Several months passed in which things remained unsettled. Somewhere in the course of conversation one day at my parents house we mentioned what the farrier had told us about the limits on prayer. My parents weren't impressed and the next time they got to see the bishop (Mom's brother) they asked him about. After talking to the bishops in the neighboring districts he confirmed that yes, prayer was not something they wanted lay members to be doing a lot of. He couldn't support that and it kind of worked as the last straw for him as well and before long he announced that their family would be moving to a new community that was starting in Kentucky.
With my parents planning to move, plus all the uncles and their families we were beginning to feel desperate again. After talking to LV's parents about everything they convinced us we would love the community where they live. That there is so much love there for everyone and it's so much more spiritual. It sounded good so we made plans to go visit them again and to check out the area a little more.
It was snowing when we left but when we arrived at their house we loved how everything was green and warm and the weather felt delightful. They gushed on and on about how wonderful everything was until we decided that yes, this is the place for us. They quickly made arrangements for us to meet with all the ministers for our interview and the reading of their ordnung. The one minister was really friendly but had a way of mumbling into his long beard that it was hard to understand what he was saying. It was late and we had to struggle to stay awake until they got done explaining everything. Before he left he reached into one of his pockets and handed us a copy of the ordnung. It was well worn and creased with several big splotches of grease on it. I didn't want to touch it but LV accepted it and after we had tucked the children into bed we held it gingerly with the tips of our fingers and read it again. Most of it was just the regular do's and don'ts that were a part of any Amish community but at the very end they had a little piece that bothered us a little. There was to be no discussing of any scripture unless a minister was present. We shrugged it off though since we didn't think it would affect us. We weren't prone to launch into the discussions of anything concerning scriptures.
The next day we went land shopping and found a three hundred acre farm a little ways down the road from LV's parents and made an offer. The owner accepted and we went home with a lot of packing and things to do before our moving day that we set for three months later.
Coming home we let the person who wanted first chance at our farm know that we were planning to move. They immediately made plans to move in the day we moved out. It seemed a little surreal that we were actually leaving the place we loved so well.