Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Returning, Rest, and Book Events in the East

Isaiah 30:15 says, ". . . In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:. . ."

I rested, and now I've returned.

This summer we've had two graduation parties, one out-of-state trip, five adult kids and one spouse moving out of the house or front driveway, two adult kids moving in [one did both], large construction projects, a garage sale, 93 days without measurable rain which meant shlepping hoses and sprinklers for up to two hours a day, and a whole lot more.

Somewhere in there, I decided to prioritize responsibilities before I lost my mind. As you see, writing is at the end of the list. I didn't think anyone would really notice if I disappeared for a while, but a few of you did.

Last weekend it rained a couple of inches. The new barn is almost done, and nearly all the books and garden tools and lawn chairs are moved in.

Only one offspring lives at home.

I hope to get back into writing of all kinds. But first!

Emily and I will be hosting three book signings in the faraway East, getting extra mileage out of a trip to a niece's wedding.

In case you can't download pictures on your email, this is our schedule:

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 10 am to noon

Goods Store, 1338 Main St, East Earl, PA 


Wednesday, September 29, 2021 

3-6 pm

Rotary Pavilion, East Lampeter Township Community Park

2330 Hobson Road, Lancaster, PA


Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, 10 am to noon

Shenandoah Heritage Market

121 Carpenter Lane, Harrisonburg, VA

We'd love to see you there. Feel free to stop and say hi, or bring books of ours you already have, and we'll sign them.

Just so you know, in case you or a family member are extra vulnerable to Covid: the PA events will be outside.

We'll be happy to wear a mask to speak to you, if you prefer. Just ask!

I am looking forward to more rest after our return from across the country.


  1. Of course I noticed. And I worried. The last time you disappeared for a long time, it was when your husband took that horrible fall. So, yeah...a little bit of worry there...

    1. That makes sense! Thank God we were spared catastrophe this summer.

  2. I missed reading your posts, but I’m glad you chose to prioritize. Enjoy the rest!

  3. Have missed you! So glad all is well. Enjoy your trip to the east, wish I still lived there so I could meet you in person. God bless you in all you do.

  4. Delphine Horst9/23/2021 8:29 AM

    I missed you for sure but didn't know where or how to let you know! I'm excited for whatever comes next.

  5. So pleased you are back! I was hoping it was just busy life stuff keeping you off the blog. I am also hoping you are going to write more on your serial about the teenage girl? I was loving that :)

  6. I missed you, and I was afraid that you stopped blogging. We're all glad you're back.

  7. The Baritone9/29/2021 8:16 PM

    I will admit, I wondered if you had decided to quit, either temporarily or permanently. Glad you're still at it. :-)