Sunday, June 23, 2013

Shipshewana- Rumspringa Country

Recently, my family and I went back to the Midwest and stopped in northern Indiana Amish country for a visit to Shipshewana! I wanted to spend a day in the world where Liam and Sarah's story takes place. I spent so much time there in my imagination it was amazing to visit it for real and it didn't disappoint. Here are some of the highlights:

The McDonalds in Middlebury where they go after their first back acres Rumspringa party

A horse and buggy traffic jam looking out our front car window, much like Liam experiences driving Sarah to her home for the first time

A horse and buggy ride – the way Sarah and her family get around daily

Author and son posing with Tony the horse after our ride

Um. Well…an obvious byproduct of Amish transportation

Standard road signs in and around Shipshewana and LaGrange county

Lunch at a local café where an Amish gal was working (just like Sarah!)

The most amazing pretzels you’ve ever tasted in your entire life

Amish hats for sale

Beautiful hurricane lamps for sale at the hardware store

A LaGrange county parking lot – Amish style, of course!

It was so easy to imagine the story of Liam and Sarah coming alive!  I was thrilled to spend the day here with my family in the "real" world of my Amish YA novel Rumspringa. If you think you would enjoy a light, contemporary read please click here and download now! 

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