By Kevin Williams
Remember last week? I scoured the blogosphere like a telescope searching the Milky Way for life and I came up empty. Empty. This week isn't a whole heck of a lot better: slim pickin's. But what I did find was interesting. So let's get into it:
AMISH HOUSE: This may be one of the most fascinating posts and it's not even a blog, technically. This is a real estate listing I found on a Kentucky website. This house is for sale near the Cub Run/Munfordville area, a very populous Amish community. It's interesting they have it listed on a website because you'd think it'd just go to another Amish buyer (and those sales are very often word-of-mouth/grapevine). So if you want dibs at a gorgeous house and don't mind having to install your own electric, this might be the deal for you! Also, note the gorgeous floors, the spacious kitchen, and outbuildings. The Amish moved to this area starting in the early 90s in a mass migration from Lancaster County, so many of the styles you see here are lifted straight from there. Click here to see this gorgeous Amish home.
BONTRAGER SINGERS: Okay, I am glad I discovered these fine folks. It says nowhere on their website anything about being former Amish, but, there are several clues that they are either ex-Amish or a generation removed: 1) Kalona, Iowa is their location, 2) last name Bontrager, and 3) large family. Combine those three factors and it's pretty obvious. The Bontragers seem like a super family who spread the Gospel through beautiful harmony. Click here to visit their blog ad learn more about them. I'll check in with them from time to time.
BARN BEAUTY: Tom the Backroads Traveler captures an Amish farmstead in rural Upstate New York. Click here to check it out. The Amish continue to find that region welcoming.
AMISH GOOEY CHOCOLATE BARS: Ah, leave it to Patricia's Patchwork blog to save the day when it comes to a recipe. And, bonus, she also shares with us a bit about her journey to Jamesport, Missouri recently...so if you want a decadent chocolate fix, look no farther! Click here!
STICK FIGURE AMISH: You know, I didn't quite know what to make of this blog posting. I told you, I was scraping the bottom of the barrel this week:) No, ust kidding...I actually found this blogger's stick figure renditions of the Amish humorous and pretty good. What do you think? And, by the way, I'll say it again: most Amish that I've met over the years have had a wonderfully wicked sense of humor. I think most Amish I've met would find these drawings funny and not disrespectful. Click here to see for yourself.