Monday, December 28, 2015


Where has 2015 gone?  It seems like it just started and now it is coming to an end.  I am doing the post today because everyone else is taking the week off except Bishop Eli  who will have a post on Thursday.  I think they are getting a well deserved break.

I would like to thank everyone that reads New York State of Mind.  You are what keeps me going.  Also enjoy the comments and questions that you leave - it helps Jean, Elmer, Anna and all - what they should tell in posts.  What you are interested in.  They all do this for nothing.  They are not paid.  They do it because they want to not because they have to.

Want to thank all of you that donate pictures, posts, questions and more.  What you have is interesting on New York State of Mind, too.  It shows us about other places not just New York State.  So if you have pictures or a post you would like on here - let me know. If you don't want you name on here, I won't put it on.

Also want to thank you all for helping me pay for getting my car repaired.  The garage was paid off this month !!!!  Just have to make two more payments and the loan that my friend gave me will be done.  I can not thank you enough for all that you did for me.

Thank you for prayers and thoughts through out this year.  They were really needed and appreciated, more than you know.  You have prayed for me through some hard times last year.  Thank you, just doesn't seem enough.

Also, I want to thank Jean, Elmer, Anna, Grandmother Olive, Sarah, Bishop Eli, Bishop Joseph, Emma and more.  They have always come up with posts.  If I couldn't get one who was suppose to post, I could always get another to fill in.  As I said, they are not paid.  They can come and go if they want, but they stay on.  Sometimes things come up, where someone else has to take over, but they are here when they can be.

They also do things for me that have nothing to do with New York State of Mind.  Anna is making me outfits to wear to any Amish or Old Order Mennonite religious service.  I can't count the meals I have eaten at Jean's house, Elmer and Anna's house, Bishop Joseph's house and Bishop Eli's house.  Never have I left any of these houses empty handed.  Always get a canned food, cookies, cake, pie or something I especially liked to eat that they made for me.

I can always turn to anyone of them for advice or prayers.  They are always willing to talk with me.  They are always to give advice to me.  They are always praying for me,  as you are.

I thank the Lord for keeping this going all these years.  Never thought that we would still be on this long.  He is the one that gives me the strength and wisdom to keep going.

As I said, Bishop Eli will have a message on Thursday.

I wish you a very Happy New Year.



Tom said...

Times waits for no one.

Vanssmomc said...

Blessed and Happy New Year to all! Cathy in Webster

Angela Tucker said...

Good morning, Marilyn. Saying thank you to YOU doesn't seem enough. I check your blog each morning, it seems to make the world just a little bit smaller. I have learned so much.

I wish you and all the happiest of New Year's, time spent with family, friends, loved ones, and doing what makes you content.

Anonymous said...

Marilyn, once again, thank you for all you do to maintain this blog. I can't even imagine the amount of time and effort involved. All the families that time out of their busy lives to give you posts/articles are greatly appreciated by all your readers.
They have helped me to look at my life differently...and for the better. We have all learned so much about their Amish and Mennonite culture, faith and way of living. Love reading the stories! What they tell us about may seem mundane and not interesting to them, but it is interesting to the readers. Also, I have learned so much about your part of NYS from all your wonderful photos and posts. It's very different from my part of NYS. You have found wonderful friends who have all made you part of their families. What a wonderful gift!

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Tom,
That's for sure.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Cathy,
A Blessed and Happy New Year to you, too.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Angela,
Thank you Angela. I am so glad you enjoy New York State of Mind. We all enjoy working on it.

Hope you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Anonymous,
Thank you so much. We all enjoy doing New York State of Mind. We are so glad you enjoy it. Some of the posts that they put on, they can't understand on why we think their lives are interesting to us as it is every day to them. I try to explain that we want to learn about their way of life. They also learn more about us. I will see they get your message.

Happy New Year,

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Folks,
Well, all the nice, warm weather has ended. It is in the 20's this morning and the snow is coming down. We are suppose to have a snow warning tomorrow - whatever that is suppose to mean.

I know some skiers are delighted with this weather, but I am not one of them. We might have a white New Year's.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Folks again,
I just turned my calendar and the quote for today is:
God will accept a broken heart, but He must have all the pieces.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for your time.

Anonymous said...

Hi Marilyn......From the standpoint of a daily reader, I think it is important that you know the effect that this blog has on folks. For us, it is part of our daily reading and no matter what the subject, makes us feel like we are part of each others lives. I have learned so much from the stories that you post about your lives and that helps readers gain perspective on those in agricultural/rural areas. Some folks in the world are reverting to more simple life styles and the blog entries regarding your lifestyle acts as encouragement to those folks. Also, it is so refreshing how the community offers assistance to those in need - certainly a biblical teaching and something that is much needed everywhere! So you see, the telling of your day to day events and family accounts serve to show us all that it IS possible to live in a more simple way while considering our neighbors and community. Nice job! Thanks - Chris

dynnamae n said...

Thank you for your post today, Marilyn. I am so happy for you that the garage bill is paid and the loan almost done too. It has been a year of learning and growing in faith and trust. So happy too for those wonderful friends you have there. I am so grateful they want to share with us too. You are well blessed by your friends there and I feel we are blessed by them too, through you and your blog. I thank you so much for all of this. Sometimes when I get busy here, I don't get here every day but I always catch up. I would be happy to share some Amish photos from my summer travels, if you would like. Let me know and which email address to send them. I wish you, Pierre and all of our writers and their families a Blessed and Happy New Year.

Heritage Hall said...

Marilyn dear ~

Wishing you and the "circle" a most blessed Christmastide
and a coming year filled with robust health and well-being.
Bless you for your dedication and sharing.

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Folks,
Thank you so much for the compliments, well wishing and prayers. I really appreciate it. Will see that everyone gets your messages.

Happy New Year to everyone,