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).
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.

On not taking religious freedom for granted


The Amish are never far from my mind—even atop a double-decker bus in Paris. In late June, I was sitting above the streets of the City of Lights next to a woman from the Netherlands. She asked me what I did and when I told her I was a novelist who wrote about the Anabaptists,… Read More

A Bit About The Budget


Most anyone who knows about the Amish knows about their newspaper Die Botschaft, or The Budget. And I’m sure many of you have had the opportunity to take a look at an edition. If you haven’t, you are missing out! I love this charming newspaper. Charming. That’s the best word to describe it. Where English… Read More

Six Steps for Creating a Technology Privet Hedge


We all need a little extra margin in our lives these days, especially with the ever-infringing advance in technology. What once promised to make our lives easier and more efficient has eaten away our downtime with instantaneous emails, texts and face time. I used to love email for the simple reason that I could send… Read More

How to Preserve Fruits and Vegetables in your Garden | Mark

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If you are blessed with a great harvest from your kitchen garden, then you may be able to enjoy lot of organic and good veggies and fruits. If your garden is large enough that you think you’ll be unable to use everything, you should think about preserving them so that they can be used at… Read More

Little Bit Party


In need of a summer activity to do with your kiddos? Throw a “Little Bit” Party! Haven’t heard of it? That’s because my husband created it! John came up with the Little Bit Party as a fun activity for  our kids and our three “adopted” grandkids, Cayla, Audrie, and Donovan. The concept is simple. Create a dinner menu… Read More

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade


My summer is going by much too quickly. It’s already July – time to slow down a little and enjoy the warm weather and longer days. I like to think of kids running through the sprinkler, long walks in the cool of evening with my honey, and sitting on the porch with a tall glass… Read More

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