I’m excited to share my newest book trailer with you. A Wedding for Julia will release in July, and currently the paperback is half price with all vendors (the ebook link will appear in July). This story was born in a Bible study I was attending, when I read “Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent, and she became his wife. He loved her deeply, and she was a special comfort to him after the death of his mother.” Genesis 24:67
Another story of the simple life, the value of community and the grace of God. I hope it is one you’ll enjoy.
The Amish Way – Get Outside
If I had a nickel for everyone who wrote me or came up to me and told me how they’d like to be Amish, well I’d have enough money to take hubby to a very nice dinner. There’s so much about the Amish life that we admire. Today I wanted to talk to you about one thing you can do right now to bring yourself closer to the Amish life — GET OUTSIDE!
Ha. Now that might not be what you want to hear. Some of us relate being outside to work — cutting grass, cleaning the garage, washing the car, etc. But the truth is that Amish families do spend a lot of time outside. As we know, they don’t spend any time in front of a television and are only on a computer if their workplace requires it.
So what are some things you can do outside that would be enjoyable? That would simplify your life and replace some of the stress?
- Ride a bike.
- Take a walk. In fact, walk to the store or library if you can.
- Take the kids outside. Get a trampoline or tie up an old rope swing. Draw a hopscotch on the sidewalk.
- Plant a garden. It doesn’t have to be large. In can be a couple of pots. Then spend time tending to them each day.
- Enjoy someone else’s garden. Most of us live in a town where there are several public gardens. Go walk through one.
- Have a meal outside. Seriously. Take your sandwich and tea out to the porch. If you don’t have a lawn chair, get one. They’re under $10 at Walmart. Eating outside makes food taste better!
- Read outside. Bible studies, novels, even books you’re reading for your job can be enjoyed outside.
- Craft outside. If you knit or crochet or embroidery, outside is a great place to do those things. I’ve even worked on my lap quilt outside.
Studies show that we all feel better when we get a little sunshine. Amish families already knew that. I’ve given you 8 ideas, but I imagine you can come up with a lot more. So regardless your age or your activity level, take my advice–and enjoy the great outdoors.