It’s my favorite time of the year. I love the crunching leaves, the cooler temperatures and the chunky scarves. I look forward to dressing up every Oct. 31 and sipping pumpkin-spiced lattes all season long.
Throughout this issue, you’ll find lots of autumn goodness, from apple picking (see page 18) to haunted houses (check out our pull-out guide on page 28) to home accents (see page 36).
But as I worked with the writers, photographers and graphic artist on the magazine, I noticed a stronger thread binding all of the stories together. Every issue of Smart highlights local women — it’s what Smart is all about — but this issue really resonated with me, as it features the stories of truly inspirational ladies.
Inside you’ll hear from Rachel Bidelspacher, Kristie Rineer, Selina Sigafoose-Jackson and Michele Fake, all of whom overcame the tragedy of miscarriage, stillbirth or early-infant loss. I can’t thank these local women enough for opening up to us. Read their stories of strength and resilience on page 8.
Also highlighted in this issue is Norma H. Beyer of Dover Township, who has quietly battled ovarian cancer for five-and-a-half years. “You watch your grandchildren. You do your work. You just keep going,” Beyer said in her story on page 7.
And you’ll hear from other women who work hard to provide for themselves and their families. From saving a few bucks by clipping coupons (read about Kelly Helsel on page 22) to canning apples to stock the pantry for the whole year (see Sarah Mock’s story on page 40) to using technology to balance a growing business and busy family (read Kima Lamour’s story on page 20), these women all provide great examples of how to make a beautiful home, a happy family and a healthy heart.
Thank you to all the inspirational women featured in this issue and to all the women who made this magazine happen.
I couldn’t be prouder to share my first issue of Smart with you, and I invite you to share your stories and the stories of the women in your life with me for future issues of the magazine.
Who knows, you, too, could be an inspiration to us all.