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Happy Fall!

A friend of mine recently returned from a trip to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania where she took some beautiful photos of some of the fruits of the fall harvest at the Amish and Mennonite farmer's market. I hope you enjoy these pictures, and I hope you are reaping the benefits of your own fall harvest! Next week I'll post more pictures from my friend's trip, and I'll talk about some of the differences...
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Meet Gail Kittleson, Author of Until Then

Gail Kittleson is a fellow inspirational author who writes WWII romances. I’m delighted to have her on my blog today. An Iowa farm girl, Gail appeared with her thick glasses and a pile of books at the local library counter every Saturday.  After graduating from Wartburg College and earning her MA in TESOL at UNI, she taught English as a Second Language and college expository writing. After...
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Austin Available for Preorder!

Austin is coming! The third book in the Petersheim Brothers Amish romance series by Jennifer Beckstrand is available for preorder on Amazon and other online bookstores. Between work and keeping his little brothers out of trouble, Austin Petersheim barely has time to think, much less court the most popular maedel in town. But if he can open a local market to sell his family’s goods, he’ll...
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Kindness, Part 2

Recently I posted a story from my dad about German prisoners of war coming to his father's farm to work. Now I want to share a story written by my mom. I hope we all remember kindness instead of anger, judgment, or blame: One year, when I was a teenager, my dad had a good crop of alfalfa.  Because of the extra money he made from selling it, he was able to buy a new tractor for the farm. Up to...
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A Little Kindness Goes All the Way Across the Ocean

There is so much unkindness in the world. People act like bullies online, with no consideration that there might be a human being on the other end. We've lost the ability to discuss our disagreements in a civil and kind manner, and it makes me so sad. But good people all over the world can change that if we just take the time to understand each other and choose kindness instead of judgment and...
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Beautiful End-of-Summer Flowers

"The Earth laughs in flowers." Ralph Waldo Emerson Last week I visited the Thanksgiving Point Gardens in Lehi, Utah to catch the summer flowers before they're gone. Thanksgiving Point is a beautiful spot about an hour from my home. Some very generous people donated the money to make it a treasure for families and the community. Here are some of the photos I took while I was there. One of my...
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The RITA Awards!

The last week of July, I went to New York for the RITA Awards Ceremony at the Romance Writers of America Conference. The RITA Award is the highest honor a romance novel can receive, and just being nominated was humbling and so exciting. Home on Huckleberry Hill was my book that was nominated. Though I didn't win, I had a wonderful experience in New York. Here are some highlights.  
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Like Audio Books? You’ll Love Home on Huckleberry Hill!

Do you love listening to audiobooks? Home on Huckleberry Hill, Book 9 in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series, was recently released on audiobook, and I think you're going to like it. :) Click here to listen to a sample. I'd love to know what you think.
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Summer Easy Key Lime Pie

I hope you are having a wonderful summer. I am! With family and friend get-togethers, it seems I'm always trying to think of something delicious to fix. I've shared a similar recipe before, but this one is super, super easy and delicious. The perfect summer dessert! You can find the original recipe here. And yes, we ate half of it before we remembered to take pictures. :)
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