Penny the Traveling Clothespin Doll shares her adventures at home and abroad.

Archive for July, 2013



Anybody want a little slice of pie?

Penny was thinking of pie when she saw all these berries growing ripe.




Juicy black caps!! Yummy!!




Such a beautiful summer afternoon.  Can you hear the birds and insects singing?




Taking a break sitting on the fence, admiring the flowers.




Becky keeps on working…




 Glorious rays of sunshine.




Fritz delights in mud, see that grin?




 We found yet another patch.




Wow, Penny, your bucket is full already?

You beat me!




Letting the chicken enjoy a sample.  See her drippy beak?





And now to work in the kitchen at making the pie crust…

In the background are shining jars of cherry pie filling that Abby canned.




Lets make three pies so there will be some to share.



We added sugar and cornstarch to the berries, and Penny carefully spooned it into the pie shells.




When the pies were baked, it was time to invite some friends and have a picnic!




So glad you all could come.


Big smile after licking her lips.



There is plenty more, have another slice?



Oh, so yummy!

“Hand me a fork!”



Penny in the land of horse and buggy

Penny in the land of the horse and buggy people



The ride to Ohio in the little white car was snug!  But Penny’s friends Thabeh, Adama, and Amadu made traveling in tight quarters fun!   A little person like Penny can find small cozy places to nestle in and watch the scenery go by.  Here she is keeping an eye on the wedding gift, a box of two elegant lamps.  Yes, the wedding of our friends David and Rhoda is the occasion for this trip, and its going to be very special!





As homeschoolers, there are always books to be studied while traveling!  Books are best friends (but maybe not always math books!)   Yet on a trip there are always interesting things to learn about the places we travel to and the people that live there.





Here’s a view of some Pennsylvania countryside.




And the “Comfortable” Inn she stayed at when she arrived at her destination.




The next day at the wedding location, Penny saw this killdeer momma on her nest in the parking lot.  Four eggs are nestled on the gravel and camouflaged to make them hard to find.





Here is a lively Amish horse impatiently waiting at the hitching post.  He’s asking Penny if she’s ever been in Ohio before, and where she has come from.  “Would you like a little ride?” he asks.





“Oh, Thank you very much,” says Penny. “May I sit here in front?”





And now for pictures of the joyful occasion, the wedding itself, taken mostly be Adama Joy and Thabeh.



 This is my favorite picture of the radiant bride and groom.




The following day, Penny was thrilled to visit  Behalt, the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center  in Holmes County, Ohio.   “Called the Sistine Chapel of the Amish and Mennonites, Behalt, (meaning “to keep” or “to remember,”) is a 10 ft tall x 265 ft long cyclorama, or mural-in-the-round.   Behalt illustrates the heritage of  the Amish and Mennonite people from their Anabaptist beginnings in Zurich, Switzerland in 1525 to the present day. “





 Making friends with an Amish doll.




A comfy bench invites Penny to sit a spell and chat with some more Amish doll pals.




Just imagine walking to school with the Amish children…




 Penny knows I like quilts, so she was sure to get a picture of her favorite flowery quilt – Amish made!  “Won’t you make one like this for me someday, Becky?”




Thabeh, Adama, Amadu and Penny all recommend this stop if you are in the area of Berlin, Ohio!





To celebrate their local Founders’ Day, the Attica First Baptist Church took part in the town parade.  Their float included a model of the church and a sample pew.  Church members dressed in matching red shirts and invited children to come to Vacation Bible School.








Thank you, Wayne and Darlene (pictured here on the right), for using Penny’s cousins in this project.  And thank you for all these great pictures!







 The Attica First Baptist Church






Here is the church’s booth, where church members shared the gospel with visitors.  A pair of  clothespin dolls went along to help tell the bead story.  Those who stayed to listen were given a bracelet with the Gospel Beads to keep.




Below are some special pictures of the dolls checking out the model church.  How fun to find a church building just your size!















In the early days, this side entrance welcomed horse drawn buggies.

“How do you do, Sir? What’s your horse’s name?”



An update from Wayne says:   “We had a Record number pre-registered for VBS AND a record attendance!  Many heard about Jesus and many were saved from eternal separation from God!”


The WORD of God is living and active,

“The WORDS that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.”   John 6:63

“Jesus answered and said, If a man love me, he will keep my WORDS:  and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”   John 14:23


Spread the Word!!