Just thought you would all like an update, as we have been very busy packing and moving from our homestead in Hortonville, WI. We found a lovely Amish home to rent in the country. We are thrilled beyond words. The home is totally OFF GRID, which is a new adventure for us! We have wanted to take this step for some time, but it never seemed to work out. We will be using a propane for one of our stoves in the kitchen as well as a wood cook stove, Lord willing. We have to get the chimney piped up through the roof first. There are two lights in the home, one in the kitchen and one in the living room that are propane mantel type. For the bedrooms I plan to get some wall sconce lamps. So exciting! I will be using an old gas wringer/washer for the first time. I have helped my Amish friends with these machines before and they are so interesting. We have a barn and garden to use, a big concrete shop for the rack making business, and plenty of yard for the children to run and play in.
When I first looked at the place, the Amish man was not sure he would rent it to us, being that we were not Amish. They fear the influence we may bring or the fact that we could not "handle" the lifestyle. Well, we have known the group for over 10 years, worked hand in hand with them, my husband built many homes with the men, I butchered many a chicken and canned with the Amish. The nice Amish man said, "Your family is respected among our people, and you are about as Amish as an "English" could be". He was glad to rent it to us, knowing that my husband could help improve it and also drive them around a bit. I wont be having a phone in the house, or internet, but Mark will have a laptop in the shop that he can manage orders with. I will stop out in the shop to add stories from time to time and keep in touch with all of you on the post. This is a great stepping stone for our family as we prepare and plan for our mission to Honduras, as the Lord allows. We have much to be thankful for. Below is a photo of the barn we will be using. What fun!