Happy Monday! Did you all have a great weekend?
We live close to a teeny little Amish town, whose population is about 195. Once a year they throw a great big bash called Heritage Day. We have been going since I was in High School, it’s like a big family reunion really. My mom grew up in that town, so she and my grandma seem to know everyone!!!! We barely take 4 steps before they see someone else they know. I even get to see the Amish family that babysat for me while my mom and dad ran their café. They used to dress me up like a little Amish Girl.
I was told this Heritage Day brings crowds up to about 7,000 to this small towns tiny 6 store main street and side roads.
I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t take photos of the event. I want my kids to look back at this blog and see their life, their stories, their memories on here. 🙂
If you have been reading the blog a while, you met him here, when we had a very special Piano Party at Hospice House before he went to see Jesus. He was a rock hound, so the kids each decorated a smooth stone for him and wrote him love notes. They said Jesus would look down and tell him what we wrote. Destiny said: You Rock Gpa! Tylan: I Love U
Avery: Love you, miss you, see you when Jesus comes Paxton: Love you Bunches
There are many more relatives at that particular cemetery including my Grandpa Bontrager and Uncle Maynard. So, we spent some time walking around and reading the headstones.
The oldest individual there was born in 1848, and there were 2 newborns there as well. One that went to see Jesus just 3 days before Christmas, how heart wrenching! I think the saddest one of all, was a tombstone listing 3 children’s names and the date they drowned. It’s so good we can put our hope in Jesus and the wonderful reunion in paradise that awaits us!
We got to Heritage Day in time for the Pancake and Sausage feed….
My Grandma’s family left the Amish church when she was 8, but the stuck around and my mom grew up in this town, so it’s always like a mini reunion for everyone.
I just adore seeing all the Amish families! This is a safe, family event, with gospel music playing live from the breakfast tent and fun on the streets.
Tylan has driven his Great Great Grandpa’s Minneapolis Moline for 3 years now, with his Great Uncle Larry who comes from Georgia for this event, so we were surprised when they walked up to us, mid parade. Sadly, mini broke down right before she started in the parade, but we still went and got photos with her later. It’s tradition! 🙂
Here is another tradition that always makes us laugh. After the horses comes the Pooper Scooper! They shovel the poop in, and candy drops out the back!
This event goes all day and ends with fireworks at dusk, but we always head home by nap time. This year we stayed for the buggy races! They were flying!
The boys took turns sitting on Daddy’s shoulders so they could see better, but for some reason, once Ty got up there, then Dale couldn’t see anything!?
I am so thankful to live in such a heritage-rich part of the country, where the roots go down deep and the old timey traditions live on.
This is Post 1 for today, just in case you are hungry, head on over to Post 2 for some divine White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake!!!