Hello all! Long time… no see.

Good morning.

It has been a busy new year so far, but a good one.

I had some thoughts on the New Year and some of the traditions that go with it.

For example: Resolutions

For me resolutions are something to be taken very seriously. But this tradition of making resolutions seems to have had a strange effect on most people. They make resolutions – not just one or even two but whole lists of them – and then they make a big show of trying to do some of them… at least for a week or two. Actually I’ve noticed that quite a few people don’t even make it a few days.

And I noticed an advertisement in my inbox the other day. Some businesses are even promoting the idea of breaking your resolutions. They’ll give you free stuff if you come in and proclaim that you are breaking or ditching or quitting your resolutions.

This is one area where I kind of envy my plain friends. They don’t get distracted by silly e-mails and they don’t have to worry about their friends encouraging them to quit something as serious as a resolution. Their friends encourage them to work hard at something so important.

 

It is certainly something to think about.

Are we as a society being influenced to consider things that ought to be important – as silly… unimportant… disposable?

Are we as a society being influenced to see promises in a different light? People make promises fleetingly, businesses make guarantees lightly, and everyone I know makes jokes about how empty everything – promise or not – a politician says.

Why is everyone seemingly OK with this? Why does no one see how desperately we need a change in our lives?

Makes you wonder about the plain life. Perhaps they do have the right idea after all…

 

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Nearly a new year…

 

Here we are only days away from a new year.

How will you be celebrating? Some of my dear friends are planning a small get-together at the local coffee shop.

Since there are very few televisions to broadcast that famous celebration that takes place only a few hundred miles from here, most everyone celebrates in their own way.

It’s a bit strange to think that most of us who my plain friends refer to as “English” – go into the city to celebrate, instead of staying home with their families – which is precisely what most plain folk do!

Me, I plan to attend the get-together Leah and her friends have invited me to. At least I won’t have to ring in the new year all alone – even if I can’t truly ring it in the way I’d like to, with who I would really like to…

Holiday shopping…

WHEW. I am so glad I live in a small town.

Last week, a few of the young people hired a van to take them into the city so they could do some Christmas shopping.

My dear friend Leah was among them. She has been stressing for weeks about what to buy her sweetheart. I sympathize. Men are tough to buy for. Ironically, she found absolutely nothing in the three stores they visited before deciding that the crowds were not worth the low prices and slightly expanded merchandise offerings.

The group stopped in for some peace and quiet and hot cocoa on their way back and Leah shared tales of their adventures.

May I just say how thankful I am that I live in a small town where we don’t see this sort of crazed shopping.

While you are out there shopping for the ones you love, please remember that a gift is only as special as the thought you put into it! And please help keep CHRIST in Christmas!

God Bless!

Tis the season…

 

Can you believe December is here already?

Where did the year go?

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving here – I love being a part of holidays in Windy Gap! The Fishers made me feel as if I were part of the family. They’re such wonderful people!

And now it’s time for that countdown to Christmas and the mad dash to shop that goes along with it. Even here in Windy Gap, shopping steps up as we head into December; which is great for Sew Sweet – because the shoppers step in when they need a break and grab coffee or hot cocoa and a sweet treat.

Amazingly enough, I have actually finished with most of my shopping already… and that never happens. It must just be the calm of being here in this slower paced lifestyle.

Everything moves so much slower and calm here and I guess I’m finally beginning to slow down too.

It’s nice.

In no time at all, we’ll be crowding into the little schoolhouse down the road for the special Christmas program and then Christmas will come and then the visiting begins with Second Christmas and then it will be a new year. WOW!

Keep that in mind as you go do your own Christmas shopping. Slow down and take time to enjoy this time of year because it will be gone before you know it.

And then a new year will be here.

God Bless!

My thoughts on Thanksgiving.

 

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 – King James Version (KJV)

Holidays are mostly difficult for orphans. Of course, I have been blessed more than most – especially through my association with the plain community I live in.

Most people think the Amish are standoffish and secretive; hesitant of outsiders. I have not found this to be the case. It could just be since I’ve lived here so long, they don’t think of me that way anymore – but I don’t think that’s it.

I think this community of people are very welcoming and generous with their time and their friendship. I know I’ve been blessed with many wonderful people who I think of as dear friends.

Before I came here, my holidays were different just about every year. Once I was placed with the Thompsons, my life changed a lot. I finally had some permanent stuff in my life and I met the wonderful plain people of Windy Gap.

The Thompsons owned a great little diner here in town for a very long time. It was only after Mr. Thompson broke his leg and had to go through so much surgery that they decided to sell and move south. Since I was 18 by then and I’d fallen in love with this town, I stayed here and I think the Thompsons were OK with that.

They didn’t have a lot of family themselves so they always kept the diner open on holidays. Mrs. Thompson made a killer pumpkin pie and they always had turkey and ham and the regular fixins on the menu for holidays but there wasn’t really anything special that we did otherwise.

So I guess you could say that my first REAL Thanksgiving was just last year. My boss and her sister invited me to join them for the celebration and let me tell you, wow! What a difference.

Plain they might be… but they really know how to do holidays. I hear a lot of people talk about football games and parades on TV but there is something about a wonderful meal and good company that really makes a holiday special. I think these “plain” people are really on to something.

This year Leah has invited me to join their family. I wanted to say no since they have such a big family already – not to mention all the extended family that will be there too – but she insisted so I guess I’ll be part of that crowd. I’m sure it will be quite a bit different from what I’m used to anyway.

And well… I won’t say anymore because you never know… word gets around in these little communities – even if the only Amish who use computers or internet are the ones on their runschpringe…

Snowvember. We “English” are so funny sometimes…

Amish in the Snow

 

I love snow. Don’t you love snow?

One of the best things about having so many plain communities in this area is that buggies can get through snow that cars can’t.

Granted, we don’t have quite as many customers as usual but we are able to take care of the ones we do have.

Really helped out though when that man who was planning to just pass through the town, got stuck in the snow. My good friend Leah’s dad got him the rest of the way to town in his buggy and he was so glad to see our cafe open – and ready with hot cocoa!

Ruth even offered him their dawdi-house until the snow clears up. That’s the little house attached to their main house – usually reserved for grandparents of the family, but since Ruth and Abigail live alone, they use the extra space for visiting relatives… or people who get stick in the snow. LOL.

Ruth is the most kind and unselfish person I know. I am so blessed to have her as a boss.

Oops, I see another customer. Back to work. Later all.

Be careful out there.

Hello there. Welcome to my new blog.

 

 

I may talk a lot but I’m not sure writing a blog is quite the same.

However, I’m going to give it a try.

I have lived here in Windy Gap for nearly ten years now. I suppose I was blessed that my last foster family decided to leave me here instead of somewhere in the city. And the people in this community have been just wonderful. Everyone is friendly and the plain folk who live here are so nice and welcoming.

I have learned so much about them and I’ve even made some awesome friends. When I turned sixteen Ruth Yoder, the owner of Sew Sweet – this really terrific bakery in town, gave me a job and I’ve worked there for almost four years.

It’s a great job and Ruth is super nice. She’s really clever too… like the name of the store.

See she named it that because her sister’s store is right next door and it’s a sewing shop. But people are always curious about why it’s spelled s…e…w so they come in and ask and once they smell her baking, well, hardly anyone ever walks out without buying something.

I still don’t understand everything about this whole “plain” life they live but I’m learning and I really love how they all bind together. It’s not just a community – it’s a family. One big, happy, family. I really like that.

Anyway, I can see Leah Fisher; she and her sweetheart just came in so I’m gonna go for now but I’ll write something again soon.

God bless!

Margaretta