A Grandmother’s Influence: Scavenger Hunt Stop #12

250scavengerhuntWelcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt—fall edition! This time around, the hunt has 25 stops and runs from 10/18 (noon MDT)–10/20 (midnight MDT). It’s a great way to discover new books from some of your favorite authors (and maybe meet some new authors you haven’t yet heard of). The grand prize is an iPad Mini, plus two chances at a 25-book prize pack. AND some individual stops have an additional prize, so read each post carefully!

There will be a red clue at the bottom of each post that you’ll need to write down, and that clue will guide you to the next stop. It’s best to begin the scavenger hunt at stop #1, Lisa Bergren’s site. Then after you’ve gone through all 25 stops and collected all the clues, fill out the Rafflecopter form on Lisa’s site. Be ready to provide the completed clue quote within 24 hours of email notification from Lisa, or another will be drawn randomly. No need to email or submit it unless you’re notified on 10/21. The contest is open internationally, so everyone is welcome to participate! Let’s get started!


Meet Suzanne!

 

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I’d like to welcome my friend and fellow Amish-fiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher to my blog today! Suzanne is an award-winning, bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction. The Waiting was a finalist for a 2011 Christy Award, The Search won a 2012 Carol Award, The Choice was a finalist for a 2011 Carol Award. Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World and Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life were both finalists for the ECPA Book of the Year (2010, 2011). Find out more at her website or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

thelettersSuzanne’s latest novel, The Letters, is the first in the Inn at Eagle Hill series. Here’s a bit about the book: “Rose Schrock is a plain woman with a simple plan. Determined to find a way to support her family and pay off her late husband’s debts, she sets to work to convert the basement of her Amish farmhouse into an inn. While her family, especially her cranky mother-in-law, is unhappy with Rose’s big idea, her friend and neighbor, Galen King, supports the decision and he helps with the conversion. As Rose finalizes preparations for visitors, she prays. She asks God to bless each guest who stays at the Inn at Eagle Hill. As the first guest arrives and settles in, Rose is surprised to discover that her entire family is the one who receives the blessings, in the most unexpected ways. And she’s even more surprised when that guest decides to play matchmaker for Galen King.”

Just where did Suzanne get part of her inspiration for the novel? She spills the beans (or maybe I should say Toll House cookies!):

A Grandmother’s Influence

 

“You will always leave something behind. Your influence.” Amish proverb

My grandmother, Marion Woods, was a bundle of high energy. After her five children were raised, she decided to start a tearoom on the sun porch of her large country home called Eagle Hill, on Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts. When my dad brought his future bride home to meet the family, my grandmother handed her a knife and a bowl of tomatoes and told her to start slicing. After all, the tearoom was booked with lunch reservations and Marion needed extra hands. My mother, who came from an oh-so-proper home, was appalled. My grandmother didn’t even blink.

eagleinnThe tearoom was so well received that my grandmother decided to expand Eagle Hill and build cottages that surrounded the lake. She planned to rent out the cottages to vacationing families during the warmer months. In a rare moment of reflection, she decided to first visit with her friend, Ruke Wakefield, who ran the nearby Toll House Inn, also in Plymouth County, to glean some tips about inn keeping.

The name of Ruth Wakefield may not be familiar to you, but I can guarantee you have benefited from her influence in the kitchen. Ruth had a delicious family cookie recipe, Butter Drop Cookies, with melted chocolate stirred into the cookie batter. One day, Ruth was out of baker’s chocolate so she substituted broken pieces of Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate, expecting the chocolate to melt and absorb into the dough. (I’d like to think that might have been the very day my grandmother paid a call, but I think that’s just the fiction writer in me.) Ruth chopped up the semi-sweet chocolate and tossed the diced pieces into the batter instead of melting them first. When she removed the pan from the oven, Ruth was surprised to discover the chocolate pieces hadn’t melted but were intact, soft, and creamy. Accidentally, she had invented the world’s first “chocolate chip cookie.”

eagleinn2At the time, Ruth called her creation “Toll House Crunch Cookies.” As the popularity of Toll House Crunch Cookies increased, sales of Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate bars also spiked. Soon, Nestle started to sell chocolate chips as a product. Nestle and Ruth Wakefield came up with an agreement: Nestle would print the “Toll House Cookie” recipe on its package and Ruth would be given a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate. The Toll House Cookie is still the most popular cookie in America. Talk about a woman’s influence!

Back to the meeting between my grandmother and Ruth Wakefield. My grandmother left Ruth filled with encouragement and enthusiasm and ideas about how to expand Eagle Hill as an inn, which she promptly did. The 17-acre farm transitioned into a delightful, sought after destination. Fifty years later, I wrote a three-book series, starting with The Letters, about a strong, determined woman who started an inn called Eagle Hill.

My grandmother passed away when I was very young, but her “can do” influence remained. It’s encouraging to realize your example as a parent or grandparent goes deep into your children’s development. Such awareness is a motivation, too, to be our best self at all times. Be it cookies or innkeeping, you have a lasting impact on the next generation.


You can purchase Suzanne’s novel, The Letters, at AmazonBarnes & NobleCBD, or your local bookstore.

The Scavenger Hunt Skinny

 

Before you go, write down stop #12 clue: TO AMISH.

Your next stop is Suzanne’s own blog! Make sure you make the rounds to all 25 stops and then enter the Rafflecopter form at stop #26 back at Lisa Bergren’s site to be in the running for all the big prizes!

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the story about the first ever chocolate chip cookie. Very interesting. Thanks also for the hunt.

    • My grandparents influenced me by spending some special time with my brother and I. They were not always able to do that, but with my 6 kids now I try to actively spend special time with each of them.

  2. Meagan Williford says:

    My parents have been great influences in my life. They have always encouraged me to do my best in whatever I do, to always be kind to others, to work hard, and to value education. I don’t know where I would be without them!

  3. Sara Johns says:

    My grandparents have and are a big part of my life. They have always spent time with me and encouraged me to follow God and my dreams.

  4. Thank you for hosting. I love Amish fiction!

  5. I am loving this Scavenger Hunt!
    Blessings!

  6. Thanks!

  7. Jennifer Essad says:

    my parents are both 78-they’re not retired – they help their friends-people from their church and their community-they feed the homeless, take people to appts and shopping. I’m amazed at their love of God, people and animals. They are great role models – their spirit shines on us all

  8. shantelle says:

    Aw… I love my grandparents! One thing that I really appreciate from them is the stories they tell me… of their lives, and of their parents’ and grandparents’ lives. SO fascinating. I think its important to preserve all those tales of old… could create an exciting novel some day, you never know! 🙂
    Thanks for this giveaway, would love to win some books! 🙂

  9. How did my grandparents NOT influence me. I loved my grandparents and miss them more and more everyday. They are the reason why I love history so much.

  10. Tricia is the best!

  11. Thanks for being in the hunt! Would love to win some new books.

  12. They have been great influences in my life always being there for me know matter what.

  13. To spend more time together and create the memories so when you grow up you always have them to remember and can pass them down to your own children. Also, so you can be a better person to yourself and value yourself more.

  14. My grandparents used to have us grandkids stay with them part of the summer. We learned about hard work, and ate a lot of great food! I love them so much, and I’m glad that I have so many wonderful memories!

  15. My grandparents took care of me a lot before my dad and mom were married. My biological father and my mom split when I was one. He never wanted anything to do with me, so we moved to a house next door to my grandparents in another town. They watched me while my mom worked hard. They gave up their time for us! Even after mom and Dad were married, they would still come get me to go to church with them even though we all went to the same place. It was just something we did.

  16. What a fun story! And yet again another reason to value our grandparents. Thanks for sharing!

    Julie@My Favorite Pastime

  17. Debbie Mitchell says:

    My mom instilled the love of God in me. She was taken from this world way too soon, but now I try to instill God’s love into my own children/grandchildren.

  18. My grandparents influenced me by their faith and their church attendance. We only went to church when living with or visiting them.

  19. My gramma had a big influence on me. I stayed with her while my mom worked during the week. She fixed me butter and lettus sandwiches and root beer floats, and she took in stray cats.

  20. Annette Gardner says:

    My parents always had so much love for their family – always had the time, loads of faith, and made many memories with/for us!

