19 responses to Growing Up Amish
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    Marilyn in New York
    Comment on Growing Up Amish (February 8th, 2011 at 08:15)

    I enjoyed reading part of Ira’s book. I can hardly wait until it comes out-I would really enjoy reading the book. Do the Amish still do that day today-show up unannounced?

    Marilyn in New York

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    Comment on Growing Up Amish (February 8th, 2011 at 08:49)

    Marilyn that is definitely the case. Sunday is a common day for surprise visits. So if you are at home that day you kind of expect it in a way.

    Often it is people from your community or church district, but in Ira’s case, since his community of Aylmer was unusual in some ways, he apparently got a lot of guests from all over.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Growing Up Amish (February 8th, 2011 at 09:12)

    I used to love having company and visiting but it was always someone we knew. Growing up my house sometimes seemed like it have a revolving door, LOL. But I can not imagine having total strangers just pop in and tell me what to fix for them to eat!! I’m afraid I would not have the patience his mother and I am sure most Amish women must have to deal with that.

    Looks like it will be an interesting book!

    Hope everyone is well today. We are back into the fridgid temperatures. Currently zero out with a wind chill of minus 20. Brrrrrr!!!

    Have a great day!
    Blessings, Alice

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    Comment on Growing Up Amish (February 8th, 2011 at 09:13)

    Good morning folks.I think ive been to Ira Waglers web site in passing awhile back, and im always very interested in what the former Amish have to say.It does seem that so many of the former Amish are coming foward and are speaking out, i dont ever remember that happening this much in the past.So we might be seeing a big change in attitudes, and a more comfortable environment for them to share their stories.Well id better get going, it looks to be a fairly nice mostly sunny day here in Lebanon county, and even some of the snow is melting even alittle. enjoy the rest of your day, and ill pop-in later in the day. Richard from Pennsylvania

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    linda saul
    Comment on Growing Up Amish (February 8th, 2011 at 09:52)

    Hi everyone. You mentioned of the amish having unexpected guests drop in. Are they speaking only of other Amish ? I am wondering if they were not Amish, would they get the same welcome ? I am not Amish and live in Ontario where we have more Mennonite, I stop in several times to buy eggs from them and each time have just stood inside the porch, if they have one or stood outside and they brought them out to me. But were very friendly.

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    Comment on Visiting in Amish homes (February 8th, 2011 at 10:06)

    Visiting in Amish homes

    Linda good Q, “visiting” is kind of a cultural thing that Amish do. Amish talk and share news in the home, often over food, etc.

    Other visitors tend to be treated warmly, though just as anywhere else, as a stranger you’re not as likely to be invited in as someone from the community of course. It’s just a different dynamic. But if you know someone, it is normal. I drop in on Amish friends all the time and as long as it is not too busy in the shop we have time to visit.

    It does vary but in general Amish tend to be hospitable to non-Amish as well.

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    Comment on Growing Up Amish (February 8th, 2011 at 11:44)

    Hello everyone…I have been enjoying this site for some time, but I don’t remember ever commenting.

    In regard to Growing Up Amish and visiting, I visit with different Amish friends in Lancaster County,and each family seems to have a guest book that they ask me to sign or comment in each time I visit. I think it is a lovely custom, and I love to read the entries made by those who came to visit before me! Is anyone else familiar with this custom?

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    Comment on Guest book in Amish homes, schools (February 8th, 2011 at 14:29)

    Guest book in Amish homes, schools

    Welcome Colleen! Glad you brought this up. The guest book is quite common in Amish homes. I’ve always though it reflects the importance Amish place on relationships and people. Amish schools typically have a guest book as well.

    Maybe others reading this have encountered the guest book too. I also find it fun to see the visitors people get. Sometimes even from outside the country.

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    Comment on Growing Up Amish (February 8th, 2011 at 15:28)

    Our families here in MI are very much fans of the guest book. When the eldest son of the family I stay with (Amish) was in an accident the family had SO many visitors. A lot were family but some were strangers wanting to encourage them or bring them food at the hospital etc. I think they filled up 3 guest books just in the 4-5 months he was in the hospital and recovering at home. I was actually given a guest book to put in my hope chest for my birthday this year 🙂 I can’t wait till I have a home of my own to use it on! Visiting/socialization is a huge part of the Amish life and I think it’s something the “world” has really lost. I’ve signed a few guest books but now I’m considered family not a guest! haha 🙂

    I am excited about this book and plan to check on it some more. It really seems like he is an ex-Amish person that isn’t writing a huge book bashing the Amish like a lot of ex-Amish are these days. I really enjoy the nice books rather than a book about so and so’s opinion on how bad the Amish are. I really look forward to Ira’s book!

