Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Amish + Hugging + a Giveaway

Recently someone had asked me about the reaction she received when she tried to hug a mother at a visitation for her (Amish mother) child. She asked if the Amish never hug anyone.

My experience of being Amish for close to 30 years is that Amish refuse hugs from anyone other than their spouse, and even that wouldn't happen in public. But I can't make blanket statements about every Amish community or person.

However when this months issue of the Amish published Family Life arrived in the mail I found it interesting that they addressed the very question I had received.

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If you're interested in having more of an inside look into Amish communities and their way of thinking I am giving you a chance to win a one year subscription to Family Life.

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment telling me something interesting about yourself.

For an additional entry post a link to this giveaway on your blog or Facebook and then come back and leave another comment telling me you did.

On Monday, July 18th I will be choosing a winner by using the Random Generator.

58 comments:

  1. I homeschool three children and am working to start my own homemade sewn toy business.
    Kenda Wathen

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  2. I liked the post on Facebook.
    Kenda Wathen

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  3. Something interesting about me...I can lick my elbow, which is supposed to be physically impossible! :)

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  4. I take violin lessons and I am 62 years old.

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  5. I take violin lessons and I am 62 years old.

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  6. Our three children all live far away. One in Montana, one in the Washington DC area and one in Japan. We miss them every single day which I why I always tell Mom's to cherish each day they have with their children.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. The last of our children is getting ready to leave home and I can't figure out how to only cook for two. Glad some are close enough to visit often.

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  8. My Amish friend and I hug when we part ways after a visit. Her brother always shakes my hand. One thing interesting about me is that I love ringing handbells and used to direct our church bell choir.
    Cindy L.

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  9. I home school 5 kids . Love Amish fiction books . Dream vacation is Lancaster County

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  10. I home school 5 kids . Love Amish fiction books . Dream vacation is Lancaster County

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  11. I posted the link to my Facebook account

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  12. I am a grandma to two granddaughters and three grandsons. The interesting part is that two of my grandsons are identical twins.

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  13. I posted the link to my Facebook account

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  14. I also grew up Amish, with 5 brothers as well as 2 sisters.

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  15. I have 4 children, My oldest son just left for a year of service with Gospel Echoes.
    Geneva Bear

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  16. We have made friends with a group of Amish in IN and they will hug us but it doesn't necessarily seem natural to them. I am trying to think if I have seen them hug each other or if it is only us English doing it. 😀

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  17. My husband said something interesting about me is my terrific sense of smell. I can smell that the trash needs taken out long before he can.
    Maybe it is a bit unusual that my sister Dr. Joan had been my dentist. Dr. Chris my daughter is now my dentist.

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  18. I lived in the Shipshewana area. Moved here after my husband lost his job of 39 years. Have one daughter. Her and her hubby have had 20 biological children. There are 15 living. I go to garage sales around here and buy magazines that the Amish are selling, used. I have not seen this magazine but would love it.

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  19. I love magazines and this one sounds very interesting. Not too much interesting about me. I have taught children's swimming lessons for 29 years.

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  20. I am a professional orchid grower, and in my free time, a Master Gardener volunteer. Can you tell that I love gardening? Unfortunately, the deer reap what they do not sow in my garden!

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  21. I am the oldest of 9 children, and also have 9 children of my own. My mom and I also both have a set of twin boys. : )
    Maybe I'm "part Amish", haha - I'm not a hugger! (A friend who always wore long skirts and knee socks had people stop her regularly to ask if she was "part Amish". Weird.

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  22. I love reading and learning bout other cultures

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  23. When I was 18 I was a rumspringa girlfriend(English) of an old order boy. I would have married if he asked, but alas, it was not to be. However I now attend a modern mennonite church.

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  24. When I was 18 I was a rumspringa girlfriend(English) of an old order boy. I would have married if he asked, but alas, it was not to be. However I now attend a modern mennonite church.

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  25. I love reading all your blog posts and would love winning this! Not really sure of anything interesting, but I have been interested in the Amish for many years. So much so, that we visited Amish country for our honeymoon.

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  26. Hugging among the Amish is more common in Sarasota than it was ten years ago.

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  27. I wish I had Amish friends or Amish neighbors. My late Aunt who lived in Lancaster County had Amish friends and she brought me along to visit one family when I was visiting as a child.

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  28. It would be wonderful to win such a prize. I'm not sure how interesting my life is. But I raised three children homeschooled them all and had four grandchildren two we lost in 2014. Best of luck to all who entered and I'll be sharing on my Facebook too

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  29. I teach Sunday school and always have a houseful of grandchildren.(11 in all, ages 16 down to 8 months old) I couldn't love it anymore if I tried!

