10 responses to I need no mansion here below…
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    Dave Carrig
    Comment on I need no mansion here below… (February 21st, 2008 at 19:20)

    A beutiful picture – thanks for sharing it. And I’m glad they let you be a part of it.

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    Comment on I need no mansion here below… (February 22nd, 2008 at 15:49)

    That paints the most lovely picture my friend!

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    Comment on I need no mansion here below… (February 22nd, 2008 at 20:29)

    Wonderful entry as are nearly all of them. My family background is Mennonite Brethren which as you know is like the Amish in many ways.

    My generation (children of the 1940s and later) are the first not to grow up in the MB Church. My parents “backslid” and we all became Baptists and worse. 😉

    Reading your site has helped me understand many things about our family and it’s traditions. Most of my exposure to Mennonite ways via my grandparents and I see traces of their ideas and lifestyle in your description of the Amish. The at home singing is a particularly pleasant memory from long ago in my childhood.

    Doug K.

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      Comment on Heinrich Frey (November 15th, 2013 at 01:40)

      Heinrich Frey

      I found recently I’m descended from a man named Heinrich Frey and his Quaker wife, Katherine Levering. So the Amish cultural lesson is quite interesting to me. I understand Heinrich was the founder of one of the Amish communities in Pennsylvania. Would love to know more about this family and their descendants. I’m talking about oral tradition history, not so much genealogy and things already recorded in the history books. But the information passed from one generation to the next.

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    Comment on I need no mansion here below… (February 23rd, 2008 at 10:26)

    Thank you x3!

    Michelle and Dave I tried to paint the picture as best I could–it’s one I’m sure I’ll keep in mind for a good while.

    Abe rang me this morning to wish me a safe trip. I was snoozing when the call came in, sometime pre-7am (I have since ‘backslid’ as well to sleeping in a bit). I’m reminded I should give thanks again for wonderful people like him and so many others I’ve had the good fortune to meet, Amish and non-Amish alike.

    Doug that is truly nice to hear. Sounds like you did something like this growing up?

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    Comment on I need no mansion here below… (February 23rd, 2008 at 22:00)

    >Doug that is truly nice to >hear. Sounds like you did >something like this growing >up?

    My grandparents, being a good deal more “modern” than the Amish, owned several instruments including and upright piano. Family sing-fests were common for my parents as kids but a little more rare for my generation except when Grandpa and Grandma wanted to hear family music. In addition to the piano there was a violin, a mandolin, and..gasp…a banjo! The family jam sessions were not going to win any Grammy Awards but everyone had fun. Music was, of course, limited to old hymns and Sunday school songs, no worldly music allowed!


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    Comment on I need no mansion here below… (February 27th, 2008 at 01:26)

    Reading your post I thought about the singings I took part in at Abe’s–I really appreciate the family element of it, even if there were no Pavarottis in the room–although I would say that they all seemed to have very nice voices, especially the women. Amish church music is something else though. Very powerful with 150 voices going all at once.

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    David Hathaway
    Comment on I need no mansion here below… (March 3rd, 2008 at 13:03)

    Reading the Bible after breakfast brought back memories of my days on the farm as a young boy in Delaware County, New York. The Bible was always read after breakfast and then the Lord’s Prayer was recited by all. We would sometimes sing hymns in the evening accompanied by the piano in the parlor.
    I hope to visit an Amish community someday as there seem to be many similarities to my upbringing.

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    Comment on I need no mansion here below… (March 4th, 2008 at 04:09)

    That is nice to hear David. I hope you get a chance to.


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    Wanda jo
    Comment on I need no mansion here below… (February 7th, 2009 at 11:13)

    Would like to meet Amish/Mennonite families
    or those of like mind faith to walk with and learn and live amongst the brothers and sisters
    that follow after the teachings of Jesus Christ
    for I am a believer who desires and longs to leave all the earthy possesions and the world behind to walk and follow the things of Christ

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