Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Taking More Questions

There is something so cozy about being inside a nice warm house when the snow is piling up outside. It seems like the perfect time to take more of your questions. You can ask anything you like and then I'll work on answering them soon.


  1. I am curious how you will be celebrating Christmas this year and how it differs from how you used to celebrate it while you were Amish.

  2. Aside from your family and close friends, what sort of things do you miss from your Amish lifestyle?


  3. How is your writing project coming along and when can we expect to be able to buy your book?

    I'm really looking forward to them and wish I could buy a boxful for Christmas gifts this year.

  4. The photo of the snow is gorgeous! Send some down here, please. :)

  5. Do Amish parents choose who their children marry?

    Will you be doing the same for your children once they are old enough to get married?

  6. is there truth about the Amish and "puppy mills"?
    I've heard very bad things about the treatment and the connection to the Amish.

  7. Could you explain more of the process of how the Amish train their children to behave during such long church services? Did some moms take the children out for a time? Any other helpful tips? Also, along those lines, how do Amish women get everything done when they have very little ones?

  8. We are interested in the Amish celebration of Christmas, and Easter, too.

    Enjoy your blog so much.

  9. I enjoy your blog! Do you home school your children?

  10. Will you be making your book available in other formats (such as audio) when it's done?

    I'm also curious about how you celebrate Christmas these days.

  11. Thanks for this opportunity! I have quite a few questions that I would like to ask.

    I have read quite a bit of your blog already and have gathered that you grew up in Somerset County. I pass through that area occasionally but have never met any Amish people. Could you tell me where I could visit some of their stores or bakeries?

    Not so long ago you had a post about misconceptions and myths about the Amish. You had mentioned a little something about rumspringa. I would love if you could expand on that subject and any other misconceptions you are aware of.

    I have often wondered how Amish preserve meat since they obviously don't have freezers and yet do a lot of butchering.

    How do Amish women keep their long hair tucked so neatly under their prayer hats?

    How come the Amish can ride in cars but not drive one?

    Did or do you ever wish you could have had a higher education?

    I see that in several of the previous comments you were already asked how the Amish celebrate Christmas and Easter I am also curious how they celebrate birthdays. And how about other holidays like Thanksgiving, Halloween, Valentines Day, Independence Day, and any other national holidays?

    Do you still adher to the Amish practise of non-resistance?

    How aware are the Amish of current events, political and otherwise?

    I read somewhere that most Amish are related and have to marry cousins and second cousins. Are you and LV related?

    What kind of hobbies do you enjoy and do you collect anything?

    Since you grew up learning how to be efficient in a kitchen have you changed much in the methods you use to prepare your food. As in, have you traded in your wooden spoons for electrical appliances?

    Did you have indoor plumbing while you were growing up?

    What kind of church do you attend now and how do it's doctrines differ from how you had been taught in the Amish?

  12. From Rebecca's post you can tell there's lots and lots we'd like to know. I, too, am interested in doctrinal differences. It appears each Amish community has differences, too, making them independent to a degree. Is there anything similar to a denominational convention for over all doctrine?

  13. I have felt the need to wear long skirts for quite some time now. I tried a couple years ago to make the switch, but a lot of people teased me. Do you have any suggestions?

  14. This is a history question, but maybe you have some idea:
    The Industrial Revolution sort of started with thread and fabric production. Was this manufactured fabric immediately adopted by the Amish, or did home spinning wheels stick around for a while after, and if so, how long? Would, for example, your grandmother have known how to spin yarn?

    I wear long skirts all the time and have done so for a few years. When I started wearing them even in the winter (with leggings underneath, though I'm making some flannel bloomers soon), I got questions. My usual answer to people asking now why I wear skirts all the time is "there is no such thing as jeans that fit." And, since modern fashion dictates that jeans not be made in the way that *I* want them to fit, I figure this is true! I don't want skin-tight, I don't want my butt crack to show, and I don't want them to fall down. Plus, you can't layer under them for warmth, like you can with a skirt.

  15. Mackenzie - Good for you! You're not alone in this decision. :)

    Here's a question... I wear skirts all the time in a family that doesn't approve. I am trying to find a modest way to go out and romp around in the snow... I don't like snowpants and I don't suppose a skirt would keep me very warm. No one I've talked to had any answers... what do your children wear?


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