18 responses to The 5 Best Things About Living With The Amish
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    Ken Tibbetts
    Comment on Generosity (June 26th, 2015 at 07:32)


    One of the most outstanding qualities of my Amish friends is their willingness to share whatever they have with me. Of course I try to return in kind. When I take one of the Amish men to pick up wheels, tools, whatever, they introduce me to the proprietor (usually their friend) keeping in mind that I might some day need to use the services or goods of my new acquaintance. After several years I’ve had the need to use the services of Amish who run businesses and the satisfaction rating is 100%.

    I hope that the mutual respect and rapport that we have for one another will continue for a long, long time.

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      Shirley Chapel
      Comment on The 5 Best Things About Living With The Amish (June 26th, 2015 at 09:20)

      I always feel when I buy goods made by the Amish that I’m buying a quality item. Definitely an item made in America. We all should support the small business man. We’re not only helping them but we’re doing ourselves a favor by investing in a quality made product that will last through out the years.

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    Shirley Chapel
    Comment on The 5 Best Things About Living With The Amish (June 26th, 2015 at 09:14)

    Loved your post. How fortunate to get the opportunity to stay with the Amish for a few months. I imagine it would give a person a whole different outlook on life. I have a great deal of respect for the Amish. We are fortunate that we live about 40 or 50 minutes away from the Amish of Adams county Ohio. We often go to their shops and stock up on bulk goods and buy fresh bread and of coarse cookies. We enjoy it when we see the Amish out and about in their buggies. A whole different world near by !

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    Bob the Quaker
    Comment on The 5 Best Things About Living With The Amish (June 26th, 2015 at 11:09)

    Yes, great opportunity for you Erik. and I agree with Ken about how the Amish always introduce you to the proprietors. I take different ones to different vendors. I have gone back to the same proprietors on my own, and they always remember I have a connection with the plain people.

    I still don’t like to take money for driving them, but they expect to pay. One lady I know is a good cook, so I told her “I drive for food”. A few days later she invited me and my wife for a evening meal.

    I now calculate the actual cost for gas and tell them that is all I want and also point out I have a rental car and the rental car does not charge for extra miles. That seems to work, much cheaper than a Taxi. On my last drive, when I dropped off an Amish man and told him what the gas bill was, he said “If you are happy, I am happy.”

    • Sounds like you’ve worked out a nice deal there Bob, and that’s generous you only ask for the cost of gas. You’re right, I think most Amish people do expect to pay and at least offer out of courtesy, at least those whom you don’t know as well.

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    MaryAnn Pepe
    Comment on Pinecraft (June 26th, 2015 at 15:22)


    Erik, have you ever stayed with an Amish family in Pinecraft, Florida? Since I live in Florida, I thought that might be a fun trip.I do know that it is probably somewhat empty now since most of the Amish have gone up North for the summer.

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    Dan Gadd
    Comment on Total enjoyment! (June 26th, 2015 at 16:22)

    Total enjoyment!

    In 20 years of the www. experience Ive found no other sites I enjoy more than this. The true honesty & sharing of experiences cannot be matched in any method of social communications. Being here next door to pinecraft, Fla. I find myself missing my Amish buddy Sarah back in Quaker City,OH. her family has been an honor to know these past 3 years. Just the experience of learning has kept me going back. Everything described here is every bit of my experiences. I give all the wee ones golf balls to play with while enjoying the candy I getem. ūüėČ the parents love it! ūüėČ

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on The 5 Best Things About Living With The Amish (June 27th, 2015 at 12:57)

    I KNEW food would be your #1 best thing about living with the Amish! ūüôā

    I thought of the Amish yesterday when my daughter took me & her 2 little girls (ages 2 and 4) to Brookfield Zoo. There was an outdoor “game” (square concrete stones with printing on them, set into a large rubberized mat) that included energy-efficient as well as “not-so” energy efficient things to do. You’d spin a large spinner to see where you’d end up. One of the girls ended up on “hang laundry to dry on a clothesline”, which made me think of this blog (as well as my Mom, who always did it that way, never having a gas or electric clothes dryer…in Chicago, yet!)

    Being “disconnected”, to me, is a good thing, for the most part. I rarely check my email on weekends (it seems too much like being at work). I’d rather be outdoors whenever possible, if only to putter in the garden & watch the birds & critters.

    This one was fun, Erik! I enjoyed the replies, too!

    Alice Mary

    • Thanks Alice Mary. Yes, food was the first that came to mind, but maybe not the most important one ūüôā Hanging laundry out to dry is no doubt an exotic idea for some kids, after all there’s a machine for that!

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    Comment on disconnecting (June 27th, 2015 at 20:18)


    I feel sad writing this, but being online takes a lot of my free time, I sort of wish that I can just not sit at my screen
    and listen to varied music, look at friends and facebook accounts, and generally bum about on the internet not doing anything productive, and for that I am interested in an Amish style lifestyle [I know I will never be Amish, but I’d like to live a less online life].

    For me, I listen to music and such, and I can go for hours, it is kind of sad, by my own admission. Sometimes I go for several days without watching anything, well, that’s not true, sometimes I watch videos that I enjoy on my platform of choice, and read Amish America and its’ comments regularly,

    I’ve thought about it, and I’ve realized that for me the last fully offline year for me was 1997, because 1998 I was exposed to the internet for the first time in High School in my last semester, and began to become a junkie when I got into college in the fall, by 2001 I was fully engrossed, well, to the technology of the day anyway.

    I try to turn off the internet, but I keep coming back…

    I know that sounds incredibly sad, and I admit it, no shame when you know you have an issue….

    • Shom I’m sure you’re not alone, no doubt a lot of people have that issue nowadays. Rather than go cold-turkey, which may not be practical or pleasant, have you thought about having set times or occasions for the internet and trying to stick to those? I know it’s very easy to get sucked into spending a lot of time online, especially if you rely on a computer for communication and/or work.

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      Carolyn B
      Comment on The 5 Best Things About Living With The Amish (July 31st, 2015 at 10:14)

      Oh heck, SHOM, you’re younger than me by more than a decade! In my mind you were in your 50s. How ridiculous is that? You can’t stay off line too long. I and the others here would miss you so bad.

      Love the post today, Erik. I like when you talk of the kids as it reminds me of my elementary school days when I had an Amish friend in class about every year.

      • That’s neat Carolyn, you may have mentioned already, but what area of the country did you go to school in?

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          Carolyn B
          Comment on The 5 Best Things About Living With The Amish (August 1st, 2015 at 20:07)

          Erik, on the border of Howell County/Texas County MO, in the 70s. I remember 3 female classmates vividly but only one by first and last name. I wish I could run into that gal. I don’t think they had a whole district here in the 70s, just 3 households is all I can recall. Thanks for asking.

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            Comment on Amish schooling in creative places (August 3rd, 2015 at 11:24)

            Amish schooling in creative places

            Interesting Carolyn, sounds like a fledgling sort of settlement. I don’t see any Amish living in that area today, so I assume it folded at some point. The smaller places sometimes have to be creative about schooling since it doesn’t make the most sense to build a schoolhouse if there are only a few families.

            In the recent Burke’s Garden, VA settlement post, we saw an example of that with families holding school in a former public elementary building which is currently a community center: http://amishamerica.com/amish-burkes-garden-virginia/

            There was also an interesting case of Amish holding school in a hotel building in North Carolina in the 1920s: http://amishamerica.com/nc-amish-history/

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