Born Amish Author:Barbara Yoder Hall Until age eleven, Barbara's life consisted solely of home, school and church ...all AMISH. The nearest town was Fredericksburg, Ohio - and although it was only five miles away - her family rarely went there. They didn't need to. Their needs were simple. The Yoder children's glimpse of the world came only in the form of an occasional car that p... more »assed as they walked home from their one-room school. But even those glimpses were rare.
One day, Barbara's parents made a decision...they would leave the Amish religion, but that was hard to do and still live in the community. They decided to move near a town in Ohio that was known for its Mennonite churches...Hartville, Ohio.
There were ten Yoder children then. The older ones experienced some cultural shock as they were plucked from their friends and relatives.
To the younger children it was a picnic. What delightful toys they found in their new house...things they never knew existed (window blinds, electric lights and inside toilets). Barbara still lives near Hartville with her husband and four sons. Watching the boys grow into dedicated young men, she is sure that some of the valuable traits that were instilled in her as an Amish child, have somehow filtered into the character of her sons.« less