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Worship

Amish Holiday Tip, Worship

WORSHIP is an important part of the Christmas celebration in Amish homes.

Some Amish communities celebrate Christmas on December 25th and Old Christmas (Epiphany) on January 6th. Many communities fast the morning of Christmas through to the afternoon meal. They spend the time in prayer, Bible study, and worship! The Amish in general do not have an extra church service in order to Continue reading

It’s Not the Meal

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Amish Holiday Tip, It’s Not the Meal

Wow. Holiday meals can be STRESSFUL. Right? We worry about having each person’s fav dish. We worry about whether everything will look good. We worry and work ourselves into a state of exhaustion.

As most of you know, the Amish generally have large families. And I can tell you that they cook some fantastic dishes, but it’s not the meal that counts on Christmas. It’s the birth of our Lord, and seeing Continue reading

People over Presents

Amish Holiday Tip, People over Presents

It SOUNDS simple enough, but it’s kind of hard to put into practice. Amish definitely place the Christmas emphasis on PEOPLE and not PRESENTS. Gifts are minimal–usually hand-made or something useful. And the house isn’t FULL of presents. Each person might receive 2 or 3 things, from the entire family.

Changes come slowly, but give yourself and your family a little grace this year. Talk to each other about simplifying. And remember, that it’s the PEOPLE in our lives that matter, not the PRESENT we open on December 25th.

Now for this week’s contest. Continue reading

November Blessings

Mid-week Inspiration — November Blessings

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November has to be one of my favorite months. How about you? Whether I’m working on something inside, taking a walk, or driving through the country-side, I’m reminded of God’s goodness.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. ~Psalm 95:2

I’ve seen quite a few people who are posting things they are grateful for each day. What a wonderful idea! I encourage you to do this all year–in a journal or the back of your Bible, list your blessings.

Since this is a time of blessing, I thought I’d give away a gift package this week.   If you’re interested in having your name entered, just leave a comment below. The contest will run for one week and includes–

  • An Amish Christmas Coloring book
  • A 2013 Amish calendar
  • An autographed copy of Material Witness
  • 2 quilted pot holders

Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and happy November.

Blessings,

V

MW, Contest #7

Contest #7, Material Witness–Quilt Giveaway

I’m so excited about this week’s giveaway. My publisher purchased a wall hanging from Lolly’s Fabrics in Shipshewana. Isn’t it beautiful? Kris Stutzman, the owner of Lolly’s, read all 3 books in my Shipshewana series, and she loved them! I asked her to pick out something nice, and this is what she chose. Of course we’ll also slip in an autographed copy of Material Witness.

All you have to do to enter is go to the link on my Facebook page. Once there, you enter your address and you are IN!

Here’s the great news … you can enter once a day. Get your name in there often. And you can also share the contest with their friends, because for each friend that enters you get 3 more entries into the contest. There is no limit on how many entries each person can get. But you have to enter through the facebook page.

Pretty cool, right? I adore quilts, especially this time of year. This one is a wall hanging, and I think it would look beautiful in YOUR house. : )

Blessings,

V

p.s. — You can now order your copy of Material Witness from CBDB&N, or Amazon. It is also available at your local bookstore. You may purchase all 3 books in this series for a special discount price from CBD. Why not purchase your own copy, then if/when you win a copy you can give one away to a friend!

MW, Contest #6

Contest #6, Material Witness

Are you tired of contests yet? I hope not!

Last Saturday we talked about MAX … who has been a big part of the Shipshewana series. So today I thought I’d give away a picture of Max. I found this in a little shop in central Texas … and I couldn’t resist purchasing it!

This week’s winner will receive:

  • An autographed copies of  Material Witness
  • Bookmarks
  • Shipshewana postcard
  • Picture of MAX

I hope you’ve enjoyed these little give aways. Soon we’ll go back to featuring Christian fiction and alternating that with contests on Wednesdays. But I appreciate that you stop by my blog and help me to celebrate the launch of Material Witness.

Leave a comment below with your email and you are entered!

As always, you have the opportunity to enter the contest more than once by sharing the information from this blog with your friends or posting a review of one of my books. Be sure to leave me a 2nd comment stating what you did.

The contest deadline is next Tuesday evening (CST), September 18th.

Blessings,

V~

p.s. — You can order your copy of Material Witness from CBDB&N, or Amazon. It is also available at your local bookstore. You may purchase all 3 books in this series for a special discount price from CBD. Why not purchase your own copy, then if/when you win a copy you can give one away to a friend!

MW, Contest #5

Material Witness is HERE!

That’s right. Book 3 of my Shipshewana series has released this week. So if you’re purchasing from an on-line vendor, they are in stock. Ebooks are downloadable. Audio book is available. And if you’re shopping at your local bookstore, they should arrive any day.

What fun! Can you tell I’m excited? I’m ready to bake a CELEBRATION CAKE!

I thought this week we’d have 5 winners for our contest. Each person will receive:

Five books and five winners. Does that sound good? I also wanted to let you know that I’ll be in Shipshewana, Middlebury and Grand Rapids signing books next week.

09.10.12 Book signing at Middlebury Community Library 6-8.

09.12.12 Book signing at J. Farvres, Shipshewana, IN 2-4.

09.13.12 Book signing at Byron Center Library, Byron Township Branch, Grand Rapids, MI 6:30-8:00.

If you’re in the area, I would love to meet you.  I realize that many of you do live in different areas. So for this week’s contest, I thought it would be fun to comment with your email address and where you’d like to see me have a book signing.

As always, you have the opportunity to enter the contest more than once by sharing the information from this blog with your friends. If you do, leave me a 2nd comment stating that you shared.

The contest deadline is next Tuesday evening (CST), September 11th. The winner will not be announced until the following Saturday, September 15th.

Our winner from last week was CATHY McGUIRE, and I’ve contacted her by email. If your name is similar to Cathy’s, but you didn’t receive an email then it’s not you. Please try again! I’ll continue having contests for another couple of weeks, and we have a big surprise give away planned for Facebook. Stay tuned to this blog and facebook for details.

Blessings,

V~

p.s. — You can order your copy of Material Witness from CBDB&N, or Amazon. It is also available at your local bookstore. You may purchase all 3 books in this series for a special discount price from CBD. Why not purchase your own copy, then if/when you win a copy you can give one away to a friend!