Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Amish Takeaways

From the photoshoot for the cover
of Seasons. My niece Celine here is
wearing one of my grandma's
dresses from her childhood. 
Soooo, I had another question about my Amish background. The question was about what I've taken from the Amish & incorporated in my day-to-day life as a woman, wife, mom in this modern age.

The first & probably most obvious thing is the language. I grew up speaking Pennsylvania Dutch, which is a slang dialect of German. It is unwritten and it's the first language Amish children learn. We still speak it when we're together whether on the phone or visits. The in-laws who have married into our family each have come to understand it a great deal.

I don't speak it with my 2 girls as much as I should, but I'm working on that habit. I love that it's part of my heritage & I really want to pass it on to my girls.

Another thing I'd like to mention is that I like how the Amish still are people of their word. I wish more of the world would govern their actions by their words. Nowadays you need contracts and agreements in writing...NO. MATTER. WHAT. Of course, I know the value of that but I still appreciate the value of saying something and meaning it.

While the old rule of how a handshake could make a deal is gone for the most part when it comes to legal or business transactions...we can still incorporate this into our lives. When we say "I'll be praying for you," then we must. If we say to our children that we'd read them a book when the dishes are done or before we start them...then we must. I'm learning as a mom it is soooo important to say what I mean and mean what I say.

I guess those 2 things are what stand out to me when I consider what I try to incorporate into my life from my Amish heritage.

I'd love to hear from you...more questions or maybe just a comment about what you like about the Amish lifestyle that you wish you could incorporate or do incorporate into your life.


Up next: Another VLOG book review on Siri Mitchell's Love's Pursuit.


Anonymous said...

I too talk Duetch, & since my husband doesn't talk it, although he does understand some, & about all our three children know is "Ich kann ahva ich vill net" Did you know that there is a facebook page for us....go to---I'm NOT Amish but I can still speak Dutch......My parents left the Amish when I was 3, but I still have 3 Amish aunts living....Ina

Anonymous said...

It is good to hear about good thing from Amish. I am sure that there are lots of good thing that why people try to keep their life from the modern free world. Outside world not always good and Amish not always bad. It is good to hear that you still keep contact with your Amish Family and good to hear that they still accept you even you have left Amish community.