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Remembering on Veterans Day

It is fitting that Veterans Day falls in November right before Thanksgiving. I am so very grateful for those men and women of our military who are willing to risk their lives for our freedom. I still get teary when I hear the National Anthem or see the Stars and Stripes, and I get especially teary when I see military members bear the flag of our great country. The following story was written by...
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Amish in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Two weeks ago, a friend of mine went on a trip to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She took lots of pictures, especially at the farmer's market there. I could definitely pick out the Amish people in her photos, but I'm not sure if some of the others are Mennonites, Hutterites, or even New Order Amish. Do any of you live in this area and could identify the religion by the clothing these people are...
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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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