When I look at this lovely Amish-made quillow from Lancaster County, PA, all I want to do is snuggle in front of the fireplace and read a good book. Maybe with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Yum! But I don’t allow myself to read until bedtime or I’d be reading all day and never get my writing done.

There are few things I enjoy as much as curling up on the sofa with a good book.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I notice the stores are already changing into the so-called holiday season (really Christmas and Chanukah), a time where gifts are exchanged aplenty. People spend too much and often find items they’d like for themselves. I know, I often do.

Holiday finery in a New York boutique

I’m not a great shopper, thus my heart is not filled with gratitude and thanksgiving when I’m stalking crowded aisles for goodies and trying to second-guess the recipients. But I’m always thankful that I live in a country where I enjoy the freedom to worship as I choose and I’m able to give presents to those I love. What gives me great pleasure is buying an item a person likes and will use.

An eclectic store window

My husband and I recently got home from NYC where many legal immigrants entered at Ellis Island, as some of my relatives did decades ago. My husband and I talked to several men from all over the world who were oppressed in their home country. They are thrilled to have become an American citizen and spoke of it with passion.

Gazing out at Ellis Island left me a bit wind-blown!

We should celebrate Thanksgiving  in some small way every day of the year. Nothing beats a pity-party better than taking a few minutes to think about what I’m thankful for. My life is abundant in so many ways and yet I can let the clouds bog me down. I’m extremely grateful for my bestselling fiction novels, thanks to you, my dear readers. And I’m thankful for my husband, my family, good friends—all are far greater gifts than any wrapped gift with a bow. Even a primo chocolate bar.

Enter for a chance to win this cozy Amish-made quillow

Please enter to win this delightful Amish-made Quillow (opens out to 40″ x 60″) from Lancaster County, plus one of my signed books: either An Amish Christmas KitchenStarting from ScratchA Letter from Lancaster County; or one of 3 books from The Legacy of Lancaster County Trilogy — Leaving Lancaster, its sequel, Pennsylvania Patchwork, or Forever Amish; or A Portrait of Marguerite.

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