Every Quilt Tells a Story

I absolutely love quilts. When I was growing up, my mom would often set up a quilt for my sisters and me to tie. We grew so close as a family as we tied quilts and visited with each other. One of the reasons I love quilts is because each quilt has a story to tell. I want to share just a few of my family’s quilts with you. This is a t-shirt quilt I made for one of my daughters. She played...
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The Tractor Mishap

| By Alesha Thompson, Jennifer's sister | I love it when spring comes to Wisconsin. It takes awhile to get here and we don’t get to enjoy it for too long, but when it comes it is stupendous! The one drawback to spring is the tractors. Don’t get me wrong, I fully support Wisconsin farmers, but there is only one way to get a tractor from a farm to a field and that is via the roads. During...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I love getting together with family and taking time to reflect on our bounteous blessings. God has been so good to all of us, and it's nice to have a holiday set aside to remember and give thanks. One of our family Thanksgiving traditions is gathering around the table and reading the story below. I put five grains of corn at everyone's...
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Narrating Audiobooks

My sister, Andrea Gappmayer, is one of the funnest, most energetic, kindest people you'll ever meet. She is also an audiobook narrator. She narrates my newest nonfiction book, Big Ideas: How To Unleash Your Creative Self and Have More Aha! Moments, available November 23, 2018. | By Andrea Gappmayer, Jennifer's sister | When I woke up, I realized that I was there. Have you ever been there? I’m...
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Welcome New Author

I'd like to introduce Rachel Fordham. Her first book comes out July 3 with Revell, and I asked her to come on my blog and talk about her book, "The Hope of Azure Springs." I've read it, and it is truly a wonderful book, and the cover is beautiful. Rachel is my cousin's daughter, but we've never met in person. Welcome, Rachel! I am so excited to be here with Jennifer Beckstrand. Not only do I...
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The Old Washing Machine

| By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's dad | When I was growing up, my mother could not do the laundry because the two-tub washer was in the basement and she had rheumatoid arthritis. She was confined to a wheelchair many times in her life. One of my brothers or I did the washing. About this time the automatic washer was brought onto the market. It was new and had to be bolted to the floor because...
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Peaches and Fuzz

| By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's dad | My father had about five acres of peach trees of several varieties. Each spring, before the blossoms came out, we would prune the peach trees. They had to be pruned quite heavily each spring or they would not produce big peaches, and if not pruned regularly, they would grow so much foliage that the root system could not support the tree and it would die. ...
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Easter in an Egg Carton

Last year 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 variety of...
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My (Sort of) Battle with a Skunk

| By Alesha Thompson, Jennifer's sister | On our mini farm in Wisconsin, we have lots of critters. Mostly our awesome tomcat, Pippin, takes care of them—mice, chipmunks, and even rabbits. But there is one critter that even Pippin can’t defeat. We know this because we will periodically smell the strong scent of skunk on him, and we’ll know he’s lost another round with a skunk. Anytime I...
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Salted Caramel Layer Cake–Delicious!

| by Nicole Thorpe, Jennifer's daughter | It was my birthday last week! I made my own birthday dinner, and my own birthday cake, but my husband did 100% of the clean-up, so it was actually a sweet deal. I’ve always wanted to experiment with caramel flavors in a layer cake, but was always intimidated as caramel seems sort of “one note” to me. Well, this little beauty did not disappoint, and...
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