Everything I write has a thread of romance weaving through it. I can’t seem to stop myself, and why should I? When reading a book, whether it be contemporary fiction or Tolstoy, I enjoy the romantic threads and the anticipation of the happily-ever-after. Hopefully, a satisfactory one without being schmaltzy.

A cake made specifically for one occasion.

A cake made specifically for one occasion.

I don’t know about you, but I’m shocked that it’s February already. I opened the calendar and noticed that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This can be a day filled with bliss or sadness, depending on your situation. My father used to call it a Hallmark holiday, and apparently my mother didn’t mind. They had a very strong marriage and got along great. But I know couples who go to great lengths to celebrate it.

A fun celebration between seasons!

A fun celebration between seasons!

The rose and diamond industries would be sunk without it. Are you one of those who expects Valentine’s Day to be a time of happiness, or do you dread it? Even though I love writing about romance, I figure there are 365 days in a year for my husband to show me he loves me. And 52 weeks for him to bring home flowers!

Do you think my husband will get the hint?

Do you think my husband will get the hint?

Do the Amish celebrate Valentine’s Day? Yes, they do. Of course, each church district has its own set of rules and parameters

Enter to win this fun Valentine themed Amish-made Quillow.

Since Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, I thought it would be fun to have a Valentine themed Giveaway. Enter to win this Amish-made Quillow (approx. 40 X 60” when open) from Lancaster County, plus one of my Amish books, signed. Either Starting from ScratchA Letter from Lancaster County, or one of 3 books from The Legacy of Lancaster County TrilogyLeaving Lancaster, its sequel, Pennsylvania Patchwork, or Forever Amish. US only. Winner has 3 days to respond.