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    Amish Chat & Chew

    I just returned from spending Thanksgiving week at my home in Shipshewana. While there we were invited to an Amish home for a “Chat and Chew”….what a wonderful evening! Sam and Elizabeth Yoder have 10 children, 36 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. First we all attended an Amish auction held yearly to raise funds for a school of which many of their grandchildren attend. Then we went back to their farm home for the “Chat and Chew” where Elizabeth served fresh popped corn and cold beverages. We sat in their living/family room lighted by a single lamp burning white gas. Elizabeth gave me a tour of their home to share with me the bed quilts she had made along with one on a very large quilting rack that she and her family members were making as a wedding gift. On one upstairs bed, newspaper was spread out single-layer over the quilt. Elizabeth told me that she spreads out clean sheets over the newspaper and uses it to spread out her homemade noodles to dry. I also learned that they have everyday quilts and their best or fanciest quilt is used on the bed for Sundays only. As we were leaving we were presented with gifts….my husband received a lamp that runs on batteries which can be clipped onto your hat or clothing to see your way in an unlit area and a card of replacement batteries. Elizabeth presented me a purse that she had handmade/quilted. As the night came to a close and we were leaving they walked us out lighting our way by flashlight. What a wonderful visit of beautiful people which I was excited to share here.

    I sincerely hope that all of you enjoyed a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving holiday week.
    Last edited by Nancy Ingham; 11-28-2011 at 12:21 PM.
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    Just think if everyone had an opportunity to spend an evening at a Chat and Chew how much better the world would be. You are very lucky to have had such a wonderful evening.
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    We spent time with a Menonite family once. Very nice people.

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    Sounds wonderful, good for you to be invited.
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    It sounds like you had a wonderful time I have traveled to a couple of Amish area's just to go look at all the wonderful quilts and everyone is so friendly it's almost like its a stress reduced weekend after you get back.

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    Wish I had known you were so close - I love Shipshewanna , and how special to be invited back to the house for a Chat and Chew - sound so peaceful.
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    How special........you should put a picture of the purse on here.
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    What a lovely evening you had. I visited Shipshewana for a quilt retreat about 12 yrs ago. I had to inspect every inch of Yoders (both stores) and Lolly's before the fire. The Amish are a beautiful people.
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    I was very interested to read of your visit to the Amish home for a “Chat and Chew” how peaceful and friendly it all sounds. Thank you for sharing with us!
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    Many of our customers are Amish and Mennonite greenhouse growers. In fact, one of our customers is named Sam Yoder, but Samuel and Yoder are very common names among the Amish. A few have become good friends and we look forward to seeing them every year (along with the newest baby!) at the trade show in July.

    I'd love the opportunity to spend a day or a weekend on an Amish farm. We've been invited several times, but we've never taken any of them up on it.

    I've been following for weeks the story about the break-away Amish group that has been cutting the hair of the married men and women of their former Amish group. I was glad to see that they made 7 arrests last week.
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    We have both Amish and Mennonite communities near us, what wonderful people. Love to watch their children at play, no argueing or bad talk, and always grins. Hard working folks, we can all learn from them.

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    I love the Shipshewana area. Probably my favorite place of all to visit. Lolly's and Yoder's are awesome! I get so excited just knowing I'm going!!! Did you go to Lolly's basement to the fat quarter boat? I could spend hours there searching for pretty fat quarters.
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    We got a great opportunity to get to know some Amish people. My DH's older sister had their log house built by the Amish. So we were able to visit with them daily. Twice one of the woman came for the day. It was awesome to talk with these people. We had 8 wonderful months with these people. They also did the cabinet work inside, all from board wood..made while we watched. With deer antler handles and all. Just beautiful.
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    what a wonderful gift to be invited ito spend time with an amish family

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    What a wonderful experience you had. Is that their custom to bestow gifts upon company as they leave? Interesting. Yes, please do post a picture of the purse. That would be fun to see!

