Friday Fun: Peanuts

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Isn’t it odd how some things just make you happy? That’s what Snoopy does to me … I grew up with Peanuts and used to anxiously wait for the Charlie Brown Christmas Special each year. When I was little, it seemed as if Christmas came every few years. Now, it seems to come every few months. I barely get the Christmas boxes put away, only to have to get them out again! Anyway, it’s nice to remember how it felt to be a child during Christmas!

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A Day in My Life: Restaurant Impossible

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While we were visiting our daughter and son-in-law in Seattle, Restaurant Impossible was filming! Restaurant Impossible is a TV show on the Food Network where Robert Irvine goes in to a failing restaurant and turns it around in 48 hours with $10,000. 

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Give Me the Simple Life: Creating Margin this Christmas

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“You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving.” Amish proverb

I do it every year.

I plan for a simpler, less stressful Christmas season and, every year, by Christmas Eve, I’m exhausted! After our delicious and very-time-consuming-to-make traditional Swedish meal to honor my husband’s relatives (think: Vikings), it’s time to head to church. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but a few Christmas Eve’s, I have sent my husband and kids head off without me. The pull to spend an hour of quiet in the house feels as strong as a magnet.

It’s odd. My children are adults now. Wouldn’t you think that Christmas would be simpler? Instead, it’s just the opposite. Juggling schedules to share the grandbabies with the in-laws, trying to include our elderly parents at the best time of day for them, and so on.

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Author Spotlight: Sarah Ladd

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

Welcome Sarah Ladd, author of A Lady at Willowgrove Hall, to Author Spotlight! Leave a comment below for the chance to win a copy of her book.

What is the smartest writing advice you ever got?

The smartest writing advice I ever received was to WRITE EVERY DAY. Even if you don’t feel like it, WRITE. Even if you aren’t feeling 100%, write for even just 10 minutes. It is easy to fall out of a habit, and if you let writing slide for even just   Keep Reading…

Friday Fun: A Free Gift for You!

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Jaime and C. J. Fitzpatrick began their married life as most couples do–in love and looking forward to a bright future together. But four years later they’ve drifted apart and are almost ready to call it quits.

Mattie Riehl was hoping to give her husband Sol the Christmas gift they have both longed for–news that a baby was on the way. But as usual, she is disappointed. The holidays bring an acute awareness to Mattie that her dream of a big family isn’t likely to become a reality.

Then a winter storm raging outside blows the Fitzpatricks into the Riehl home–and into a much slower pace of life. Can these two couples from different worlds help each other understand the true meaning of love this Christmas?

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A Day in My Life: A Visit to Guide Dogs for the Blind

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My breeder from Guide Dogs for the Blind is having puppies around Christmas! In a few weeks, Vesta will be having 5-6+ puppies. While we were at GDB for Vesta’s ultrasound, we met this sweet Black Lad pup. Here are a few pix from our trip!

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Give Me the Simple Life: Plain & Simple

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After studying the Amish so intensively , I know there’s a lot more that separates us than it might seem on the surface. It’s easy to get distracted by the bonnets and the beards. And . . . with the Amish (unlike the Dunkards and most Mennonites), add in the buggies.

But I have a tremendous admiration for these dedicated people. They are living out their faith in the best way they know how . . . and their simple lifestyle is a choice they make as an adult.

They don’t just accept every new bell and whistle as a good thing, but they give it very serious consideration and ask the question: where it will lead?

Things like . . . video games. And gigantic houses. And credit card debt. And dependency (on foreign oil, on grocery stores for food, on public utilities).

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Author Spotlight: Robin Lee Hatcher

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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.

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Welcome Robin Lee Hatcher, author of Love Without End, to Author Spotlight! Leave a comment below for the chance to win a copy of her book.

Share a little bit about yourself. Married with kids? Empty nester? Do you work full-time and write when you can squeeze it in?

I’m married, the mother of two adult daughters, and the grandmother of six. I have been a published author for more than 30 years and have been writing fulltime since 1991.

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Friday Fun: A Christmas Angel

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It might surprise you to learn that the Amish believe in angels—good ones and bad ones—who are with us and around us in our modern world, hoping to help or hurt our life’s journey.

Another time, I’ll write a post about the Amish and the bad angels. Today, though, let’s talk about the good ones.

A few years ago, I interviewed an Amish bishop who shared an encounter he once had with an angel, so I felt it would be credible to create a “heavenly host” character in a novel. This bishop explained that he had been stranded on the roadside during a severe winter storm. A car had appeared out of nowhere and the kind driver stopped to offer him a ride to his destination. As the car drove off, there were no tire tracks left in its wake. My bishop friend believed his rescuer   Keep Reading…

A Day in My Life: Thanksgiving

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In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. —1 Thessalonians 5:18

My Thanksgiving was filled with loved ones, delicious food, and reminders of the many blessings of this year. Countless things to be grateful for! Below are a few snapshots of our Thanksgiving celebration.

What was the highlight of your Thanksgiving this year?

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