If you’ve ever driven through Amish Country you know there’s something special in the air. There is a sense of calmness and peace that gets embedded in your soul. You don’t hear traffic noises or watch people walk with their heads down living through their phones. You see children playing, men hard at work, women tending to their gardens and beautiful fields and pastures filled with livestock.
Recently we drove across country to visit family in Wisconsin, and I got to spend time in a few Amish communities I had never visited before. I was amazed at how each one of them felt the same. We stopped at a roadside vegetable stand in Elkhart County, Indiana and I visited with an Old Order Mennonite woman. She was the sweetest person I met all week. She shared with me her love story which was priceless and the highlight of my visit. (Who knows her story just might be the setting for a new book.)
Many of us live hectic lives and yearn for the kind of simplicity we feel the Amish have mastered. Their ability to stay separate from the world is appealing, and many of us find ourselves looking for ways to slow down and feel that kind of peace. In the following short story, I invite you to come to take a ride to Amish County and listen in on a conversation similar to one I had with one of my Amish friends recently. You’ll be surprised at the advice Sarah gives her English friend Savannah.
Who knows you might find a few ways you can incorporate some Amish Peace into your life.
*Featured photo image by Jim Fisher*
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.