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When two very special dogs descend on Acorn Hill, Alice wonders, Could a dog be an answer to prayer? Alice's prayer is for Paula Middleton, a new resident who lives alone and suffers from seizures. After Paula is injured in a fall, Alice determines the town must do something for the young woman -- and a service dog may be just the thing. But will the church board approve the expense? In the meantime, who owns the mysterious black dog that's been watching over the citizens of Acorn Hill like a guardian angel?
The holidays are over, and a winter chill has settled over Heather Creek Farm. The Slater children are still grappling with the sudden arrival—and departure—of their father. They are uncertain about how their newfound relationship with the man who once abandoned them will evolve. Charlotte is desperately trying to come to peace with Kevin’s reappearance when she learns her dear friend Melody is having a scare of her own: a medical test that leaves them all sick with fear and worry. Will the doctors be able to do enough? The town rallies around Melody, and with volunteers pitching in to keep her beloved restaurant open while she receives treatment, they all begin noting unexpected blessings in the midst of this hard time.
Meanwhile, Sam is floundering with his future plans and considers a career in the military. As Charlotte prays for direction for her grandson, Dana reluctantly agrees to let Emily design her wedding dress. Will they ever be able to settle on a design that suits them both? And when Christopher’s class project outlining his family tree leads to uncomfortable questions about previous generations, will the family be able to talk frankly about their past—and their future?
As crisp autumn air descends on Heather Creek Farm, the kids start to settle into their new home. Christopher is consumed by an exciting new hobby, and Sam is drafted for the high school football team, almost against his will. Meanwhile, Emily is making new friends, reaching out to Rayann, the new girl in town.
But Charlotte has doubts that the girl—and her cute older brother—are a good influence on Emily, and when Emily is invited to Rayann’s lake house, Charlotte must face the tough decisions of parenting all over again. Can she put her foot down without losing her granddaughter’s love? Will Emily listen to her?
The warm winds of spring are blowing across the prairie, and Charlotte finds out that Heather Creek Farm has been voted Adams County Farm of the Year. She is thrilled, but she’s not sure she’s up to the task of organizing an open house to celebrate the honor, and when heavy rains cause Heather Creek to rise quickly, it’s not just the open house that’s in danger. Hannah and Frank Carter’s fields start to flood and only quick thinking will save their home.
School’s out for the summer, and Charlotte is doing her best to try to keep the kids occupied and out of trouble. After much prodding, Sam gets a job at a daycare, but it’s his part-time gig at the airport that captures his interest—and has his grandparents worried. Christopher is hard at work trying to teach an old dog new tricks, and Emily and her friend Ashley get roped into visiting an elderly woman in town who needs help around the house. As they clean, they uncover mementos that unravel a painful story from the woman’s past, which changes everything they know about forgiveness.
Christopher stumbles upon an old piece of metal in the fields and uncovers a secret that has lain buried under Heather Creek Farm for generations. But will he be able to overcome his shyness to reveal the extraordinary news his discovery brings? And when Charlotte's garden is uprooted one night, can she, along with the curious children, find the culprit? As they pull together to seek answers, they learn more about each other and the love that binds them.
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While rummaging around in the basement, Jane comes upon a old cookbook filled with recipes and notes in her mother's beautifully scripted handwriting. She has long endured the sadness of knowing that her mother, Madeleine, lost her life in giving birth to her. And the deep regret Jane feels over her mother's absence has never left her. So you can imagine the excitement Jane experiences when she discovers she shares a love of cooking with her. Jane decides to experience with some of her mother's recipes. Through her mother's recipes, Jane begins to win the affection of Louise and Alice, who had been distance from her since she was a little girl.
