Lovina was nice enough to let me post this photo of her newly painted living room. Each Amish community is different, each with their own traditions, rules, and theological interpretations. I'd put Lovina's settlement as pretty middle-of-the-road - not too strict, not on the far liberal end either. The upholstered sofa and recliners would not be permitted in some more conservative settlements, nor would the battery-powered lamp. Note the gas-light on the ceiling. Those put out a lot of heat and they are nice and cozy during the winter, but on a warm summer's night if you are wanting to plop in your chair and read, the battery powered light is lots more practical. Stricter churches would not allow a battery light, they'd use kerosene or gas lamps only. The Amish, as I hope you learn by coming to this website, are not all one homogeneous group, there are lots of differences between churches and that is what makes them so fascinating to learn about. I love the mint-green color of the newly painted walls here, by the way.
About Kevin Williams
Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.