Friday Fun: August Book Release Match-Up

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I have thoroughly enjoyed getting the scoop on upcoming books from Amish Wisdom! My TBR pile grows a book higher with each day (not a bad problem to have, if you ask me!) For August’s new releases, Amish Wisdom is hosting a special book match-up contest. Both the titles and author names have been removed from next month’s releases and it’s up to you to figure out what cover goes with which title. What fun!

Try your hand at it and you could win ALL of the August releases pictured, plus a set of vintage Amish Pyrex bowls!

Submit your guesses on Amish Wisdom until August 1st and due to shipping costs, the contest is limited to U.S. residents only.  And please – no outside help from Amazon and Google, etc.

The participating books include:

The Amish Blacksmith by Mindy Starns Clark & Susan   Keep Reading…

Dreams Coming True: Every Sandal Has a Story

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Dreams Coming True is a Thursday feature on my blog, a way to highlight those whose goal is to create community. The dream might be a blog, a published book, a small business, volunteering, or even fundraising for a charity. Something that makes the world a better place . . . for others.

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin” (Zechariah 4:10, NLT).

Welcome Liz Bohannon, founder of Sseko Designs! Tell us a little about yourself, Liz:

My name is Liz Bohannon and I am the founder of Sseko Designs, a women’s fashion and lifestyle company based in Uganda.

When did this creative dream begin? How did this company get started?

What Sseko has become is somewhat of an accidental result of blind determination. While living in Uganda (I moved there to pursue   Keep Reading…

A Day in My Life: She said “Yes!”


My youngest son, Tad, has been dating a lovely young woman named Sarah for the last few years. In April, he called and told us that he knew Sarah was “the one” (no surprise there!) and he was ready to pop the question. One morning in May, he met Sarah’s dad for breakfast to tell him his intentions and to ask for his blessing. Happily, Sarah’s dad gave it to him! So Tad started to work on The Proposal. He was planning to visit Sarah in Colorado over the fourth of July weekend and asked if Steve and I could (secretly) fly in. So we did! Thursday, July 3rd, Denver, Colorado   Here’s a pix of the rather unusual looking Denver airport. The “circus tents” are meant to resemble the 52 “Fourteeners” (mountains that are above 14,000 feet). A word to the wise . . . driving   Keep Reading…

Give Me the Simple Life: 3 Simple Questions


When my niece was in training to become a life coach, she passed along these reflective, simple but profound questions:

Ask yourself what you need to KEEP doing. Ask yourself what you need to STOP doing. And ask what you need to START doing.

Easy questions. Big impact. Great advice for decision making, for life re-organizing, for distilling a concern down to its essence.

How would you answer those questions? Share in the comment section below for a chance to win a copy of Amish Values for your Family! I’ll announce the winner next Tuesday.

Congratulations to last week’s winner, Rosemary Foley! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {com} to claim your prize.

3 simple questions. Big impact. @suzannewoodsfisher #simpleliving:

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Start the Lancaster County series   Keep Reading…

Winners Announced from iPad Giveaway (Plus Spread the Word about ‘The Revealing’!)


Thanks for celebrating the release of The Revealing with me! And congratulations to the all winners!

Grand prize winners:

Katrina Epperson

Pam McMurray

JC Morrows

Second-place winners:

Shawn Mummert

Shannon Winholtz

Richelle Bowers

Christine Topley

Randy Parks

Winners, please email your mailing address to to claim your prize!

Didn’t win? Help me spread the word about The Revealing & you could win a summer ice cream kit!

Sign up to hand out 10 postcards to your book-lovin’ friends (postage included!) before July 31st, and as a special thank you, your name will be entered into a giveaway for a summer ice cream kit, including a Cuisinart ice cream maker, ice cream cookbook, scoop, and cones! (US only. Winner will be announced here on the blog on August 1st.)

Start the Lancaster County series today! Pick up a copy of The Choice ebook for FREE from AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Christian   Keep Reading…

Author Spotlight: Kristy Cambron

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Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from the last Author Spotlight giveaway is DEBRA STEVENS! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com with your mailing address to claim your prize.

Welcome Kristy Cambron, author of The Butterfly and the Violin, to Author Spotlight! To enter to win a copy, leave a comment on this post.

Share a little bit about yourself . . . married with kids? Empty nester?

My husband and I met when we were very young, and we’ve been married for thirteen years. We have three young sons who have loads of energy – and are always hungry!

Do you work full-time and write when you can squeeze it   Keep Reading…

Friday Fun: ‘Revealing’ Q&A


The Revealing was recently featured on Amish Wisdom’s weekly Book NookWhat fun! Keep reading to get the scoop on the book and learn about my writing journey.

P.S. Have you entered The Revealing giveaway for the chance to win an iPad? Hurry, giveaway ends on Sunday!

Q. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

Born in Chicago, moved to New Jersey, then out to California in my teenage years. I attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. I had some wonderful professors there and worked on the school newspaper. As for the moves—they were a result of my dad’s career. And then my husband’s career has taken us around the world: We’ve lived in Houston, Seattle and Hong Kong. I think that all of those stretching experiences have helped me be a writer.

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Dreams Coming True: Educating & Entertaining Families in North County


Dreams Coming True is a Thursday feature on my blog, a way to highlight those whose goal is to create community. The dream might be a blog, a published book, a small business, volunteering, or even fundraising for a charity. Something that makes the world a better place . . . for others.

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin” (Zechariah 4:10, NLT).

Welcome Kate Schlicher, creator of North County Kids Magazine! Tell us a little about yourself, Kate:

I went to college at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo. I actually started school as Nutrition major, under the College of Agriculture. Cal Poly requires that students declare their major when they apply, so Nutrition seemed like a fun major . . . when I was 18! Needless to   Keep Reading…

A Day in My Life: My Little Visitors


A week or two ago, my little grandchildren came to visit for a weekend. They live in Seattle, so we don’t see them as often as we’d like. As in, each and every day.

Kaitlyn is 18 months and loves dogs and loves to eat. Toffee, the dog, spent the weekend looking worried.

Blake is three–nearly four! Never without a ball in his hand. Toffee continues to look and act worried with two little people in the house who were constantly looking for her to play with them.

Story time with Papa!

This was the only benefit Toffee found in having little noisy houseguests: dropped Cheerios.

One of Blake’s favorite things to do, besides play basketball, is to play pingpong with Papa.

Kaitlyn   Keep Reading…

Give Me the Simple Life: Woolen Dryer Balls


My niece sent me these woolen dryer balls. After using them for a few months, I’m a fan. They do just what they say they’ll do–they noticeably cut drying time and eliminate the need for dryer sheets. They’re about the size of tennis balls (tempting to dogs and to little grandsons). The balls are noisy, quite noisy, actually, but worth it. One reviewer adds drops of essential oils to the balls.

There are all kinds of brands available–I think they run about $25. Love these kinds of natural products that help save $, energy, and make life a little easier.

Have you ever heard of dryer balls? Ever used them? What’s your opinion? If you have any of your own favorite products like these dryer balls, please share in the comment section and you could win a copy of Amish Values for Your Family!

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