  21. JoJo Sutis says:

    My grandma on my moms side was such a wonderful Christian example of a prov 31 woman to me! I can remember seeing her pray by the window every afternoon. She always put family first. Me and my cousin Dixie would walk to mamaw’s house after school many times for a pancake, and she always stopped what she was doing to cook them. Laundry on the clothesline, the day she rode a bicycle because we begged her to, and taking care of stray cats…so many memories. Miss her & mom can’t wait to see them again:-)

  22. Christie Day says:

    My grandmother was more of a mother to me and my brothers. She taught us so much about love and being a family and really kept my family together on my dad’s side. She also taught us a lot about God , she was very religious and although she is gone from this world I know she is in heaven and watching over us.

  23. I spent the majority of my childhood with my maternal grandmother. We baked on Saturdays, went shopping and worked in the garden. Those were good memories. They gave me a lot of attention and love.

  24. Megan Wilson says:

    Both my grandparents and my parents raised me to be a good Christian woman with morals and values. That is unfortunately rare now-a-days.

  25. My maternial grandmother was my spritual mentor
    I still miss her greatly and she passed away 12 years ago

  26. My grandparents had a huge influence on my life…my Grandpa loved me unconditionally and did everything he could to help me in anything I wanted….he could also fix ANYTHING broken including my heart! I miss him everyday!

  27. Carrie Larks says:

    One set of my grandparents absolutely loved their 21 grandchildren and created a fun and loving home and yard to visit. My other grandparents were strict and hard working. Both sets were loving and taught many different values which helped created the person I am today. Thanks for the chance to know you a bit more and win a sweet prize.

  28. My grandparents are my heroes. They taught me many aspects of life that have shaped my character and made me the person I am today. Now that they’re gone, I still find my thoughts turning to them as I teach my children something that they taught me, or experience something that I learned from them.

  29. Thanks for sharing about the first chocolate chip cookie, I really never stopped to think of how it was created 🙂

  30. Debra Neiman says:

    My grandmother had a huge influence on me. She was the quietly Faithful Christian in my family and her example helped shape my path. She had cooking, baking and other skills (soap making and quilting) that I watched and later learned. I miss her so much. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  31. Jennifer Tipton says:

    My Grandparents and my parents have always worked very hard and had a good work ethic.
    jennydtipton(at)gmail(dot)com

  32. Amazing story! Love this little piece of historical trivia. 😉

  33. Thanks for this great opportunity!

  34. Grandmothers are so full of wisdom and knowledge – I hope I am that kind of grandmother too!

  35. My maternal grandparents were the only ones I was blessed to have in my life and they left such a positive influence on me for too many reasons to list. They were just average people born, raised and living in the South during some of the most controversial times in history, yet they taught me to never judge a person by the color of their skin, their station in life, or the things they owned. If I could only be half the person my grandparents were I would be a welcome addition to society.

  36. oh, they’ve all been extremely influential in my life. i love them all dearly, talk to my mother daily, and know that they’ve all helped shape the person i am….

  37. Samantha T says:

    My grandparents have influenced me by teaching me about hard work and doing my best but also and most importantly they’ve all influenced me and taught me a lot in faith and living a Christian life!

  38. I love Amish stories, thanks for the opportunity.

  39. We lived with my grandparents for a short time when I was young and watching them have personal time together every morning was very influential in my life.

  40. Cindy Regnier says:

    My grandparents were amazing. The rich heritage of our family background, traditions and customs is what means the most to me today

  41. donna adkins says:

    my grandparents taught me the honest value of a person and to not be ashamed of who I am and where I came from because that is what has made me who I am

  42. My parents took me to church and they lived out their faith.

  43. Brittany McEuen says:

    My mom and dad always stressed to me that you should always work things out between yourself and your spouse. Don’t go to sleep angry at each other. Work it out first.

  44. My grandmother taught me the value of unconditional love; a haven when my teenaged angst spilled out. Also she taught me the value of a public face, of being polite and asking questions of all you meet whatever your mood and whatever their station in life.

  45. Jackie McNutt says:

    I was only able to meet my fraternal grandparents but I hold the dearest memories of them in my heart. My grandmother loved having her grandchildren with her. She was in ill health for many years but she gave her time to just making each one of us feel special. I try to carry on that feeling to my grandchildren so they know that no matter what they are special to me.

  46. My maternal grandma had a great influence on me. She was a kind & gentle grandma that tried to make sure each of us knew the Lord & knew her love for us. She always used to say to me, “love you, think you’re pretty!”.

  47. Wilani Wahl says:

    My parents had a great influence on me. My father was a pastor. My mother used to quote lots of verses to me and instilled in me godly character. I am so grateful for my parents and my godly heritage. My grandfather was also a pastor.

  48. My parents were the biggest influence on me and my walk with Christ. I have always known that they LOVED Jesus and wanted to follow them in that. They have also always served others. That’s something I will never forget.

  49. I love this Scavenger Hunt!! I am enjoying all of the stories about the authors and the books but my heart is so attached to Amish fiction and non-fiction! Suzanne, I usually read your guest spots on Sherry Gore’s site and Facebook page. You are a phenomenal writer!

  50. Happy to see Suzanne Woods Fisher here, I have read the Big sky series and wonderful stories, I am on the amish vines series now…I think I prefer the amish ones better. glad to see so many wonderful authors that I know on the “Hunt”
    Paula O

  51. Teresa Leacock says:

    My granny lived with us most of the time I was growing up. She taught us caring, loving & being helpful. My grandpa on the other side taught us about hard work. Thanks for the chance to win. tjtweeter at yahoo dot com

  52. My parents taught me to be a hard worker and give all that I can (and sometimes more)

  53. Teresa Sheroke says:

    My parents taught us the value of hard work and to always be respectful and honest. My parents set a good example to us kids in their 50 years of marriage and still going strong! They have influenced me in their walk with the Lord. When ever we would ask dad if we were going to church his answer was , have you ever known me to stay home from church ? As long as the church doors were open we went to church.

  54. MS Barb Dawson says:

    Great family legacy! I enjoy reading other people’s heritages/history! THANKS for a nice giveaway!

  55. My grandparents helped me learn how important a relationship with Jesus was. To be faithful & trust him.

  56. My grandparents showed my love beyond measure. I could always count on them for anything… except spiritual guidance. I grew up in a family that belived in God but that was as far as it went. I had to find God on my own and I have never looked back. He is my strength and my source of hope.

    Blessings,
    Wanda Barefoot
    flghtlss1(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  57. My husband’s grandmother had a huge influence on me. She passed away this year. She was the sweetest lady, with the heart of a true servant. She taught me how to live!

  58. Halita Wilson says:

    My parents taught me to never give up and my grandparents taught me to look on the bright side of things. 🙂

  59. My grandma has had and continues to have a huge influence on me. There’s a joke in my family that my grandma’s genes all passed to me because we are so alike. You can tell it runs in our blood. Except my mom was adopted so we are not related by blood at all! It’s crazy how much like my grandma I am though – my mindset towards life, my hobbies and interests. She takes full credit for my being a devouring reader – says it’s because when I was a baby she’d read to me constantly. 🙂 I have ways I’m like my mom too, but even more like my Grandma!
    ~ J:-)mi aka CTF Devourer

  60. My grandparents were/are an amazing example of Christian love and hospitality. They also pray for all of their kids and grandkids, great-grandkids daily, what a blessing!

  61. Sharon Miller says:

    Would love to win 3 of your books! My parents taught me to live by example, share Christ, and raise kids. sharon, ca

  62. My parents have taught me what it looks like to live for Christ.

  63. Interesting question..what influence my parents and grandparents had on me. My answer is more the opposite, I came to learn to forgive because of the influence they had in my life. We all do the best we can with what we have. Our lives are combinations of the influence of our environment and what we come to accept as normal in how we were raised. Somewhere along the way we grow.

  64. Tonya Scott says:

    Thanks so much for the good books and the giveaways

  65. Claudia Castenir says:

    My mom gave me my love of reading, books, words, and all things related. She would have loved these scavenger hunts.
    Claudia
    castenir at bbtel dot com

  66. Both my parents have been a huge godly influence in my life. My mom led me to Christ when I was 8 and my dad has always been the mature spiritual leader of my family. I am extremely thankful for both of them.

  67. rawrawbeans says:

    My grandma was sweet, selfless, funny, adventurous, giving, beautiful, and kind. She was the most Christ like person I have ever met. She is who I strive to be more like, she Is my hero. I miss her ever day!

  68. Bethany Brewer says:

    My grandparents taught me about Jesus and how to love unconditionally which:)

  69. My grandparents shared their love of reading and music with me, which are very much a part of my life now.

  70. Judith Stewart says:

    My grandmother lived with us for several years, and instilled in me a love of reading.

