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It's hard to believe that a year ago I put together my first complete Amish Heartland. That issue has remained one of my favorite issues that I have put together. It has been quite a ride traveling the winding roads of Amish country, getting lost and capturing the beautiful countryside with my camera and my writing to share with my readers.
It is wonderful to hear that I am making a difference and can reach so many people through my writing. With each story that brings in new business for a customer and each piece that helps readers to better understand the Amish way of life, I know I have fulfilled my duty as a writer.
Throughout my year as editor of Spectrum Publications, I have had some pretty amazing opportunities. I fed a baby giraffe, had the opportunity to attend one of the most talked about Amish musicals and had some behind the scenes access to many different businesses and events I have done stories on. Who knew a writer could have so much VIP status?
In this issue of Amish Heartland, I share with you the story of La Vonne De Bois and how she came to be an avid ambassador for Amish country. She hopes to share all the beauty and history that is the largest Amish population around and hopes that her tours will have value for not only travelers but locals as well.
My co-worker and I hit the streets in search of another fine dining experience to spotlight in this month's issue and found ourselves at the very popular Boyd and Wurthmann. The down-home atmosphere and fine home cooked food did not disappoint. It is easy to see why this restaurant has stood the test of time and continues to serve some of the finest home cooked meals around.
Have you ever wondered what life would be like growing up Amish? Amish children possess a strong work ethic that they learn early in life from working in and around the home. After learning more about the importance of hard work from the Amish, you might feel a little more appreciative of the chores you were asked to do as a kid.
As I come full circle, I am more and more excited for what is to come. As Spectrum continues to grow, I hope to continue to share stories of local businesses and provide authentic Amish stories that our readers love. As always, I hope you enjoy this edition of Amish Heartland.