Amish horse and buggy tied to a dumpster - Central Maine
Bears Paw Antique American quilt
Made by Mennonite or Amish women @1860
No Tinder is fun
I quite like this photo. A friend took it from his car as he was about to go to the Conference (Liberal) Mennonite church across the way. He took a picture of us Old Order Mennonites gathering for worship. I myself am in that crowd somewhere, somewhere with the younger guys, or parking the buggy yet.
Folks who didn’t grow up around Amish/Mennonite communities will never have to experience the feeling of having ten children, including the baby, wearing matching plaid and staring you down in a grocery store, silent as a rock, as they all keep one hand on the shopping cart. Is the stare full of awe, confusion, or judgement? No one knows
I’ve been seeing a lot of them popping up as of late. Which is weird because I didn’t know that was allowed ?…but great because I’m learning things.
Lynette Yoder taught me that they like a lot of rich comfort foods (I sort of thought I picked up on that from all the videos I’ve watched over the years) but she confirmed it. She’s a Mennonite but grew up Amish.
Her channel shows her lifestyle but also sometimes Amish recipes. I’m not super into processed foods (usually just high calorie puddings and treats) but I feel inspired somehow to maybe just amp up my hygge dinners when I’m in my “Amish mode” after studying about the Amish culture.
I did make a rich rice pudding yesterday that was freaking delicious. Not sure if that counts but that’s my way of practicing hygge and I enjoyed it.
So I feel like this isn’t exactly a da topic but we love to study things we’re intrigued by, and I’m super interested in the Amish culture and their whole way of living…it might seem kinda random but I’ve always had this fascination with their background, their history, their lifestyle, crafts, etc etc…so idk maybe I’ll teach you guys some stuff. But I might share things now and then mostly just so I remember and I did recently purchase a book about Amish life so might get into studyblr to keep me inspired ..that’s all for now.
From the Amish Ausbund hymnal, #122 “Gelobt sen Gott im höchsten thron”. A hymn very popular at Old Order weddings. It can be heard sung in the link above.
Tactical pitchfork. The Amish would be terribly conflicted.
An extraordinary insight into the secretive world of the Old Order Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. When two radical Amish men, Ephraim and Jesse Stoltzfus, start to question some of the most fundamental aspects of their Amish culture, they face excommunication from their church and total rejection by their friends and family.
Last week, I read (from start to finish!) A Wells Landing Christmas by Amy Lillard. This was the first book I’ve read by this author. I realized at the end of the book that it’s actually #8 in the A Wells Landing Romance series by Lillard. The author did a good job of making this a stand-alone book, so I understood it all without having read the previous seven books (although of course there are mentions of previous main characters from other books).
I like reading Amish fiction and I LOVE Christmas, so it was a fun read overall. I had never read an Amish book set in Oklahoma before (usually they’re set in Pennsylvania or Ohio). So that was a different twist. Also I had never heard of the Beachy Amish before - I thought it was because they lived in Florida lol! But then when I googled it, I realized that this more liberal Amish sect is named after a Bishop Moses Beachy. So it was interesting to learn about them and their belief system.
Anyways, the book is about young Ivy Weaver. She’s only 22 but that’s already considered an old maid in her conservative Amish community. Her father passed away unexpectedly a few years before, and then her mother decides to remarry and move with her new husband to an Amish community in Indiana. Ivy is left in Wells Landing, Oklahoma, to take care of her aging grandfather. As the story progresses, it becomes apparent that her Dawdi is suffering from dementia/Alzheimer’s. Ivy works full time to support the two of them, but is called away from work several times to come get her grandfather who has wandered away or gotten lost. And other times she arrives home after work to find her grandfather missing. The situation gets more and more stressful to Ivy as time goes on.
Ivy had fallen in love with Zeb Brenneman a few years before, but because neither of them had joined the church yet, they were not allowed to date. (I don’t think I had realized this about the Amish religion - that the young adults must join the church before they can even be allowed to date, let alone be married!) So they ended up sneaking around behind everyone’s backs, and eventually fall into temptation. Zeb eventually joined the church, but Ivy missed the baptismal classes (which are only offered every-other-year - good grief!!). Then after some unexpected turns of events, Ivy and Zeb broke up and he headed off to Florida and joined the Beachy Amish. Heart-broken, Ivy goes on a wild rumspringa and develops a very bad reputation in Wells Landing, to the point that basically no one in the community will have anything to do with her. In the Amish religion, a member of the church must confess before the entire congregation their (major) sins. Ivy technically doesn’t have to do this because she hasn’t joined, but she feels incredible guilt. And she knows that Zeb, as a member of the church, would have to confess their sins publicly. She just can’t bring herself to admit to everyone what they’ve done. It becomes a vicious cycle and she still hasn’t joined the church.
Right when Ivy is at her wits’ end as to what to do with her ailing grandfather who keeps on disappearing or getting lost, Zeb shows back up in town for the holidays. He offers to help take care of Dawdi so Ivy can work. Ivy wants nothing to do with Zeb, but realizes she needs the help.
Ivy also volunteers at a local Englischer nursing home in town, and becomes particularly close with one old man, who is dying. Ivy feels like the nursing home is the only place where she is accepted, because her Amish community certainly does not make her feel welcome.
Zeb tries to draw her back into their Amish community, but it is easier said than done. There are so many words left unsaid and unhealed wounds from years back.
I won’t say more, but this was a good book overall. I’d give it 3 out of 5 stars. I felt like it was slow / repetitive for a majority of the book. Zeb reaches out to Ivy, Ivy spurns him and tells him they can never be together, Ivy is wracked with guilt over the past, repeat. Then at about 85% through the book (I was reading on my Kindle thus I know the percentage lol!), things picked up speed and got super complicated. The last 15% of the book was jam-packed and went lickety-split! I have no idea why the author tried to cram sooooo much into the last couple chapters of the book. It felt rushed and unruly. I really wish she had not had so much repetition in the first 85% of the book and then made a mad-dash to the finish line at the end. It was just unnecessary, and not good writing style / technique. I’m really surprised an editor didn’t catch this major flaw.
That being said, it was still an enjoyable book for the most part. If you want to read this, I would recommend reading the first seven books in the series before, so that this one makes a little more sense.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
In case you were wondering what Old Order Mennonite Church singing sounded like, here it is! Slow, unison Old High German……
Postcard, The Amish Farm & House, Lancaster, PA, photo and publ. by
James E. Hess, dist. by Dexter Press Inc., ca. 1950s
Morning and evening milking.
John x Rachel