Bicycling in Shipshe
Amish home, Middlebury, IN
Amish mom and child
Out and about
I’m so excited about the release of my new collection: Plain and Simple Miracles. These stories are very near and dear to me. Brian’s Choice (a novella) is already available, and Anna’s Healing (a full length novel) will begin shipping in a few weeks. So I thought now would be a good time to DEBUNK some of the myths surrounding the Amish.
My first Amish book released in 2010. I’ve visited communities in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma since then. I’ve walked through barns, shared meals, and visited schoolhouses. Here are a few of the myths I’ve learned are not true–at least not in the places I’ve been.
- Amish only walk or ride in buggies. Nope. I’ve seen Amish folk on bicycles and scooters. And of course they ride in cars when they’re traveling farther than a few miles.
- Amish quilt but they don’t do any other handiwork. Wrong! I’ve seen Amish women knit and crochet as well as do some embroidery work for wedding gifts.
- Amish homes are like a log cabin. I don’t know why I thought this! In fact, the homes I’ve been in look very similar to mine–minus carpet, curtains and electricity. Many now have modern bathrooms although the water flows slowly without an electric pump.
- Amish don’t read. Ha! The Amish men, women, and children I’ve met love to read. Many Amish visit their local library, and they love to receive books as gifts. It’s true they stop public school at the 8th grade, but they continue learning long after that.
- Amish are very serious, somber people. I’m sure some Amish are serious, but I’ve met many who were downright friendly, quite a few who like to tell jokes, and one or two who are real chatter-boxes.
That’s just a few of the myths I’ve found are not true. What about you? Do you have a question about the Amish? Or do you have a myth that you can bust? Leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you.
I love Psalm Sunday and Easter and everything about spring. It’s really one of my favorite times of year. I can feel my mood lifting as the wildflowers sprout and the trees bud.
More importantly, the seasons of Lent and Easter remind me of the sacrifice that Christ made for you and for me. Some days it’s difficult to grasp Continue reading
4 Simple Ways to Improve Your Health, Part 1
I thought for the month of August that I would share some things I have observed while visiting the Amish–things that I think would improve our health. I’m not a nutritionist, but I am a mom and a wife and I like to think that I’m a fairly healthy person.
One thing I notice when I’m at an Amish home is that the women are very busy. It sort of wears me out to watch them. It’s not that they’re rushing around taking kids to soccer, etc. But they do Continue reading
I’m sometimes asked if the Amish knit and crochet. The answer is yes! The Amish do knit and crochet. It’s not uncommon to see women working on a project as they sit in a booth at a produce stand or while waiting at an auction. They’re likely to make things such as socks, Continue reading
Jelly Rolls, Patterns, and Quilting the Amish Way
So what IS a jelly roll? (Hint–it’s not jelly in a roll.) Today we are continuing our focus on Amish crafts. As we all know, Amish women are wonderful quilters. I very much doubt that they use jelly-rolls, which are pre-cut fabric in long strips. Whenever I’ve seen Amish or Mennonite Continue reading
Amish quilt at Lolly’s Fabrics
Quilting, An Amish Craft
For the month of May we’re going to focus on Amish crafts. This will be a lot of fun, as I know that many of you are “crafty” too. If you’re not, this might be a good chance to start – OR, you could just enjoy the pretty pictures.
The Amish are well-known for their quilting. Here’s a few things I’ve Continue reading
Amish Beliefs, Part 3
This month we have been looking at Amish beliefs. The first week we discussed What Amish Believe, especially in regard to their faith. The second week we focused on Family Roles. Today I thought we would talk about the Amish and their attitude toward Englisch (non-Amish folk) and technology. These are 2 questions I receive often when speaking to groups. As before, remember Continue reading
Amish Beliefs, Part 2
Last week we talked about Amish beliefs in relation to specific spiritual teachings. Today I thought we’d talk about the role of family members. Remember, the comments below are what I have observed, but each community is Continue reading
Amish home, Middlebury, IN
Amish Beliefs, Part 1
For the month of April we’re going to talk about what, exactly, the Amish believe. DISCLAIMER: What I share is true for the Amish I have personally met, but of course beliefs vary somewhat from district to district. Please keep this in mind. If you’ve experienced something different, we Continue reading
FAQ About the Amish, Part 2
Last week I shared some of the most frequent questions I hear regarding this Amish. I have a few more that I’d like to share today. Remember, these answers are based on my experience–yours might be different as practices differ between communities.
- Is it true that the Amish only study and teach certain parts of the Bible? I haven’t actually attended an Amish church, but I can tell you Continue reading