Even when they are abandoned, Amish homes are peaceful and beautiful. The families do not allow photographs to be taken of their homes and families. We were able to get out and walk around this farm because the family had moved and according to Denny—our trusted guide again this year—this is not normal. We all wondered what happened to this little family because Amish farms are usually passed down through generations.

This is a photo of an Amish school house. The children were out in a nearby field playing and had left their sleighs standing beside the doorway. We quickly stopped to take this photo and noticed that other tourists did the same behind us!