Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Q ~ Questions

      In the past I have opened posts where you could ask any questions you want to and then I would answer them later.
      Today I'm doing that again. Ask any questions you would like me to answer and once the A-Z challenge is over I'll focus on answering them.
       They can be Amish related, but they don't have to be. You can ask me anything at all.


  1. What do you do to get your Christmas cactus to bloom like that?

  2. Can we look forward to more books from you?

    I originally bought the Lily series for my daughter, but the entire family has fallen in love with this sweet spunky little girl. We would love to follow her story as she grows up.

  3. What is an Amish wedding like?

  4. Why is Life so difficult on somedays ? :)

  5. Do you have much contact with your Amish family?

  6. How is your Uncle Eli doing now? Is he adjusting? I think of him and wonder about how he is doing quite often.

  7. How is your Uncle Eli doing now? Is he adjusting? I think of him and wonder about how he is doing quite often.

  8. How about some fun questions:

    What's your favorite .....
    - book
    - song
    - tree
    - flower
    - restaurant
    - scent
    - time of day
    - hobby
    - color

  9. I have just read a book by Misty Griffin, called Tears of the Silenced. I felt it gave a very negative portrayal of life with the Amish, and wonder if you know of it. It's a sad book and difficult to read.

    1. I do know of it, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. There are too many discrepancies .... things that jump out at anyone ever having been Amish. There's something fishy about this book, and yes, I don't believe it's true.

  10. Oh .... and take the same list I posted above, but answer all of them with your least favorite.

  11. What do you miss the most about being Amish.

  12. Do Amish courting couples ever breakup? Or does the bishop not allow that?

  13. Since Amish people shun modern things, what do they use for medicine. Do you have any natural remedies to share?

  14. I've heard that Amish are often really young when they get married. How old were you?

    I was at a store last week and met a young Amish lady. Half of her upper teeth were missing. Is there a reason for that?

  15. I'd love to sit and pick your brain about everything from gardening to sewing to homeschooling, so my ??? is: will you write a book on how to start a garden, sewing projects for the beginner, homeschooling for dummies? :)

    1. Feel free to ask anything you like regarding those subjects. :)

  16. My Amish neighbor is moving in May... I will miss her so much! She is in her early forties and is expecting again this summer, each baby is about two years apart (except for a late loss a few little ones ago). When at her house talking last week she made a comment about how she is tired, always gets so sick (with a simple cold) and does not have the patience/energy like she used too. She implied how 'done' she feels about having kids. I imagine you get that way after two+ decades of birthing babies. I love big family's, however God has not blessed us with one yet (and with our age I dont think it will happen). Do Amish ever use Natural Family Planning - to space, take a break, ect... from children. I am not saying this for selfish reasons - but for things like the mothers health. I am sure it is frowned upon but I was just wondering if they new what ovulation is and/or how to work avoid certain fertile days.

  17. What parenting advice can you give this first time, sleep deprived, anxious to do everything right, Mom?

  18. What are some values or qualities that you appreciate in the Amish culture that you don't see in the "English" culture?
    What are your top 5 favorite recipes to make?
    What five suggestions do you have for those wanting to live a more plain/simple life?
    What has God been teaching you recently?
    What do you struggle with the most?

  19. Do you want your kids to get a college education, or do you leave the decision to them?

    After the hard time your family gave for not being amish, will you be more forgiving if your kids choose a different religion?

  20. Your post on journals intrigued me. I would love to start journaling, but I'm at a loss where to start. I would love if you could explain it a bit more.

  21. Hi Mary Ann. I would love to know what your ideal vacation would be. Do you like traveling and if so, what countries do you want to visit? And do you like camping or staying in motels when you go? Also, how is Vernie doing now? I am sending her and all your family many spring blessings.

  22. What made you leave the Amish?
    What are some of the biggest changes you have made since leaving the Amish?
    Have you kept parts of the Amish traditions/views even though you left?

