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I'm An Old-Fashioned, Modern Woman

I’m An Old-Fashioned, Modern Woman

Old-Fashioned, Modern Woman

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!

Tricia’s Amish books:

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

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Tricia Goyer (77 Posts)

Tricia is the author of more than 30 books and has published more than 500 articles for national publications such as Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman and HomeLife Magazine. She won the Historical Novel of the Year award in both 2005 and 2006 from American Christian Fiction Writers, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award in 2005. Tricia's co-written novel, The Swiss Courier, was a nominee for the Christy Awards.


  1. Hi Tricia. I visited your web site and read about your Amish books and watched your trailers and was very impressed . I’ve never read any of your books and all of the Amish books look very interesting. Loved your trailers. Will certainly read your Christmas book this year. Your Seven Bridges For Seven Bachelors series and others are begging to be read.
    No time for tv for this gal. Loved your post on Almost Amish.

    • Tricia Goyer says:

      I’m so glad to have connected with you, Shirley! I hope you enjoy my books. I love to be able to write fiction and share these amazing “worlds” with readers!

  2. I loved this post! I love my modern amenities, but I love visiting an old-fashioned time through the pages of a book. This is probably why I love historical fiction as well as Amish fiction.

  3. Love your books. I’m a lot like you. I like some of the modern convienences (sp), but I also like a lot of “ol time” type activities. 🙂

  4. I got a good laugh thinking about you living Amish, I will have to say! But still live the dream! =)

  5. RealityCheck says:

    Why can’t i find a good old fashioned woman? Not these days that is for sure.

  6. ARealHonestAnswer says:

    It is very extremely difficult for many of us Good men today trying to meet a Good woman that is Not very high maintenance, independent, selfish, spoiled, greedy, money hungry, and picky, since so many of these type of women will Never Ever go with a man that makes much less Money than they do which many of the women nowadays really do want the Best and will Never Ever settle for Less. Just too many Career women out there today which really has Spoiled them so much that even if they met a Good man that Doesn’t make that kind of Money which i just mentioned, they will Not go with him at all which the women in the old days were Never like that at all which many of them at that time were certainly a lot Nicer and much Easier to meet too. And both men and women in those days really had to Struggle to make ends meat since they Never hardly had any Money to begin with since they had to live with their parents at that time. Quite a change from years ago, that is for sure. Too bad many of us men weren’t born at a much Earlier time since we really would’ve Avoided this mess today.

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