Coffee Break

Suzanne Family, grandparenting, Simple joys, Simple Living, Thoroughly Modern Mimi, Uncategorized, wisdom

  This is a favorite and oft-requested repost. It’s a good reminder, each year!     As my family has expanded through marriage and grandchildren, we knew we had to simplify gift giving. I came across this Victorian guideline and have used it, very successfully, for the last couple of years. Oh . . . how I wish I had …

Coffee Break

Suzanne Faith, Uncategorized, wisdom

How are you handling this week’s news? Sunday’s news of the Texas church shooting has left my heart heavy…for so many reasons. Sorrow and sadness for that community, wondering about the effect on all our churches. One friend told me that this incidence shook her faith in God. Where was God? she asked. Why couldn’t He stop it from happening? There’s …

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 …