  23. What does your daily schedule look like? Any tips for staying on top of things?

  24. How did you choose the name for your blog? I've been toying with the idea of starting a blog, but I can't think of a name for it. Somehow I think that's an important part of a blog. :)

  25. Fun! Let me think for a few minutes and I'll be back with a list of questions. Is there a limit to how many one person can ask?

    1. Ask away. I haven't set any limits. The more questions I get the more posts I'll be making. :)

    2. Thank you! I just asked a list of questions, but if you don't mind I'll compile some more between now and the end of the A-Z challenge.

  26. Do the Amish vaccinate their children?

    What do Amish children do after they graduate from school, but before they're old enough to have a job? I would think there would be a lot of "empty" time between then and the 8th grade.

    What do the Amish think about all the books written about them?

    Why do the Amish choose to not use electricity?

    What is the quintessential Amish food dish?

    If you could have been born into any kind of family in the whole world, would you still wish to have been born into an Amish family?

  27. Given the current political unrest, how much attention do the Amish pay to the election, and to government in general?

  28. Do you have a wish list? If so, what is on it?

    What is the last book you read?

    What is your greatest fear?

    What are some of your must read blogs?

    What is your favorite holiday, and how do you celebrate it?

    What did you grow up reading? What books have had the greatest impact in defining who you are–children’s books, fiction, history, theology, anything. Which authors have you always most enjoyed and/or admired?

    What breaks your heart? What delights your innermost heart?

    What ministries do you serve in?

    What do you believe about Salvation?

    What is your view on the church and baptism, the church and communion, the church and evangelism?

    How many times have you read through your Bible?

    Do you have a prayer book or a prayer journal? Would you let me see it?

    Were you ever in a relationship other than your husband?

    Do you watch television, R-rated movies? PG-rated movies? What were the last five movies you watched?

    Do you love to have guests in your home for entertainment?

    Do you believe in spanking children? Under what circumstances?

    Are birthdays a big deal? Or can you take them or leave them?

    Do you ever play board games or other non-computer games? Got any favorites?

    What do you currently have for your computer background?

    Can you share one interesting fact for every year you’ve been alive?

    What are ten things you’d like to say to ten different people, without using names?

  29. Here we go again. :)

    What is in your refrigerator?

    What is your guilty pleasure?

    Share your reasons for choosing homeschool vs. traditional school.

    If you had a warning label, what would it say?

  30. What are you dreaming about?
    What the happiness is for you?
    How many teeth in your mouth?

  31. Do you still eat Amish food, or have you adopted a more American style for your food choices?

  32. A question you don't need to answer, just one to give a smile: Did you ever notice mom upside down is spelled wow?

    1. I like that! And no, I had never noticed it before.

  33. A question you don't need to answer, just one to give a smile: Did you ever notice mom upside down is spelled wow?

  34. What pizza place do you usually order from?

    Have you ever spent over $100.00 on an article of clothing? What was it?

    What do you have for your ringtone?

    Have you ever seen a tornado?

    What’s something sweet you’d like someone to do for you?

    Who would you say is your “anti” role model? Someone who serves as a warning rather than an inspiration?

    What was something you used to enjoy, but was ruined for you? What’s the story behind that?

    When you were little, where did your parents tell you babies come from?

    When you see a stranger does your first reaction lean towards thinking of this person as a potential friend or as a potential threat?

    Are you sometimes afraid of being honest because you are afraid of hurting people's feelings?

  35. I'm having so much fun creating these questions, but feel bad for clogging up your thread. If you don't mind I'll send you an email with more.

  36. I had asked this question before, but never got an answer. It hadn't been on post where you were asking for questions, so I'm hoping you won't back out of answering again.

    What charities are you supporting now that you are a published author?

  37. I am fairly new to your blog have been loving reading it! Once I have a little more time I want to go back and read through everything.

    I am wondering what religion you practice now and how your family (especially your parents) responded to you making a different choice?

    Also could you at sometime elaborate a bit on the main reasons you decided to leave the Amish?


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