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‘Promise to Return’ | A Q&A

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Why did decide to you write Promise to Return? As long as I can remember I’ve heard stories that my grandpa (Daudy—Freeman Coblentz) told us about his time at the Civilian Public Service (the camps for the pacifists during WWII). It wasn’t until I was much older that I realized the enormity of what our […]

Journaling Made Simple: Five Tips

My 2012 journal completed...my new one is "Jane-a-Day" 5 year journal. So, for each day there are 5 entries on 1 page...2013/14/15/16/17...we'll see how I do! ;-)

If any of you are like me, I tried to journal for years unsuccessfully. I can’t even count the amount of times I have been gifted a beautiful journal with blank lines just waiting to be written on. I always start with great intentions. This time last year, my husband and I were preparing for […]

An Amish Christmas Serenade


It was Christmas Eve, and I always looked forward to two things. The first was that I got to snuggle in bed with my younger twin sisters. They still slept on a small cot in our parents’ room. I would lay between them, and we’d giggle and listen. A whistling Canadian wind pushed through the […]

31 Days of Cookbooks | imPerfect Paleo Pumpkin Pie

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Merry Christmas, NQA Readers! My share today will be a little less traditional and possibly even unusual. It’s so much more fun to share a blog post when things have gone perfectly well in the kitchen! Come on—I’ve got “Amish blood” running through my veins, right? I should be able to whip anything up one-handed […]

Hanging Laundry . . .


Earlier this year I was able to spend a lot of time with my “Mammie” (grandma). Her name is Lydia, and she’s just such a wonderful woman. During my last post I talked about my book Seasons and winning a family “heirloom” at the family reunion auction. Today my little story about her is just […]

Pie Crust Party!


I have been very privileged in this location with the Air Force to be around some fantastic Christian military wives. I have never before been so connected by both my faith & our lifestyle (military) in such a deep way to a temporary location. A few weeks ago, our fearless leader set up a Pie […]

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