Saturday, January 12, 2013

Fun Questions and Answers ~ Part 4

Have you ever used a fire extinguisher?

No, thankfully there was never a reason for me to need a fire extinguisher.

What time do you eat dinner? And do you always sit around a table to eat?

Dinner is usually served somewhere between 5:30 and 6:00. And yes, we enjoy gathering around the table in the kitchen to eat. It's a time to relax, enjoy good food and conversation. I find it to be a nice way to start unwinding after a busy day.

What is your most meaningful heirloom?

After we got married LV's parents gave us the big clock that they had received when they took over the family farm. Since they were moving and we were taking over the farm, the clock now belonged to us with the instructions to someday pass it on to our youngest son.

We basically said good-bye to our chance of owning any other family heirlooms, because we left the Amish. That doesn't really bother me, but at the same time when I happen to see something I used to love that my parents or grandparents used to own I consider buying it.

I found a cookie jar at an antique shop just like the one we used to have when I was a little girl. I bought it and on my way out of the store the handle on the shopping bag broke spilling the cookie jar onto the floor and smashing it into hundreds of tiny pieces.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate. Preferably milk chocolate, but please no white chocolate.


  1. Absolutely LOVE your blog! Couldn't help but wonder if the cookie jar incident was God's way of telling you that you don't need things that remind you of the past. (of course I'm sure you would or do evangelize to your Amish relatives). Like so many others, I'm fascinated with the Amish. But as a born again Christian, I knew that there was something missing. I saw an amazing documentary on Youtube called "Trouble in Amish Paradise" about a young couple Ephraim and Amanda Stoltzfus. I wonder if you ever watched this and, if so, is it accurate? It really seemed to answer a lot of questions for me!

  2. I am so sorry about your cookie jar. Things from my childhood make me happy.


  3. NO. WHITE. CHOCOLATE. We rarely buy candy, but at Christmas we usually have candy canes, Hershey Kisses, etc. This year my daughter inadvertently picked up a package of *white chocolate* Hershey kisses, and I didn't notice. It was NOT a happy surprise.

    (And I'm hoping you don't evangelize members of your family.)

  4. I think we need the past, good or bad. We don't need to dwell there, but we need to remember. For one thing, it's part of our story, part of what makes us who we are. It's not the end of our story, but it definitely shapes us. Also, there are many things to be proud of (from my understanding) in having an Amish past. The work ethic, focus on the family, and the forgiveness they offer are all things I look at with admiration. Now, I know that there are many things that are not right. But there are some things that are okay and there's nothing wrong with hanging on to that part of our past (in my opinion).

    I love chocolate, preferably milk chocolate. I do like white chocolate, but no dark chocolate please. But if you could take milk chocolate and add a little caramel in the middle, that's even better!

    Sorry about your cookie jar. Maybe you'll find another one someday?.

  5. I'm confused, why would someone not want you to evangelize to your Amish relatives? Wouldn't we want all to be saved in Christ Jesus?

  6. Oh, that's such a shame about the cookie jar. Boo. Same here about the white chocolate - nuh uh. And I'm even more confused about the comments about evangelizing - where did that topic come from?? Have a good rest of your weekend.

  7. That is so sad about the cookie jar. I know what you mean about memories. I found an old tin set of canisters with apples and pears on them, we had a set when I was growing up. And yes, I purchased them or actually got them as a present. Funny how certain things take us back.
    until next time... nel

  8. My experience with Southern evangelists has been that many, if not most, are pushy and self-righteous, which would be a perfect way to alienate family members who may already be under pressure to not associate with her, based on her & LV's personal choices.

  9. I guess it depends on your definition of evangelize. If you mean that you quietly go about your way of living, showing the world how you're happy in your beliefs - fine. Who could object to that?

    If you mean actively trying to change other people's beliefs - get lost. It's none of your business.

    And no - we don't all want to be
    "saved in Christ Jesus". If you want that - go for it. Just leave other people alone.

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  11. Clisby is absolutely right. One of the best ways a Christian can evangelize is by living a quiet, peaceable life (I Thess. 4:11&12).
    But you misread me. I know that everyone does not want to be saved
    (thank you for pointing out that it is a choice). But we (Christians) would like to see all come to Christ, especially those who are closest to us. Heb. 9:27-28.


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