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“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” Amish Proverb
Barbara Miller stood at her kitchen window watching the Purple Martins flutter in and out of the houses her late husband had put up just two days before he passed. Tears were clouding her eyes as she remembered how proud he was that he had surprised her so many and that she could see them out of the window of her basement kitchen.
It was warmer than normal for a spring day, and she was glad she could bake her pies in the coolness of the basement. The boys where busy playing out back, her laundry was drying nicely on the porch and all she had to do was bake five shoofly pies to take to the benefit auction on Saturday. For some reason, her mind was racing and no matter how hard she tried the fear of what the future might bring weighed her down. Why couldn’t she enjoy the beautiful day Gott had provided for her instead of wasting her time being so anxious about tomorrow?
Taking a deep breath and placing both hands on the counter to give her strength she said out loud.
“Enough is enough! I’m not doing this today. Lord help me put my trust in you. I’m not asking why you took my John from me. I’m just asking that you help me figure out what you want me to do next. The boys need a father, and I can’t take care of this farm by myself anymore. Why is it so hard for me to hear your voice? What am I not seeing that you are trying to show me? I’m so fearful of what tomorrow will bring that I can’t find rest.”
Tracy Fredrychowski is a country girl, author, homesteader and everything simple living. She has a passion for writing about the simpler side of life, much like the life she lived growing up in rural Pennsylvania.
Her life has always been intertwined with the Amish, and it’s only fitting that she has a genuine passion for their simplicity, sense of community and God-centered lives.
Growing up in Northwest Pennsylvania she spent her childhood immersed deep in Amish Country. The clip-clop of horse and buggy woke her each morning as Amish men drove past her childhood home on their way to work. As a young woman, she was traumatized by an Amish murder that involved a family member and changed her life forever.
Even though she currently lives in South Carolina her travels take her through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin’s Amish Country every year. During those stops, she researches the communities she visits and prides herself on writing Amish fiction that truly represents the Amish culture. She considers herself very fortunate to have made friends in those communities and values the information they share and wants nothing more than to represent their lifestyle as accurately as possible.