Staying overnight at our Amish friends was one of the highlights of our summer! We met our friends in the ICU at Riley and have kept in touch since. They invited us up to see their farm and we decided to make that part of our vacation.
I couldn't take any pictures of our friends, but I do have a few of us to share. Believe me, my mind was constantly trying to capture every photogenic moment I saw since that was the only way I could remember it for the future.
After lunch we all went on an hour and a half buggy ride to see the surrounding countryside. The parents and the babies rode in the big buggy and all the rest of the kids rode in the pony cart! I wish you could have seen the fathers in the front seat, the mothers in the back seat with our babies, and all the rest driving behind having a fun time of their own! (Our friends also have 5 children of similar ages to ours).
Our kids spent as much time as they could in the barn, swinging on the rope swing. It made me so happy to see them enjoying a farm!
Everyone headed to the barn at chore time to either help or watch. And, yes, several people were barefoot!
Our friends raise calves which, when grown, are shipped to Turkey to become milk cows. The calves begin by being fed from these bottles:
Rachel was eager to jump right in and even got up the next morning at 4 am so she could help with the morning chores.
And there were some goats as well. Our friends drink goats milk and James got to try milking the goat.
The family dog:
The most fun of all was had on the pony cart, which was kept hitched up all day long. Is that not the most adorable thing?!!
I finally broke down and asked if I could have my turn.
And then went to tour the Menno-Hof Mennonite Museum. It dawned on me, while paying for our tickets, that maybe they might carry the Mennonite Girls Can Cook. I looked up and there it was on the shelf in front of me!
The museum was very helpful, attention-keeping and well-done. We all enjoyed it.
We are just so thankful for such a wonderful time with our friends. I was so happy for the kids to experience a farm, and it was fascinating to learn about the way others live, and yet also to see how very much the same our families are in so many ways. We all can't wait to go again!