  71. I’ve pretty much stopped reading Amish books, but I loved the first book in your series and I do so want to finish the rest of the series!

  72. Glenn Wilson says:

    My parents taught me the meaning of hardwork and meaning what you say. They also raised me in church.

  73. Marie Smith says:

    My grandparents showed me what true dedication was. When my grandma was sick with dementia, my grandpa took care of her until it was physically taking atoll on him and he had to place her in an assisted living home, where he faithfully visited her. He still tells their story and is always hanging new pictures of them, even four years after her death. My grandpa was a faithful man.

  74. michelle delp says:

    My grandparents taught me that you don’t have to have a lot of stuff to be happy .

  75. Oh, my goodness. They showed me the value of hard work, the strength of true love, and the rewards of serving God with their lives.

  76. My parents were a great influences in my life.Thanks for this giveaway,

  77. Bonnie Traher says:

    Did not really get to know my grandparents which makes me very sad. Would love to win a good read book.

  78. tammy cordery says:

    My parents and grand parents both infuanced me I love them all

  79. Beth Gillihan says:

    My mom was a wonderful influence on me. She was a single parent raising two girls, but always had time for us. I never was really around any of my grandparents. Thanks for a chance to win!

  80. Beth Rumbaugh says:

    Mother instilled a love of God and missions.

  81. Cheryl Baranski says:

    My grandparents were such an wonderful influence on me.
    The decication to family and friends.
    Their strong Christian beliefs.
    I also learned to can, garden and bake from them.
    They may be in heaven now, but their
    influence still plays a major influence on my life.

  82. Outside of the Lord, my parents have certainly had THE biggest influence on my life. I am so blessed and grateful that they are strong Christian who love, encourage and support me in so many ways.

    Thank-you for participating in the scavenger hunt. It is so fun to meet new authors and their books. 🙂

  83. My parents have greatly influenced my life. They have always encouraged me and acted as great role models.

  84. All of your books look good. Nice to hear about your grandmother.

  85. Have been following you on facebook for a while.

  86. Wow! I love chocolate chip cookies. Thank you Ruth Wakefield!

  87. Debra Smith says:

    I would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

  88. Debra Smith says:

    I never really new any of my grandparents. 🙁

  89. Justina Wilson says:

    They showed me how to genuinely love another person.

  90. My grandparents influenced me the most by their Christian walk. I remember hearing my grandmother sing hymns as she worked around the house. My grandfather never used strong language – even when he was REALLY angry. Their house was always open to anyone who needed a bed for the night (or a couple of days) and we could always squeeze one more around the table at dinner time.

  91. Judy Pflueger says:

    I grew up not knowing either of my grandmothers so I am trying to be the best grandmother I can to my 1 yr. old granddaughter.

  92. Whether good or bad I think all our parents and grandparents affect us somehow.

  93. Robin in NC says:

    My grandma especially was the strongest influence in my spiritual walk. Some of my best childhood memories are from spending weekends on their farm, being the only kid instead just one of five! Going to church on Sunday mornings & wonderful afternoon meals…it was the best!!!

  94. My mother-in-law made a huge impact on me. She was an amazing mom and grandma. I had no doubt that she loved me! I want to be like her!

  95. Loved the story about the first chocolate chip cookie!

  96. My mom’s mom died when she was 24 so I never met her but she must have been something! She was a little Swedish Grandma! She must have been a coffee drinker because she passed that on to her girls! I can’t wait to meet her in heaven! My Dad’s mom was also Swedish and was very sweet but she must have had a lot of inner strength. She was a farmer’s wife with 5 very rambuncious kids (2 boys/3 girls). She loved Jesus and loved me. I found a sweet birthday card and letter she wrote me a few years ago that I just cherish. We didn’t live close like the rest of the family so I only saw her 6 or maybe 7 times but I loved her so.

  97. I learned from my grandparents how to be a good loving Christian grandmother, and also from my mother, to love and give my heart to GOD, be a kind and loving person, and how to make do with little. My dad taught me that when you do something to always do it right. Not to do a so-so job. He was a well respected Carpenter. People wanted him to do things for them even after he retired. I learned the lesson and used it with my sewing.
    I would love very much to be one of the lucky five to win your books. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  98. Andrea Williams says:

    My grandmother was the first one on my side of the family to become a Christian and because of her I was blessed with Godly parents that my children are still learning from every day. They have all been huge influences on our lives and I hope I can turn out to be as good of an example to my children and grandchildren as they continue to be.

  99. Jackie Huffman says:

    My grandparents inspired me with their love and respect for each other. They showed me what a faithful marriage looks like

  100. Susan Manchester says:

    That is the second time I had this happen. It said I commented when I did not. I just clicked on the box to comment, and did not get a chance to answer the question. I did not know any of my four grandparents, either paternal or maternal, but my parents had a huge influence on me. My Mom was the only one that ever loved me unconditionally, and supported me totally, even though her childhood made it difficult for her to love easily. I REALLY enjoyed Ruth Wakefield’s story, as well as Tricia’s grandmother’s story, and I am going to do reports on both of these women for our Women’s History month unit for our homeschool. I already Liked both pages on Facebook, and I am not on Twitter. I shared a link for this giveaway on Facebook, too. I would be over the moon if I won one of Tricia’s series!

    • Susan Manchester says:

      Sorry! I meant Suzanne Woods Fisher’s grandmother! Keeping all this information straight is difficult for an old woman! LOL

  101. My folks were both born in Russia and fled to Canada during Stalin’s time, when the Mennonites were being persecuted. They met some years later and married, having 5 children, of which I am the youngest. My Dad put himself through college and received 2 degrees. My Mom became an RN. All 5 of us have a college education and we are passing along the importance of education to our children.
    My mother was the best example of what a Christian should be, and I can only hope that my example teaches my daughter as much as Mom’s taught me.

    • Susan Manchester says:

      Thank you, Betti, for sharing this fascinating history about Russia and the Mennonites. I am definitely going to look into this further.

  102. Jeanine Kowalewski says:

    I love learning about new (to me) authors!

  103. My parents have influenced me by showing my brothers and I how to be good people and care for each other.

  104. Laura Pol says:

    Wow love what Suzanne shared! How awesome! Hmmm I would have to say their love for books!

  105. My grandparents are gone now, but they they had a big influence on my life in terms of how they raised their children, my parents.

  106. My parents and grandparents gave me an example of hard work and a love for the Lord. That is really what it is all about!!

  107. Jen Larson says:

    My parents and grandparents taught me and modeled for me a hard work ethic.

  108. I don’t really remember my Grandfather, on my Dad’s side or my Mom’s they both died when I was really little; but my Grandma, my Dad’s Mom, always was making something for anyone who crossed her path, lemon squares, cards…she taught me to love with the love of Christ to everyone, even if I don’t like ’em. 😉

  109. My grandparents were wonderful to know. We went there every week for Sunday dinner and we played in the creek and walked the farm. My granny had me bake cakes and we took them to shut-ins and she taught me to write letters and send notes of encouragement. My parents taught me values of love and concern, and respect for elders. I am so excited that my first grandchild is on the way!!! I want to have a positive influence on them just as mine did on me!

  110. Woohoo ! Oh Tricia, i am so enjoying this Hunt, it is so much fun !
    Love ya all so much… I have fond memories of my grandmother Fisher and Grandfather too.
    It has shaped me into the country loving farmgirl I am.
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

  111. Rach Merritt says:

    My parents are the big reason why , despite many health issues, I have a wonderful life. They taught me that God always does what is best for us, and that life is what you make it no matter what the circumstances.

  112. Judy Cooper says:

    I only had one grandmother that I knew. She lived with us for awhile. She always treated my sister and I so specially. She loved puzzles and games and that is where I got my love for both.

  113. One of my earliest memories is my grandfather’s “sayings,” like “It’ll feel better when it quits hurtin'” and “Just keep flying straight ahead.” He’s been gone for quite a few years now, but I still find myself quoting him sometimes!

  114. Heather Nicholson says:

    My grandparents were my heroes and role models when I was growing up! They took me to church with them every Sunday morning when my mom was working nightshift and couldn’t get me there!!!