Rosalind Westwood, a volunteer at the hospital, amazes Alice when she offers her kidney to a dialysis patient she hardly knows, Myra Swanson, a mother of three. Rosalind’s generosity suns Myra, who can’t quite believe the offer is real. Will Alice be able to guide Myra to accept this selfless gift? Meanwhile, Louise helps Florence with her latest project, an Acorn Hill talent show, as Jane frantically gets the inn ready for inspection. Bet when the inspector finds an infraction, will he close down Grace Chapel Inn?
Who wouldn’t be romanced by names like Lovely Fairy, Desdemona, Elegantyne, Anne Boleyn, Leonardo da Vinci, and Blue for You? Vintage roses encompass both the true “old” roses and the best of the “modern” roses, developed to celebrate the classic, ageless, enduring beauty of the old varieties.
The 60 specially selected specimens include those that have the best visual appearance and most fragrant perfume and are also easy to grow and produce beautiful flowers for cutting.
The perfect mix of engaging, inspirational commentary and no-fuss gardening notes shows that roses can be grown and enjoyed by all―whether a novice, an expert or an armchair rose gardener.
Journey with us to Acorn Hill where the Howards sisters reunite after their beloved father's death, and find they share an inheritance of their childhood home. Initially, the sisters have different views on how to use their father's gift. But all three sisters come together and remember home as a place where their curiosity was encouraged, and their dreams fostered, and this memory inspires them in their decision to convert their childhood home into a bed and breakfast, lovingly named Grace Chapel Inn. When guests of the inn meet these special sisters, they have an overwhelming sense that they have arrived home. And so will you.
Who will become the new minister of Grace Chapel? The church board can't stop squabbling, and every week the congregation hears a sermon from a different minister. Finally, a charming man is appointed to take over the pulpit, but the townspeople offer him a chilly reception. During his stay at the inn, the sisters slowly warm up to him. But will he win over the townsfolk - and Aunt Ethel - as well?
The 2017 USA Football High School Coaching Notes features 33 articles written by some of the most successful coaches in the country. The book offers insights and ideas to help your program gain an advantage and reach its potential.
The month of October brings thrills, chills and excitement to the good people of Acorn Hill, Pennsylvania. The Howard sisters are holding their first ever "murder mystery weekend" at the inn to benefit a worthwhile charity. Meanwhile...has the Pastor fallen in love with the charity coordinator?
For Memorial Day, the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department decides to host a reenactment of a World War II battle and a USO-style dance. The whole community gets involved, and when Bob pulls out his father’s old uniform, Charlotte is delighted to see that Bob is taking an interest in something outside the farm. With patriotic spirits running high, Sam begins to rethink whether he wants to join the military. As his final days of high school approach, will he make the best decision for his future? Meanwhile, Emily is desperate to find a way to go to the prom with her boyfriend Troy Vanderveen—even if it means lying to her grandparents—and Christopher interviews some local veterans and learns that heroes can come in all shapes and sizes. As the past and present collide, everyone is humbled when they realize just how much previous generations have sacrificed for them.
Everyone in Bedford is ready for spring to arrive, but the cool, damp Nebraska days don’t seem to show any sign of disappearing. Heather Creek is swollen with spring rains, and when slick pavement over the bridge sends a car into the water, Sam makes a dramatic rescue, saving a little girl and her grandmother from the rushing river. But when everyone in town starts calling him a hero, will his newfound fame lead him directly into danger?
The end of summer is nearing, and Charlotte has an opportunity to go on a girls’ weekend with Hannah. Charlotte just isn’t sure, though, about taking time for herself. What if the family needs her while she’s gone? Everyone may be pursuing their own interests—Bob has a part-time job at AA Tractor, Emily is babysitting to earn extra money, and Christopher has joined the church youth group—but Charlotte would worry anyway. How will the family show her it can stand on its own two feet when she’s away? Meanwhile, Sam starts classes at Central Community College, but it’s not what he imagines. Will he be able to stick it out when the going gets tough? As the family grows together, they’re all reminded that the answers to their troubles can come in unexpected ways.
