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The Amish generally prohibit photos taken of themselves. These concerns have deep roots in Biblical passages that decry the "graven image." Out of respect for Elizabeth's family and Amish photographic prohibitions, there  will be no "people photographs" featured here. This section, however, will provide people with a rare glimpse at the furnishings and sparse setting of an authentic Amish home. More photos will be periodically posted here.

Horse in their final days...Elizabeth's two Belgian horses walk towards the feeding trough in one of their final days on the farm. Elizabeth's two sons, Amos and Albert, sold them at an auction in Shipshewana, Indiana in early March. The draft horses just weren't needed by the Coblentzes since the death of Ben Coblentz last year.
Rachel plays Lovina's six-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, at a game of Connect Four.
Dinner!A delicious dinner of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, home-canned corn, and sliced bread awaited us at Lovina's.
The Famous Wall MopEditors Note: Elizabeth daughter Verena demonstrates the wall-mop that Elizabeth wrote about in her column. The mop, with it's cloth cleaning head and pivot quality, is handing for cleaning off the walls and ceilings, a common activity before church is held in the home. I tried to read the name of the manufacturer of the wall-mop, but in the dim light the worn print was impossible to read. A small Amish country store near Elizabeth sells the wall-mop. Ive thought about buying some and selling them on this website, but shipping such a long item would likely be more trouble than its worth. If anyone out there really wants one of these wall-mops, perhaps I can check more indepth on my next visit with Elizabeth. If so, please email me.
Thank you - Kevin Williams, Elizabeths Editor
Kevin Williams and RachelTired of being beaten by Susan, Rachel and I play each other in a game of Connect Four. Our contest ended in a tie. Elizabeth, Lovina's oldest daughter, watches as we play.
Elizabeth's garden sits empty awaiting the seeds of spring. This plot behind the Coblentz home annually produces a bountiful harvest of vegetables, herbs, and fresh flowers.
This Christmas cactus is another beneficiary of Elizabeth's green thumb. With regular watering and a prime spot on the west side of the living room, this plant blooms year after year.
This new sleeker stove replaces Elizabeth's older, bulkier Hitzer stove. This stove has thermometers on the outside so one can monitor cooking temperature and can burn wood or coal. A water-storage compartment on top allows for quick boiling of water.
This poinsettia was a gift to Elizabeth three years ago. Usually situated on the north side of Elizabeth's living room, the traditional Christmas plant has thrived, blooming year after year.
Clothing is a vivid symbol of the Amish culture. It's generally "plain" in appearance. There are no buttons or zippers, simple "hooks and eyes" fasten clothing. Bonnets and shawls are mainstays among the women, with wide-brim hats being preferred by men. As shown here, most outerwear is charcoal-colored black. Shirts and dresses are often bright, cheery solid-colors like green, blue, and rust. All the clothing is hand-made, with hours of hand-sewn labor going into each item. Elizabeth's initials are monogrammed on her shawl for identification.

The woodstove is the center of the typical Amish home. After a hard day's work, or on a cold winter's evening, the family will settle into hand-made rocking chairs and sit around the warm stove. Children play with toys on the floor. It's a cozy, serene setting. This photo shows the "family room" stove, used for warmth. Other stoves are larger and are used for cooking meals. The plants in the foreground of this photo are also common in Amish homes. Plants are a simple way to celebrate life and are cared for and cultivated meticulously by the Amish.

A storm blows in from the surrounding Indiana prairie, promising downpours and a punishing wind on June 13, 2000. This is the view of the storm as seen from Elizabeth's yard.
A bright red hand-operated water-pump sits in a darkened closet off the Coblentz kitchen. This is where Elizabeth and her family obtain their well-water from an underground cistern. Such sources of water are common among the Amish.
Elizabeth's editor, Kevin Williams, on a recent visit to delivery some reader mail to her. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Some might seem surprised at my casual clothing. Cut me some slack! The air-conditioner in my car was broken that day, it was extremely hot and humid, and the Coblentzes know me like family. They've seen me in a pin-striped dark suit and t-shirt and sandals. We're comfortable in our separate worlds. This type of attire, however, would not be appropriate on a Sunday or for someone meeting them for the first time)
Elizabeth's home-made fly-traps are excellent for naturally ridding your yard of insects.
The "ausbund" is the hymnbook that the Amish use to sing from during their church services. All the songs are sung in traditional German dialect. The books are stored in wooden boxes and transported inside the bench wagon.

Many harnesses of various use hang from the wall inside the Coblentzes shed.  The shed houses the family's buggies. Four-wheeled buggies are the standard mode of transportation, but Elizabeth's oldest daughter Verena has a two-wheeled cart that she uses. She says its easier for the horse to pull the two-wheeled cart.

Looking east from the Coblentz farmstead one sees the pristine, pastoral scenes of fields and more Amish homes tucked away amid the folds of Indiana's gently rolling agriculture country. This photo was taken closer to sunset. At sunrise the view is shrouded in morning mist and a crimson sky. Horse-drown buggies gently move down the gravel road on their way to daily duties. My shadow casts a small reach in the lower-center of the photo, looking through the Coblentz clothesline.


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