I have always seen quite a few Swartzentruber Amish in my home office. They would hire a driver and come up to our home. It would be about an hour and a quarter each way. Needless to say, they weren't very good about coming for many visits. The drivers were just too expensive. Now I am at least 30 minutes closer. Close enough that some could even make a day trip in a buggy for their appointment. They seem to be happy about our move. On Monday, four different families came up. It was a busy day.
|Baby is unwrapped as our house was warm. They only use a carseat if the driver insists on it. This driver did. Baby has a cap on and a scarf over it. Everything is pinned on and together. The pacifier is part of the uniform.|
|Adult Swartzentruber Woman's going out covering to go over her cap and cape, made from a wool blanket that would be safety pinned on.|
|Swartzentruber lady's bag. It serves as both a purse, diaper bag, and snack bag. They all look the same so all of them have the owner's name on the inside.|
|Swartzentruber baby dressed to go out. This is not seasonal. This is how they go out summer and winter.|
Amish Church is held in people's homes rather than in a specific building. Every family has to take their turn at hosting church once or twice a year. They are also responsible to provide a meal for after church. Your house has to be spotlessly clean for church. The US Navy's white glove inspection has nothing on the Amish. Women have to clean for weeks to get ready for church. Ceilings, walls, floors, and everything in between have to be impeccably clean. Families will often get together to help each other get ready. The meeting may be held in the house or the 'shop'.
|Blackberry Pie gifted to me from an Swartzentruber patient|