Is is coveting when you are going to get something you love that someone else has? Julie over at Rarely Home Mom posted pictures a few days ago of the most beautiful nativity scene I have ever seen. She showed us a couple of the pieces she had around Christmas and I instantly fell in love. Now she has the whole set and I have set a goal for myself to be to owner of this same set within the next few years.
I have always loved the Amish people. When I was a kid my mom would make Amish quilts with big solid color blocks in the most simple, yet elegantly beautiful designs. She talked about the time she went to visit them and described their simple way of life. From her trip to Pennsylvania she brought me back a set of books about Amish girls and I devoured them. I was looking all over the internet for those books the other night but to no avail.
A couple years later we went on a family vacation back east. We went to Washington D.C. Virginia and Pennsylvania. One place we stayed in Pennsylvania was right outside Lancanster in a bed and breakfast next to an Amish farm. One morning we got up early, went outside and saw the family working in their yard. So we went out and started talking to them. My dad is the kind of guy that can make friends with anyone, anywhere so not before long my dad was on his knees weeding the garden with them and the rest of us were working their yard with them. Then in the afternoon we played softball together. They even took my little brother in their house, which I hear is very rare.
Two families just connected that day. We weren’t an Amish family and a Mormon family. We were just people. Sometimes I think there is such a divide between the Amish and the rest of society—and maybe they like it better that way—but that day there was no divide. We saw the Amish as they really are instead of just a strange people from a distance. I just had such a wonderful time there. It will always be one of my fondest family memories. I can't wait to get the Amish Nativity so that I can always remember the way I felt there in Lancaster county and share the story with my children.