Thursday, May 1, 2014


First, I want to say that we are so proud of Edward deciding to join our ways and being baptized in our meetings (church).  We believe that he has chosen the Lord's way.  This was not a decision that he made fast.  He prayed for a long time, took the studies, and spoke with Bishop Joseph.  David and I tried to stay out of the decision making at it was his - not ours.  As we  have communion twice a year, after he was baptized he received communion for the first time.  We are also happy that God sent him, Michael and Katie to our home.  Our hope is that Michael will make the same decision when he is ready, but we will not force him.

Now, Marilyn, wanted to do something special for my three anniversary with Amish Stories and New York State of Mind.  I feel that something more important happened on last year May 3rd than my anniversary, so I wanted her to put something on which she is doing.  She argued with me, but finally agreed.

I am glad to have been on for three years.  It seems like we have become a family.   I know I gave Richard and Marilyn a hard time when I first started and a couple along the way.  I wondered why people would care how we lived.  I didn't think it would last long, but it did for three years.  You have all been interested and kind.  We have gone though a lot of good times together and some not so good times together.  You have been with us as our family grew.  Now, you are like part of my family although I never met you.

I thank you all for reading all the posts that I had on.  I thank you for listening to all we have done.  As I said, you are like part of my family.

Marilyn, Elmer, Martha, Anna and I had a discussion.  They said that people miss me not being on New York State of Mind.  Also, our previous Bishop's health has gotten so bad that he can not help Bishop Joseph any longer, which means more work on Joseph and Martha which means Martha can not post as much as she did.

So after much discussion, we decided that Elmer will do the first three Monday's of the month and I will do the post on the fourth Monday of the month.  I really do miss not putting any posts on.  Now, this month's fourth Monday is Memorial Day, so I will do a post on Tuesday instead of Monday, if that makes sense - at least that is how it is right now.

I have enjoyed my three years and I look forward to continuing on.

Be With God,

I am so happy that Jean is returning.  Also, I thank her for all she has done in the last three years.  I did want to celebrate it this week, but she said no.  The anniversary date is May 3rd and she told me what she wanted me to put on that day.  As she said, I argued with her, but she won.  What Jean wanted will be on Friday and Saturday.

She and I have become close friends since she came on.  I can not thank her for all she has done on here and personally.  I have a great sister, in the Lord.

God Bless You and Yours,


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Everyone,

Jean is on this morning !!!! She will be coming back. Jean will be once a month.


Countryside Reflections said...

It's so nice to hear from Jean, and I'm glad that she'll still be on at least once a month in the future. It's funny how the internet can create friends, even when you've never met each other in person.

Edward's last post was so heartwarming and left me with such a good feeling for the rest of the day. That's how all the posts are from this wonderful group, whether it's Jean, Martha, Elmer or any member from their families, (or other readers of NYS of Mind who chime in along the way). I look forward to reading their stories every day.

Marilyn, thank you for all the work you do to provide us with these stories and recipes. A blog is a very hard thing to keep up for so long, and we truly appreciate it.


Vickie said...

All of you put a lot of work into this blog. It is so very nice to read. Thank you to all. It will be so nice to have Jean back. :)

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Doreen and Vickie,

Thank you for the compliments from Jean and myself. I know I enjoy doing the blog although sometimes I try to figure out what to put on that you would interested in.

I am so happy that Jean is coming back again. It doesn't seem the same without Jean. Had it not been for her, New York State of Mind, wouldn't have been.

Thank you all,

Anonymous said...

Hi Jean+Marilyn, Jean, I pray your former Bishop will be able to be as comfortable as possible as he continues to cope with the worsening health issues. Thank you for being willing to post once a month,too. You and your family! Elmer+Anna, Bishop Joseph+Martha are all such a blessing to many many people. Thank you,also,Marilyn for your interest,kindness+determination in continuing to post this blog. Maybe someday we'll get to meet in person,too! Gray+rainy here for the next few days. Yeah! No Nor'easters, ice, or sub 0 temps in sight! Blessings to all, Carol

Veronica said...

Hello Jean It was so great to read from you this morning!! It was wonderful to know that you will be posting once a month. I love how you think of us as family. What a blessing it has been to my life to learn more about your life and to share in the good and struggles with one another. Prayer and faith bind us together in my heart. Elmer and Anna Joseph and Martha Grandmother Olive and everyone else have be so kind to share your lives with us. It was wonderful to learn of Edwards decision to join the faith.I am so excited to continue to see all that the Lord has planned for his life. I hope that you all realize how much you have touched our lives. It is also so wonderful of Marilyn to continue to do the blog. I realize that it is probobly a lot of work and yet you do it with a wonderful spirit Thank you. I hope everyone is having a great week and Thank again for blessing my life!! Veronica

ga447 said...

I am so happy about all of your post. I might not reply all the time - I so enjoy the photos and proud of Edward.

Laura said...

Good Morning Everyone,

Off to a bit of a late start today. I am sorry to hear of the health problems of the former bishop - but I am also very happy to hear that Jean is going to be posting too :) She has been missed and yet I am so glad Elmer is posting as well :)

Hope everyone has a good day!


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Everyone,

Thank you all for your comments - they are greatly appreciated. I will tell everyone your comments. It is so kind of you. We are all glad that you come and read what we put on.

You are so kind,

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Folks,

I got a real shocker today. My bosses boss was where I work today. She said that an Amish family is building a general store in Marion, NY which is about 15 miles from where I live. I asked how she knew and she said her husband is doing the electric. Of course, I told her Amish don't have electric. She said the Amish got permission from their Bishop to have electric in their store. I will run over this weekend after I get my social security check and get my car gas tank filled. She said the new store is like Sauders that I took the pictures of and had on in November. So this I will have to check out.


Willow's Quiet Corner said...

I very much enjoyed Edward's story. And it was so nice to hear from Jean again! But, I am sorry to hear about the bishop's health. I look forward to more posts from Jean, Elmer, and anyone else who posts here!

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Willow''s Quiet Corner,

Thank you for your message. I will see that they get your message. Thank you so much for coming to New York State of Mind. More posts are coming.


Anonymous said...

thanks for all you post. you have more followers than you think. I have
been following for 3 years. this is my first comment.

Melissa Mobley said...

It really is amazing how we do become a family on these blogs! Congratulations, Jean, on your anniversary. Marilyn, I really do appreciate your hard work to bring us such interesting things!

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Melissa Mobley,

I will see that Jean gets your message. Thank you for my compliments. I enjoy doing it.