And we have two winners!
I’m so excited to announce Amy and Nancy as the winners of the giveaway!
I have contacted you two, so watch your email inbox. :)



I am very excited to be having a dear friend joining my blog today!

I’ve known Dawn for quite a few years, and she’s one of those wonderful women that, the more you get to know her, the more awesome you think she is – even though she was way awesome from day one! :)

Dawn blogs over at  and offers both her beautiful heart for Jesus, thoughts on mothering, and her very own recipes (more on that later).

The guest post part of this blog is recapturing part of a post from earlier this year that I so loved. Dawn lives so passionately and intentionally, and she is one of those “iron-sharpening-iron” people in my life! ♥


Living the Word

It was a perfect way to spend a Sunday morning as my baby slept until 11:30.  We had a rough night so her and I stayed home to re-group.  I knew it would be too much for baby and momma to go to service and then turn around and take my husband to the airport to catch his afternoon flight.

I am so thankful for the Word of God. These are the words that keep offering me life as I look at it thru the grid of my family.

II Tim 4:2 “Preach the Word, (for me it’s live the Word before my little children.  How they see me do life will probably be how they will live life as adults)

be prepared in season and out of season; (how did I miss this before, it implies that I will not always have it together. So often I want to bring my children along side of me after I feel ready, like a shower, breakfast, a cup of coffee, quiet time but that’s just it –even in the ‘out of season’ moment I can still live the Word);

correct, rebuke (with a 5, 3 & 1 year old in the house sometimes I feel like all I do is correct and rebuke, it makes me weary. But it did give me comfort this week to know that to get to where I want to go, it will take the hard work of correcting and rebuking with patience.  Sure, I can do it in quick fashion, but the bigger question is have I been patient and loving in the process of this never ending task of correcting?)

and encourage (Aw these words are life to me, good reminders to encourage and breathe life into these little souls.  They really do want to please me.)

—–with great patience and careful instruction.”

Cheers to a great [week].  I am taking great comfort in these precious nuggets of truth I found this past week in the Word of God.


Dawn also is well-known by so many people as a fabulous cook! Basically, if you’ve ever tasted Dawn’s food, you want the recipe. :) So, when she told me she was going to publish a cookbook, I knew immediately I wanted one!

She has so graciously given TWO of her – autographed –  hardcover cookbooks, A Farmer’s Daughter, as a giveaway on my blog! They not only include her very own recipes, but also tips and personal notes on hospitality and entertaining.

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I put together a few little goodies that I’m including as well, and that will be divided between two winners as best as possible!

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[notecards, measuring spoons from A Farmer’s Daughter, cream bottle, dish soap, hand soap]

To enter this giveaway, please
-visit Dawn’s blog
-leave a comment on this page

The giveaway will be from today through next Friday (September 5-13), and the winners will be announced after that.

Thanks so much, Dawn!

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187 thoughts on “Guest Post & Giveaway

  1. Rajinie

    “be prepared in season and out of season; (how did I miss this before, it implies that I will not always have it together”

    thanks for reminding this truth.. needed to hear that! :)

  2. Kristina

    Oooo…. This sounds so fun. The worst part about cooking is always trying to figure out what to make, so of course a new cookbook would be a blessing. :) Love your blog, and your children are beyond adorable.

  3. Sara Glick

    Oh I am in need of cookbooks! btw I am Linda Yoder’s sister in law. I really enjoy your blog and have been challenged and inspired by it.

  4. Becky Bontrager

    I LOVE cookbooks, actually, I collect them! Clarita, I enjoy your blog so much. You remind me of your mother – bringing joy to others while you enjoy life and make it more beautiful.

  5. Jessica @ This Blessed Life

    What a fun giveaway! My husband’s extended family is all Mennonite on his father’s side, so this would be such a neat cookbook to win – I’ve definitely witnessed first-hand how delicious is when we have reunions with that side of the family! :) I enjoyed looking through her blog and her cookbook on Amazon – it all looks delicious!

  6. carmenbyler

    I bet I’m too late…. I forget when you said cutoff date is. I’ve heard and seen her cookbook and thought, “now that’s one I’ll have to spend the money for!” Would love to win ;-)

  7. Heidi S.

    As a new wife, new recipes are always welcome. I am not a “foodie” and so coming up with new menus can be a challenge. I visitied Dawn’s site. I’ll have to keep checking it out more.

  8. Heidi weaver

    Love the motherhood inspiration… And the recipes on her blog look good- I’m sure the cookbook is great! :)

  9. Melissa

    What a great gift!…Love to make those “tried and true” recipes which I am sure are in this cookbook.

  10. Rachel

    Hello I have never commented on your sight before however I do keep up with your posts. Forgive me for not writing sooner. :) Anyways… your blog has been an inspiration to me! I love how you love Jesus with all of your heart! And I see how ya’ll went to Ellerslie… Totally a dream of mine! But as for now God has me living in a little town in V.S. work at a Youth Ministry and I couldn’t be happier because I know I am right where God wants me to be! Now that I have left an epistle I want to wish you a blessed day! =) ~ Rachel

  11. Loretta Peachey

    I looove cookbooks so I would love to win it:) Your blog is an aspiration to me! I’m also from the deep south (Georgia) although I was born and raised here, my husband was from PA so the tables are turned from your situation but I can totally see the pros & cons of both places. Your blog speaks much truth and makes me smile at those ‘yup, that’s the good ole south’ moments you describe :) Blessings to you as a mother & wife and also as you inspire others with your blog!!

  12. Deb Harris

    I love discovering a great new blog, I recently subscribed to Dawn’s blog after hearing about her cookbook. I love cookbooks, esp. ones with recipes for families. I’d love to win her book & osome of your goodies. I’ve enjoyed looking around your blog & just subscribed. I’m always looking for ideas to decorate well on a budget. I

  13. Judy M

    Your blog is just so lovely and I always enjoy reading your posts. This giveaway looks like a lovely one :)

  14. Maria Mullet

    I love Dawn too! She is such an inspiring, creative, woman of God! And I would really love her cookbook. :)

  15. Melanie G

    whoops i left comment under wrong post, lets try this again… Oh my word! I just loooovee your blog, your house(esp your kitchen) your inspirations etc… and i would just love to win the cook book :)Blessings to you and your family!

  16. Tammy Graham

    I have this cookbook but my daughter would love one also and this would make a great Christmas present for her. I met Dawn at a book signing that I went to for Wanda Brunstetter in Berlin, Ohio. And trust me, I am so glad that I met her and purchased her cookbook because there are some great recipes in there.

  17. Beth P

    I was perusing through this cookbook a couple of weeks ago at the fabric shop. Thought it looked so interesting & well done! Would love to have one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. rosesmoker

    I’ve been following Dawn’s blog and keep thinking her cookbook will be the next one I want to get. Enjoyed reading your blog, too.

  19. Joy Beachy

    joy thanks for the wonderful inspiration! I have many cookbooks and they are all like old friends! I would be thrilled to win Dawn’s cookbook!

  20. denise stauffer

    I love reading your blog! And what an awesome giveaway, I have a cookbook collection and I always have room for one more! Denise in south Ga

  21. Jennifer from Chesapeake, VA

    As I have told you before……I LOVE your blog!!!! I LOVE that you LOVE Jesus!!!! Congrats on your house being featured, how cool is that????

  22. Beth

    Oh how I’d love to receive this! Love your blog and just started to follow Dawn’s. Such beauty and inspiration! Thank you!

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