Give Me the Simple Life: Update on Kate

Those of you who have followed my blog for a while might remember Kate, a young woman who was converting to the Amish. Many people think they’d like to become Amish but, in reality, very few have actually seen it through. Kate is one of those few. (Read more of Kate’s story here.)


Kate and I have kept in touch. I just received a letter from her and didn’t think she’d mind if I shared an update with you (so many have asked about her!):

Well, on August 25th I was baptized and taken into the Amish church as a member. Wow! I’m actually Amish! It’s amazing, God’s faithfulness!! He has provided so much strength and guidance. . . . I’m also a schoolteacher. I was asked to teach Special Ed at our private school, and I love it! It’s a challenge but mostly blessings! . . . Well, I better go get ready for the singing tonight. The youth girls are making supper, and we have to take a dish that starts with the first letter of our name! I’m bringing ketchup & potato wedges (kinda cheating but “K” is hard).

She sounds very happy and very committed.

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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. Melissa Weaver says:

    Oh, I envy her. I, also, am very much drawn to being Amish. I used to live close to an Amish community when we lived in Michigan. I wonder if it were the same one, Manton, MI. I too love their simplistic lifestyle, beliefs, and way of living. There are no Amish here in Oregon that I have found. There are Mennonites, though. I would give anything to own Amish dresses, prayer kapps, and have a kitchen like an Amish woman. I long for a more simplistic way of life. Slower, where people respect each other and a community where every draw together. I am much infatuated with them.

    • Mary Hehlke says:

      I also feel the same way. We have Amish friends in PA., who have come to visit us, and we have visited them. Their simple way of living and family touch my heart. They made me a quilt, which is very near and dear to me. I so long to go visit them again. I felt so comfortable and content with them. And I know they feel the same about me.

  2. Linda Knott says:

    I just read Kate’s previous postings and found her strength in God’s will amazing. I didn’t find out about the Amish till I was in my late 20’s and had been married many years, with 3 children. Obviously, at that stage of my life there was no chance for change. I was raised in a Christian home; Grandpa was a Preacher for the American Sunday School Union. I accepted the Lord when I was 10. It wasn’t until after I married that I began relying on him heavily, for I’d made a mistake in my choice of marriage. I’m 65 now and the Lord has pulled me through many turns in my life that I would never have guessed I’d go through. I’ve always been interested in the Amish life and now that I’m alone, I often wonder what my life would have been like had I found out about them at a younger age. Except for the farm activities, I’ve learned to do most of the things the women do….except bake bread, that talent has eluded me. I’ve always sewn clothing, made quilts, cooked from scratch, canned, had a garden and until I moved into a community where clothes lines are not permitted, I hung my clothes out to dry. Kate is a very bright young lady to realize God’s calling at such a young age and to “act upon” that calling. If I was her mother, I’d be very proud of what she’s done.

  3. I enjoy reading the books..but I was raised and went to school with the Amish and I have no desire to live the life style they do…I would be too weak

  4. Debbie Rhoades says:

    Suzanne, does she have any contact with her family? Has her mom accepted her decision to be Amish? Can she have anything to do with her birth family? Please let her know that we are all praying for good things to happen in her life as she assimilates more into her new life.

    Debbie Rhoades

  5. Colleen Bartell says:

    I have often wondered what happened to her journey to be Amish. So glad she made it.

  6. Donita Corman says:

    I admire the Amish but some parts of their customs and faith are not for me. One thing being they don’t actively share their faith with unbelievers. I do admire the way they take care of each other .I love visiting their communities

  7. Erica says:

    Is this being put into a book? I’d love to read more.

  8. Linda says:

    Oh, how I admire Kate. I’m sure she prayed a lot before entering into the Amish faith and community. I so wanted to for many years also. We live near Middlefield Ohio. I love to go there in the summer on the farms to get the vegetables. To watch the children grow over the winter months. I pray someday God will place a Amish lady in my life. I pray God blesses Kate in her coming years!