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Hospitality Begins with Determination

I am extraordinary at some things, but hospitality is not one of them. I’m the one who arrived at a friend’s house with a warm salad because it had sat in the car during church. I stuck it in her freezer for a while to cool it off. I guess for too long . . […]

Enjoy Your Life

Enjoy today. It won’t come back –Amish Proverb Do you enjoy life? Really enjoy it? We often wish life was simpler, but we are the ones in control of our schedule. We are also the ones who can hold ourselves back or experience life to the fullest with joy. “The purpose of life is to […]

Postcard From Alaska

So, I received a postcard from Alaska this week. It made my day! When was the last time you received a postcard or maybe even sent one? It’s been years for me. Now, it always seems so much easier and faster to click a photo of something and text the image to a friend. All […]

When Tears Fall

I sat with a girlfriend tonight. We have known each other through ten years of life. She is one who encourages me often and lifts me up when I am feeling down. But tonight it was her tears gushing, spilling, and flooding our moments. Words like failure, overwhelmed, tired, non-stop, unable, need . . . more . . . time, were flowing […]

Attending an Amish Service

During the past couple of months I’ve shared the story of the unexpected phone call when my Amish friend Ruth (fictional name to protect her privacy) invited me to join her family for church in September. In my last blog post, I detailed how my friend Janet and I dressed in plain clothes with Mennonite […]

Simple Gatherings

I must have pinned fifty items on my Pinterest boards of things I wanted to do for holiday gatherings. Decorations, crafts, special foods, but as the holidays are upon us I realized the best way I could beautify my home was to fill it with tasty food and beautiful people. What’s the key to a […]

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