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Arthur, Illinois . . . the heart of the Illinois Amish Community

I’m back from Illinois — and I can’t wait to visit again!

Guess what we got to do?

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Right!  We were invited to ride in a buggy . . . and it was fun — really fun…

I sat in the back and took pictures (so there’s no pictures of me) while my two grandchildren rode in the front with a very nice lady. If you know anything about the Amish community, you’ll agree with me that she was very nice, since her family was preparing to have church at their house in a few days, yet she still took time to give us a tour of her very beautiful home — and a buggy ride. Thankfully, we accompanied her on an errand, so we didn’t inconvenience her too much.

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What a beautiful buggy! The Amish take care of their possessions, but they aren’t prideful. However, I did see a horse or two that might have looked a little proud and haughty. And rightly so… since many of the horses that the Amish buy at auction have been racehorses when they were younger.

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The houses all looked nice and neat.  I loved looking at the colorful laundry, blowing in the wind. The colors you see depend on the community. I’ve visited communities that wear nothing but black or brown. The home below obviously belongs to a district that allows pink and lavender.

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We visited several stores, chatting with customers and clerks — everyone we spoke to, made time to stop and speak with us, answering our questions. No one made me feel as if I didn’t belong.

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And this concludes our little tour…

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Illinois . . . to Indiana . . . to Kentucky . . . and back home to Tennessee.



God bless you and have a great weekend!


Blogpost © 2016 Donna’s Family Life


Casey, Illinois . . . the small town with a big heart

I’m back from Illinois!

Although we had lots of rain while we were there, we had a splendid time! We spend an entire afternoon in Casey, Illinois — the small town with a big heart!

Casey is famous for big . . . huge . . . giant . . .

OK!  They have the World’s Largest . . . rocking chair, wind chimes, knitting needles. crochet hook, pencil, mailbox, bird cage, horseshoe and golf tee. There may even be more things that we missed, but we saw as much as we could fit into the time we had — and most everything was “hands on” fun for the whole family.

Wow!  That rocking chair is BIG!


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Right across from the rocking chair — is the set of wind chimes — and yes, they really work! My grandson loved making them ring . . .

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Next, we found the knitting needles and crochet hook!

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. . . and don’t forget the pencil, with an eraser for those, like me, who make lots of mistakes!

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And this mailbox will hold all the Christmas mail for the whole state — maybe!

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I’m thinking the birdcage was our favorite… the kiddies LOVED it! They sat inside and sang . . .

I’m a sweet little bird in a gilded cage

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And here’s the horseshoe . . . and my precious grandchildren!

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Next time, I’ll share the pictures we got while doing some research for future books…

In the meantime, God bless you and have a great weekend!


Blogpost © 2016 Donna’s Family Life

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