Memory Making in Amish Country

Have you ever been to Amish Country? I’m returning to September 3, 1998 when my daughter Eva-Marie and I made a trip to Ohio, to a Homecoming organized by the book club Heartsong Presents. I went along for the ride, so to speak, since she was a member and due to her health condition I had to accompany her.

What sweet memories we made in that beautiful Amish Countryside. I’ve been going through my scrapbook pages back and forth. It’s bittersweet, because I don’t have my girl anymore.

Google “Amish” and read about these peculiar but beautiful people

Eva-Marie lived for her books. Through the stories she could be transported to romantic fantasy worlds her body could not take her. And the communication she had with the authors made her feel part of the world.

It took a lot of effort on her part to make the 1,500 miles trip. From Missouri, to Illinois, through Indiana, to Ohio… I was fascinated at the beauty of the countryside. Eva-Marie was only interested in meeting the authors and her fellow club members.

Hannah Alexander, Andrea Boeshaar, Colleen Coble, Tracie Peterson, Colleen Reece… just to name a few of the authors. It gets crazy with just “book-talk”! But, oh how happy it made Eva-Marie!

Eva-Marie with some of the authors of the romance novels

If you have a chance to make memories, do it! Don’t put it off! Time flies, things change, losses may come… One thing no one can take away are your memories. Make many, so you have a host of them to RETURN to.


About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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