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It’s a Mud Sale!

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Welcome to Amish PA where it’s prime Mud Sale season! What exactly is a Mud Sale you ask? Mud sales are annual auctions held at or near local fire stations. These occur in the spring and are a major fundraiser for the volunteer fire companies in Amish communities. No, there’s no mud to be bought […]

Amish Church Meal

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As an author of Amish romance, I talk often in my books about the meal after church. It’s well known that the Amish have a three-hour church service, then they have a meal that lasts well into the afternoon. But I never thought a great deal about what goes into one of these meals. Recently […]

Amish Quilts

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I think most of us would agree that Amish quilts are something of a cultural icon. They are beautiful as well as functional, yet they also serve as a form of entertainment and togetherness for the Amish women who make them. I’m certain most of us have heard of or seen pictures of Amish women […]

An Amish Christmas Pageant

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All across the Amish community, children have been practicing for their Christmas programs. The following is from one such program. The children came out and lined up. They held large cards where the audience couldn’t read them. Together they recited: Bees can sting, oh, this is true, But bees can make good honey, too, And […]

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 […]

I’m An Old-Fashioned, Modern Woman

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I think I figured out why I love the Amish lifestyle. I’m an old-fashioned, modern woman, if there is such a thing. Nothing makes me happier than laying out a big spread of food for people. We have company a few times a week. With six children, a darling daughter-in-law, two grandkids and a few […]

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