Uncle Joe

Amish fiction, Gardening Comments: 8

An Amish Garden and Uncle Joe

Uncle Joe

Uncle Joe

I love dedicating books. For me it’s an important part of the writing process. When I began writing “When Healing Blooms,” a novella found in An Amish Garden, I knew right away who I wanted to dedicate the book to.

My husband’s Uncle Joe is a very special person. He’s been legally blind for several years now, but that hasn’t slowed him down one bit. He still keeps a garden every year (in fact it’s expanding). I don’t know how he does it. I have my vision and am very mobile – and still my garden struggles. Uncle Joe has lost his sight and uses a cane, but his garden flourishes!

Perhaps it’s wisdom. Or maybe he has more patience. It could be that Uncle Joe puts more time and care and thought into his garden than I do. There is no doubt that it brings him joy. And it was with that thought that I began to write my story about Emma and Mary Ann and Danny.

Uncle Joe’s Garden

Maybe you have someone in your family that you admire. Possibly they grow a garden, or quilt, or listen, or pray for others. I think it’s important to notice the people around us, and every now and then it doesn’t hurt to tell them how important they are.

I pray that Where Healing Blooms will remind you of that special person, of God’s care for you, and of the hope that arrives with every spring.






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8 thoughts on “Uncle Joe

  1. Judy B

    There are several couples in our church that I admire for the bountiful gardens they produce every year. The best part is, they freely share their bounty with our church congregation. Their gardens are open to all who want to stop by and pick tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, well you get the picture. As for me, in the past, I have grown bountiful weeds! I admire those with lush gardens full of different colors.

    I am looking forward to reading When Healing Blooms and meeting Emma, Mary Ann, and Danny.

    Judy B

  2. Debra Bearden

    Uncle Joe, sounds like a jewel from God. Can’t wait to read your story. I have it on Kindle but I had oral surgery on Wednesday and I’m not quiet back to reading. Certainly I have something to look forward too. Blessing!!!

    1. Peggy Rayburn

      What an amazing man. I am going to try raised bed gardening this year if I can get my honey busy building them. Loved your story and I’m anxious to read the new book, hope it turns in to a series

  3. Donita Corman

    My parents use to grow Lilacs and Peonies in the spring and many disengaged. My mom would also have pots of pansies around. I have vivid memories of those flowers and it makes me miss my parents even more. Just glad these flowers are around as it serves to remind me of days gone by.