Our first year of living in our new home was almost up and it was time to get our house Amishified. It had been nice being able to enjoy the convenience of electric lights and refrigerator and we really didn't want to mess our house up too bad by making all the required changes, especially since we had no intentions of living in this community for long and wanted the house to be market ready.
Instead of stringing unsightly copper pipes through out the house to hook up propane lights we opted to buy several floor model types that used a car battery to power the two light bulbs. The battery needed to be recharged every week but we liked it much better than our other option.
We built a small addition to the house so we would have room for a gas refrigerator and water heater. It was frustrating having to make all these expensive changes especially since electricity wasn't a total no no in this community. Farmers used electric for their barns and the well pumps were allowed to be electric as well. Only the women had to be totally with out the convenience.
We had everything in order though by the Sunday that they were going to accept us as members in the church. We had already made plans to go check out a different church back in Pennsylvania the very next week and the only reason we agreed to become members of this church first was to make our move to a new community easier.