There was much excitement at The Barn Inn when TLC’s Duggar family with 10 boys and 8 girls along with parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, Jim Bob’s mother, and their oldest son’s wife, Anna along with Anna’s sister stayed here on Sunday, May 31.
The Duggar’s made the decision to come to Amish Country on Friday, May 29, while en route to Ohio. I think I lost two night’s sleep over the excitement.
The Duggar’s large motor home with 23 people on board pulled in at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday night, and our first order of business was to show them through the inn so that Jim Bob and Michelle could decide who should sleep where. Everyone filed through like a giant follow-the-leader game, older siblings holding the hands of younger siblings, very orderly and very quietly. Two youngsters, like serious professionals snapped shots of nearly every room in the inn. After touring the barn, Paul and Michelle planned where everyone would sleep.
The Duggars, who home school their children, have been communicating with a local Mennonite family, so they visited them before retiring for the night. Monday morning met us with sunshine, 23 Duggars, and the film crew from TLC eating, shooting photos, feeding Matilda (our goat), and preparing to visit a local Amish family.
Monday they were filmed as they spent the day with Noah and Mary Yoder and their children. They enjoyed fellowship, comparing life’s experiences, enjoying buggy rides, and a traditional Amish family meal of mashed potatoes, roasted chicken and strawberry pie.
Memories were made and a good experience was had by all.
“18 Kids and Counting” airs on TLC Tuesday night at 9 p.m. For more information visit: www.duggarfamily.com. Look for the Amish Country visit to air late summer, 2009.