  115. Sadly and honestly the influences from my grandparents…not very good. But my GREAT-grandparents were rightly named. 🙂 Especially my Grandma and Grandpa Charlie. They were strong and beautiful people! I have always tried to strive to be as strong as she was! If you don’t mind me sharing too much I’ll tell you a little about her. She owned a mule and she would get up in the morning cook breakfast for everyone, the men would leave to go to the fields, and she would stay and clean up then she would get on her mule and ride out to the fields herself. Work till right before lunch time get back on the mule and go make lunch. Then like breakfast she would clean up and go back out! 🙂

    There is one other story I love! She was in labor with my grandpa, but “the doctor had to eat before he delivered the baby!” So while in labor she cooked the man dinner and he had to “hurry up and finish so he could deliver the baby.”! Even though she was this tough she still had one of the biggest hearts full of love I’ve ever known!!! There are many more stories and memories I have of her but I think I’ve shared a lot already.

    Blessings, Amada

  116. Ohhhhh, my grandparents. Sniff. I miss them so very much and can’t wait to see them in heaven! They were both wonderful people who instilled in me the principles of laughter, sobriety in spirit, learning and being brave. They toughed it out through the good and bad, loved each other through their faults, and impacted those lives that were blessed enough to have come into contact with them. Love you, Grandma and Grandpa!

  117. I’ve been blessed to have a great relationship with my grandparents. So grateful for that.

  118. My parents gave me the value of a strong marriage

  119. My parents were and are great influences for me. They took me to church and raised me in a christian home that introduced me to Jesus!!

  120. My grandmother was a major influence in my life. She was the stabilizing force that held our dysfunctional family together. She passed away in 2007 and I miss her more every day.

  121. My family has been a HUGE influence in my life. My daughter is named after my Grandfather even. My husband and I were married on both my Grandparents and my parents anniversaries.

  122. Carol Kelley says:

    Our relationship led me to follow Christ instead of the world.

  123. Mary Koester says:

    You are high on my listen list. Great post! Your name appears frequently with several of my Facebook author favorites.

    Mary

  124. Stephanie C. says:

    It was so much fun reading about your grandmother! This is one of the things I love about these hunts! Thank you for sharing and being a part of the Hunt!

  125. Sharma Darby says:

    My grandparents raised me and She was my hero . Sharma Darby

  126. This is great. Thank you!

  127. I loved reading about the influence of grandparents.My grandmothers were both Sunday school teachers and had a great influence in my Christian life.

  128. I couldn’t even begin to tell you the influence my parents and grandparents had on me, but one way my grandmothers and mom have influenced me is by their demonstration of being voracious readers. My grandparents and parents also gave me a long legacy of Godly heritage – that’s probably the hugest impact they had on me.

  129. Donna Brookmyer says:

    Thanks for this giveaway! What would we do today without chocolate chip cookies???

  130. brian calhoun says:

    My parents were great giving, loving passionatr and stern They brought me up in a christian home made me go to church each week. Laid the foundation which I stand on to this day Taught me to give respect others and have faith in god

  131. Carol Edwards says:

    My mom and grandmother influenced me to become a teacher

  132. It is hard to say how my parents and grandparents influenced me. I am a Christian because of them, they taught me my values and the Bible Way. Thanks for being a part of this scavenger hunt!

  133. What a great story! I have been very blessed to have all but one grandparent still with us! I will always remember my grandfather who has passed telling me I was a pretty girl, which meant a lot, and being a spiritual leader and encourager. He taught me how to bait a minnow at the lake, something I’ll never forget even though I was very young. My other grandfather is a precious man, gentle and loving, and always stands for what is right. He always has a hug, smile, and kiss for me. My grandmother is hard working, very generous, and basically knows how to cook anything without a recipe…and it’s always delicious! She even came to visit us by herself so she could show me how to make some jelly…with wild grapes she picked in her back yard! : ) I could go on and on….I’m so blessed by all of my grandparents and appreciate the legacy of faith in Christ that they have modeled for me and my family.

  134. my grandparents have influenced me by showing me to hold on to what is dear in your life…Its what i am doing now, even though it doesn’t seem to be happening the way i would have hoped it would. They left all of us grandkids some land that they had. Me, my brother and sister are trying to hold on to it and move out there. Seems every way we turn that something else comes up where it seems impossible to move out there. But with the Lords help, we are going to be out there!!!!!

  135. My grandparents helped me in just being myself. My parents are totally opposite of them. They want me to be more like their friends’ children. Somewhere I find a balance even though my parents are pushing their idealism on me.

  136. Wendi Dusek says:

    My grandmother more than any other grandparent taught me the importance of doing an honest hard day’s work and the reward will be there in the end no matter what the job is. If you are offered $2.00 or $10.00 to do that job you agreed to do the job for that pay and should do it to the best of your ability. You should not worry about who is not doing their job, just do your own job and you will be rewarded. Sometimes the reward is just going home knowing you did a great job at work.

  137. Tricia,

    You are one of my favorite Facebook authors and I love Susan Woods Fisher as well. Thanks for participating in the Scavenger Hunt. 🙂

  138. Paula Preston says:

    I’ll think of your story every time I eat a chocolate chip cookie! I also look forward to reading your books.

  139. My parents’ greatest gift to me, throughout my upbringing was to teach and encourage my faith in Jesus Christ!

  140. My grandma liked to bake and when my kids were little I used to bake for them a lot, She also did a lot of needle work, tatting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting, etc. I have done all of these but would love to spend some time learning to tat better, I have done very little of that and I think it is a lost art.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

  141. I spent most of my growing up years about 10 (sometimes more) miles away from my maternal grandparents. We didn’t get to see them everyday, but we got to see them quite often. They are always busy, and my grandma likes to craft. Must’ve rubbed off, because my mom and I really enjoy crafting too. 🙂 A few months before we moved five years ago (and right on my 18th birthday), my mom and I had started visiting her every Wednesday, and we’d sew (sometimes I would bead jewelry) and talk. I miss that, but it’s nice to know we can still go visit when we can.

  142. LeAnn Mooneyham says:

    My Grandma Honey taught me how to bake and crochet. I am thankful for her being there always. We picked veggies from the garden and canned or freezed the food for the winter. I enjoyed being with her and my mom. I miss them both.

  143. Linda Ortiz says:

    Loved my grandparents….they were wonderful people!!!

  144. Pam Nelson says:

    My grandparents and parents were devout Christians and taught me that God is the most important person in my life!

  145. how to cook

  146. Marcia Hill says:

    My grandmother was a teacher of 5th grade girls sunday school for over 50 years. I was so blessed that I remember how she wanted to encourage them and influence them to follow Christ, as well as her grandchildren.

  147. My grandmother and I were born on the same day, 77 years apart. She greatly influenced how I’ve chosen to live my life. She nurtured my love of books. I would not be the person I am today had I not had her in my life. Even though she has been gone ten years, I continue to try to make her proud.

  148. My grandma was not a christian but she let my mom go to church. My mom became a christian. She always took my sister and I to church and we both became christians and love the Lord. When my mom died I took my grandma into our home. She kept hearing about Jesus from our family. The day before she died she accepted the Lord as her Savior.

  149. Melanie Backus says:

    My parents and my grandparents as well were always such wonderful examples for me as I was brought up in church and we all attended together.

  150. Colby Wilmoth says:

    Both books sound phenomenal…can’t wait to read them! Loved your story about your grandmother and her neighbor’s Toll house cookies. Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies 🙂

  151. My grandmother has had a tremendous influence on me. She is at the end of her earthly days and it is is painful to know that she will soon depart for heaven. I try to take comfort in the fact that I will see her again, but selfishly I never want her to die. She is an important part of my life and I will miss her dearly. Her strong spirit and ability to make me laugh are things that I love about her.

  152. Kathleen L. Maher says:

    Your grandmother sounds like a truly great lady. Part of me wishes i could be bold enough to put certain princesses in my life to work cutting tomatoes. LOL Thanks for the chance to win!

  153. My parents and grandparents have been a huge influence on my life and values, especially with their example of service in the church and community.

  154. I love reading your books and Amish books

  155. Jackie Tessnair says:

    My grandparents highly influenced me.My grandpa would ask everyone,are you saved.And I will always remember my grandma sitting in her favorite chair reading her Bible.jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

  156. My grandparents influenced me by sharing their love of the outdoors. My first camping trip with with grandma and grandpa. Their love of the Lord is also the strong legacy that has followed me throughout my life.

  157. Mippy/Sabrina says:

    My mom had the influence of striving to be a compassionate, loving and patient person. 🙂

  158. Claudia Davis says:

    My parents instilled in me a love of reading. My mother also taught me the necessity of reading as her motto was, “If you can read you can do anything”

  159. My grandmother always had time to share love with me. I hope I am as great an influence on my own children and grandchildren!

  160. I only had one grandparent still alive when I was born, so my parents were much more influential in my life. They taught me about hardwork and trusting in God. My grandmother, while she did love me, was very worldly and was more of an example of what a life of excess looked like. I LOVE that my son has all his grandparents and that they are all Christians!

