On reading and writing Amish fiction

I recently asked readers what they like most about reading Amish fiction. Here are a few of the answers: Amish fiction transports me to the simpler life that I wish I were living in with my family. The beautiful, rural settings always leave me with a sense of peace. I love their lifestyle, their faith, […]

Limitless

How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. —PSALM 36:7-8 We live in a world of limits. There are limits to how much we can do, how […]

Signs of Simple Living | Tana Reiff (Plus a Giveaway!)

Here in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, we live in different worlds. There is Lancaster, an old city with a downtown vibe and urban issues. There are the surrounding small towns and suburbs, modern and busy. And then there is rural Lancaster County, with its vast farmlands. That is where more than 30,000 Amish people live as […]

On surviving the busy seasons in life

The idea of pursuing simplicity certainly isn’t new. Socrates spoke about it. So did Plato. As did Henry David Thoreau. I agree with all of them. Simplifying everyday life does give us more direction, time, and focus. But there are seasons in life when it seems we have little control over how detailed our lives […]

5 Ways to Edit Your Home

Recently I wrote a post over on my blog about telling a story with your home. I talked about ways in which you can use your surroundings as a way to convey your family values and priorities. Today I’d like to discuss a key to simplifying—editing your home once your story is already being told. […]

Morning Has Broken | Watching Birds Like the Amish

“Morning has broken, like the first morning, Black bird has spoken, like the first bird…” Eleanor Farjeon A very early memory for me is seeing my mom rescue a robin from our basement window well in St. Louis, Missouri. I was probably four years old. I remember the robin sat on her finger and this […]

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