Monday, April 18, 2016


The truth must be told !!! Marilyn takes all the questions you give her for all of us and writes them on a pad of paper.  Then she calls us and gives us the questions.  Well, back when she was sick - she lost the pad.  It's in her apartment, but she hasn't been able to find it.  So we have been doing posts on recent questions and things we could remember or coming up with subjects.  Today, Sunday, she went back to January 1st and came forward writing down all the questions you asked.  So if you asked a question and it didn't get answered - ask again.

It was kind of fun going back in the posts. Some questions we gave to different people than you asked.  Like some questions you asked me, I felt would be better answered by Bishop Eli.  Most of the children's questions - went to Jean as she has small children.  Anna says, I was trying to get out of answering some of those hard questions.  So I gave her some questions, too.

The one I gave the most questions to, were Eli.  Being Bishop, I think he could answer and go deeper than I could in some questions - and you would still understand what he meant. Eli  laughed when Marilyn called him and told him, I was giving him some questions.

So here I go with some of your questions.


Someone asked how baby John is doing?  He is getting bigger every day.  The doctors feel that he will not be a small person, like me, but wouldn't be tall like his father, either.  As men go, they feel, that he will be about five feet 5 or 6 inches.  But, they won't know for sure until he grows it.  We don't care how small or tall he is - as long as he is healthy.

Does our community allow smoke alarms in our house?  That was a big, long discussion when the subject first came with our Amish group.  At the time we lived in Pennsylvania and there was another Bishop.  We were not allowed.

Being a volunteer for the fire department, I have seen where fire alarms would have saved lives.  I was not the only one of our group that thought we should have them.  It was voted and it was decided against it.

When we moved to New York, everyone is suppose to have a fire alarm in their homes.  Bishop Eli opened it for discussion.  After much discussion, prayer and hearing from us fire volunteers, it was decided we could have them in our house - if they are battery operated.

Some people felt them wrong and I am sure had them in when the house was inspected, but took the batteries out when the inspector left.  Other people, like us, have them in our home in working condition.  Bishop Eli has them in his house.  Seeing they are battery operated, we also have them in our barn.

Now, let me explain, not all Amish Groups have them in their homes.  We do, but many don't.  The say "It is God's will" if their houses catches on fire whether the Lord will let them know or not.  Bishop Eli says that "It is God's will", if the house catches fire and the fire alarm goes off.  He has had discussions with other Bishops who disagree.  Even with people in our own group.

On April 26th Anna gets her cast removed.  She wanted it done two weeks earlier, but the doctor said no.  They had a go around and Anna lost.  The cast makes her leg itch.  Anna uses a knitting needle to scratch.  Both Anna and I will be glad when it comes off.

Keep those questions coming.  Even if you asked before.

Trust God's Wisdom,


Tom said...

I have learned from my Amish friends that they all aren't the same, each is an individual.

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Tom,
They are the same as us - each is an individual.


Vickie said...

I have to say I agree completely with Bishop Eli on the fire alarms and wish all would keep them and the batteries!!

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Vickie,

I agree with you. Will see Elmer gets your message.


dynnamae n said...

I always enjoy Elmer's posts and really, all the others too. I am so thankful for Bishop Eli's view of smoke alarms and God's will. Loved hearing about baby John, as I did ask about him some time ago. So happy is he is healthy and growing. Blessings on your day.

Anonymous said...

Glad you use battery operated smoke detectors. BTW-are they dual functioning, meaning they are also CO detectors?
Wonderful that Anna's cast will come off 4/26. I'm sure she's just itching to get that thing off! No pun intended­čśä. A real good moisturizing lotion will help get her skin back in shape. For example, Eucerin is really good. The light at the end of the tunnel is coming in sight. I assume the next step is PT to strengthen her muscles that have probably atrophied some while in the cast and not being used. PT results won't happen overnight+she'll need to slowly and methodically work to make sure she doesn't injure her joints or muscles. I know she wants to get back to normal, but it will take time so she will have an excellent result. Blessings to you and yours, Carol

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi dynnamae n,
So glad you enjoyed Elmer's post. Will see that Elmer gets the message. I think fire alarms are important.


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Carol,
I don't know if they are duel detectors or not. Know that you have to have for fire and gas in my apartment - even though everything we have is electric.

Will see that Anna gets your message. Knowing her she will want to take off when the cast comes off, but I am sure she knows to do as she is told. Know she will appreciate your advice.

Blessings to you and yours,