In the meantime, I want to show you a few highlights from a trip we took up to Shipshewana in Northern Indiana, "The Heart of Northern Indiana Amish Country." It is a nice little town with shops and plenty of local Amish character.
The Amish have always fascinated me. I am sure some of my romantic notions are from my reading of Beverly Lewis novels and the like. Just a warning. There are a quite a few pictures. I got a bit camera happy. We have Amish communities in Missouri, but they are not as large.
I took a lot of "drive by photos." I loved how picturesque the farms were.
Josiah posed in front of this small little building in downtown Shipshewana. He was sure it was an outhouse.
I tried to be as discreet as I could. I didn't want to intrude on anyone's privacy. This young woman was just lovely and drove the buggy with ease.
We took a tour of the Menno-Hof. It is museum that explains the Amish/Mennonite culture and history. It did a wonderful job of explaining the Anabaptist faith and encouraging other Christians in their walk. Here we are starting off with a tour. Josiah is sitting with Grandma. I did ask if I could take pictures.
This was a recreation of a dungeon. Many early Anabaptist suffered persecution for their beliefs.
This map lite up. It was very interesting.
A replica of a ship that carried many Anabaptists to America to find Religious Freedom.
Little wooden shoes. Can you imagine wearing these?
Josiah stretches out on one of the bunks in the ship. I can't even imagine traveling in those conditions. I get whiney when I have to travel across town on a hot day without my air conditioning.
An old-fashioned printing press. PaPa is in the background.
At Menno-Hof there was a room that was set up like a modern day Amish house. It was neat and tidy and very efficient. I need to take note
This was my supper. This was some of the best fried chicken I have ever eaten. And folks, I've lived in the south. Nothing beats this.
A faraway shot of an Amish farm.