Strawberries

The Thankful Heart of a Child by Tracy Fredrychowski

I’ll be the first to admit that I can get so caught up in my own troubles that I forget to have a thankful heart. I would say it’s only human to want to think our problems are always more important than anyone else’s.

Just the other day I passed our local strawberry farm and noticed they are busy preparing their fields for the upcoming strawberry season. I couldn’t help but remember a lesson my granddaughter taught me and had to share it with you all.

Tracy and granddaughterLast year while picking strawberries I was reminded that a child’s comment could sometimes shock us (meaning me) back into reality of having a thankful heart. God wants us to have a child-like thankfulness about everything, not just the big things.

My sweet and innocent granddaughter reminded me of that in a strawberry field without even realizing what an impact it would have on my life.

The conversation I had with her went something like this…

“Grandma, I think God is happy with me today.”

“I’m pretty sure God is happy with you every day, but why do you think that? I asked.”

“Look at this huge strawberry! Only God could have made something this yummy and put it where I could find it. He wanted me to pick it, so I could thank Him for it.”

I will remember that day for the rest of my life and when she gets older I will explain to her how she reminded me how God wants us to look at the world with child-like eyes.

That conversation turned into a short story about my favorite fictional Amish sisters, Emma, Rebecca, and Anna in a strawberry field in Willow Springs.

Won’t you join me as we see how Rebecca is reminded why it’s essential to have a thankful heart?

Click here to read “A Thankful Heart – An Amish Short Story


Tracy Fredrychowski is a country girl, author, homesteader and everything simple living. She has a passion for writing about the simpler side of life, much like the life she lived growing up in rural Pennsylvania.

Her life has always been intertwined with the Amish, and it’s only fitting that she has a genuine passion for their simplicity, sense of community and God-centered lives.

Growing up in Northwest Pennsylvania she spent her childhood immersed deep in Amish Country.  The clip-clop of horse and buggy woke her each morning as Amish men drove past her childhood home on their way to work. As a young woman, she was traumatized by an Amish murder that involved a family member and changed her life forever.

Even though she currently lives in South Carolina her travels take her through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin’s Amish Country every year. During those stops, she researches the communities she visits and prides herself on writing Amish fiction that truly represents the Amish culture. She considers herself very fortunate to have made friends in those communities and values the information they share and wants nothing more than to represent their lifestyle as accurately as possible.


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