A Day in My Life: Scattering Dad

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On a perfect and sunny day in July, my mom, my sister and her husband scattered my dad’s ashes into the ocean.

It was just what he wanted—my dad grew up on Cape Cod and loved the sea. He learned to sail as a child, joined the Navy Seabee’s during World War II, and sailed as an adult whenever he had the chance.

Dad had always been clear that he wanted his body to be cremated, though it took our family 2 1/2 years after his passing to scatter his ashes. Some of the delay was timing, some of it was planning (finding the right place and getting details ironed out), some of it was that no one was quite ready to let him go.

I credit my sister with handling this “errand.” She called ahead to the site and worked out specifics, handled the pick up and transportation of   Keep Reading…

Give Me the Simple Life: Stitch Fix

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My daughter, Lindsey, is married to a corporate guy who works long, long hours. She has two small children, works part-time from home, volunteers in a big role in her church, and has little (code for absolutely none!) spare time to shop for clothes.

Lindsey heard of a company called Stitch Fix—an online personal stylist. The website asks you a bunch of questions about your preferences, sizes, needs, likes . . . and sends you five articles of clothing to try. If you like them, you pay for them. If not, you send them back in a pre-paid package.

So she decided to give Stitch Fix a try for a month. And now she’s hooked! The clothes sent to her were spot on choices for a busy mom on the go. Well made, good quality, nice fabrics, excellent price range.

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Author Spotlight: Susan May Warren

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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 DAISY MAE! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com with your mailing address to claim your prize.

Welcome Susan May Warren, author of When I Fall in Love, to Author Spotlight! To enter to win a copy, leave a comment on this post.

Tell us a little about your new book . . .

When I Fall in Love is about Grace Christiansen, a woman who is content on staying in her hometown of Deep Haven, staring at her dreams of being a Chef from afar until she is given the gift of a cooking vacation to Hawaii.  Set   Keep Reading…

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!”

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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

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

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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 info@suzannewoodsfisher.com 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

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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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