How do Amish deal with special needs children? We’ve often had questions here about how Amish approach individuals with disabilities, and children in particular. I confess the meaning of “special needs” has never been totally clear to me. From what I understand it can cover a broad variety of situations, from moderate learning issues to […]
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From the editor’s notes of a recent issue (August 2012) of The Diary: The Diary has something this month that it has not had for nineteen years! Under BIRTHS this month, you will see that the very first entry is quadruplets! These four girls were born to Amos Masts of Granton, WI. Congratulations. And good […]
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I felt a wave of nostalgia when I came across the View-Master this summer in an Amish shop. Remember this classic toy? As a child of the 80s the View-Master was still kicking in my youth, and I remember being fascinated by the 3-D effect created by the simple stereogram technology. Today’s kids, of course, […]
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Sarah writes: I know pregnancy is a taboo subject in the Amish culture… what are the does and don’t when discussing? I have very close Amish friends. The woman is about 8 months pregnant by my estimate and today is the first day her husband has even acknowledged her pregnancy to me, and quite honestly, […]
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The twelve Amish children left orphaned after the accident in upstate NY will be adopted. An Amish uncle and aunt from Ohio will be moving into the children’s home. From the report: The Ohio couple must sell a large home they built plus land in Fredericktown before they can relocate to Jasper, the patriarch said: […]
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On a recent post on Amish architecture, I shared some sure-fire ways of picking out Amish homes from the non-Amish. Some of those ways have become less sure-fire as Amish homes have come to resemble English ones. Rich Stevick helpfully added some other signs of Amish abodes, including the trampoline, loved by Amish children. Here’s […]
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You might think that Amish would ride horseback often. After all, they certainly have much familiarity and experience with horses. However among Amish riding horseback is not common. I’ve seen it a few times, but its usually been youth, mostly girls. You may occasionally see Amish men riding on horses. Amish horse trainers would be […]
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Does the stork make home deliveries? For many Amish families, the answer is yes. Birth at home, or in Amish-oriented birthing centers, is preferred for a few reasons. They include cost, comfort, and closeness to family. Midwives, some licensed, and others not, often handle deliveries in lieu of a doctor. Midwives may be non-Amish, or […]
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Which Bible do Amish use? Typically, the Amish use the German Martin Luther version, particularly for church readings. For an English version, the most favored translation is the King James edition (KJV). Some Amish use the New International Version (NIV) as well. Often, the Bible Amish read in the home will have a dual format-German […]
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It’s become something of a habit to share a few thoughts, comments, and links every couple weeks in what I call a “brain dump”. It’s not as scary as it sounds: Reader Steve recently asked “Where are the Texas Amish?” We don’t have a Texas Amish State Guide entry yet, but I can point you […]