Thought I would answer some more questions that you asked me. Please keep them coming so I know what you are interested in.
I think the Christmas Memory that will be dear in our hearts was Christmas in our old house. David had grown up there. We bought it and owned it for several years. Our family has many memories there and I think they will be in our hearts.
If someone does not marry, it depends on their finances. If they are working and have enough money, they may buy their own home or small farm. Some live with and take care of their parents until their passing. Usually, if they take care of the parents, when the parents pass, they get the house or farm. Our former teacher lived with her parents until they passed. Her brother got the farm, and told her she could live there, but she had enough money so that she could buy a small farm, which she and her husband live on.
We usually name a child with a name from the Bible. Sometimes we name them after a relative or both. Like our son David, is named because his Dad, grandfather and great-grandfather were all named David. The name David is also in the Bible. Susan, David and I named because we just liked the name.
The wedding dress or suit is worn at our passing (death) because it is worn at the wedding and our death notes the end of husband and wife being together on earth. It says in our wedding "until death do us part" and when one passes we are parted on this earth.
Not many Old Order Mennonite have Dawdy Houses. We are having one built on our new house, but not everyone does. If parents need to move in, they usually move in the house with the children or the children move in with them. We are building a Dawdy House because David's parents have their farm up for sale so my grandparents will be moving in with us. They would prefer their own house. Also, when David and I get older, we would like a place where we could go. As we are building our new house, the dawdy house will also be a new house. From the outside people won't notice there is one, but we are adding a two bedroom, living room, kitchen and full bathroom. Our porch will extend to cover the dawdy house. There will be a door on the porch and one from the dawdy house to our main house. Because Grandma will be moving in-we are getting a wood burning stone along with our electric stove in the kitchen. Grandma is going to teach me how to use the wood burning so we will be able to eat without using the coleman stove or the grill.
My friends find it hard to believe that others would be interested in the way we live and the things we do. We feel we live a borning lifestyle. I never considered my posts a great influence on at least some of the readers. If my posts leads someone to know the Lord better then I am happy.
Be With God,
THIS FRIDAY DOREEN HAS GIVEN US A SPECIAL POST ON HER SPINNING ON HER SPINNING WHEEL.