What do you think of when you hear the words second hand goods. When I read those words, I thought of days gone by when clothes were hand me downs from child to child in a family. These days maybe second hand goods are the same as someone's junk is someone else's treasures like the items found at a garage sale or a yard sale. How about Thrift Shops that sell gently used clothing? All that logic seemed reasonable to me. While researching about the Amish I found the mention of second hand goods. To them it means a woman who is going to have a baby or has had one out of wedlock. That woman is not prized by Amish bachelors for a wife. Of course, there are always Amish couples that marry and in six or seven months a baby is born. The story goes around that the baby came early. No questions are asked. Amish women or men don't talk about a woman's pregnancy outside of her immediate family. When the community attends worship services or some frolic where others are present, the practice eyes of those who have been through several childbearings can see women with expanding waists and fuller skirts. Baby quilting frolics are held with no one in mind, and the quilts are laid back for the events. After the word spreads of a baby born to a family, visits are made to view the baby and give gifts like baby soap, powder, cotton diapers, new bath towels, wash cloths and flannel blankets. The month of rest and gaining strength for the new mother is probably the only time she misses two Sunday worship services which occur every two weeks. The only other excuse for missing a worship service is if she is ill. So with those facts in mind, I wrote my ninth book in the Nurse Hal Among The Amish series. By the end of April, I should have the editing done and be ready to put the book and ebook on the market. Along with the story featuring on a woman considered second hand goods, Nurse Hal and Emma are both expecting babies. To upset their lives in this book, a Englisher in a red sports car is cruising the Amish farming community, trying to pick up young girls. The sheriff of Wickenburg, Iowa has been looking for him after six attacks on women in town, but so far the man has alluded the law. I'm enjoying using Amish pictures sent to me by a friend for covers. This book's cover is three pictures blended together to make Adam Keim's Furniture Shop. In the background, behind the trees you can see Adam and Emma's house and Adam's mother's home, Lovina Keim. Since this is the last year that Emma Lapp Keim will teach school I added, in the text, a picture of her Amish school. A real phenomenon of nature to me is a picture of a huge boulder that was spit down the middle by a tree that sprouted and grew through the rock. That rock and tree play a big part in the story for Priscilla Tefertiller, clerk in Adam Keim's Furniture Shop. If you aren't family with my Nurse Hal Among The Amish series, the stories are about an English Home Health Nurse, Hallie Lindstrom. She was sent to dress a foot wound for John Lapp, a widower with three children. They fall in love and Hallie Lindstrom struggles with the strict rules in the Amish Ordnung. Join my look at life in an Amish community from the view of an English woman. Here's your chance to try books one to eight before I've published Book nine Second Hand Goods. Enjoy reading, Fay Risner
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