Favorite Finds: March

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Here are a few of my favorite things for the month of March. It’s a totally random list–but I’m loving these things right now.

Grandmother Finds:

These are the kinds of grandchildren accoutrements that are well worth investing in:

Bumbo Chair

Love this! My daughter received two for a baby shower, so one stays at our house. The Bumbo chair substitutes nicely for a highchair. We have a big center kitchen counter, so I’ve used it to keep the baby close by and happily involved while I’m preparing dinner.

Melissa and Doug toys

I really like the old fashioned, solid, primary-colored wooden toys of Melissa and Doug. All three of my grandchildren have loved this particular stacking toy. Little 8-month-old Reagan’s eyes light up when she sees this stack of wooden blocks! Her job is to knock   Keep Reading…

A Day in My Life: Shower for My Soon-to-Be Daughter-in-law!

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Last Saturday, we had a family shower for Sarah, soon to be my daughter-in-law. I was saying a lot of prayers on Friday for the traveling guests: Sarah and Tad drove up from Los Angeles, Sarah’s parents flew in from the midwest, my daughter Lindsey flew down from Seattle with her two children, my niece flew up from Southern California. All to celebrate this beautiful young woman as she marries our son!

Sarah LOVES color–lots of bright, beautiful colors. So that’s what I tried to create with the table decorations.

No rain was forecast (as you know, California is in a severe drought)…so of course, it rained on Friday night! Wasn’t sure how to manage the seating chart, but by noon the sun was shining. All was well. And we got rain! An added blessing.   Keep Reading…

Thoroughly Modern Mimis: Grandparenting Humor

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Welcome back to Thoroughly Modern Mimis! Mimi, Grammy, Nana, GiGi, Oma, Grandma . . . they’re all terms of endearment for one of the most important roles in life’s second act: grandparenting. And what a grand act it is!

Here are some funnies for all you mimis out there!

Congratulations to last week’s winner of a copy of Courageous Grandparenting, MELISSA LONGSHORE. Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com to claim your prize.

 

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Amish Wisdom Spotlight: The Decision

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Edna Schrock shivered and pulled her woolen shawl tightly around her shoulders as she stepped out of the house Saturday evening. The air was cold and windy, like it had been most of the winter, yet it was two weeks into spring. They ought to be having warmer weather by now, but winter didn’t seem to want to give in just yet. Last week, the temperatures rose into the upper seventies, and everyone caught spring fever. Neighbors and friends began preparing their gardens, and fields had already been plowed and were ready to be planted. Green shoots from flowers were coming up, and buds on the maples had turned red. Unfortunately, this time of year it wasn’t unusual for the weather to tease people into thinking winter was finally gone. The calendar might say it was April, but Mother Nature said otherwise.

Heading toward the barn, where   Keep Reading…

Friday Fun: Amish Author Fun Facts

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Early bird or night owl? Coffee or tea? Laptop or desktop? Kathleen Fuller surveyed your favorite Amish authors and put together this infographic of fun facts! Can you guess what my answer was for furry friends, dog or cat?

P.S. Congratulations to the winners of last Friday’s Divine Walls giveaway, TARA and LISA REDECOP. We’ll be in touch soon with more details about your prize.

Fun facts about your favorite amish authors! @suzannewfisher

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Dreams Coming True: Encouraging Moms & Glorifying God

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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.

Welcome Rachael Carman, owner of Apologia and author of How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?, to Dreams Coming True!  Leave a comment on this post to enter to win a copy of Rachael’s book.

Tell us a little about yourself, Rachel:

I love to read, ride my bike at the beach, eat dark chocolate, and play in the dirt – my garden. I also enjoy studying God’s Word and sharing what He teaches me with others. Most of my days are filled with reading   Keep Reading…

A Day in My Life: A Quick Trip North

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I took a trip last month to see my little grandchildren! Had a sunny couple of days in Seattle…which was AMAZING! Just look at that snow capped mountain…

One of the first things I like to do when I’m visiting my little Seattle family is to cook for them, and stock the freezer with delicious dinners. So the morning I arrived, I took Blake and Kaitlyn to the grocery store. Look what we found!

Isn’t it weird looking? Like a dinosaur egg. It’s called a jack fruit. A relative to durian (if anyone has traveled in Asia, you know what durian is! Smells so bad that it’s not allowed on public buses). Jack fruit doesn’t have a bad small, but it does have a weird thick armadillo-ish skin. It grows in Southeast Asia. This whole one would’ve set me back about $70.

A very   Keep Reading…

Thoroughly Modern Mimis: A Call to Intentional Nanas & Papas

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Welcome back to Thoroughly Modern Mimis! Mimi, Grammy, Nana, GiGi, Oma, Grandma . . . they’re all terms of endearment for one of the most important roles in life’s second act: grandparenting. And what a grand act it is!

Cavin Harper, Executive Director of Christian Grandparenting Network and author of Courageous Grandparenting, joins us today to share the Three D’s of Grandparenting! 

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of Courageous Grandparenting! Winner will be announced next week.

A CALL TO INTENTIONAL NANAS AND PAPAS The 3 D’s of Successful Grandparenting

Grandparents want to be liked by their grandchildren. But is that all there to grandparenting? Is making sure your grandkids like you what successful grandparenting is all about?

Mama Cass Elliot, of the famed Mamas and Papas, had a 1968 hit a song called Dream A Little Dream of   Keep Reading…

Amish Wisdom Spotlight: A Faith of Her Own

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While my latest book, A Faith of Her Own, is set in a familiar Amish settlement (Middlefield, OH) and features characters from previous books (Hide and Secret, The Secrets Beneath, Letters to Katie), this novel is a little different from my other stories. When I wrote the Young Adult book Hide and Secret, I always wondered what would happen to Anna Mae, Jeremiah, and Amos when they were adults. My series, A Middlefield Family, was already complete, but I hadn’t yet written about these three people. Anna Mae’s journey is a little more complex than the characters in the other stories. Thus, she deserved her own book.

One of my goals in writing Amish fiction is to portray the Amish as more similar to the non-Amish (or Yankees, as they’re known as in Middlefield) than   Keep Reading…

Friday Fun: Celebrate Spring! (Plus a Giveaway)

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Good news! Spring officially begins in a week. I love the new beginnings of spring: the fresh air, the colorful blooms in my garden, and the bird singing a cheery song. And to match nature’s revival, my house gets a good spring cleaning as well. Are you the same way? If so, Divine Walls has just the thing to help you add a little sparkle to your home! Based in Oregon, the Divine Wall’s team creates decorations to beautify your space. Keep reading to learn more about Divine Walls and find out how you can enter to win a $50 gift card!

Divine Walls is a tight-knit team, brought together by the desire to create beautiful, meaningful decorations for the home, office, or vehicle. Our organization specializes in faith based, inspirational, and Christian decals. We see this venture as a way to   Keep Reading…