Saturday, July 11, 2009

Visit to Amish Country

My mom and dad gifted us at Christmas to a night away in Lancaster, PA. We took advantage of it this past weekend. We packed up the kids, dropped them off at Nana's, and left for two days away in Amish country.

Visiting the country takes you into another culture – one that is slower and simpler. With the craziness of life, it is good to take a step back occasionally. While there, we took a two-hour bus tour through the winding country roads past many fields and farms. We stopped at two Amish farms that highlighted their crafts, foods, and exquisite quilts.

We stayed at a Bed and Breakfast in Bird-in-Hand, PA and were greeted with friendliness, a beautiful room, and anticipation of a breakfast spread the next morning. This particular inn provided swimming privileges at a cooperating hotel. We took advantage of it for the afternoon and enjoyed just sitting and relaxing.

I am convinced that eating is a major part of the Amish culture. We joined in the culture. Need I say more?

We couldn't get out of Lancaster without doing some shopping at the outlets. We found a few deals, but didn't spend too much time in the stores. We aren't very good window shoppers.

Home again after a quick fast food dinner stop, we gathered the kids, gave hugs to my mom, and began the race again. One load of laundry is done (thanks to my Angel), 3 kids are in bed, and things are getting put away slowly. I love going away with my sweetie. The break recharges us as parents and reminds us that we are together for many good reasons. I am so thankful for my mom for making this available to us.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It looks so pretty. I am glad you got away for a while.