The best part of the day came next when we went to visit the one and only Emily! And Bob, of course. We were even lucky enough to catch a glimpse of their cat, Frances. Emily and Bob gave us a tour of their house (their "manse") which is an absolute reader's paradise in addition to being a lovely home. We also toured both churches -- the new and the old. I especially loved the old church and I cannot believe I did not take a single picture. I think I was just taking it all in, but my camera was right there in my bag and I didn't pull it out once. Sigh. They also took us to look at some Amish furniture, beautiful quilts, and we got to sit in the famous chair that is probably the most perfect reading chair ever, but at quite a prohibitive cost. Bob made sure we didn't miss a highlight of the shops and that was really fun. I now have all these mental images to accompany Emily's blog posts and a snapshot of their life in Paradise.
We finished the evening with dinner at a Thai place where both Bob and Emily indulged Zoe in her magic tricks and know-it-all performance. I'm not sure Zoe let any of get out two full sentences without being interrupted, but it was only in her attempt to impress our hosts. She has already asked when we're going to visit again. My answer: soon!