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  30. I teach Sunday school and always have a houseful of grandchildren.(11 in all, ages 16 down to 8 months old) I couldn't love it anymore if I tried!

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  31. I so enjoy reading your blog and learning about the Amish culture. As of July 2nd I have 6 grandchildren: 7, 6, 5, 21 months, 6 months, and 10 days old (who now weighs 3# .03 oz) born at 29 weeks. As you can see, God has blessed us. Thank you for sharing your heritage with us. HUGS... and stitches Yes, I am a hugger!

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  32. When I was young my maternal grandfather nicknamed me after our dog.

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  33. I love to read, read, read. Patti

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  34. Part of my heritage is Pennsylvania Dutch. Although I currently live in another state, I consider western PA my home and hope to return there someday soon. There is no place like Somerset Co.

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  35. I am one of 2 ladies that headcover in my non-denominational church. I have shared on FB ;)

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  36. I am the weekend cook at our local jail.

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  37. We weren't Amish, but growing up we weren't big on hugs. It wasn't until I was in my 30's that I began to hug and receive hugs. Sometimes I am still uncomfortable hugging other men. Also, I am tall and sometimes hugs are awkward with other ladies. Weird, I know.

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  38. I am retired from our local medical center. I am a mother to my breast cancer survivor daughter and grandmother to my grandson Jacob. We visit Lancaster County several times a year and I love to read.

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  39. I am retired from our local medical center. I am a mother to my breast cancer survivor daughter and grandmother to my grandson Jacob. We visit Lancaster County several times a year and I love to read.

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  40. I absolutely love to read. I always have. :)

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  41. I love bird watching and we now live in the desert southwest where we have so many species of hummingbirds. If I put my hands around the nectar feeder and stand quietly, the birds are bold enough to perch on my fingers as they drink the sugar water. It is always a wonder to me that something so tiny is so brave.

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  42. I think it would be interesting to win this. I enjoy reading Amish fiction. Thank you for the chance to win

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  43. I sucked my thumb until after I was married. Yesterday Google said thumb suckers were less likely to have allergies!

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  44. I can't think of too much interesting about my self. Unlike a lot of ladies I know, I do not like working outside, therefore I love rainy days, I don't have to feel guilty staying indoors! I used to read Family Life years ago. Would love to read it again.

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  45. I am really excited for fall and then winter. It is so nice to have the cool air come in while the woodstove is going. This is not about me but my 82 year old grandma still sleeps with her window open in the winter... maybe it runs in the family?

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  46. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the drawing. I am retired, and other than helping with my grandchildren, my ministry opportunities are related to co-teaching an ESL class at church, a ladies' teaching ministry, and grading Bible lessons for prisoners. I enjoy these very much. But in personal life, I also look forward to fall, my favorite season, when the humidity and temperature are both lower. The dog days of summer are my least favorite time of year though I enjoy my garden and growing things very much. And I love rainy days. Coming from a farm-based family, we were used to working at any opportunity, so winter, when the outside is less demanding, and rainy days, when it is impossible, are prized and excuse for doing what I want.

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  47. I am so glad I was led to your blog.I enjoy all your posts. Let's see, something about me, well,I have been married for 51 years and still "crazy in love".

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  48. I shared this Giveaway on Facebook.

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  49. Thanks for this giveaway contest. The subscription would be a gift in my mailbox all year. My sister and I own an African Spur Tortoise and he lives in our back yard. We rescued him 9 years ago and he weighed 28 pounds. Today he tips the scale at 91 pounds! He eats only when the sun is shining and hibernates in the winter.

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  50. I have lived and worked in and around Lancaster & York counties in PA. I have had dealings with several Amish in the area.

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  51. Lindz, I've always (well, almost always) slept with the window open. The boarding school I attended insisted we have the windows open at night, all year round.

    I teach about life in the 1700s, and when I am in costume people will ask me if I'm Amish - flowered skirts, lace sleeves and all!

    The only interesting thing about me is that I used to play a harp. The Squire, bless him, says I am still always harping on something!

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  52. Interesting fact about me.... When I was younger I used to love climbing, but now I have an unreasonable fear of heights. I have no idea what happened to change that.

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  53. I met my husband in the Sherrifs academy - he was my handcuffing instructor. 13 years and 7 kids later - I'm a stay at home homeschooling mama and I wouldn't have it any other way :)

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  54. oh family life. i was a subscriber for many years, but sadly my country now has a currency restriction and i can't pay for it any longer :(

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