If you read the Amish Cook column, you might have noticed that Gloria Yoder had the week off. Her husband Daniel has taken over column duties this week. He takes the opportunity to share his daily schedule with us.

Photo: Ed C.

Amish daily schedules vary, but they usually have a few things in common: 1) up early 2) some chores 3) shared meals 4) prayer. One of Daniel’s daily chores is milking the goat. After that it’s back in the house. Here’s an excerpt from the first part of Daniel’s day:

I enter the house at 6:20, and by this time, a few of the children may be awake. I like to have some devotional time in the morning, so I may have that, and occasionally I will have it before I do the chores. Most of the children are very happy in the morning and love to have some snuggle time on the couch, or sometimes I’ll say, “Hey, do we want to make breakfast?” I would like to share my favorite omelet recipe, which I often had growing up. The children love helping stir something or help measure some ingredients out or help set the table.

At 7 o’clock, we have a devotional with the family, then breakfast after that, then sing a song together. Next, everyone helps to clear the table. I head to my woodworking shop about 7:45 and meet my bro John soon after. It is just the two of us working in the shop, so it is pretty low-key.

After a bit, Elijah shows up to get our water jug that has been filled the day before and takes it back to the house to fill it again. This makes him feel really important cause he is helping Daddy.

After a while, Gloria and the children join me in the shop, and oh, some of my favorite times are when they will all come out to the shop to play. Our 10-month-old Joshua is in his glory land when he enters the shop. He loves when I give him a little attention, like hugging. The children like to sit next to me where I am working, ask questions about the furniture, and say they will also build furniture and drive forklifts when they grow up.

Many Amish value work in small businesses and farming because they afford just these opportunities for time spent together at work, and also opportunities to teach children from even a very young age about making a living.

Daniel also shares a recipe for “Daniel’s Deluxe Baked Omelet”. Yum. Read about the rest of Daniel’s day at the full column here.

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