A little boy who loves to find shapes in nature grows up to be one of America’s greatest architects in this inspiring biography of Frank Lloyd Wright.
When Frank Lloyd Wright was a baby, his mother dreamed that he would become a great architect. She gave him blocks to play with and he learned that shapes are made up of many other shapes. As he grew up, he loved finding shapes in nature. Wright went on to study architecture and create buildings that were one with the natural world around them. He became known as one of the greatest American architects of all time.
"There is something universal and timeless about the stories of Little Bear and his friends. Little Bear lives in a small, protected little world and the stories are sweet and perfect for reading to a child who is an older toddler. The adventures involve having surprise parties for friends and family, making and playing with new friends, and helping people."-https://kidsliteraturebycrystal.wordpress.com
Running for her life in the wake of her mother’s murder, Bailey Fleming escapes to the only place she can think of—a remote, dilapidated cabin in Lavender Tides. Intending to finally get to the truth behind the lies of her past, Bailey only finds more questions when bodies are discovered near her cabin hideout along with traces of a dangerous human trafficking ring. In an unlikely partnership with FBI agent Lance Phoenix, Bailey races to understand the mystery surrounding her life and circumstances before the murderer tracks her down.
Meanwhile, Lance is determined to rescue his sister, Ava, who was abducted after running away from home as a teenager. An unexpected lead brings him to the remote cabin, and he wonders if Bailey—with her suspicious past and strange connections to his sister’s case—is really who she claims to be and if she can somehow lead him to Ava.
The summer days are winding down and Charlotte’s grandchildren are heading back to school, but she is feeling unsettled. Charlotte knows she should be glad for peaceful autumn days, but she can’t stop wondering what it will be like when the kids grow up and leave for good. What will she do with herself? She has always been interested in nursing and decides to volunteer to help out at the local retirement home. Her surprising friendship with one of the residents teaches her more about second chances than she ever expected.
Meanwhile, Emily is busy exploring her interests in fashion design and Christopher is searching for an idea for an article in the school newspaper. Sam is consumed with auditioning for an elite soccer team and refuses to think about college, even as application deadlines loom. Will Sam throw away everything he’s worked for on a dream? Will Charlotte be able to help them all make good decisions about the days to come?
In Practical Rose Gardening, author Inger Palmstierna shares two of her special interests with us: modern roses, where the assortment is ever changing, and how one can use roses in a garden together with other plants. These are two fascinating areas she covers from top to bottom, so you can create a beautiful garden brimming with roses.
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Charlotte is cleaning out the basement of Bedford Community Church when she comes across a tattered and yellow newspaper article. The clipping, published more than a century ago, implicates her great-great-grandfather in the loss of funds intended to help finish building the church. Charlotte has heard stories about the incident through the years, but now it seems the past has come back to haunt her. Is it just her imagination or are people treating her differently now that they think she’s descended from a crook? Will Charlotte be able to clear the family name once and for all?
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and excitement is in the air. Pete and Dana’s wedding is on the horizon, and Pete is making all kinds of changes in his life. While he’s busy redecorating his apartment for his new bride, Christopher is organizing a canned food drive at school and gets so wrapped up in collecting the most cans he forgets all about helping the needy. His drive to win leads the Stevenson family to a valuable lesson about honesty. Meanwhile, Sam is intent on winning a soccer scholarship to college—no matter how unlikely—and Emily is feeling left out when her best friend Ashley starts hanging out with a boy and no longer has time for her.
But when a fire breaks out in the tractor shed, all of the family’s dreams may go up in smoke, and they have to come together and look to their faith to rebuild their home and their hearts.
Heather Creek Farm looks like a winter wonderland as Charlotte prepares to make a memorable Christmas for her three grandchildren. It’s the kids’ first Christmas without their mother, but despite the difficult year they’ve all experienced, Charlotte hopes to find solace in this season of peace and joy, trusting in her faith to see her through.
