Morning light faintly glimmered on window shades. A 5:30 a.m. knock on the door woke Pete from a deep sleep. "Time to rise and shine," a voice called from beyond the door.
"Lisa, they are trying to wake us," Pete said.
She pulled the sheet up over her head.
Pete spoke louder, "Lisa, wake up."
She moaned and sat up on the edge of the bed. "I hope they don't plan on waking us up this early every day."
Pete and Lisa headed out into the kitchen and were greeted by the wonderful aroma of breakfast food sizzling on the stove.
Carrie snuck close to her dad and whispered, "My phone is almost out of power."
"Plug it in," Pete answered with what seemed a simple and obvious solution.
"They don't seem to have electricity anywhere in this house."
"Oh, that's a problem." Pete looked at his phone and realized it would be dead soon, also. He asked out loud, "Is there a place we can plug in our phones? They are about ready to die."
"We have a phone booth less than a mile away if it turns out you need to make a call," Cephas said.
Pete tried to think of how he could explain that he used his phone for a lot more than calling people.
Lisa smiled at her husband and commented, "That will be enough phone calls for our family this week."
Carrie pulled her dad aside, whispering angry words into his ear. "They shut off their lanterns at 9:00 last night. I couldn't get to sleep for three hours, but at least I had my phone."
You have been reading a snippet from Amish Park. What would it be like if your family spent a week on an Amish farm?
Pete and Lisa's teenage daughter, Carrie, is a cell-phone zombie, like most American girls her age. An Amish lantern sheds a strange light on a whole new world, once her phone dies.
This trip to an Amish theme park is ten-year-old Natalie's idea. She loves horses and thinks that a visit to an Amish farm might save her parents marriage and keep their family together.
Is God still in the miracle business?
Open the pages of Amish Park and join the Heller family's Amish vacation.