    Oh a totally personal note.......... My daughter and 5 children (and hubby) live in Laconia. I've visited on several occasions and love the area during the summer and fall. Don't think the snow footage during the winter appeals to me too much. lol Pretty, pretty area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nan C View Post
    How special........you should put a picture of the purse on here.
    I wish I could but the purse was a wonderful paisley print in bright summer colors and I left it behind at my home in Indiana. However, I did bring home a "friendship" quilt that I bought at auction for $5.00. Yes, it was not an error, I said $5.00. I brought it to the chat & chew and Elizabeth and I poured over it. She was the one that told me that it was a "friendship" quilt where each family member or friend made a square then gathered to put it together and quilt. It was a quilt that would have been only used on the bed on Sundays and was made some 65 years ago. Elizabeth said that the owner of the quilt possibly passed away, and that is how it went up for auction. It is amazing and I just love it!! I will take some photos of it and post them here very soon.
    Elizabeth told me that because of the economy, their homemade quilts do not bring the money that they once did, making it difficult to sell them for all the work that has gone into them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GlitzyMe View Post
    What a lovely evening you had. I visited Shipshewana for a quilt retreat about 12 yrs ago. I had to inspect every inch of Yoders (both stores) and Lolly's before the fire. The Amish are a beautiful people.
    Yes, that was a terrible fire...the mercantile was rebuilt and the building of it was on CNN as the largest stick built building in the USA. It was entirely built by the Amish and my husband and I watched the progress of the building of it. There was not a hard hat in the area, the Amish worked with their own hats, their wives came to feed their husbands lunch and their children ran around bare foot at the construction site. There are photos hanging in the staircase of the building of the mercantile. We also watched the carving and painting of the horses for the carousel on the third floor. In fact, when the building was being constructed, we were given the opportunity (and did) to sign our names on the back of the finished trim pieces installed in the building. Someday in the distant future, maybe someone will find our names!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Many of our customers are Amish and Mennonite greenhouse growers. In fact, one of our customers is named Sam Yoder, but Samuel and Yoder are very common names among the Amish. A few have become good friends and we look forward to seeing them every year (along with the newest baby!) at the trade show in July.

    I'd love the opportunity to spend a day or a weekend on an Amish farm. We've been invited several times, but we've never taken any of them up on it.

    I've been following for weeks the story about the break-away Amish group that has been cutting the hair of the married men and women of their former Amish group. I was glad to see that they made 7 arrests last week.
    Yes, they truly are a beautiful people! We have lived among the Amish in Shipshewana part time for nearly eight years and have known Sam and Elizabeth all of that time....they are very dear friends. Ron & I plan to retire in Shipshewana hopefully within the year.

    You should not pass up an invitation to visit with the Amish, take them up on it!
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    What a wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving weekend, I love the Shipshewana area. I have a quilt that was made for me by a Menonite lady from there then sent to an Amish lady here in Michigan for hand quilting. What a treasure it is for me to have & the letter that the lady from Michigan enclosed will always be cherished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KyKaren1949 View Post
    I love the Shipshewana area. Probably my favorite place of all to visit. Lolly's and Yoder's are awesome! I get so excited just knowing I'm going!!! Did you go to Lolly's basement to the fat quarter boat? I could spend hours there searching for pretty fat quarters.
    Yes, I shop Lolly's basement store every trip I make it back to my home in Shipshe!
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    I have always found the Amish to be very special people.

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    We went camping when my kids were young at the campgrounds an amish man with his kids came and gave buggy rides and while my kids were waiting his three kids went in to the store and bought one candy bar and the oldest devided it three ways as young as mine were they could not understand how they only got one candy and shared it

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    what a beautiful story, what a wonderful opportunity you had...
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    Sounds like a wonderful holiday. I love visiting Amish country and would enjoy such an evening myself. I think I would enjoy life somewhere in between the "English" and the "Amish".
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    Sounds like a wonderful evening.

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