Before I dive into this post, I hope you’ll join me tonight at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST for my Memory Jar author chat party! We’ll have tons of fun, and I have a few prizes to give away!
Recently John and I were driving around “Amish Country” in Missouri. How do you figure out where the Amish live in any community? Look up the address to the Amish school! Since children usually have to walk to school, homes of Amish families are nearby.
Here are photos of the homes and countryside. Beautiful!
We followed the driveway and saw a simple Amish house and shop. Two dogs greeted us. (We had to drive slowly because they didn’t seem realize that our car could hurt them.)
A toddler in Amish dress was playing on the porch, but she quickly ran inside when she saw us.
Inside the shop was an Amish man and his son who looked about fourteen years old. They were busy at work on some hickory rockers. They showed us their tools—all of which they turned by hand. He also told us about his brother-in-law’s shop a mile up the road; his brother also had a wordworking shop with all the tools powered by bicycle. (We wish we could have seen that!) They allowed us to take photos of their shop.
Of course, we had to buy a hickory rocker for Alyssa! She loved it.
You never know what you’ll come home with when you go out for a drive!
Today’s giveaway is an Amish calendar from Amy Clipston! (The other items in the picture will be given away later this month!) To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. If you have trouble seeing the widget, try using a different browser (i.e. Chrome, Firefox, etc.). Only those in the continental U.S. are eligible to win. The winner will be announced on tomorrow’s blog post.