The most AWESOME honor...

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I had an AMAZING once in an life time experience today!  Malin, one of the Amish men working on our home told me that his wife started a little green house, if I was wanting any flowers. So today Gene and I went out there to check out their green house. It was a beautiful country drive to get there. We weren't quite sure which house it was, so when we saw a house with a green house type structure in the back we pulled up and I got out ot ask if this was the place. There were Amish children playing in the back. They immediately starting speaking "Dutch" and around the corner came their dad... our Amish worker. He greeted us warmly and whole heartedly. Then he apologized because his wife sold all her flowers and he forgot to tell me. (It was ok because I had picked some up at the farmers market). BUT....
Then he invited us to COME INSIDE HIS HOME and meet his wife and children!!! What an AMAZING HONOR!!! We were led inside, through the kitchen. It was large and open. Beautiful wooden floors, there was a large wood stove along one wall and it had pots of things cooking on top. The walls held only necessaries such as a knife rack. There was nothing fancy, and nothing to ‘decorate’ it with. Along the opposite wall was a sink and large wooden wash board.  We were greeted with a sweet shy smile from a young girl making pie. She was dressed in traditional Amish clothing, long dark dress with an apron, and of course a bonnet. In the center of the room there was a long wooden table filled with ingredients she was using to make the pie. I did not see a refrigerator (of course not, they didn't have electricity). We were ushered into the living room. It also was large, open and hanging from the  ceiling in the middle of the room was a wooden rack with long wooden dowels across it and clothes were hanging on it to dry. There were various wooden chairs. In the middle of the room on a chair was a women nursing a baby. Malin introduced her as his wife Katy. She was charming and it was a delight talking to her. Malin and Katy have 6 children. The oldest 13, Mary (I think her name was)was the one in the kitchen making the pies. The rest of the children gathered in the room and just stared at us. All the children were dressed in traditional Amish clothing. The girls wore bonnets and the boys wore straw hats. We were quite an anomaly for them I'm sure! I was in blue jeans and t-shirt and sweat shirt, and Gene had on blue jeans and t-shirt. The children were all VERY QUIET and never said a word. There was a darling 3 year old girl, Kristina, a 5 year old boy, an 8 and 10 year old boy , and Mary and the baby boy.  There were two push peddle sewing machines in the room. Katy proudly showed us the beautiful quilts she had made on the old sewing machine.  The Mary came into the room and I mentioned the pies. Then Katy said it was ok for me to go into the kitchen with her.  I went to the kitchen and Mary then began to talk to  me and tell me how she made her pies. She went and retrieved one of the pies she had cooling in a LARGE grey plastic cooler on the front porch. It was a beautiful cherry pie! Katy asked me how I thicken my pies. We shared recipes back and forth and then Mary got out the nice china and cut the pie up and we all sat on chairs around the room eating the pie, which was absolutely delicious!!!
We then were taken out to the green house where Katy showed us all the vegetables she has growing.  And she had two bacopa plants left, which I bought from her.
I felt like we were taking up so much of their time (we were there for two hours), so I said that we really need to get going and that we really had enjoyed their hospitality! Katy invited us back anytime and I invited the entire family over to our home.
I absolutely LOVED this family and the children were totally precious! I can’t wait to have them in our home! I want to make dinner for them all!
 

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Sorry, had to laugh when reading this. "Traditional Amish clothing"??? What else did you expect them to wear? I guess I find it kind of funny because we live so closely with the Amish here that we hardly think twice about it. Amish do not have 'electricity', but can have other forms of power (solar, wind, batteries, propane). Propane is usually how they power necessary items like refrigerators. 

If the children are not yet in school they don't know 'English' which is why they're usually quiet and shy. By the time they're young adults, they're actually 'tri-lingual' since the worship services are done in German, they speak Dutch in the home and English when they're out and about. Oh, and to an Amish person, if you're not Amish, you're "English" regardless of your race or ethnic background.

It sounds like you had a lovely afternoon. I'm sure you'll enjoy fostering this family friendship for years to come. 

 

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Your gentle spirit is what made Mahlon comfortable inviting you in to the family home. I enjoy my Amish friends so much- they are wonderful and true life-long friends. For as much of an anomaly as you think you were, your presence was comfortable and felt welcoming to them.

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What an honor!

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What a blessing to be welcomed to their home. A lifetime memory. yes

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that was espcially lovely - we have a sect near us very similar in principle to aimish however they are not allowed to share food with anyone outside their group - was difficult of their children in say home economics classes in school or pancake day etc

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Great experience for all. Glad you shared it with us.

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