  161. Jamie Smith says:

    My grandmother has taught me to always trust in God and that age is just a number. She is 94 and still active and tries to stay young. Also she never thought she would be married with kids and I have also felt this way but she continues to encourage me that I will find Mr. Right one day!

  162. My grandma influenced my faith tremendously. Some days I didn’t feel like I could push on, and she would pray with me, encourage me, and always say, “we have a big God — keep looking up!”

  163. I didn’t know my grandparents as they were gone by early childhood. I have tried to be a big influence on my grandchildren because I realize I missed much.

  164. Ruth Kyser says:

    Thanks for the chance to win these great books! God bless you!

  165. Allison Ruvidich says:

    On my to-read list!

  166. Loved your story about the 1st chocolate chip cookies! I will be adding your books to my list.

  167. Laura AKA Loves 2 Read Romance says:

    Thank you so much for sharing and being part of the Scavenger Hunt! I love the story about the Toll House cookies it is so cool!

  168. Lisa Medeiros says:

    I used to love cooking with my grandma 🙂 and spending time with her!

  169. Nat Homgren says:

    I miss my grandma…wish I knew my others better…they died when I was younger…but my Gram…she was a hoot!

  170. Kim H in GA says:

    From cooking to sewing to Jesus, my grandparents, now in Heaven, are still a sweet influence in my life.

  171. Elaine Ellen says:

    My parents were the hardest working people I have ever known! They started out with a few acres to farm and raise animals and kids on. Had to carry all the water to the house from the pump down by the barn because the pump close to the house always ran dry. No indoor plumbing. But they built that farm up to a lot of acres, which are rented out now to neighbors. They worked so very hard! I am so lazy, compared to them!

  172. My parents gave each of us kids (I have an older sister and 2 younger brothers) the gift of their presence in activities at home at at school and church. We never questioned going to church on Sunday. We never questioned that “Jesus Loves Me” and was there for us no matter what we did, because we felt that strong love reflected in our parents’.

  173. When I was a little growing up was mainly by my grandmother her ethics were be strong and cook to make others happy and bless what they had in life and bless to have a roof over there heads

  174. Robyn Conners says:

    My grandparents were great people and took me in for a short time when trouble was going on at home.

    Loved the story about the Toll House Cookies. Thanks for the giveaway

  175. I didn’t know my grandparents well, but they didn’t have much in the way of worldly possessions. They were farmers, worked hard the entire lives and taught my mom to be super resourceful and independent.

  176. My grandmother , who lived just a few houses from us, was a very good influence on my life. After leaving an abusive marriage, she had very little, but was always sharing! Every kid in our small town knew that there were always cookies in her cookie jar & that she loved everyone of them.

  177. I grew up eating Toll House Cookies!!! Still my favorite today! I’m also a History Nerd so I loved the story behind the recipe!!!! Thanks for being a stop along the way on the Scavenger Hunt!

  178. Brenda Ayers says:

    My grandmother was a very outspoken woman and very lovely woman. Her saying was “Pretty is as Pretty does.” This meaning if you do good, you will look pretty in all ways. She is in my special memories. I would love to win these new books. I enjoy reading your books.

  179. Susan Johnson says:

    My parents and grandparents we Christians, which definitely influenced the was I grew up, and they inspire me to try to be a better person.

  180. Heather Olsen says:

    My parents lived a godly life that was always centered on Christ. An amazing example to me. I miss them!

  181. My grandmother and mother taught me how to bake and entertain (as one of my friends said, he knew I was PA Dutch the first time I showed up for a casual visit with homemade food), and my parents taught me the habit of going ot church every week, so that now I truly look forward to it.

  182. Molly R. Moody says:

    Both my paternal and maternal grandmothers were a big influence on me as a child. I lost track of my paternal grandmother back in the mid ’50’s but was able to keep up with my maternal grandmother until she passed away in the early ’80’s. This book series looks like an interesting read.

  183. Christy Shelinbarger says:

    My grandparents taught me the value of family. I grew up with both sets of grandparents in the same city as me and they were a constant in my childhood. They all held different values but I knew that they loved me and that family was bigger than all the different opinions we might hold.

  184. What an awesome story! Grandmothers offer so much!

  185. What a great question. Both of my Grandpaw’s passed away before I was born, but the legacy’s they both left were great. My Grandmaw Cox helped to raise me due to parents divorcing when I was around 2 yrs old. I would have to say she was the biggest influence in my life. Her first love was family, God, myself and church then friends. And yes I know most say put God first, but Grandma taught me that if you love and take care of the family that God placed you with then He in return honor my prayers for them. He is the one that I know with out a shadow of a doubt did this for her. My Grandma Muncey was not a christian but she also taught me to be ME and to not let others change who God meant for me to be. She like I said did not profess to being a christian (she gave her life to him before she died) but there was still the life lessons.

  186. Thanks for participating in the Scavenger Hunt!

    My grandmother was to me the dearest person on the planet. She was love. She was home. She was faith.
    I can only hope to be a portion of that to my granddaughter.

  187. Sarah Stewart says:

    My parents have taught me the ways of the Lord.

  188. Gena Roberts says:

    I did not interact much with my actual grandparents. But my great aunt and great uncle filled that void. Lu and Rudy gave me a great example that I continue to lean on for living a full life without having children of our own. I’m not sure how they actually did it, but they were both fun while still instilling a sense of awe and respect in us. I treasure my memories of them both.

    My parents continue to influence me every day. I value their opinions and enjoy getting to know them better all the time.

  189. Well, I am who I am on account of who my parents and grandparents were (one still is). I love to read because of my parents!

  190. Amanda Arrowood says:

    I miss my grandmother so much she always helped me with anything I needed and taught me a lot.

  191. Michelle T. says:

    My grandmother influenced me by showing me how to live a life that looks like Christ. I miss her so much.

  192. My grandmother taught me to cook. 🙂 She also taught me so much about etiquette and being a lady.

  193. My parents have taught me what a good marriage looks like, how to love God, and how to work hard to reach my goals.

  194. ladysaotome says:

    My parents & grandparents are such huge influences to me. Everything I aspire to be as a parent, I compare to their example. I research everything, always being educated, because of my dad’s influence. I throw myself into my work because of my grandfather. I try to make my daughter’s life full of full events because of the full life my mother gave me. I’m very blessed.

  195. My parents are wonderful and I’m so thankful that they instilled a strong work ethic in me, while also being loving and supportive. They also encouraged education, which I think goes hand in hand with my love of reading. Thank you for this opportunity!

  196. Angie Carroll says:

    My grandma always baked with us and made sure we acted like good people! My parents are the best and still instill in me the importance of God and being the best person that God wants me to be!

  197. My grandparents have influenced me by living godly lives. In addition, they claim everyone as “family.” I think our family has doubled in size with all the “adopted” aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters, brothers, etc. My grandparents truly open their arms and their home and welcome everyone in.

  198. Britney Adams says:

    I am blessed to still be able enjoy my maternal grandparents and their wonderful influence in my life, as well as in the lives of my three children!

  199. Cheryl McDonald says:

    My grandparents have all been gone for a long time but they were all loving people and left me with many memories.

  200. Sarah b Anderson says:

    Amish lifestyle and theology intrigue me. I don’t believe I could give up all my freedoms in Christ to convert to their lifestyle.

  201. Polly Schneider says:

    Thanks for the story about the first chocolate chip cookie. Love it.

  202. My parents modeled a loving and lasting marriage before me. They also taught me what love for our country means. That led me to join the Air Force where I met my wonderful husband of 35 years.

  203. Thank you for sharing the story about Suzanne Woods Fisher’s grandmother and how Toll House Cookies were first made;)

  204. I’d love to win a copy of your book.

    • Okay, so I didn’t read what we were supposed to be commenting. My parents inspired me to work hard, and my mom encouraged me to enjoy cooking, especially baking (which I plan to do in a little bit).

