31 August, 2011

Amish Country~

Wendy in front of Hannah and Williams house
 I absolutely LOVE spending time at the Amish farms in the area.  What fascinating, hard working, people who live so sustainably.  I learn much from every visit.  I  milk cows with them (by hand) every month.  They milk twice daily.  5:30 am and 5:30pm.
I love being connected to my food source and spending time on the farm away from computers, cell phones etc...

  The Amish here in Minnesota are a more conservative branch.  They use only wood to heat their houses, no gas, absolutely no electricity.  So even in the summer they heat up the wood burning stove for baking, canning and heating water for dishes or laundry.  I never complain about house work after a visit to the Amish.

One of the Hannah and William's sons outside the milk barn.
I have become friends with Hannah, 33, who is expecting her 8th child in November.  Hannah was not born Amish, her parents converted when she was 4 years old.  She and her husband William have 5 boys living, sadly they lost twin boys a few years back.  Incredible people.

In June their milk barn burned down. They lost 3 cows and all of their laying hens.  It was an arson case and 3 teenage boys were charged.  This kind family quickly forgave and announced that they were offering prayers for the boys involved.  A very forgiving culture.

August in Minnesota~

Front porch with our dear neighbor Jeanie Hiller.
Ruby loves her Papa

My little book worm.

Jesse and Eric enjoying a cool August evening.    
Elias loves Jesse

Jesse's smile...priceless

Grammy and Ruby camping in RLF
The gang pictured with Julie Campbell  who grew up in our home....
She visited and gave  us a tour with lots of great stories about our home.  : )
Her family lived here for 49 years.

Elias caught this Bass all by himself.
He has become quite the fisherman with all his time in the Boundary Waters.

We tried out this great little camper.

Heidi and JoAnn Renfrow. I love this woman.  Camping out in RLF

Enrique Nacho Tigre Fernandez Castillo de Jesus

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