Last year, my husband and I were looking to purchase an 80-acre horse farm in Northern New Jersey. Some of my followers may remember my posting the photo of the world’s largest crazy dog that wanted to eat his way through an iron barred horse stall (nickname: Cujo).
I’ve always wanted to have a lot of land and horses and wake up to the sound of silence (not cars and neighbors). I also wanted to create a place for people to visit to learn more about the Amish way of life. This was a life dream to have such a place (minus Cujo).
We didn’t get the property.
But God has a plan.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jer 29:11
Things happen for a reason and sometimes we just do not know that reason. We may never figure out what the reason is or, perhaps, you have to really stretch your imagination to understand the reason.
Why did I have a miscarriage 15 years ago? (Answer: So I could have Cat)
Why did I get breast cancer? (Answer: To focus on what’s important in life)
Why did I inherit depression? (Answer: To become stronger and learn how to fight)
Why am I tired all the time? (Answer: To learn to slow down a bit)
When you look at the big picture, there is always a reason. We might not like the reason, but there is one.
Well, moving ahead…
We did not acquire that 80-acre property, but I never gave up on my dream.
Now, it appears that my dream is going to come to fruition. Barring any unforeseen road blocks, we have found a location to open The Amish Grove in Northern New Jersey*.
Several years ago when the Weaverton Schoolhouse was for sale in Lancaster County, several of my readers tried to persuade me to purchase it. The idea for the Amish Grove will be the same type of concept. By recreating a small Amish farm, people who are too far from Lancaster County, PA will have a place to visit and learn about the Amish. Additionally, my readers will know where they can find me and, if they are in the area, can stop by to visit.
This will become my home-base and allow me to educate more people about the real way of life for the Amish, and not the silly television “reality” shows that depict them in a horrible light.
I hope you are excited because we should have an awful lot of fun making videos and meeting people at The Amish Grove. In fact, all things moving as anticipated, we are planning to have the Plain Fame Trilogy Book Launch on September 29th with a Grand Opening. Stay tuned for more details.
*Once everything is finalized, I’ll share more information.