Hey! My name is Lori O’Dell. I’m 35 years old…a mother of a teenage daughter and a seven year old son, who are the loves of my life, along with my husband. I am a police officer by profession (a patrolman as well as a DARE Officer). My husband is a full-time firefighter, which means we have a very unusual household. 🙂 I began photography a few years ago to escape some of the stress and heartache from police work. I had the feeling that I could bring happiness to others with my camera, and have a feeling of success now in doing just that.
I live approximately three hours away from the Amish community in Seymour, MO. I visit there often, and have began getting to know some of the locals. My mom and I have made it tradition to attend the bake sale they have during the 2nd and 4th weekends of each month during the spring/summer. The Seymour Amish are Old Order Amish. They only drive open buggies and do not have indoor plumbing. They have several small businesses in their homes or nearby shops, offering fresh eggs, produce, tack and harnesses, as well as a small general store that supplies many of the items they need. It is such a friendly group of Amish, they make each and every trip so memorable.
These are some of the photos I took:
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After an extended stay in Montana, where Amish traditions are different than in her home state, Marianna Sommer returns to Indiana for two reasons, first to help her brother and his girlfriend prepare for a baby and their wedding. Second, to plan her own wedding to Aaron Zook — a marriage she’s been dreaming about ever since childhood. And yet, although she had missed the idyllic farms and families of her upbringing, Marianna is surprised that Indiana is somehow making her long now for Montana.
As months pass, secrets that were hidden in winter’s frozen grasp thaw and take on a life of their own. The truths about a child, about a past relationship, and about God’s plans are being revealed. Walking through a valley of questions, Marianna must hold on to hope as she decides where and with whom her heart truly belongs.