I hope this isn't too personal, but I have been wondering why you left the Amish?
Since I am chronicling the journey of a happy little Amish girl to where I am today. Still happy, but no longer Amish. I will come to the part where we made the hardest decision of our life. And will share everything then.
And do you ever see your family?
It has been a long time since I saw my family last. Unfortunately our choice to leave the culture we grew up in put a strain on our relationship.
What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?
Our favorite Christmas tradition is the huge Christmas breakfast I always make. We look forward to it all year long.
Have you any regrets about leaving?
We have no regrets about leaving. Our only regret is that we didn't leave sooner.
What is the most wonderful memory of being Amish?
My most wonderful memory? Hmmmm. This one requires a lot of contemplation. I have many great memories. I don't think it's possible to narrow it down to only one.
I have always wondered if all Amish communities are the same?
There are many differences between Amish communities. Some are so big that they won't even consider fellowshipping with other Amish churches that aren't bound by the same rules.
I was wondering if someone can become Amish?
Yes, there is a possibility to join the Amish. However it is a long drawn out deal, of learning two new languages (Pennsylvania Dutch for everyday conversations and German for church services.) and the quirks of living their lifestyle, and most important would be being accepted as a member of the church. Which is not an easy feat.
I'd be interested to know what church if any you attend.
We attend a non-denominational Bible believing church.
What are your thoughts on 'plain' anabaptism?
I think they have many good points and I still hold some of the convictions of being raised in that type of background. However over the years they have lost their focus on the main issues.
After your years of rumspringa what helped you make your decision on what to do with your life?
The word rumspringa means simply "running around" which is what it is called once Amish youth are considered old enough to join the youth group. Which in the community I grew up in and also a lot of others is not nearly as exciting as a lot of Amish books and movies portray it to be.
I joined the church when I started rumspringa and life was fairly boring.
For another former Amish view on rumspringa visit here.
I don't mean to be rude, but I am curious as to how old you were when you left the Amish?
I was in my twenties.
Do the Amish in your area vote?
No, the Amish in our area don't vote.
Did you all ever go out to eat?
The only time we went out to eat was when our friends from Georgia came to see us and would take us to a nearby Ponderosa. It used to be one of the highlights of each year.
What made you buy a computer when you left and how did you start blogging?
We needed a computer for a business we were in at the time. And I started this blog as a place to jot memories and have something that I'm comfortable with for the children to read online.
I have met numerous Amish people over the years and have noticed they never wear jewelry, not even wedding rings. I have often wondered why they don't at least wear wedding rings.
They class any and all jewelry as unnecessary and prideful.
Do you also speak a German dialect?
We still speak Pennsylvania Dutch at home at least 70% of the time.
I was wondering if after they leave are they welcomed back?
Anyone who leaves the Amish is welcome to come back if proper repentance is evident and they successfully pass a period of proving time. (Anywhere from 6 months to a year.)
Do Amish keep up with the current events?
Most Amish do. Some prefer not to.
Why is going barefoot so prevalent among the Amish?
It's comfortable and freeing to be released from the confines of shoes every spring especially if you are a child. Gardening is much easier if you don't have to worry about getting dirt in your shoes. And since wearing sandals isn't an option in a lot of communities I'm sure that makes a difference too.
My question is whether this was media hype because of one abusive family, which can happen anywhere, or are there some communities who are more severe with their children?
I have never been in any Amish community where it was okay to be severe with children. I have only ever known one family personally where there was a problem of abuse. There is a lot of exaggeration out there of how horrible it is to be raised in an Amish family. Some of it touted by bitter ex-Amish who are trying to inflict as much pain and damage to the Amish communities as possible.
I notice that your girls wear dresses that are plain-ish. Is this a carry-over from your Amish values or a matter of practicality? One more: do you still cover your hair?
I still have a lot of fabric left over from when we were Amish and I enjoy sewing. Also I am allowing Sunbeam to wear some of the Amish dresses Rosy used to wear. So I would call it a matter of practicality. I don't cover my hair at home, but still do most of the time in public.