Friday morning, we headed out to Leo/Grabill and spent the night with the Klopfensteins. They took us out to eat at the Cork and Cleaver and I had an excellent piece of prime rib. At the salad bar they had pickled herring and caviar, so that was a new taste experience for me (I enjoyed them both). The menu is printed on a large meat cleaver, which was unique and the atmosphere was warm and comfortable. We enjoyed our visit with the K's and left Saturday morning for Holmes County, Ohio.
We made a stop at Lehman's Hardware Store in Kidron on our way to the Charm Countryview Inn (Bed and Breakfast) in the heart of Amish country. Sixteen couples, headed by some Rittman couples, put a bid on a weekend at the Inn that was donated to the Rittman Nursing Home for their benefit auction. After checking in Saturday afternoon, we went to a young Amish couple's home where we were served a traditional wedding supper. We followed supper with a singing, and then headed back to the Inn for fellowship.
Sunday we worshiped with the Rittman congregation. It was a blessed day and I met a lot of new people and also some old friends. It was good to see and visit with cousin Jane and meet her four daughters. In the evening, we had a pizza supper back at the Inn. After a singing, each of the sixteen couples shared how they met, proposed, and married their spouse. Each story was unique, interesting, and God blessed.
Monday morning, after a huge breakfast, we decided to head for home rather than shop the Amish stores. The predicted snow storm had us worried about what the road conditions would be like as we headed West. We wanted to be sure to be home before dark.
I knew less than half of the couples that we spent the weekend with, but enjoyed meeting the others and spending the weekend with them. What a blessed fellowship we have in our denomination.
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have with us: and truly our is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
I John 1:3