But when Sam makes plans to spend Christmas away from home, Charlotte and Bob must decide whether to let him visit his friend in California. If they let him go, will he come back? Meanwhile, Emily is drawn into battle with the pastor’s daughter over the church Christmas pageant, and Christopher must face his worst fear.
The circus is in town, and all the citizens are eager to attend the show. But as with most things that happen in Acorn Hill, events at the circus do not run smoothly. When the baby elephant runs away, the calliope player is injured and the circus is on the verge of closing, it is up to the Howard Sisters to save the day. In their small town, life is a three-ring circus with enough excitement for all.
With the holidays drawing near, Charlotte is starting to feel the pinch of having three extra mouths to feed. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and a cooking demonstration—plus a little nudging from her good friends—inspires Charlotte to start a pie-baking business to bring in some extra income during this busy time of year.
Meanwhile, Sam is pining for a car, Emily is on a campaign to improve the food served at Bedford High, and Christopher befriends a lonely outsider whose one mistake leads to a life-and-death situation. In the midst of so many trials, will Charlotte be able to maintain a spirit of thankfulness? Will she even have anything to be thankful for?
As the stifling heat of summer settles over Heather Creek Farm, bad news shakes Charlotte’s world: Her dear friend’s husband has a heart attack. As Charlotte comforts Hannah and helps them both through Frank’s difficult recovery, she begins to reflect on her own family’s well-being. What if anything ever happened to Bob? How would they all make it? Meanwhile, Emily heads off to church camp and her experiences there bring her closer to God—as well as to a new guy. With her boyfriend Troy back home, will Emily remember what loyalty is all about? Christopher is hard at work on a float for the Fourth of July parade and ropes a begrudging Bob into helping. And Sam has been spending time with his friends at a nearby lake house, where they get into some trouble that may just ruin all of their summers—and jeopardize his future. Will the long hot days of summer be a season of growth for the Stevenson family?
Sara Murray had never met her mother’s parents and was surprised to learn after her death that they were Amish living in Pennsylvania. When she is finally able to make the trip to meet them, she is shocked to learn someone else has been living with them and pretending to be Sara. Sara can’t understand how quickly her grandparents are willing to forgive the impostor.
Secrets and deceit seem to follow Sara, and she is so tired of it. Though soon she meets Brad Fuller who is visiting her grandparents for during Christmas. She likes him a lot, but even he seems to pull away from her, not being totally honest.
Struggling, Sara finds an old canning jar hidden in the barn that is full of encouraging prayers. Can Sara find a way to forgive the past and move on to building new relationships?
This is Book 2 in The Prayer Jars series.
Book 1 -- The Hope Jar (August 2018)
Book 3 -- The Healing Jar (August 2019)
Charlotte is still recovering from Pete and Dana’s wedding and even though she’s thrilled that Pete is finally settling down, she misses having him live on the farm. She focuses her attention on getting Sam through his last months of high school, as Christopher adjusts to the prospect of his older brother leaving for college. However, they soon learn Sam has not fulfilled a community service requirement. Will he be able to graduate with his class? Meanwhile, Emily starts dating an older boy, and Charlotte struggles with how tightly to hold on to her granddaughter. And when construction on Pete and Dana’s house hits a major snag just as Dana is offered the opportunity of a lifetime, the family is forced to reflect on promises they’ve made to themselves…and to each other.
Is Acorn Hill ready for reality television? Jane seems to think so. A makeover show filmed at Betty Dunkle’s beauty shop is all set to roll, and Jane has landed Louise a spot on the show! Will the fastidious Louise be game for a change in her style? Meanwhile, Elwood Swigart, a retired newspaper reporter, intends to shake up things in Acorn Hill when he starts publishing a rival tabloid paper. How will the stalwart Acorn Nutshell handle the competition? And will the town be torn in two by the gossip and dirt that Elwood digs up?
