Hi, here's a little bit about us and about our site: We're Stuart and Norma. Along with our four girls (yes, all girls) Crystal, Victoria, Angela and Kaitlyn we are the Watson Family. By now you probably also know that we love Ohio Amish Country!
We live in Conneaut, the extreme northeast of Ohio, in Ashtabula County. We are as far north in Ohio as you can go without falling into Lake Erie and as far east as you can go before entering Pennsylvania.
In the past several years, many Amish have moved into our county and our area. Conneaut is a small community surrounded by very rural countryside - ideal for the Amish and their farms.
We live on a farm as well, and have actually had the opportunity to hire and work alongside some Amish men to build a couple of barns. We've seen first hand their ability and skill in building.
The Amish and their ways have always intrigued us. Their simplistic lifestyle and deeply held religious beliefs appeal to a nostalgic yearning for a simpler time, closer families and a better way of life.
Our Day Jobs
I'm the assistant pastor of a country church as well as the principal of its Christian School. My wife is a homemaker, works for our local Christian radio station WGOJ and volunteers her time at the school by teaching speech class and/or various other duties.
Being in "full time" ministry at a country church isn't the most lucrative position to have - though it is very rewarding in other ways. So, over the years we have looked for alternatives to subsidize our income (especially with four children).
I enjoy carpentry and have done odd jobs on the side. My wife enjoys cooking and started selling Amish canned goods and products (which we hope to feature on our site in time). In looking for ways to expand, we decided to try building a website because it could be done "on the side." The only trouble - we had no clue how to go about it!
A Real Alternative - Enter SBI
I started taking a tutorial course on Microsoft Frontpage and got some of the "For Dummies" books on building a web site. I was basically in over my head - and still clueless!
But then . . . some time in 2005 I came across SBI! At first I thought, "Right, just another gimmick!" I stayed up into the early hours of the morning reading and reading. I downloaded some of their free downloads - and continued reading. I clearly saw that this was in no way a get-rich-quick-scheme, but a real proven system!
Yet, I have to confess, it took almost a year of studying and researching (as well as looking at other methods) while periodically returning to SBI before we agreed to take the plunge and sign up.
At first we were unsure what topic to base our site on - and then it hit us - we love Amish Country and liked to tell other people about it . . . why not a site on Ohio Amish Country? Then we could eventually develope an online store as well.
And Now . . .
Our site is and will be a work in progress for some time. But, I assure you, if we can do it, so can you! You don't have to know html code - I was so ignorant that I actually thought an html file had something to do with hotmail! So, if SBI can help us, they can show you how as well.
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