If you know me at all, then you know I may have a slight fetish for the Amish. Ok, by slight fetish I mean very big problem. Ok, by very big problem I mean--arrest me now for stalking, because I am completely and utterly obsessed with the Amish and their lifestyle!
I’m not quite sure how old I was when I read my first Beverly Lewis book, but I can tell you "for sure and for certain" that my love affair started with Lancaster Pennsylvania from that moment on. I found myself lost in a world of butter churning, milking cows, and good old fashion farm life. But, it went far beyond that. I was raised on a farm myself. I know what kind of life that looks like. So, why do the pages of Lewis keep me so engrossed for hours on end? Why do I find myself taking day trips to and from Amish communities close to our home here in Sedalia, MO?
I was recently in a Bible Study with a sweet friend who came from Lancaster. She asked me point blank one day why I had such an interest in the Amish; she asked me why I was obsessed. If I’m being 100% honest, I personally long for the slow down that the Amish lifestyle promises. Obviously, you work. You work really hard. But it’s not this fast-paced speed that the modern society works in. It’s a world without internet, without cell phones, without the need to put makeup on, curl your hair, worry about what to wear. You don’t have to spend hours deciding how to decorate your house or which show you and your husband are going to watch on Netflix this Thursday (The Handmaids Tale in case you’re wondering).
In my mind, the Amish lifestyle is like going camping…but forever. Only, you must wear dresses and suspenders while you do it. To be quite honest, that’s really where the rubber would meet the road for me. I don’t do dresses. Well, that and college football. Momma needs her football. But other than that, I’m quite convinced that I could live this life. But, this is all neither here nor there. This is really not the reason for this post at all. I’m writing to let you know that my Amish dreams have come true.
In one short week (that I won’t sleep a wink in) I will be traveling with my favorite crew to Lancaster!!! YES, after all these years, I am finally visiting Amish Paradise. I also get to mark another state off my list and this takes me down to 9 left out of the 50!
I can’t decide what I’m the most excited about between the buggies, the food, the amazing B&B we are staying in or the quilts! Check out the photo! That is the place we are staying! I'm dying inside. I may not even make my flight.
And can y’all even begin to imagine the #WhatWhitAte posts you’re about to see? I’m excited to explore the area, excited to visit Site and Sound theater and mostly excited that my family gets to come with. (Mom, Grandma, Aunts, Cousins) This trip is truly a dream trip for me and I’m not sure if the others are near as excited as I am. I think my grandma is as equally thrilled. What does that even say about me?
I promise to bring y’all along as always. My blog is the best travel crew full of the best tips and advice. So as always, make sure you send me your eats, sleeps, and advice! We are staying in Philly for one night so make sure to hit me up with anything I need to see and do there as well! Thanks for coming along!
Next stop, AMISH COUNTRY! #Yoderville #IMadeThatUp #ShunMe