Nothing Says Summer Like Lemonade!

A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a lemonade themed bridal shower for a friend of mine. I had so much fun decorating and trying out lemonade recipes, I wanted to share it with you! Here are the lemonade recipes. I've also attached the .pdf file if you want to download them. I loved all of them. I can't decide if the mango or the strawberry was my favorite. lemonade recipes
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The Amish Quiltmaker Throws Apricots

The following is an interview I did about writing, faith, and The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby for American Christian Fiction Writer for their March 2021 edition. You can buy The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby at Walmart, on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Walmart. Interview by: Patti Shene Intro… Jennifer initiated her writing endeavors after the birth of her fourth child. Two...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

I have always regretted giving up on music lessons at the tender age of seven, and as a young mother, I determined that my children would learn to play the piano or die trying. For one daughter, practicing was especially torturous. I cajoled, I bribed, I demanded, but nothing convinced her that practicing the piano was for her own good. On one particularly difficult day, while she pounded out her...
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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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A Little Cutie Shower

I'm not a very visually creative person, but with the help of Pinterest and the Internet in general, I can sometimes pull off something amazing. :) Three weeks ago, my daughters and I threw a baby shower for my niece. I really wanted to make it special, so I went to Pinterest and got all sorts of ideas. Thanks to my daughter Kate, who knows how to make a balloon arch, and my friend Brian, who...
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Anna Helmuth’s Best Household Tips

A message from Anna Helmuth, Amish fraa, mater, and mammi and irrepressible matchmaker in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill books. Vie gehts, everybody? As a mater of 13 children, I’ve learned a lot about cooking and cleaning over the years. Here are some tips I’ve picked up. To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. Not that I’ve ever seen a...
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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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