14 responses to A visit to the Amish, in 12 key numbers
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    Comment on A visit to the Amish, in 12 key numbers (February 21st, 2011 at 12:52)

    Only 2-3/4, eh? Apparently you have more self-control than do I.

    I thoroughly enjoy reading about your adventures. You have a nice way of relaying the realities of life among the Amish with gentle humor an an honesty that is never harsh.

    Wednesday I head back to northern Indiana and will spend ten grueling days visiting Amish kitchens, barns and workshops with my trusty camera and notepad. I’m running around all over in towns such as Nappanee, Bremen, Middlebury, Honeyville, Emma, Shipshewana, and Millersburg. I’m especially excited to revisit the tiny town of Emma; the friendly Amish staff at the Emma General Store serve an amazingly good lunch!

    Oh wait, I’m exercising self-control this trip. Hmmm, never mind.

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    Monica
    Comment on A visit to the Amish, in 12 key numbers (February 21st, 2011 at 13:17)

    Now I’ll be forced to ponder which of the Amish markets in the area aren’t doing well. I have my hunches, and will patiently wait for your post. 😉

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    Marilyn in New York
    Comment on A visit to the Amish, in 12 key numbers (February 21st, 2011 at 13:27)

    Enjoyed reading about your Amish adventures. Glad you are home safe and sound.
    Marilyn

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    Karen Pollard
    Comment on A visit to the Amish, in 12 key numbers (February 21st, 2011 at 13:43)

    I loved reading this. I’ve just finished planning a trip to the Shipshewana area in June for their local Quilt Show and flower gardens. I can’t wait to go. I’ll visit my cousin, we’ll work on quilting and visit all the fabulous quilt fabric shops in the area. I love Yoder’s and Lolly’s especially. We plan to take pictures of all the beautiful gardens as well. I love the cheese factory there as well as the Dutch Country Market. Their jams and preserves are fabulous.

    Shipshewana was the inspiration for beginning to quilt after I retired from teaching. Wish it was possible to visit a school sometime too. I think it would be very interesting seeing their educatdional system from a former teacher’s perspective.

    Keep writing all the wonderful columns you share with us all.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on A visit to the Amish, in 12 key numbers (February 21st, 2011 at 15:36)

    Welcome back Erik!! Sounds like you had quite the trip. Sure did miss you!! Can’t wait for further posts and pictures!!

    Blessings, Alice

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on A visit to the Amish, in 12 key numbers (February 21st, 2011 at 17:37)

    Welcome “home”, Erik!
    I, too, am looking forward to your future postings regarding your trip! (It’s almost suppertime here, and now I have a hankering for corn pudding! Thanks a lot! I had to up my Diabetes meds last week…I’m drooling!) How DO those Amish with Diabetes survive all the home cooking?

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on Honeyville General Store--Amish Indiana (February 21st, 2011 at 18:21)

    Honeyville General Store--Amish Indiana

    Howdy everyone, it is great to be back. This was really an action-packed trip. Got a lot done and looking forward to sharing some more. Looks like this place stayed pretty busy while I was gone :)

    Keith sounds like you have a great trip planned. Emma and Honeyville are great little towns. If I’m right the Honeyville General store I believe was closed when I lived in Indiana in 06. But a great location. Would love to get back to Indiana.

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    Comment on A visit to the Amish, in 12 key numbers (February 21st, 2011 at 18:22)

    Karen I’m sure you’ll have a great trip to Ship. I think you could visit a school if you had a connection; do you know someone in the community? As someone involved in teaching I think they would enjoy having you, and the children typically love visitors.

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    Kristin Jager
    Comment on A visit to the Amish, in 12 key numbers (February 21st, 2011 at 20:33)

    I just love Lancaster County. I seem to enjoy it more and more each and everytime I visit the area. It sounds like you had a very exciting excursion. I enjoyed reading about your adventures and look foward to future tales of your trip. Blessings, Kristin

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    Mona
    Comment on A visit to the Amish, in 12 key numbers (February 21st, 2011 at 20:42)

    LOL…Erik, you are too funny….I have several questions I’d like to ask you…but I’ll give you a few days to rest……and the breakfast sandwich you had……I think I will pass on that one…….that’s way too much stuff at one time LOL….Sounds like you had a great time while you were gone…..I’m sure you’ll have some great postings for us and you can answer all of our questions eh?????

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    Bob Rosier
    Comment on A visit to the Amish, in 12 key numbers (February 21st, 2011 at 22:42)

    Erik….Sounds like you had a great time, but 2 3/4 pounds sound very low….you obviously must of worked off a few pounds that you are not counting. Glad to have you back safely.

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    Josie
    Comment on A visit to the Amish, in 12 key numbers (February 23rd, 2011 at 01:59)

    Hi Erik,

    I love reading your blog, thanks.

    Semething I’ve always wondered about Amish buggies, in the photos they all look the same size. (I live in Australia, so I’ve never seen one in real life). Is there room enough inside to hold all the children in one Amish family, or would a large family have multiple buggies?

    Josie.
    Josie.

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    Comment on A visit to the Amish, in 12 key numbers (February 23rd, 2011 at 09:41)

    Mona, Kristin, Bob, I do appreciate it. I keep saying it was an action-packed visit. I usually need a couple days to recover after these!

    Josie, great to hear from you in Australia. There is some variation in size and you will even see some that are really just two-seaters, with a pickup-like “bed” in the back. But most would have a bench and room in the back.

    When the kids are small you are probably going to try to cram them into one, but at a certain point you do have to start taking two buggies. I’ve experienced this on a few occasions when going to church with Amish friends with sizeable families.

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    Josie
    Comment on A visit to the Amish, in 12 key numbers (February 25th, 2011 at 00:50)

    Thanks Erik – I look forward to hearing more about your latest trip! Josie.

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