We just got back from spending a week visiting our parents in Pennsylvania and even though we love our yearly visit, there is something special about coming home.
Crawling into our own bed, taking a walk through the garden and even washing a mountain of laundry reminds me why I love being home and why we love living this very simple life.
As we drove through the rolling hills of Pennsylvania passing a few Amish homesteads, I was reminded of how the Amish live a very simple life that revolves around faith, family and community.
While on vacation we didn’t have to raise a barn to have a sense of family and community, we just had to look at how a family came together to get work done. And we didn’t need to look further then the bowed heads at mealtime to know the Lord was with us.
The everyday life of an Amish family may look completely different than that of an English family, but the values are all the same. We love the Lord, support our families and strive to be good citizens.
We get a little sad living so far from our parents but when we pulled back into our driveway and look at what we have built on our homestead we know we are right where we were meant to be.
Last week I came across an Amish quote that I have not been able to get out of my head and fit perfectly with this post.
Taken from the Small Farm Journal, Summer, 1993…
If you admire our faith — strengthen yours.
If you admire our sense of commitment — deepen yours.
If you admire our community spirit — build your own.
If you admire the simple life — cut back.
If you admire deep character and enduring values — live them yourself.
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