Friday, May 3, 2013
JEAN'S TWO YEARS -AMISH STORIES-NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
It is two years ago today that Jean left her first post on Amish Stories - then later to New York State of Mind. I wanted to do something special, but Jean wouldn't let me, so I am putting on this post. I put the picture of her old house on as she likes that picture.
She, David and I met by accident-really. I was driving down their road when I saw their buggy coming out of their driveway. I thought they would stop at the end where the driveway meets the road, but they didn't. When I realized they weren't going to stop I went over in the opposite lane and off the road in the ditch just missing a telephone pole. David and Jean got their buggy out of the road and David came running to my car to see if I was all right. He saw I was all right but shook up and invited me into their home to calm down. David stood there to make sure I got the car out and parked it in their driveway.
Over coffee and some of Jean's goodies, I found out that he and Jean were having a strong discussion about something and hadn't paid attention to the end of the driveway. They decided to continue their trip to the store the next day. We had a nice discussion and I left assuring them I was all right.
I would go back to their home sometimes as Jean had a stand out front where she sold vegetables, plants and baked goods. We would chat and then I would go on my way. When I met Richard on Amish Stories, he was looking for someone Amish or Mennonite that would share their way of life with us. After much discussion with Jean, her checking with her Bishop and David-she came on Amish Stories. When she first came on, it was suppose to be every now and then, but she kept going one week after another.
Over the years Jean has shared the good times of her life and the not so good times in her life with us. She has told us about her life, religion, family and more. Thanking Jean seems so small for all she has contributed. If it were not for Jean there would be no New York State of Mind because she is the main reason it was started. When Richard announced he was changing Amish Stories, Jean said she would only give her posts to Richard or myself-so Richard started New York State of Mind for me.
Jean and I have become great friends. She has fed me at her house. Kept me overnight when I threw out my back. Her and David even gave up their bedroom so I would be on the first floor. At the time I had Rickie, and let him stay in her house. We have been places together and done things together that I wouldn't get do by myself. I have been to Old Order Mennonite meetings, and houses. Met Jean's family, relatives and friends. Jean is the one that got Martha to tell of her leaving the English world to become Old Order Mennonite. Her family helped me move from one apartment to the other. She has done much more.
We've been to rummage sales together and just sat and talked. Two ladies just sitting and chatting over a cup of tea. There's nothing I can't say to Jean or discuss with Jean and she with me. She is not only Old Order Mennonite, she is my friend, confident and sister in the Lord.
So Jean, I say thank you for all the posts, sharing your life and your families life with us. Hope we have many more years together doing this on New York State of Mind. Glad we ran into each other.
If you would like to read Jean's First Post and the last post she had on Amish Stories-please go to Amish Stories as Richard has them near the bottom of the page on the right. To see first Jean's post on New York State of Mind you can go to older posts.
SEEING TOMORROW IS KENTUCKY DERBY DAY, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE AMISH AND MENNONITE HORSES ON TOMORROW.