Among the Amish

The Amish are some of the friendliest people we know, yet their quiet ways and plain outward appearance gives outsiders the impression that they unapproachable or unsocial. In this section we share stories from the non-Amish, or “English” as the Amish refer to the rest of us.

The Shoes

We attended an Amish auction near Millersburg, Indiana recently. It was a personal property auction, selling off the belongings of an elderly Amish couple; the husband had recently passed away and his widow was moving into a dawdy haus (grandparent’s house) at her son’s farm. It is common for older Amish folks who are down-sizing to [...]

2019-07-16T16:29:30-05:00July 16th, 2019|Among the Amish|

The Great Chicken Wrangler

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. -Proverbs 16:18 Like many Amish women, our friend Dena is a woman of action. For more than 30 years she has worked as a housekeeper in several homes, and her spare time is filled with the many activities of farm life. She cares for [...]

2019-07-16T16:26:24-05:00July 16th, 2019|Among the Amish, Uncategorized|

How Amish Women Pin Up Their Hair

Christina, an eleven-year-old Old Order Amish girl from Michigan, was kind enough to sit for a series of photographs while her mother, Mary, pinned up her hair. Like most Amish females, she has never cut or trimmed her hair. Amish women pin their hair into buns, and then cover their heads with a prayer [...]

2019-07-16T19:58:09-05:00July 16th, 2019|Among the Amish|

Saying Grace

I was invited to dinner on my first visit with my Amish friends, way back in 1985. Before we sat down to eat, my old friend William said quietly, "Let's have a prayer yet." Everyone in the room lowered their heads and closed their eyes, and it was absolutely quiet. For the next 25 seconds or [...]

2019-07-16T19:30:23-05:00July 16th, 2019|Among the Amish|

Frozen Laundry

On a December visit with our Amish friends I had the experience of watching the lady of the house do laundry. On her mud porch she keeps her gasoline-powered washing machine, complete with a wringer. Once the clothes are washed and wrung she tosses them in a basket, and when the basket is full [...]

2019-07-16T16:14:18-05:00July 16th, 2019|Among the Amish|

In the Beginning

“Can I talk to him?” My uncle looked over his shoulder at the elderly Amish gentleman and said, “I don’t know why not!” We were sitting at the counter of a country diner, having lunch on a chilly February day. I was just 22 years old, visiting my grandmother who lived in the little [...]

2019-07-16T19:42:53-05:00July 16th, 2019|Among the Amish|

How to Drive in Amish Country

In the summer months thousands of tourists descend on Amish communities such as Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Holmes County, Ohio, Shipshewana, Indiana and Arthur, Illinois, and elsewhere. For many visitors, this may be the first time driving around horse-drawn vehicles. There is something quietly magical about seeing a horse and buggy driving down a country road and [...]

2019-07-16T16:09:40-05:00July 16th, 2019|Among the Amish|

How an Amish Farrier Re-Shoes a Horse

It was a little after 6:00am on a clear, cold March morning when I first met Marlin, an Amish farrier in southern Michigan. He was re-shoeing one of the horses for the Amish family I was visiting. My host said, “If you’d like to see a farrier in action, this is the time to do it.” [...]

2019-07-16T16:07:59-05:00July