Friday, November 02, 2007

Amish Country

As the miles pass under our bus tires here in Pennsylvania, I have finally managed to get our internet service cooperating with the idea of loading a new post!

It has been a busy -- but good -- week. Besides a full schedule of ministry in song, we've also greatly enjoyed watching the slower pace of Amish life in Ohio's Holmes County. While there is more to see and do than we could possibly accommodate, we did have some time to take in a few special stops...

We started with the P. Graham Dunn showcase, where woodcarving and laser work is truly a highly developed art! Seeing their creative ways to tie Scripture into home decor was inspiring -- and certainly worth the visit.

We also stopped for an hour at the Heini's Cheese Factory. With an informative tour, we learned a lot about how different cheeses are made. We were amazed to discover that all the 'Heini' milk arrives daily in milk cans from Amish farmers. These farmers have an average herd size of 8 cows -- usually milked by hand! We watched the process of separating the curds from the whey.

Then came the fun part....sampling over 50 kinds of cheese. And almost all of the varieties were very yummy. (I'll leave the rest up to your imagination!) Somehow the green 'moon cheese' didn't rank high on our 'favorites' list, though we especially enjoyed the yogurt, swiss, and hot pepper varieties.

Another highlight was watching the process of candle-carving. We were amazed at the speed and skill with which this friend turned an ordinary candle into a masterpiece of art.

Making certain each cut matched the first.

In less than 5 minutes the candle was close to completion.
Many thanks to our friends at "Lamp & Light"!

And aside from making time for a few local tourist stops, we've also been keeping up with the 'necessities' of life. This is a fairly familiar sighting in our travels -- as you may guess, we go through LOTS of drinking water!!! These shopping trips are also a great way to get some 'fresh air' and stretch a little after a long day's drive.

"Must I go back in the bus?!"

"Thou wilt show me the path of life,
In Thy presence is fullness of joy;
At Thy right hand are pleasures forevermore!"
Psalms 16:11


Stephanie said...

It looks like you are having a wonderful time. That candle really is absolutely beautiful. As for the cheeses, I can only imagine how fun and yummy that must have been. May God bless you with safe travels.

Heidi said...
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Heidi said...

looks like you had fun! I love your new outfits!!
Hope you have a blessed and safe trip home!

you got enough water Stephen!?! ha ha!!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a ton of fun!! I'm sure everyone wishes they were with you. :-) The Lord, our prayers, and our hearts go with you. May the Lord do great things in your lives and in the lives of those you meet.

DUSTYNNE said...

Wow! Cool post. We were originally from PA...a sight of home... :)

Esther said...

That candle is amazing! I love to see how God gives people the gift to do things like that.
Yummy- cheese! I like how in that picture of you guys with the samples Charissa is looking longingly at the cheese.

Tonia said...

Hi, Rachel! This is Tonia from the red-carpeted, gold-pew church. :) I'll refrain from mentioning my white hair and asking if you remember me. =D We love reading you and Bethany's updates. Hope the rest of your trip is very enjoyable and fulfilling.

Jacob said...

The idea of sampling 50 different kinds sounds like a little much for me. :-6 I'd probably just go with the pepper cheese.

Anonymous said...

Soooo.....this must mean that you either found another library.....or internet is working in the bus again?!!? Smiles back at ya! :D

two from the pew said...

Hey, touring friends, it's good to see your doing well. At least Rachel, you didn't have to worry about picking someone else's favorite cheese. Oh, and tell Stephen that using a hose will fill up a swimming pool faster. By the way, we could use some water down here too.

just a quick post to let you know we are still kinda alive. We're not sure because we are really tired. But things will be slowing down now that we are starting to get into a little bit of a routine.

Goldfish said...

Pictures: 2nd from the top and 2nd from the bottom are so sweet! [love the caption for 2nd to the bottom :] Looks like you're having fun! My room-mate just told me a couple nights ago that Elgin water is not good, but it can't be as bad as Lehr's so I'm not too worried. :D