Posted in Uncategorized, tagged extended families, family reunions, Mary Ellis on August 29, 2011|
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Many families organize and stage family reunions across the country, and I must say, I truly enjoyed mine yesterday. Although I missed seeing my two aunts (who are un-well and in nursing homes) I loved seeing my cousins and their children and grandchildren. Reunions are a great way to catch up on family news without the expense of a wedding or the sorrow of someone passing away. (the two most commons reasons for extended families to get together…)
We had ours in a communtiy park shelter house. There were ball fields and places to swim for those so inclined (mainly the kids), but mostly folks wandered around talking and eating, and then talking and eating some more. No, not everyone in the family was able to come–life sometimes gets in the way, doesn’t it? And we can’t be in two or three places at the same time. But I look forward to seeing them at Christmas or at the next reunion. Life is short. If your family doesn’t hold reunions, why not start one? Have everyone bring food and beverages so no one has any great expense. And enjoy a summer afternoon with those God chose to be in your “family”, one way or another. Blessings on your upcoming week. Here’s a photo taken at the reunion.
And before I forget…I’m still waiting for Debbie Foster to contact me. You’re the winner of Laura Hilton’s book from last week’s blog. Everyone stay safe this week. My heart and prayers go out to everyone impacted by this past weekend’s hurricane. We haven’t been able to look away from the Weather Channel for 4 days. Too much rain in the East…not enough in the Southwest…things aren’t good anywhere! blessings.
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Thanks to everyone who posted to my blog during the past week and left a comment for Laura Hilton. In a random drawing I have selected a winner. drum roll please….Debbie Foster, please come on down! You’re the lucky winner of A Harvest of Hearts. On second thought, since you probably don’t live close to me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to provide Laura and I with a mailing address. Thanks again to everyone who posted a comment.
Stay tuned…very soon I will be posting photos of my recent research trip to Maine to learn about the Amish who live in that lovely state. And I’m counting the days….A Marriage for Meghan releases in one more month. Check out the great trailer my publisher, Harvest House, did for that book. I absolutely love it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDR2IwwgWy8
Have a great week! Get out and do something fun. Summer is wanning, and I for one will miss it when it’s gone. Blessings.
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It’s truly my pleasure to feature another Amish author on my blog. I just finished Harvest of Hearts by Laura V. Hilton and found it to be a fast-paced follow-up to her debut, Patchwork Dreams. In this delightful second of the series, kindhearted Matthew Yoder participates in a swap of Amish men. He leaves the farmland of Lancaster County behind for new opportunites awaiting him in Missouri. But meeting Shanna, a nursing student home on summer vacation, offers more complications than he bargained for. Shanna left her Old Order Amish community during rumschpringe, vowing never to return. Still strong-minded and independent, Shanna plans only to save money and return to college in the fall. But her love of family and faith in God inexorably draws her back into the fold. Laura Hilton has created characters that leap off the page. Her scenes offer vivid imagry, allowing us to escape into the wholesome world of the Amish. I thoroughly enjoyed Harvest of Hearts, which will be released next month, and look forward to book three in Hilton’s Amish of Seymour series.
Here’s something about the author: Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor. Her publishing credits include Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past from Treble Heart Books; a devotional in a compilation from Zondervan; and the first book “Patchwork Dreams” in her Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House released in April 2011, the second book, “A Harvest of Hearts” in September 2011, and Promised to Another in April 2012. Laura has her business degree from Ozarka and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.
Please leave a comment for Laura, for a chance to win a free copy of Harvest of Hearts. Many blessings and have a great week!
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Hello folks. I’m so excited. I just saw the book trailer for my late September release, A Marriage for Meghan, and it’s a beauty. Harvest House Publishers does a beautiful job with these. (I wish I could take credit, but I can’t…) click on the link to view the trailer, and please drop me a line and tell me what you think. I’m happy as a clam in hotter-than-blazes Ohio! If I sound like I’m complaining, I am not. I am the one whining all winter long. Give me hot over cold weather any day.
here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDR2IwwgWy8
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