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Ohio Readers Event

In June, I had the privilege of attending the Girlfriend Getaway in Sugarcreek, Ohio hosted by Amy Clipston and Shelley Shepard Gray. Eleven Amish authors and over 150 readers attended the getaway, and we had a blast. My husband was kind enough to come with me because I’m a nervous traveler. We flew into Columbus, rented a car, and drove the hour and forty minutes to Sugarcreek through some of...
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Welcome New Author

I'd like to introduce Rachel Fordham. Her first book comes out July 3 with Revell, and I asked her to come on my blog and talk about her book, "The Hope of Azure Springs." I've read it, and it is truly a wonderful book, and the cover is beautiful. Rachel is my cousin's daughter, but we've never met in person. Welcome, Rachel! I am so excited to be here with Jennifer Beckstrand. Not only do I...
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The Old Washing Machine

| By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's dad | When I was growing up, my mother could not do the laundry because the two-tub washer was in the basement and she had rheumatoid arthritis. She was confined to a wheelchair many times in her life. One of my brothers or I did the washing. About this time the automatic washer was brought onto the market. It was new and had to be bolted to the floor because...
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Lord of the Rings Quilt

|By Allison Sharp, Jennifer's sister| Several years ago, I decided to make my oldest niece a quilt to celebrate her wedding. As other nieces got married, I continued to make each of them a quilt big enough to fit a queen-size bed. I always asked what colors and patterns they liked, and while some of them didn’t care, others had very particular opinions. My first nephew got married in January,...
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Peaches and Fuzz

| By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's dad | My father had about five acres of peach trees of several varieties. Each spring, before the blossoms came out, we would prune the peach trees. They had to be pruned quite heavily each spring or they would not produce big peaches, and if not pruned regularly, they would grow so much foliage that the root system could not support the tree and it would die. ...
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Easter in an Egg Carton

Last year to help my grandchildren learn the Easter story, I made them "Easter in an Egg Carton." The carton contains 12 plastic Easter eggs with a part of the Easter story and a token to go with each. I wanted to share it with you. Feel free to copy! First I collected empty egg cartons. You can buy unused egg cartons at a farm or country store. I bought some plastic Easter eggs in a variety of...
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My (Sort of) Battle with a Skunk

| By Alesha Thompson, Jennifer's sister | On our mini farm in Wisconsin, we have lots of critters. Mostly our awesome tomcat, Pippin, takes care of them—mice, chipmunks, and even rabbits. But there is one critter that even Pippin can’t defeat. We know this because we will periodically smell the strong scent of skunk on him, and we’ll know he’s lost another round with a skunk. Anytime I...
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Salted Caramel Layer Cake–Delicious!

| by Nicole Thorpe, Jennifer's daughter | It was my birthday last week! I made my own birthday dinner, and my own birthday cake, but my husband did 100% of the clean-up, so it was actually a sweet deal. I’ve always wanted to experiment with caramel flavors in a layer cake, but was always intimidated as caramel seems sort of “one note” to me. Well, this little beauty did not disappoint, and...
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The Reviews are In!

I recently completed a blog tour for "A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill," my latest Huckleberry Hill novel that came out on December 26. I was humbled and thrilled with the response to this book! Here is a small collection of the reviews from my blog tour.  “Elsie and Sam were fun and sweet. It took them awhile, mostly due to their own stubbornness, to open up to each other. I enjoyed seeing...
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