Thankful for The Simpler Things in Life!

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

In May of 2008, I had the opportunity to cross an important entry off of my Bucket List.  It was to travel to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and visit the Amish. I have always admired the peaceful Amish nature, and their simple lifestyle.


The journey was all I had wished for, and more!  The Amish landscape has a spirit that abides, and changes those who visit!  The experience changed how I view life, and I am VERY thankful for the simpler things in life.  My life is blessed because of it!


Debbie Reynolds (the Real Debbie Reynolds) is hosting a 10 Day Thanksgiving Post Challenge.  The challenge has inspired me to take a little time out each day and contemplate my blessings.  This is Day 1.


I snapped the picture above, while on a Amish buggy ride!


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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Myrl, what a wonderful trip that must have been! Even though I live fairly close, I have not stopped to smell those Amish roses. I think I better do that!

Nov 16, 2016 02:08 AM #1
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

How fun this must have been.  I have always been intrigued with this community.  Harrison Ford gave a glimpse into their world in his movie Witness some years back.  Great post and I love your photo.

Nov 16, 2016 02:09 AM #2
Kathy Stoltman
Rockwood Realty - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

Myrl, I often think the samething. We have seen in just a short period of time such advances with social media etc., that we forgot or maybe I long for the simpler times. Love the picture, love that landscape.

Nov 16, 2016 02:27 AM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Kathy Stoltman - I have rubbed elbows with many folks from various social classes.  It has not been lost on me that the most hard-driving, and "successful" are the ones who are knocking most on the psychiatrist's door!  

Nov 16, 2016 02:34 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl- that is one of the most interesting views of a horse's behind I've seen and i love it.  It took me a minute to figure out how you took it.  I also agree with you about the simple things in life. 

Nov 16, 2016 03:37 AM #5
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Very cool.  As many times as I've been through that area, I've never stopped.  

Nov 16, 2016 03:43 AM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Kathy Streib - I could have swore that you saw some pretty interesting views of a horse's behind during the last election!

Chris Ann Cleland - Ya gotta stop!  Ya gotta stope!

Nov 16, 2016 03:47 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - I would like to visit that area as well. After reading a couple of the posts, I wonder how real estate agents sell property in that part of the country?  We rely on modern tech so much!  I would find this fascinating. 

Nov 16, 2016 04:29 AM #8
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Myrl, Wonderful blessing and what a great memory of your trip. Lynyrd Skynyd recoreded a great song Titled 'Be a Simple Man"! here is a link on Youtube to the song

Nov 16, 2016 04:34 AM #9
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 I will have to go see what the Challenge is all about I hope you are having a good day!

Nov 16, 2016 06:04 AM #10
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat, I visited the area twice and would love to go back. Lovely photo!

Nov 16, 2016 06:48 AM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Robert Bob Gilbert - I haven't heard that song before!  I love it!

Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert - Yes, check it out!

Beth Atalay - I wish I could go back one day soon!

Nov 16, 2016 08:36 AM #12
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I've never been before and I would love to visit someday.

Nov 16, 2016 08:44 AM #13
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I knew at once where you were from that photo, Myrl, but it's probably because I remember when you went to Pennsylvania to visit the Amish.

We were trying today to get in the tour to El Rosario with the Wildlife Foundation group for February to see the Monarchs in Mexico. Just to sit among 50 million butterflies should be mood-gratifying and soul-satisfying, perhaps even mystical in some ways, probably similar to your trip to see the Amish.

Nov 16, 2016 10:28 AM #14
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Myrl, I have visited the Amish country a few times and like you love the simpler things in life.

Nov 16, 2016 11:10 AM #15
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

That is a simpler life and I appreciate you sharing that. I am also looking forward to the other days of gratitude you will be sharing.

Nov 16, 2016 12:26 PM #16
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Myrl Jeffcoat - wow! Great memories of this trip - and yes, that's what we need. Simple things in our life!

Nov 16, 2016 02:36 PM #17
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Dolores and I spent three days in Lancaster this week. It is a wonderful travel destination.

Nov 16, 2016 08:57 PM #18
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Lancaster County is just gorgeous Myrl and yes, the Amish live by the principles of simplicity that help them through their daily challenges of faith.

Nov 17, 2016 10:51 PM #19
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