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12-22-14GreatExpectationRecently, I watched the 1946 movie Great Expectations on TV. I’d read the Charles Dickens novel about ten years ago & was surprised to find I preferred the black-and-white movie. The title got me thinking. This is the time of year of great expectations: must-do lists, shopping for food and presents at chaotic stores without ample parking, trying to second-guess a recipient’s wishes, hurry up and finish cooking or sewing projects. Chances to spend time with family can be both nurturing and draining. Many of us miss loved-ones as we fondly recall the past and attempt to fill the void. Or maybe endeavor to forget heartache, because our expectations weren’t met. Life is not a movie set where the Director can say, “Cut! Reshoot.”

Among the gifts I’ve received from the Amish is the knowledge that wounds and relationships can be healed by forgiveness. Over the years, praying for those who have wronged me or even for strangers has blessed me and others in unexpected ways.

I have a question: What smaller-than-a-breadbox item would you like to receive or give that costs under $20? Leave a short comment and enter to win this Amish-made Quillow, which opens to 40″ X 60″ quilt, & a signed copy of a novel from The Legacy of Lancaster County Trilogy. USA & Canada. Winner chosen at random and has 3 days to respond.

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I’m grateful for Vannetta Chapman’s post last week! Thank you to the many people who entered to win a copy of Murder Tightly Knit. Her winner is Diane (no last name given) whom I have contacted via email. She has three days to respond.