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    Comment on Growing Up Amish (February 8th, 2011 at 15:45)

    The Beachy Amish church I attended for a while was really big on the Guest Book, but the Conservative Mennonite church I go to now does not seem to use them. I guess maybe it would be up to the individual, but I have yet to sign one. Seems kind of odd seing that most of the members at this church come from the Amish church…

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    Comment on Growing Up Amish (February 8th, 2011 at 16:49)

    Hey folks, i just got back home, and i was very wrong about the weather being warmer from my first post this morning. When i walked out the door i knew right away i had made a mistake, i think the sun being out may have fooled me alittle. We had the winds kicking up along with fairly low temps made it feel like it was 20-25 degrees at best.While i was driving home i decided to stop for a bit and snap some more pictures with the digital camera, which ive just posted on the blog.I had a tough time holding the camera because i didnt bring my gloves when i left in the morning, and the wind was hitting me in the face. what i wont do for that blog,lol.I will also be posting a few more pictures of my area, and also some images of the town of Reistville, which is where most of the Amish live here in Lebanon county. Richard.www.amishstorys.com

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    Comment on Growing Up Amish (February 8th, 2011 at 16:51)

    I also took a few pictures of a mennonite dairy up the road from me where you can buy homemade ice cream,milk,and eggs. The ice cream is great, and you can see them processing the milk through a glass window. So maybe at some point ill talk with the owners and devote a post to their business. Ill be back alittle later, and come visit my blog and comment if you wish. Richard from Lebanon countys Amish community.

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    Comment on Growing Up Amish (February 8th, 2011 at 16:55)

    Enjoyed this reading also Erik, please remind us again when the book comes out, I too would love to read it…..good job Erik……

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Growing Up Amish (February 8th, 2011 at 20:38)

    I, too, enjoyed the sample from Ira Wagler’s book, and look forward to buying it. Actually, I hope my library buys it (where I work), but I’d need to know the ISBN (International Standard Book Number)first, to make sure it’s THE book, and not one similarly titled! Can anyone give me the publishing details? We really need to update our Amish books at the library (obviously, I’ve read quite a few, though mainly fiction).

    It’s bitterly cold (single digits or less) here tonight, as though last week’s blizzard wasn’t bad enough. The local schools were closed for 2 days–my library closed early on Tues. and was closed all day Wed. of last week. I have an Amish calendar on my refrigerator, and this month’s subject is an Amish buggy being driven through high snow piled on either side of the road–it’s mainly just a picture of snow. My husband pointed to it (after at least 3 hours of shoveling and warming up inside a few minutes) and said “That’s what it’s like out there.”
    Which leads me to ask, do the Amish mainly use buggies with wheels during the winter, or do they switch to runners for use in the snow? I’ve never driven a horse and buggy, period, so I thought I’d ask!

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    Marilyn in New York
    Comment on Growing Up Amish (February 8th, 2011 at 21:38)

    Hi Alice,
    I know some of them have horse pulled sleighs. I think they are black sleighs and everyone gets in and off they go.
    Marilyn in New York

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    Comment on Growing Up Amish (February 9th, 2011 at 10:52)

    Alice Mary,
    That depends on the indivual church I think. Marilyn said that some there pull sleighs but here I think only 1 family owns a sled. The rest would just keep the wheels on. I don’t think it’s forbidden but it’s just not done. Sometimes in MI the snow melts and then you’d have to put the wheels back on only to have a snow storm the next day!

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    Comment on Growing Up Amish (February 9th, 2011 at 17:11)

    Hi Erik,
    Thank you for sharing excerpt from Ira Wagler’s book. I have gone to his website many times and have already pre-ordered his book. He seems to tell it like it is and continues to have much admiration for the Amish.
    I am in the process of reading “I am Hutterite” which was recently mentioned on your posts (no, I was not a winner of the book – I had to buy it!)I find this book both fascinating and disturbing and would love to hear comments from others who have had the opportunity to read this book.

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    Bob Dylan
    Comment on Growing Up Amish (February 24th, 2011 at 10:53)

    I am curious as to how you came up with the ficticious name “Harley Smoker”…That is a successful businessman in this fascinating, insightful and inspiring work.

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    Comment on Growing Up Amish (July 9th, 2011 at 16:35)

    Loved this book! I read it in one day!I could not put it down!

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