Coming Fall of 2018 "The Secrets of Willow Springs" by Tracy Fredrychowski

Finding Peace in Amish Country

Finding Peace in Amish Country

“Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet.” Amish Proverb
The lush green pastures along the interstate had Savannah Carmichael in awe as she listened carefully to the directions

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A Forgotten Memory

A Forgotten Memory

It was the Monday after Thanksgiving and all the men in her Amish Community had been planning this day for weeks.  As she filled the coffee pot, she looked out the kitchen window to see the moon reflecting off a fresh layer of early snow. 

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A Gift for Emma

A Gift for Emma

It was a week before Christmas, and Emma Byler was sitting on her parent’s front porch.  The sun was just dipping behind the horizon, and in the distance, she could hear chipmunks chattering. In the quietness of the early evening...

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Valentine’s Day Present for Emma

Valentine’s Day Present for Emma

Emma rolled over in bed and pulled the blankets up over her head as she heard her mother call her name from the bottom of the stairs. She hated the long winter months and dreaded walking to school in the cold.  She was already looking forward...

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A Thankful Heart

A Thankful Heart

The sun was rising above the horizon when Emma and her twin sisters, Rebecca and Anna, left to go to their springtime job at Yoder’s Strawberry Acres.  The dew was still heavy in the air, and the birds were starting to wake up from their nighttime slumber. 

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The Secret to Being the Perfect Wife

The Secret to Being the Perfect Wife

Rebecca balanced a clothes basket on her hip as she pushed open the screen door that led to the side porch. The squeaky hinge echoed as it slammed behind her scattering a small flock of barn swallows hovering at the bird feeder. 

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Second Chances

Second Chances

The sun was shining, the trees were starting to show signs of spring, and everyone Teena and Lizzy passed had a smile on their face enjoying the first warm day of spring. All around they both agreed it was a perfect day for a trip to the dry goods store...

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Emma's Garden

Emma's Garden

The soothing clip-clop of her horse’s hooves did nothing to calm Emma’s anxiety over her morning delivery. She’d gotten up early to get all of her chores done so she could get a fresh batch of flowers cut and wouldn’t feel rushed.  

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Change of Seasons

Change of Seasons

The aroma of apples and cinnamon still lingered on Emma Byler’s scarf as she took a shortcut through the field on her way home. She’d spent the morning making apple butter with some of her friends and was humming Amazing Grace...

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You’re Never Too Old to Help

You’re Never Too Old to Help

The aroma of bacon from breakfast still lingered in the air as Stella sat at the table finishing the last of her morning coffee.  Her family had eaten, and all left to start their day.  At the moment the house was quiet, and she was enjoying the...

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