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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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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Horses on the Farm

| Written by Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's father, age 82 | Every farm needs a few horses, either to ride, pull the wagon and the cultivator, or to look at. My father had them for all three reasons as well as to talk about them with his neighbors. He had a real gift with the horses. He loved them, respected them, and took good care of them. One of the biggest jobs with horses was to break them to...
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An Amish Farm in Ohio

When I went to Ohio in June for Shelley Shepard Gray and Amy Clipston's Girlfriend Getaway, I got to visit an Amish farm. It was so much fun to feed the animals, take a buggy ride, and eat the ice cream. There was also a very gute cheese factory nearby. Don't worry. I got some cheese too. I really liked the goats. I did a lot of research on goats when I wrote "The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry...
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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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Deer Oh Deer

| By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer’s dad | Our hometown is a beautiful place to live. My wife and I have lived here for about twenty years, and we love it. We have spectacular views of the mountains and the lake, great neighbors, beautiful skies, quiet surroundings, and deer. Our lot seems to be a thoroughfare between where the deer are and where they want to be. While passing through our yard,...
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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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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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The Deer Hunt

By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's father My father loved the deer hunt. It wasn't just the hunt, but the social activities that went along with it. It usually turned into a big male family outing. It included my father's brothers, brothers-in-law, nephews, and sons. My aunt Edith would go along with us, but she was the only woman. The preparations beforehand took many weeks and included...
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