  205. Karen Johnson says:

    My grandfathers were not alive when I was born. My paternal grandmother taught me kindness and serving others. Later in life, I learned that her parents didn’t want her and grandpa to get married. They were really nasty and vindictive about it and there were several years where she did not speak with her family. But when her mother died, she took her father in. They could not own carpeting because he chewed and spit tobacco and would miss the spittoon. My grandmother was bound and determined to let her children marry who they wished, whether she was personally comfortable with it or not. She was very nervous about the length of time that my parents courted before marriage (6 months). She did share this, but was always kind to my mom and had a good relationship with my dad. My mom did not like who I dated and the man that I dated 8 years before we got married, with a two year engagement. She was horrible and made nasty comments at our reception even. Then after our marriage she ignored my husband at get-togethers. She would not put a photo of the two of us up, despite her having them. She had many wedding pictures that we shared, yet the only one she put out was my brother and I dancing. We were terribly frightened when we announced after 2 and a half years of marriage, we were expecting for the first time. Surprisingly, she handled it like a grandmother to be should. We do not want our boys around the toxicity in that house to often, but we do want them to have a relationship with their grandparents. We see them 8 times a year, at least. My oldest will ride with them for short trips in the car and still has picked up on the disrespectfulness. When we were over once, my 30 year old brother at that time, (and who still lives at home) had a tantrum because my dad possibly slightly bumped his WII and he had to recalibrate it. His WII is hooked up to their TV in their living room. Anyway, my son did not understand that behavior. So recalibrate it, if even if you have to do it 70*7 times. It is not broken. Anyway, my grandmother is my hero, knowing what she went through.

  206. Angela Tallent says:

    Honestly not much… I had to rely on myself and the strength that God gave me to get through the tough times. Can’t wait to start reading these great books from the hunt! 🙂

  207. my grandparents were retired missionaries and they taught me the importance of prayer

  208. My grandparents have had a huge impact in my life from being an amazing example in everyday life to also passing down to my parents and then to me the importance of having a faith and relationship with God.

  209. Helen Clouse says:

    I spent a great deal of time with my grandparents during the summer. I mowed their lawn every week. Grandma made the best beef and potatoes. To this day I can still taste them. Grandpa was blind for several years and I would read the newspaper or the Bible to him. Thanks for your part in this contest.

  210. They were a huge influence in my life.. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for them.

  211. janice sisemore says:

    love amish books

  212. Barbara Thompson says:

    I love the story of the chocolate chip cookie. Thank you for sharing the story. My Mother has been a strong influence in my life. She’s not only done it by teaching but by example. How to treat people and doesn’t matter who they are. Her walk with God, her faith and her complete trust in the Lord has been an awesome blessing. I can remember hearing something at 3:00 am and peek in the living room and my Mom on her knees praying. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful Mother and I thank the Lord everyday for her and I never want to take her for granted. Thank you for having a giveaway.

  213. Sharyl B. says:

    My great grandmother was a huge influence on me. She was a wonderful christian. Her house was filled with family antiques and the smells of homemade bread and cookies.

  214. Hi, Tricia!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a set of your books – I haven’t read any of yours, & would love to! I am already a Pinterest, Facebook, blog, & newsletter followerl

    Hi, Suzanne!

    Loved reading your grandmother’s story, & learning about the Toll House! My grandparents all had such strong work ethics, they were all farmers, & I like to think that it was handed down to me!

    I am already signed up for your blog, newsletter, Facebook, & Pinterst board.

  215. Jessica W says:

    I was blessed to be born before my great great grandmother passed. I got to know her, my great grandmother, my grandmother and my mother (who I didn’t grow up with). Something about having five generations of women alive at one time really sunk deep into my life that every day counts and that we leave a legacy for our children/grandchildren to follow in.

  216. My parents have instilled a love of travelling in me. My mom never travelled as a child but always wanted to. She made sure that my sister and I had that opportunity growing up. Those trips created a lot of family memories, and I treasure the trips my mom and I still take together.

  217. I love this story of inspiration about the grandmother…and I liked yours too!
    Thanks for being a part of this…and introducing us to new authors. 🙂

  218. Judy Burgi says:

    My Grandmother was so devoted to her walk with God that I wanted to pattern my life after hers. She was a patient, loving, and kind Grandmother. I miss her so much!

    Blessings!
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

  219. Heather Ratliff says:

    My parents and grandparents have taught hard work and honest living, even when others don’t see you do the right thing.

  220. Denise S. says:

    I didn’t really know my grandma very well as she had 40 grandchildren. But from my parents I learned treat others well and they will in turn treat you well.

  221. Glenda Alexander says:

    Thank you so much for the Scavenger Hunt, they are so much fun. I’d also like to thank you for a chance in your giveaway.

  222. My maternal grandfather and my paternal grandmother died before I was born. My mother died when I was five and I did not see her mother, my grandmother, again until I was 17 and visited for an afternoon from out of state. My paternal grandfather died shortly after my mother. My father remarried when I was nine and moved to the middle of the Ozarks on a farm from my fourth to sixth grade when there was a drought and we moved from the farm. Today, my husband and I live in the Ozarks, where we moved to retire. So my heritage would be these wonderful people we live with in our community and church.
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  223. Lisa Stifler says:

    Spent most of my childhood with my Grandparents and miss them both very much! Thanks for sharing and this chance to win! Blessings to you and your writing!

  224. Shirley Blanchard says:

    I love hearing peoples history, i never knew my grandfathers and only 1 grandmother and she died when i was 11 so not many memories, but my mother taught me faith and Gods love for me. and how to be homest and treat ever one the same. i would sure love to win theses books thanks
    Shirley B jcisforme@aol.com

  225. My Mamaw is more like my Mom. She has always been there for me, when no one else was. She has thought me how to cook, can foods, keep house and most important she took me to church. She is 83-years-old now and has cancer, I know my time with her is limited, that’s why I cherish every moment I have had with her and continue to make new memories.

  226. Bonny Dixon MacIsaac says:

    My grandparents taught be that you can be happy living a simple life. The difference between wants and needs. Great life lessons.

  227. Cindi Altman says:

    My Grandmother used to take me to church camp every summer. She was the first to introduce church as being something I enjoyed.

  228. My grandmother raised me day to day as my mother worked… I knew Jesus from as long as I can remember… did church and still do, but denominations were never the important thing.. Knowing Jesus was.

  229. To answer the question about the influence of parents and grandparents, first of all, my family came to America after having fled from East Germany during the time of the Communist rule. By so doing, all relatives were left behind in Germany. My family was the only ones that left. So therefore, influence of grandparents was only through letters, which at that time was really the only type of communication. No emails, texts or Skype…but there letters were always kind and encouraging throughout my life. And as a result, as a grandparent, myself, I try to play an important role in the lives of my little grands! So that being said, my parents, of course, had a great influence on me. They taught me about faith in God, Jesus and about trying to live a good Christian life. I think they did a good job. They are still close to me and live on the same street and when I have a problem, even at my age, I go to see what mom and dad have to say about it!

  230. My parents was a fantastic influence in my We were brought up in a loving solid family true values of life.Sent us to a catholic school Always supporting us in everything we did. and always lending a hand when needed.
    I am sad to say we lost Mom Sept 2012 and Dad 5months 16days later they loved each other so very much they had been married 63 years .We believe dad passed of a broken heart. I couldn’t of ask for better parents

  231. Wilma DeCamp says:

    My parents influenced us in the way that they were always available to help someone in need with little thought to their own comforts. They taught us to be giving of ourselves to others and I hope that I can influence my own children in this selflessness that is very rare these days in a world that’s all about “me”. So thankful for Jesus and the influence of Him in my life…for He is the greatest example to follow.

  232. Val Pearson says:

    My grandmother always taught me to pray and never ever think I am more important than God. Through her I learned God, faith and family are the most important things. Thank you so much for the contest, I can’t wait to read your books.

  233. Rebecca Bell says:

    Thank you Tricia for sharing about the invention of chocolate chip cookies. My grandma taught me to stay close to your family. We would always be together every year at Thanksgiving. My mom taught me to treat others the way you want to be treated.

  234. All of my grandparents and my parents were Mennonite and they instilled in me the value of hard-work and helping those in need. They also instilled in me the need to spend time with fellow believers whether in church, Sunday school, or in times of fellowship.

  235. What a great story. My mother was a great influence in my life. To sacrifice your selves for others and to be kind and help others when you can.

  236. That was very interesting about Nestle and Tollhouse cookies. 🙂

  237. My grandparents have been gone for a long time but the memories I have are so precious.

  238. Jasmine A. says:

    I learned a lot from my Great Grandma. She died a little over a year ago at the age of almost-94. She was an amazing woman, raising 2 kids alone, outliving 2 husbands, and spending the last 33 years a widow living in her own home until the last few months. I loved my Great Grandma and I still miss her dreadfully. She was part of the inspiration for my quilting attempts. She always encouraged my craft-work and would add to my supplies when she could with her limited finances. She gave me things like sugar and flour for my Birthday and Christmas when I was a child because she knew I loved to bake. I miss you Great Grandma.

