Amish Quiltmaker Cover Reveal!

I just had to show you the cover for the first book in my new series: The Amish Quiltmaker. The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby comes out in March of 2021, and I am so excited for you to meet Esther Zook, the Amish quiltmaker. After her father’s death, Esther Zook moves to the Amish settlement of Miller, Colorado to escape her painful memories and start a new life. Esther plans to support...
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We Pray for Children

May 7 is the National Day of Prayer. The president is required by law to sign a proclamation each year encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Prayer has meant so much to me throughout my life. I never get voice mail or a busy signal when I want to talk to my Heavenly Father. He is always there for me. He is my rock and my salvation. I can't remember where I found this poem, but it holds...
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Easter in an Egg Carton

In recent years, 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...
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Groundhog Day and Do-Overs

Well! Thank goodness January is over and we can stop worrying about being perfect with our New Year's resolutions! Most of them have fallen by the wayside. Some of them are still going strong. But I like February because you start creating habits out of the resolutions that were really important to you, and you let go of the ones that just made you feel guilty or that were too hard or that were...
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A Family Back-to-Bethlehem Activity

This is a fun activity to do with your family on Christmas Eve or during any family Christmas party. It is an immersive experience that emphasizes the true meaning of Christmas. We decorated the church to look like Bethlehem, but you could do this in a room in your home. We wore Biblical costumes, ate foods that might have been found in Bethlehem, and pretended to be people who lived back then....
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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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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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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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