New Series: Homemaking Lessons from the Amish

Homemaking lessons from the Amish

I love the topic of homemaking. I love learning about it, talking about it, and teaching about it.

My blog is, in part, founded on it–my desire and commitment to serve joyfully as a homemaker. I’m constantly learning, and I want to share those things with you.

I have always had a crazy fascination with the simpler living from days gone by–I think this is part of the reason I love Little House on the Prairie so much! I remember even as a teenager, thinking that I was born in the wrong decade (maybe even the wrong century!) Now, obviously, I know that the Lord is sovereign and He makes no mistakes and I was born exactly when I should have been born.

I can’t go back and live in the mid-1800’s. And probably wouldn’t want to once I got there! What I can do, is learn from those bygone days. I can bring forward some of the values and incorporate them into my 21st century life.

When I first learned about the Amish, I was completely taken at how fully they were able to live out those old-fashioned values in their lives and communities. I have to admit that I even put them up on a pedestal at first. Then I moved right into the midst of an Amish community and you can imagine what happened, the same thing that happens anytime we put anyone on a pedestal–they came tumbling right off (it’s okay–they didn’t want to be there anyway!). I learned that the Amish people have their problems and failings, just like anyone else.

However, I learned that I was right about one thing–there is a lot we can learn from them! We can learn from their slower pace of life, simpler living, and dedication to their community. We can learn from their values. And many of these values can help us in our homemaking as well.

I won’t get too ahead of myself because we’re going to be talking about these things in depth over the coming days in my Homemaking Lessons from the Amish series.

I have learned so much and been so encouraged in my homemaking through studying these things and I pray that you will be encouraged as well!

I hope to see you back here tomorrow for the first post.

P.S. If you could use some peace in your homemaking, check out my ecourse, A Peaceful Home.

One last thing…I’d love for you to leave a comment (or hit reply in email) and let me know which topics you’d like to see covered in this series :)

 

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Disclaimer: I am not Amish, nor have I ever been. I’m not an expert on the Amish people. My musings come from both my personal experience and conversations with my Amish neighbors, along with books and other research that I have done. If there are any errors, they are my own. The purpose of this series is solely just to glean some positive inspiration. 

Comments

  1. Mara Rúbia Galarraga Tsokos Fonseca says

    And I, here in southern Brazil, thinking that I was the only woman in the world, idolizing the books (I have all!) And the family of Laura Ingalls Wilder and knowing the existence of the Amish people, wanting to live, like them, the maximum of possible items on simple life. In fact, it is a return to my childhood and adolescence, as a descendant of Germans, I lived without electricity and water in a distribution network, until I was 17 years old. And yes, I was happy and knew it. I love having found your blog! I’ll follow you upstairs, fondly.

  2. Choice Furniture Superstore says

    I am really excited. I am looking forward to your series. Thanks for sharing the post.

  3. says

    I can’t wait to read your series. I feel homemaking is kinda forgotten about sometimes as being something special. I’m sure we can all learn something. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday. Hope to see you at the party next week!

  4. says

    One of my daughter’s studied dance in PA we toured a bit, and visited Amish country. It was beautiful, and we met lovely people. The simplicity, and old world living is inspiring and such a contract to today’s high tech….world. Thanks for sharing your post at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned, and sharing. Cheers! See you again soon.

  5. Ruth Ann Brantley says

    I have loved the Amish and their lifestyle for years. I am looking forward to reading and putting to use the tips you are going to share. Thank you so much.

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