    I didn’t and don’t know my Dad’s family because they live too far away and they just didn’t approve of Christianity and homeschooling. But I do know my Mom’s parents. Grandpa is one amazing guy, so full of love for his family. He is an inspiration for loving your family because they are family. And family is what matters most. Grandma is a little different, not exactly gentle and soft but still a very special woman. She is the other inspiration for my quilting attempts. She answers my quilting and sewing questions and even stayed up late last year to finish my crinoline (for a 1950’s dress) so I could wear it to an event.

    Jasmine A.

  239. Linda D. McFarland says:

    My grandmother-Grandma CoraBelle-was a big influence on me with her love of needle arts. I love all forms of needlework & love any kind of yarn. Grandmothers are very special. Thanks for the opportunity to win…Linda

  240. My parents and grandparents have everything to do with my faith in Christ. The best gift they could have given me.

  241. I have not read any of your books so look forward to them!

  242. Jeana Clements says:

    My grandparents and parents were all godly examples to lead me to Christ. That is the best thing they could have ever done for me.

  243. Leanna Morris says:

    My parents brought me up to high moral standards as a Christian. My grandparents also went to the same church and their Christian lives were a big influence on me as well.

  244. Michelle L. says:

    My grandparents (maternal) were substitute parents. I had a bad home life and my grandparents were my sane, safe spot. I do not think I would be here, and be sane if God hadn’t placed them in my life.

  245. My grandparents (on my mom’s side) made me feel like a valued and special human being. They took an interest in me and made sure I knew I was loved by them. If it weren’t for them planting the seeds that I was someone special, the rest of my life at home would have been unbearable and I know I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them. I was blessed to have had Grandaddy for 27 years of my life and my Grandma for 30.

  246. Sherry Nash says:

    I only had a Grandma and I dont remember much about her, but she was a nice lady

  247. My Moma took me to church even when we had to walk. She taught me about love even through several abusive situations. My granddaddy gave me a dime to get fudgsicles at the corner store.

  248. I enjoy reading both Tricia and Suzane’s books! If I can eat a Toll House cookie while reading one, why, that’s a perfect escape. 🙂

    • Whoops, now my answer. My grandfather was a physically strong man. He was also very quiet. He taught me that no matter what, you never give up.

  249. Valeria Rome says:

    Oh Boy the whole series!!!! Me me me! LOL 🙂

    • Valeria Rome says:

      OOOps! In my excitement I forgot to answer the question… I didn’t know my grandparents so I have a burning desire to learn about where they lived and what it might have been like during their life.

  250. My parents had a huge influence in my life. My parents are the ones that led me to Christ and taught me what it truly means to be a believer. They were quite the example giving up the “American Dream” to head to Russia to be missionaries when they were in their 40’s. So thankful for their godly example in my life.

  251. Karen Funk says:

    Would love to win some books. I didn’t know my grandparents very well. they lived so far away and died when I was quite young.(I’m glad my children were able to know their grandparents much better than I was). My father was a faithful minister of the Gospel and my mother a very Godly woman, so they had a great influence on my life and I am so thankful for their testimony in my life. Thanks for the chance to share a little of my story.

  252. trusting and believing in God; honestly; loyalty

  253. JoElle Rau says:

    They taught me the value of hard work and the importance of family! Looking forward to reading some of your books!

  254. Connie Hendryx says:

    My parents placed in me a great desire to read…we had books all over the house!! I remember going to the library on my Schwinn bike each week, checking out 7 books (the limit per week), reading them all in a few days, but having to wait till the next Sunday to get more books!

  255. Rachel Crist says:

    My grandma and Mom have directly influenced who I am as a person, and especially who I am as a Mom. When I think of them, I think of hard work, common sense, kindness, and what it means to be a “lady.”

  256. What a great story about your grandmother, Suzanne! My grandparents have left an legacy of love to our family, and my grandmother and I, in particular, both LOVE to craft! Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt.

  257. I’m thankful that both my grandparents and my parents are believers and even now, my mom and dad are still setting an example of how to walk with the Lord. We’re blessed also that we live close by enough that my kids can get to know them too!

  258. My grandparents instilled work ethics, self sufficiency, love and faith. One of my grandmothers also shared her love of reading with me. Every book I read I think of her and how much she enjoyed the books she read.

  259. I loved “The Letters” and enjoyed reading about Suzanne’s inspiration for the bed & breakfast. And the first Toll House cookie . . . little gems like this make reading so pleasurable.

  260. My grandmother lived with us when I was growing up. She wasn’t a fancy cook, just good north Georgia mountain style of cooking that was delicious. She rarely followed a recipe and when I questioned her, it was always, “Just a little of this…if it’s too thick, do this,” etc. But when I got married, she presented me with a hand-written notebook of her favorite recipes, which I still use and treasure today.

  261. Both my mother and her mother were driving forces in all that I have done in my life. My mother pushed me to do the best I could do, and my grandmother was there to cheer me on.

    It’s been a hard thirteen years since my grandmother passed away…I would have loved for her to see how her great grandchildren have grown up and how us grandkids have aged. I miss her more and more each day.

  262. Sharon Coon says:

    My grandparents and parents introduced me to Jesus as my Savior and loved me and prayed for me. I am very thankful for each one.

  263. My parents have always been there for me. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

  264. Kris kowalski says:

    My grandparents lived thru the depression, so they were very, very conservative and lived a simple life. She made cookies with simple ingredients. We only had molasses, roll-out cookies or peanut butter. She always conserved paper, she kept envelopes and little pieces of paper to write on. There house was very functional. They didn’t have matching pieces of furniture or things in the room just for looks.

  265. There are many Amish people near my parents’ home, and my great-grandparents were Mennonites (my Grandma was until she married my Grandpa). I am interested in learning more about their way of life. I love the simplicity.

  266. Sarah Richmond says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway Tricia and I also enjoyed doing the hunt!
    NC

  267. My grandparents loved to read and their house was full of books. My mom inherited that love and past it on to me. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  268. Jody Rigle says:

    My grandparents taught me to love all people, regardless of what society believed. They taught me there is good in all people, you just have to get to know them well enough to help them show it.

  269. I spent summers growing up with my father’s parents. Learned to love the countryside and reading. Thanks for the giveaway.

  270. What an amazing story of two influential women! Adding this series to my “books to read” list!!! 🙂

  271. Oh, just saw what I was supposed to be commenting about…whoops! My grandfather just turned 80 a week ago. His musical abilities (he plays guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and sings all without reading a note of music!) amazing and encourages me to learn more. I have loved singing with my Grandpa since I was very very small.

  272. My nana had a big influence she used to take care of me most weekends and told me the stories of her childhood in Scotland, she was an amazing lady!

  273. My parents have had a great influence on me. My dad has been an influence about education. He has always encouraged us to study first and get an education then everything else will fall into place. My mom has had the greatest influence on me. She’s such a caring person and so kind to others. She has shown us to be respectful toward other people and just shown us to be appreciative of what we have. I’m so thankful that my mother showed us not to be judgmental towards other because of the way they look or behave but on the contrary be kind to them.

  274. My mother lost her father in an accident before she was born. Another accident claimed my grandmother when my mother was 7 years old. Her aunt stepped in to raise, not only my mother, but my uncle and two aunts. This woman became my grandmother and taught me so much about faith and strength without saying much at all.

  275. What a great backstory! I have heard the story before, but to have a connection with an author of books…how cool is that!

  276. Michelle Corning says:

    Looking forward to reading these, going on my list 🙂

  277. Michele Scercy says:

    My father’s mother raised me and instilled Southern mannerisms in me. She was my best friend until she passed away when I was 19 years old.

  278. I love these scavenger hunts! I learn about so many authors that I haven’t read before! I am always nervous to try a new author but this really helps you get to know them and their writing style!

  279. My grandparents have had a hug impact on my life. I only had one set that I knew. My Grandpa passed away about 5 1/2 years ago.He always had words of wisdom, but he was also very funny! I loved spending time with him.

  280. My grandparents left a legacy of love and faithfulness.

  281. My grandparents really valued family and worked hard to keep all those ties open. Due to their work, I have a very loving extended family in my life.

  282. My parents left me a legacy of love and of creativity.

  283. Skylar Holcomb says:

    My grandparents and parents have a huge impact on me. They have taught me so many things and always want the best for me, no matter where it may take me.

  284. Allison T Jones says:

    one of my grandmothers took me to church when I was growing up. She also taught me the importance of prayer. I wish I’d paid more attention and learned even more from her!
    thanks for the chance to win your books!

