Sunday, May 1, 2016
Nice looking horses were slicked up, dressed in harness, matched with a compatible teammate, and made ready for their new homes.
A horse is a living, breathing, tractor with a big heart and bright eyes. They nicker when you walk into the barn, work for hours in sweltering heat, and nudge you with a soft mussel as you brush them in the evening.
Yes, there are some horse wrecks, but there are mechanical accidents as well. I've heard stories of a good horse sensing a problem and saving their handler's life. I've never heard of a tractor doing that!
This sale is a great place to pick up a new plow. (a very, very old one, but new to the person buying it) If you farm with horses, you may be looking for new or used harness. That's here too!
All you have to do is lift a hand and waive one more time than the next guy, and you earn the right to take home a horse that weighs around a ton.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
I always enjoy it when I have to slow down to "buggy speed" as a horse crests a hill. Not being able to pass, all I could do was enjoy watching this peaceful moment. This little "Sunday School" house was on my left, so I snapped a pic of that as well.
When I passed this family they all smiled and waived at me.
A few minutes later, I was pulling into my own drive, Karm and Coke were grazing out front.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
One author was asked, "What is your Amish connection?"and answered, "I have a quilt in my living room that is Amish made."
Is that enough for you? Not me.
My dad was a sociology professor and studied Amish and Hutterites. He filled me in on some background information when we moved to an Amish populated area in Iowa. Up to that point I knew very little about the Amish... that was 35 years ago.
My first friends in this community were Amish. I was fascinated by their culture and asked a ton of questions. I asked one of the girls about courting and Singings, her answer was, "Come along with us and see for yourself." I spent that summer going along with her family to volleyball games, catching chickens, making hay and other adventures that ended up in the Amish Horses Series.
A person born and raised Amish could tell you more about Amish culture, religion, and lifestyle than I can. Maybe even people who have Amish relatives would have a different perspective than I do. However, people who have grown up inside this culture are so close to it they may not always see what separates the Amish from mainstream America. It almost takes an outsider to come in and see it. I can take you on an adventure where you will see, feel, notice, smell, and hear everything... just as if you stepped onto an Amish farm this afternoon.
Another great connection I've had over the years has been with harness-makers. I ended up spending hours in their shops, while they made or repaired my sets of harness. One of my favorite harness makers questioned me about my family he was pleased to learn that he had gone through grade-school with my wife's grandpa. These men also seemed to enjoy sharing horse wisdom with me, as well as their ideas on life and religion. (They also told stories that ended up in the Amish Horses Series.)
Over the past 35 years, I found myself constantly connected with Amish and Mennonites. Hardly a week goes by, that I don't step onto an Amish farm. I write Amish novels based on my own great experiences. I had too many wonderful adventures and couldn't keep them to myself.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
This intersection was especially busy! There are 10 Amish districts in the Kalona area, which means that Amish families are gathering at 10 seperate farms for Sunday morning church services. The districts have something to do with area because it's pretty far to take a horse more than 10 miles.Amish families will visit a neighboring district if they choose to. Sometimes they visit another service because of something special going on, such as a relative being baptized.
After we finished breakfast we drove past this farm. As you can see, buggies were parked everywhere. The horses are all tied in a barn. One of my favorite moments in life, was when I stepped into a barn full (and I mean full) of buggy horses at my first Amish church service. For a person that loves horses, it was an unforgettable sight!
Saturday, April 2, 2016
What benefits could you reap by reading an Amish novel? You might be surprised. The Amish Horses Series reveals treasures, hidden on an Amish farm.
Our modern lifestyle has most of us reeling as we juggle our obligations in a life crowded out by the noise of social media. We feel pressure to continually check in with our email, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.
Take a few minutes and step into a slow-paced, tranquil world. You'll feel yourself relax as you drink in the sights and sounds of of a farm-orientated culture.
Slip into the pages of the Amish Horses Series and you will learn something about how life ought to be cherished. Take instructions from an Amish grandpa as he teaches his grandson time proven wisdom on handling horses.
While you enjoy the read, you'll learn something about farming with horses. Tag along with Lenny as he finds out what it's like to live in an Amish community, visiting church, Singings, Amish weddings and other youth gatherings.
Sit on the seat beside Lenny as he learns how to observe nature while driving horse-drawn equipment along the edge of a woods. Sunsets speak to his heart, drawing him into an understanding of himself, and of God.
The Amish Horses Series takes you into the world of Lenny's Amish relatives. Step inside the barn with him and let his Amish family refresh you with their patient and kind ways. Discover the "Hidden Treasure" of a life well lived.
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Under the Heavens: $18
Catbird Singing: $18
Whispering to Horses: $8
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Sunday, March 27, 2016
The Lord of Glory humbly willing to wear a simple crown of thorns.
Let us follow His example of humbleness and like Him become a servant of all.
Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered Him stricken by God
smitten by Him, and afflicted.
But He was pierced for our transgressions, and crushed for our iniquities;
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him,
and by His wounds we are healed.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
As I drove home from Kalona the other day, I saw this young Amish girl pulling a wagon. She was not far from a dry-goods store and was probably sent on an errand to pick up a few things for mom.
These children in the picture below don't have to plug in their toys.