What is a Simple Life?

During dinner on Sunday night, I asked my family what they thought about the lifestyle of our Dunkard cousins.

My niece (age 23) didn’t understand why they dress the way they do. She thought it almost seemed attention-grabbing. My daughter (age 20) agreed. They were put off by the “frumpiness” factor.

My son (age 17) thought they were ordinary people, just a little more conservative than most of us.

My other son (age 24) thought they made life harder than it needed to be. Take canning. They put up about 50 jars of peaches each summer to eat throughout the winter.

Everyone agreed on the notion that we have more in common than what separates us–valuing time spent as a family, in particular.

What do you think about living a simpler life? It seems like such an appealing goal, but what does a simpler life really mean to you?

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Anna and Avani says:

    It’s the frumpiness. That wraps it up. There’s simple and there is frumpy – and there is a BIG difference!