  285. Not alot my one grandfather and one grandmother died when I was way to little to remember . The one on my dads side I learned the joy of quilting – she was a dutchified talking little woman. The one on my moms side my grandpa I learned the love of roses he grew and coca cola that he loved to drink. He only had one eye but he taught me alot of card games which he loved . He raised beagle dogs and had a grocery store much before I could remember. They could tell some interesting stories about past times

  286. My mom is an incredible person who has had the biggest influence on me and still does. I’ve never met a more kind, selfless person in my life. <3

  287. My grandmother left me with remembering laughter. I remember laughing a lot with her. I never knew my grandfathers.

  288. My Mother is my biggest influence but, her mother, Ida Mae, as like to remember her was a total firecracker. Up until the end she was a go getter and loved to travel. In fact, she would visit all of her kids starting out with a near empty suitcase because she knew that with each child she went and visited they would buy her a little something to take away with her. She was a very smart woman. 😉

  289. My grandparents, especially my grandmother, had a huge influence on my life. One thing that I learned in particular was to not complain about things I couldn’t change and to enjoy my life no matter the hardships. Another thing I learned that has helped me as I became older was how to be a loving and caring grandparent.

  290. My father instilled in me a strong work-ethic. From my mother I found my spiritual path as a follower of Jesus Christ.

    Your books look wonderful I live near several Amish communities. My mother and I share Amish books and others. I think she would also love your books.

  291. My parents and grandparents have made me who I am today. I come from a line of women who are good in the kitchen and love to sew and do crafty things and it’s passed on to me. I love the heritage I have in my family.

  292. I was raised in an only nominally Christian home, but one thing I did get from my parents was a commitment to marriage as being a permanent commitment.

  293. Cathy Faist says:

    What a wonderful story of the first Toll House Cookies!! 🙂
    I am a big fan of Suzanne’s work. Thanks for the wonderful blog!
    I learned so much from my grandparents, all those years I had them. <3
    My Grandma, Marie, taught me her wonderful cooking skills-she was full Italian-came here when she was only 10-lived till she was 96!
    My other Grandma, Mary, taught me more in her later years, as growing up I spent more time with my other Gram and my older siblings spent more time with Grandma K. As we called Grandma Mary as her last name began with K and Grandma Marie, was always Grandma C. 🙂
    But from Gram K, I learned her quiet strength as she suffered so very much in her last months of life. She was only 72, but was dying of COPD and emphysema and it was a very painful ending for her. 🙁 I sat with her many, many times when she was in the nursing home. I would just hold her hand and pray for her, talk to her, tell her what the kids were all doing. She would just tap her hand against the bed rail and the sound of a big silver ring she always wore, would just echo in the room-clang, clang, clang-over and over. It was the only way she could comfort herself from the pain till her meds would work, when they did. I'll never forget that sound-I still hear it-and I'll never forget her quiet strength as she waited too GI 'Home'.

    • Cathy Faist says:

      Oh and I have that very special ring now. My Mom, gave it to me after Gram passed because I Shae the love of silver she had.

  294. My grandparents influenced me by always serving in their community. My Grandma’s house always smelled like yummy food and was a warm inviting place to go and rest awhile. She created a refuge in her home. She also always had 3 jars of cookies on her counter full for us to eat! They taught me abut love and hospitality and serving others.

  295. Connie R. says:

    Would love to read your books. As a grandmother, I am keenly aware of the need to make beautiful memories for my grandies, as I call them.

  296. Jamie Herda says:

    My grandparents have always led by example. Their “lesson” if you will, is to always be of service to others. They always were. I grew up to become a hospice nurse. My grandfather passed away in 2010 and my grandmother just turned 92.

  297. What a cool story about the origins of Toll House Cookies! Thank you for sharing :).

  298. I never really knew my dad’s mom very well but my stepmom’s mother will be very much missed. She was a lady who was always cheerful and never complained even though surviving an abusive husband and leaving him during the 60’s had to have been hard. She had a supportive, loving family and I know that really helped – but still even though I didn’t know her during that time the effect that her cheerful attitude had on her family is visible even today. She passed away on June 14th, 2013 and will be very much missed.

    Thanks! Tina

  299. Cheri Schueller says:

    Unfortunately, not much. My dad was in the Army and we did not see them very often. We did, however, have “adopted” grandparents in many places we went who had a great impact in our lives!

  300. My parents had a big influence on me. They loved us kids & spent time with us. They were also a Godly example to us that led to all 4 of their children becoming Christians & living for God. My Grandparents were an example of hard work & diligence. My Grandma loved to do arts & crafts stuff and that has been passed down to many of her grandkids.

  301. Thanks! this is a great scavenger hunt

  302. My parents were a good example of being there for each other – eating meals together regularly, supporting each other in things that were important to us, and always saying “I love you!”

  303. My parents influenced me to adopt. 🙂

  304. Amanda Rog says:

    Thanks for the scavenger hunt fun! I love hearing all the stories and bits of history that you all put into your stories! Thanks so much for sharing!

  305. Unfortunately…. my grandparetns passed when I was young… BUT my husbands grandmother was a great woman and taught me how to make pizzelles!!!

  306. Lisa Cowell says:

    My grandparents taught me how to live a simple life on the farm and many useful skills, from gardening, caring for animals, to canning and preserving what we produced.

  307. Marlyce S. says:

    My parents were my biggest influence and the greatest influence they had on me was how to raise my children. My brother and I were expected to practice good manners as small children and as we grew up. We were taught to hold doors open for people and to help someone in need anytime would could. I followed in my parents footsteps with my children and the first words my kids learned after “Mommy” and “Daddy” were “thank you” and “please”. They hold doors open for people, help people who need a hand, call when they are going to be late, along with many other things. Too many times, these things are not being taught in the home anymore and unfortunately, in my opinion, it shows in today’s society. The other thing that they influenced me with is to say “I love you” every day to the special people in your life . You never know when you might not be able to give the gift of those three words to someone whom you hold dear.

  308. I was blessed with two sets of grandparents who were godly influences in my life. I loved spending time with them and would sometimes spend the weekends at my grandparent’s house with my cousins. My maternal grandma taughts us lots of things….cooking, cleaning, how to laugh when we’re sad, and how to trust God even when it’s hardest. I will never forget the things she taught me.

  309. Sheila McIntyre says:

    How interesting about the Toll House Crunch cookies and the Nestle connection…I love learning new things!!

  310. I always remember my grandpa as a fun, kind, loving and patient man who was pretty darn near perfect. It wasn’t until after he passed that I learned that when he was younger, he struggled with his temper. He had learned to control that part of himself and become the patient, devoted man I remember, inspiring me to continue to work on improving myself as well.

  311. Sara Tobias says:

    My paternal grandparents were not financially well off but I learned humility and service from them. My love of the Amish comes from going to college in the midst of them and then we were the only English in our farming neighborhood.
    My maternal grandfather was blinded at 22 and had to raise 4 children which he did with a milk route that turned into a creamery and they were extremely well off eventually but only after years of hard work

  312. Rose Blackard says:

    love your books

  313. Abigail Leigh says:

    Thanks so much for participating in the giveaway!

  314. My dad influenced me to work hard and never give up on a dream. My mom has taught me to love music and teaching. They introduced me to my Savior, as well. Both of their influences have been so beneficial to me!

  315. the hop are great thanks for the giveway my grandparent were married for 25 years and they died with in 6 mo of each them and they new alot of Amish

  316. Thanks for being a part of the Scavenger Hunt! It was fun!

  317. Mary Johnson says:

    My parents influenced me by making church attendance every week a priority. They NEVER made plans on Sunday mornings, because we had church. They also made sacrifices so that my brother and I could attend a Christian school.

  318. My parents influenced my life in so many ways. They prioritized their lives to put Christ first, family second, and everything else following behind those two things. My husband and I strive to pattern our home “culture” after their example. Thanks for the Scavenger Hunt!

  319. Lisa wilson says:

    My best childhood memories are of me & my grandma. I miss her & it’s been 35 years since she died.

  320. Carolyn Valdez says:

    Thank you for the Scavenger Hunt. Had a lot of fun.

  321. Cyndi Wilson says:

    My parents and grandparents (maternal g’mother, in particular, since she is still living) provided a godly heritage and an example of perseverance through tough times that I have benefitted from greatly… and continue to do so! And btw, I really enjoyed your Big Sky series! I enjoyed seeing how a totally different location like Montana affected the Amish characters. 🙂

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