One of the driving values that motivates an Amish community is maintaining their style of life and allowing their children the same option as they grow old enough to start their own families. In the past most Amish families made their living off the land through farming and dairying. It has been their heritage to help their children buy farms as they got old enough to enable them to continue the lifestyle and practice of their beliefs.

But the success of the Amish communities has worked against these very values. As the communities have grown and the quality of life has ...

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By: Jennifer Yoder


Growing up in Holmes County, Ohio’s Amish Country, I never fully appreciated just how lucky I was. Looking back, one of my favorite things to do was go to my grandma’s house on Saturday afternoon. The afternoons that I loved the most were the ones when we got in her jeep and traveled the few miles from Farmerstown to Charm, getting excited and pointing out all the horses along the way.

We would end up at a quaint little country shop called Millers Dry Goods. As a kid, I thought the store was a magical place. There were fabric ...

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Nina Polien Light

Lone Star Quilt Shop’s handmade Amish merchandise has attracted locals and tourists alike for the past 36 years — and now there is even more to love about the family-owned store.
“Before expanding our store in February, 2017, we had only half the building. Now, we’ve doubled our space,” said Amy Miller, daughter of shop owners Ada and Lee Miller and a part-time employee. “And this past September, we bought a purse company, so people can watch purses being made at the store. We have 10-12 different styles and a couple of different colors.”
The shop ...

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