Wednesday Wonderings: Blessed Lulls

Suzanne Family, grandparenting 0 Comments

I became a first-time grandmother at age 51. At that time, I only had one friend who was also a new grandmother. Even now, most of my friends are still wishing, and hoping, and waiting… Here’s what I like to tell my friends who are in that “lull stage” (post empty-nest, weddings have started, no grandchildren yet): You’ve been given …

Natalie Maki

Author Spotlight with Natalie Maki

Suzanne Author Spotlight, Books, Dreams Coming True, Faith, Family, Non Fiction, Writing

Scroll down for a chance to win a copy of Natalie Maki’s book, Flourish. Winner will be announced in the next Author Spotlight feature. Congratulations to last week’s winner of On Love’s Gentle Shore, Lisa B Redecop! Please e-mail your mailing address to my assistant Christen ( Despite our desire to flourish, many women, myself included, often hesitate to go …

Wednesday’s Wonderings: The Problem with Mirrors

Suzanne Amish, Amish Wisdom, Faith, Family, hospitality, house update, Kitchen remodel, Simple Living, That's Life, Uncategorized, wisdom

Over the last eight months, we’ve been renovating the bathrooms in our house. If you’ve ever done any remodels, you know it’s not a one-person job—lots of coordination is required to keep progress moving forward. Contractor, plumber, electrician, tile guy, counter guy, mirror guy … and of course, the inspectors. The last bathroom was the master bath, and we had …

Wednesday’s Wonderings: True Hospitality

Suzanne Faith, Family, hospitality, Simple Living, That's Life, wisdom

I love to chase down root words—their history, their origin. More often than not, it widens or shifts my entire perspective on a topic. Want an example? Think of the word “host.” To me, being a host always conjures up anxiety. Hurrying to get ready before guests arrive, always a little behind schedule, more than a little concerned that everything …

Friday Caption Photo Contest: Waiting for your Wit

Suzanne Amish, Amish Proverbs, Amish Wisdom, Children's Books, Family, Fun, Penn Dutch, Revell Books, Uncategorized

Winner of last week’s photo caption contest was Verna Vagle, with her, “Your books are very mooooooving.” Verna, email me with your mailing address and I’ll send you a signed book. And to everyone else…I love reading your comments! They make me laugh out loud. Oh, the things you all think up! Here’s this week’s photo…just waiting for your caption.

Friday Photo Caption Contest: Waiting for your Wit

Suzanne dogs, Family, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Revell Books, Simple Living, That's Life

Winner of last week’s photo caption contest was Loretta M.: “I can’t believe I’m doing this.” Loretta, email me with your mailing address and I’ll send you a signed book. And to everyone else…I love reading your comments! It’s always hard to choose just one because they’re all good. Here’s this week’s photo…waiting for your caption. It’s a pix of …

Friday Photo Caption Contest

Suzanne Amish, Amish Proverbs, Amish Wisdom, Faith, Family, Revell Books, Simple Living

Winner of last week’s photo caption contest was Eric: “Tea and leeches, anyone?” Eric, email me with your mailing address and I’ll send you a signed book. And to everyone else…you did great! So clever. Hard to pick a winner! Here’s this week’s photo–it’s taken inside an Amish schoolhouse. I had spent the morning observing a teacher and her class. …

A Dog’s Purpose: A Movie Review

christen Books, Family, Fun

If you’re looking for a great family night movie, look no further. A Dog’s Purpose is funny, cute, and heart-warming. It will have the whole family laughing (and then crying). A Dog’s Purpose follows the many lives of a dog’s life. Told through the eyes of Bailey, a dog, this story will have you falling in love with man’s best …

Filoli House & Garden…and my friend Nyna

Suzanne Family, Going Green, Uncategorized

Last Saturday, my dear friend Nyna Dolby gave a flower workshop at 1st Presbyterian Church in Livermore. Nyna is the head of flower arranging at Filoli House & Gardens, an historic home in Woodside, California, and on the board of Filoli House & Gardens (which, if you’re interested, is a jamming of the words: Fight, Love, Live = FILOLI). Nyna …

“The Newcomer’s” Release Day!

Suzanne Amish, Books, Faith, Family, Fiction, Historical fiction, Penn Dutch, Revell Books, Writing

What a week! I sent in a manuscript yesterday, have The Newcomer releasing today, and am expecting revisions for another book in tomorrow’s mail! Busy week…but a great week. Consider yourself invited to join in the fun to celebrate “The Newcomer’s” release! This story follows the path (love and hardship, sorrow and laughter) of hardy souls who went before us. …