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The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby Is Here!

Esther Zook's peaceful and, frankly, boring life is turned upside-down with the arrival of an unexpected baby. Soon, all her dresses are covered with spit-up, all her floors are sticky, and all her future plans have flown out the window. Handsome Levi King unwittingly stumbles into Esther's problems, and she's not about to let him get away without changing a few diapers and teaching her how to...
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What Does Kindness Mean to You?

This month's Year of Charity focus is on kindness. Have you learned anything about kindness this month? Do you have any insights you would be willing to share in the comments? Have you ever seen Facebook explode? Someone posts something controversial and then twenty people get angry and say something rude, and then twenty other people come to the defense of the person who posted in the first...
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The Amish Quiltmaker Is Almost Here!

The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby is the first book in my new Amish Quiltmaker series! And it will be here in 15 days! I am so excited for you to read the story of Esther Zook, whose plans for a quiet existence of quilting and growing apricots are turned upside-down when a baby comes screaming into her life. And the poor child's name is Winter! What is Esther supposed to do about that? Be...
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Charity Is Kind

This month in my "Year of Charity," I am focusing on "Charity is kind." A friend of mine once said, "Being kind is different than being nice. I'd rather be kind." I've thought a lot about that. Here are the definitions of each: Nice: Pleasing, agreeable, delightful Kind: Of a good or benevolent nature or disposition So this month as I think about being kind, I am going to try to understand the...
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Charity Suffers Long

Every month on this blog, we are discussing an attribute of charity. In January, I have been working on "Charity suffers long." I would love to know what insights you have gained from studying this topic. Charity is the pure love of Christ and the basis of a Christlike character. Character refers to "the moral qualities of an individual that are conscientiously and consistently lived." (David A....
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Esther Zook Is Very Mad

Here's an excerpt from Chapter 1 of The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby in which Esther gets quite a shock. Esther Zook had four hundred and thirty-five reasons to run screaming from the house and never come back. But she wasn’t really a screamer, and she’d certainly never been much of a runner. She found it completely incomprehensible that people actually ran for fun. But most of them...
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The Amish Quiltmaker!

Have you preordered my new book yet? The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby is the first book in my new Amish Quiltmaker series. You are going to love Esther Zook and her earnest and sometimes comical attempts to care for the baby that has been dropped on her doorstep. Esther has a bit of a temper, which she takes out on her apricot tree, her pickle ball paddle, and an unsuspecting, innocent rug....
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A Year of Charity

Happy New Year! Recently, I was reading in the scriptures and happened upon one of my favorite passages. 1 Corinthians 13 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all...
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My Yearly (and 1st) Book Review

I love to read even more than I love to write. Last January I decided to keep track of all the books I read in 2020. Here is a list of books I read this year in the order in which I read them. I've bolded the books I especially liked or that shifted my paradigm. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley: During WWII, many Londoners sent their children to stay with strangers in the...
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Christmas Cakes: Cranberry Crumble Cake

Here is the third Christmas cake made by my daughter Nicole. Enjoy! And have a Merry Christmas CRANBERRY CRUMBLE CAKE: For a three layered 8" cake you will need 2 boxes of vanilla (french vanilla is fine) cake mix. You will have leftover batter- I suggest cupcakes :) Follow the instructions for the cake mix on the back with the following adjustments: 1- Use milk instead of water 2- use melted...
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