There’s joyous news at Heather Creek: Dana’s pregnant! But soon word spreads that a crop disease has put the entire soybean harvest in danger. With the future of the farm hanging in the balance, Pete rallies the local farmers to devise a way to save their harvest. But will his efforts be enough? Meanwhile, Bob and Charlotte have to evaluate their own place on the farm and make one of the toughest decisions of their lives.
And when Kevin moves back to Bedford—this time for good—Charlotte and Bob have to decide how far they are willing to go to protect the children and what it means to let go.
October brings cooler weather, pumpkins, the harvest…and unexpected challenges for the Stevensons. Emily’s class project leads to all kinds of questions about her grandparents’ wedding so many years ago, and Sam is doing everything he can to put off thinking about his college applications, Christopher is investigating suspicious tire tracks by the old windmill and finds himself in the middle of a debate about the future of the farm.
An antique trunk, a book of sketches and a peculiar guest at Grace Chapel Inn, who wears an old bowler hat, lead the Howard sisters right into the middle of a mystery. What will they uncover as they put the pieces together? A little known fact about Acorn Hill’s history, or something, perhaps, about their own history?
A thick layer of snow blankets Heather Creek Farm, and as Christmas draws near, everyone is getting into the holiday spirit. Charlotte is looking forward to a nice quiet celebration with her family, but when an unexpected visitor arrives on the farm, everything is about to change. Kevin Slater, the children’s father, hasn’t contacted the family since he left almost nine years ago. What could he possibly want after all this time? As the kids struggle to understand the father they’d long given up hope on, Kevin admits he intends to take custody. Charlotte and Bob gear up for a long legal battle, and everyone wrestles with what this means for the children.
Meanwhile, Emily is struggling to find a way to adjust having to share her best friend with a boyfriend, Christopher is hard at work on plans for Pete and Dana’s new home, and Sam is supposed to be finishing up his college applications. But how does Kevin figure into his future? And with Bill’s wife, Anna due to give birth any day, Advent takes on a whole new meaning for the Stevenson Family. As Christmas draws closer, they all try to enjoy the magic of this special season and the blessing of their time together—whatever the future holds.
In Bear Run, Pennsylvania, a home unlike any other perches atop a waterfall. The water's tune plays differently in each of its sunlight-dappled rooms; the structure itself blends effortlessly into the rock and forest behind it. This is Fallingwater, a masterpiece equally informed by meticulous research and unbounded imagination, designed by the lauded American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
This book guides young readers through Wright's process designing Fallingwater, from his initial inspirations to the home's breathtaking culmination. It is an exploration of a man, of dreams, and of the creative process; a celebration of potential. Graceful prose and rich, dynamic illustrations breathe life into the story of Frank and Fallingwater, a man and home utterly unlike any other.
When Louise's daughter Cynthia brings home a famous home-and-garden expert to write a children's book, the Howard sisters' peaceful lives are turned upside down. And now Alice has gone and gotten herself involved in the local dog racing. The dogs are being mistreated, and she's jumped into the cause, head first, becoming far more involved than she'd ever intended. One thing is certain, life is never dull in Acorn Hill, particularly at the Grace Chapel Inn Bed and Breakfast, where long winter days are filled with wonders. Once you visit the charming village of Acorn Hill, tucked away in rural Pennsylvania, you'll never want to leave. Townsfolk relax on their porch swings or gather to discuss the day's events at the Coffee Shop over homemade pie. It's the kind of town where friendship and faith flow together.
Lyndie St. James is thrilled that her best friend, Elle, is getting married but unprepared for the emotional storm of the wedding week and returning to her childhood summer home of Sweethaven. The idyllic cottage community harbors some of her best—and worst—memories. It’s not only the tragic death of her childhood friend Cassie that has haunted her for ten years, it’s the other secrets she’s buried that have kept her from moving on.
But Lyndie isn’t the only one with secrets.
