everyone is full of congratulations and well-wishers. Yet for most Amish couples, a twenty-fifth wedding anniversary is standard procedure. That’s… Read More

Quinoa Stuffed Baked Apples

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Quinoa Stuffed Baked Apples Dessert is a rare luxury in my home during the months of November through mid-March. It’s a busy season of homeschooling three of my four kids, church activities, and basketball. With all three of my youngest in basketball, it’s likely we have a game or practice to attend most any day… Read More

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