|Jean is old order Mennonite from New York State. Jean and her husband David and family live on a dairy farm, and travel their community using horse and buggy. She tells her story exclusively on Amish Stories.|
It is kind of quiet around our house this week. Michael and Edward, along with some Old Order Mennonite young men are down state working on some houses that were damaged by . I don’t know if all Old Order Mennonite do this, but in our area we have what we call missionary work-where the young folks go for a week or two every year. And in the summer helping people who need help.
The boys leave in the morning and return in the evening. In the 14 and 15 age group that Michael and Edward are in they go some place fairly local. When they get around age 16 and older, they go some place out of state where they stay for two weeks to work, then come home. Both girls and boys go along with adults for supervision.
Thought I might answer some of the questions that were in some of your comments. What kind of games does my family play? One of the favorites for Susan is a game called Candyland. We also play checkers, scrabble, domino’s and more. Before Edward moved in we were teaching Michael how to play chess. Now he is teaching David, Michael,myself and even Susan how to play.
The responsibility of the amount of children we have is left up to God. Most of the Old Order Mennonite families are large. It is a rare situation where someone doesn’t have children or only one child as David was. I came from a family of 11 children. Though they are not our natural children, we consider Michael and Edward our children and as a gift from God. We do not use any family planning (birth control).
I really can’t tell you the difference between the Old Order Mennonite and many Mennonites that are in St. Catherine as I have never been there. In our area there are different sects of Old Order Mennonites and other Mennonite groups that drive cars, have computers and televisions, and more. We use some of the other Mennonites with cars to drive us.
Still, I am not allowed to over- do the lifting in moving furniture, lifting laundry, and more. We are down to having Bridget (maid) come to our home two days a week to help with laundry and any other jobs I have for her. I have also been told by the doctor not to overwork myself. David and Bridget are better at seeing I don’t do that than I am.
Bridget is also working for another Old Order Mennonite family four days a week. So between the two families we are keeping her busy.
A home made recipe from Jean