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September 10th, 201310:09 AM ET"Mer muss Hoi mache, wann die Sunn scheint." Amish proverb Translation: "Make hay while the sun shines." A busy September sometimes makes late nights for the farmers, so they like to catch a snooze whenever they can. This one weary farmer was in the field raking hay one day last week when a shower of sprinkles went through. He decided to just wa...
July 16th, 201305:51 PM ET"It may be difficult to wait on the Lord, but it is worse to wish you had." Amish proverb Mary Miller is a thin, attractive Amish woman of 46, a mother to eight children born within a span of eleven years. During the day, Mary wears a starched white organza prayer cap over her tightly pinned hair bun. In the night, she wears another covering. Why ...
June 24th, 201304:00 PM ETby Suzanne Woods Fisher "The kind of ancestors you have is not as important as the ones your children have." Amish Proverb Not long ago, I was asked to speak to a young mothers’ group. The topic focused on incorporating some Amish child-rearing values into today’s modern families without “going Amish.” Later, a woman approached me to sha...
April 10th, 201312:05 PM ET"Conscience: that still, small voice that makes you even smaller." Amish Proverb The school year is ending early in Bergholz, Ohio. The Bergholz Amish community decided to wrap up school a few weeks ahead of schedule so some of the children could spend more time with their parents. Five of the parents--four women and one man--are preparing to ente...
March 14th, 201309:13 PM ET"There's one sure way for a doctor to make a patient worry. Tell him he has absolutely nothing to worry about." Amish proverb Recently, I was speaking to a book club and was asked if the Amish use modern medicine. “Of course they do,” I said, trying not to roll my eyes. Many people mistakenly believe that the Amish live an eighteenth century ...
February 24th, 201301:09 AM ET"Tackle the problem, not the person." Amish proverb A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of my dogs on my author Facebook wall. Within hours, a number of people posted indignant, belligerent comments. They assumed I was a supporter of puppy mills because I’ve written books about the Amish. Over the years, there have been some high profile n...
January 16th, 201312:45 PM ET"Today has one thing in which all of us are equal: time. All of us drew the same salary in seconds, minutes, and hours." Amish proverb Linda sat with her son in the emergency room of their local hospital, waiting to be seen by a doctor. Her son had twisted his ankle playing a game of basketball and she worried he might have caused serious d...
January 09th, 201312:34 AM ET"A lot of the trouble in this world wouldn't bother people if they weren't always looking for it." Amish proverb Are you one of the three million viewers who watch Discovery Channel’s Amish Mafia? I watched an episode or two and felt…baffled. It’s supposed to be a reality show about vigilantes who live within the Amish community while remai...
December 15th, 201210:45 AM ETYesterday's tragic school shooting in Connecticut brought up discussion of the Amish school shooting of October 2006. This is a true story about how the Amish and non-Amish Nickel Mines community supported each other during and after that experience. "The light that shines farthest, shines brightest at home." Amish Proverb The little fire stati...
November 19th, 201204:16 PM ETWonder what Thanksgiving is like in an Amish home? This excerpt is a sneak peek from book 2, A New Home for Lily, which will release in the new year. The entire Adventure of Lily Lapp series is based on the Amish childhood of Mary Ann Kinsinger, who was raised Old Order Amish and blogs on A Joyful Chaos. Enjoy! Thanksgiving Pudding One ...
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