Cassie’s mother, fatherand brother, still struggling with the loss, have been drifting further and further apart. And Elle herself, the last to see Cassie alive, carries an impossible burden of guilt. Now reunited, each of them has a choice: to reveal the truths of that night or continue to live in its shadow. That means embarking on a personal journey of the heart—to escape the darkness and all its regrets and to finally come to terms with the past and, especially, with each other.
When Alice stumbles upon Daniel Howard’s boyhood journal from the early 1900’s, the Howard sisters uncover the hidden history of their beloved father. Through his profound and thoughtful words, they come to see how the power of belief can change the course of a life.
The Howard sisters find out that Christmas doesn’t always mean peace on earth. When a misunderstanding between Florence Simpson and her husband Ronald has Florence jetting down to Florida, feisty Aunt Ethel has only one solution: go to Florida with Ronald and Alice in tow, and bring the wayward couple back together. With Alice gone, Jane and Louise must handle a fully booked inn for the holidays—and there’s only one week to go before Christmas! Hopefully everything will get done and Alice will be back in time to get into the spirit of the season.
Heather Creek Farm is blanketed in snow and ice as the heart of winter settles over Nebraska, but things are heating up for the Stevenson family. Emily, embarrassed by an innocent mistake, takes up a new hobby that could bring Charlotte and her granddaughter closer together—if it doesn’t tear them apart first. Meanwhile, Sam makes some new friends who aren’t exactly Charlotte’s cup of tea, and Christopher learns more about the farm’s horses than he ever wanted to know.
An out-of-state developer wants to drain Fairy Pond and build a gas station over the site! While the idea of destroying such an idyllic spot creates a storm of protest in Acorn Hill, there are some businesspeople who would like the added commerce a gas station would bring. With the town divided and Mayor Tynan indisposes who will champion the cause of saving this natural wonder? Could a recluse who lives near the pond have the answer? And is it true that Louise was once in love with this hermit of Fairy Pond?
With summer just around the bend, Bedford High School is gearing up for the end-of-the-year alumni banquet, gathering and celebrating graduates from throughout the years. Charlotte is busy baking pies for the event, but when she hears a rumor that Kevin Slater, her grandchildren’s father, is coming back for the high school reunion, the bottom falls out of her world. Why would he return after all this time? Does he know the children are in Bedford? As Charlotte looks into safeguarding her custody rights, she struggles with her fear of losing her grandkids all over again.
It’s time to bring out the ol’ patriotic spirit when three lively World War II vets check in at Grace Chapel Inn and march in the annual Veterans Day parade. However, another guest, Gulf War veteran Nathan Delhomme, suffers from guilt for surviving the war when his friend didn’t make it. Can Alice help this troubled young man march proudly in memory of his friend? And will the Franklin High Patriots be victorious in the Thanksgiving Day football game this year? The patriotism abounds as the citizens of Acorn Hill rally ‘round the flag!
The bleak, biting cold makes February on Heather Creek Farm a test of endurance for the Slater kids. As winter wears on, Sam becomes more withdrawn and unhappy. Not even his new friends can shake him out of it. Meanwhile, Christopher is working on his entry for a local writing competition, and Valentine’s day flowers from a secret admirer lifts Emily’s spirits.
The days are long and lazy, the corn is high, the sunflowers are in bloom, and everyone in Bedford is gearing up for the biggest event of the summer: the annual county fair. Sam is skeptical about it, especially since his friend Jordan is visiting from San Diego. What if Jordan tells everyone back in California that Nebraska is boring? As Sam struggles to impress his old friend, Christopher is hard at work getting Toby ready for the fair’s dog show, and Emily finds herself getting wrapped up in winning a blue ribbon with a new hobby.
But when a Nashville music producer approaches Bob about using Heather Creek Farm to film a country star’s new music video, he and Charlotte are faced with a dilemma. Will they allow the glamour and enticements of big-city life to encroach upon their peaceful home? Will the excitement of celebrity drown out the simple joys of summer?