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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Amish Flowers

This past Tuesday I went on a day trip to Lancaster County to stock up on goodies for my shoppe and my sisters came along for the ride. On the way to one of the wholesalers, we passed a roadside stand where an Amish family was selling beautiful bouquets of flowers from their cutting garden and we made a mental note to stop on the way home.

When we stopped later that evening, there was only one bouquet left. When we pulled into their driveway, one of the girls came out from behind the house and my sister, Wendy, asked her if there was enough for all of us. She asked us to return in a little while since they were eating dinner on the back porch.

After a little ride around the countryside, we came back to the house. We pulled into the driveway and was greeted by five beautiful children....4 girls and one curious boy.....and they had three stunning bouquets for us cut fresh from their flower garden! This obviously is the girls' "business" and they were delighted that we asked to have more made for us and were very proud of their work! The mother looked on from the back porch holding her infant daughter and waving (yes, that makes 6 children!) and the father even came out and gave us a friendly wave and a smile! They were so kind to us, to their children and obviously proud of them as well!

When my sister paid for the flowers, she gave the girls a tip; afterall, we had interrupted their dinner and they had done such a wonderful job. They were excited and grateful for the little extra income and probably had already began thinking of what they were going to treat themselves to the next time they rode into town!

This is one of those little moments in life that I will never forget! Such simple experiences can be memories that last a lifetime.

I want you to enjoy the flowers as well, so here is a picture. They placed them in a mason jar and wrapped the jar with fabric. Didn't they do a wonderful job with the arrangement? Enjoy!

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Mary Jo

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