I think I figured out why I love the Amish lifestyle. I’m an old-fashioned, modern woman, if there is such a thing. Nothing makes me happier than laying out a big spread of food for people. We have company a few times a week. With six children, a darling daughter-in-law, two grandkids and a few other families we’ve “adopted” and now call our own, at least once a week I’m also cooking for 15+ people. And I love every minute of it.
When I homeschool my kids, I think about Laura Ingalls Wilder and how she’d teach all levels at once. I love gathering my little ones around me on the couch to read. We draw together and play board games when school’s not in session.
Everything Thursday night I meet with young moms for a support group. In a time when most “friending” happens on Facebook, I know that true mentoring happens face-to-face. Doesn’t the Bible stay that older women should train up younger women? I’ve incorporated that into my life, too.
What else do I consider Old Fashioned? I don’t watch much TV, and I wouldn’t miss it if we didn’t have it. I’d rather pick up a book. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy “modern conveniences,” too. I love my computer, my smart phone, my washing machine, and my dishwasher. You can say I enjoy the best of both worlds!
Maybe that’s why I enjoy writing Amish fiction so much. Currently, I’m working on my 7th and 8th Amish novels. (In addition to my six novels, I also wrote two novellas for collections.) Writing Amish stories allows me to step into their simple lives and spend time with Amish friends. And then, when the word count is done for the day, I can reheat my coffee in the microwave, flip on the light switch, and start cooking something tasty in the kitchen—using my electric range, of course
I’m thankful for modern conveniences, but I’m also thankful that fiction allows me to explore different worlds for a while. I can be old-fashioned for a spell, and then return to my modern world once again. Without fiction, I’m not sure how I’d express my love of simple ways. Who knows, maybe I’d encourage my husband to get us a horse and buggy. Now wouldn’t that be something? Especially since I’m known to work on my laptop computer as we drive down the road!
Big Sky Series
Beside Still Waters
Along Wooded Paths
Beyond Hope’s Valley
Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Series
The Memory Jar
The Promise Box
The Kissing Bridge
An Amish Garden: Seeds of Love
An Amish Second Christmas: The Christmas Aprons