31 Days of Lessons From My Amish Family

31 Lessons from my Amish Family | lydiaglick.com

This is my first year to take up the Nester’s challenge of writing on one topic for 31 days during the month of October. My blog is named Lydia Glick in honor of my two Amish grandmothers, and I am simply delighted to have an excuse to share my love of the beautiful Amish-Mennonite heritage I’ve been given, here in “31 Days of Lessons From My Amish Family”.

There are two reasons I chose this topic. First, there are things I want to be sure my children know about their family’s rich history, why it’s important, and how it applies to them today. Next, as my blog name is named for my grandmothers, I believe it’s high time for me to give them a proper tribute here! I have some wonderful memories and many applicable life skills and lessons I’ve been given by my Amish family, and sharing them here will be a great personal adventure in writing. Lifestyle, Culture, Traditions, Community, History, Stories, Cooking – and a few more surprises along the way.

Thank you for joining me here, on my “#write31days” journey!

~ Justina Dee

Day 1:  31 Days of Amish Intro (this page)

Day 2:  Joy In The Simple Things

Day 3:  Beyond Buggies & Bonnets

Day 4:  Working Together

Day 5:  The Mennonite Game 

Day 6: Order & Simplicity

Day 7: A Sense of Community

Day 8: A Sabbath Pause

Day 9: Forgiveness

Day 10: Amish and the Land

Day 11: Books in the Amish Home

Day 12: The Habit of Prayer

Day 13: Work Ethic & Resourcefulness

Day 14: 10 Interesting Amish Foods

Day 15: The Gift of Song from my Amish Family

Day 16: Contentment

Day 17: Life Without Electricity ~ How do they do it?

Day 18: 10 Unique Items Found in Amish Homes

Day 19: The Lost Art of Letterwriting

Day 20: Amish Business Women

Day 21: The Impact of One Teacher

Day 22: Patience & Perseverance {A lesson from my Grandpa}

Day 23: Seven Things Every Amish Girl Knows How to Do

Day 24: The Gift of Hospitality

Day 25: On Making Butter…and Memories

Day 26: Sometimes You Need To Stop and Treat Your Feet {5 Relaxation Techniques from My Grandma}

Day 27: Chicken Dan and Other Amish Nicknames

Day 28: A Tribute to my Amish-Preacher Grandpa

Day 29: How to Make Shoofly Pie

Day 30: Phrases in Pennsylvania Dutch

Day 31: Summary of 31 Amish Days



22 thoughts on “31 Days of Lessons From My Amish Family

  1. Thanks for writing about your Amish heritage. I am discovering some of the same things you are.
    My father is the little boy Sam in your cover photo. I remember your grandmother Lydia well. She was a special aunt with a wonderfully friendly smile that always put you at ease. Your mother had that same smile.

    • Hello Ken, Thank you so much for visiting the blog! I appreciate it so much. I’m very much enjoying this adventure in writing. “Uncle Sam” is very special to me, and I adore this photo of him with my Grandma Lydia. And you’re exactly right – my mama has the same smile. As does my daughter!

    • SOLI DEO GLORIA – but also many thanks to You dear Justina. So interesting news!Best regards from “the old continent” i. e. Germany, Stuttgart region, city of Reutlingen. Ernst.

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  3. Your writing of your memories are your treasures, they are beautiful. This Toth first time reading this, are you Amish,Mennonite or an order that is modern the reason I ask you first blog mentioned when you went to your grandparents home you pulled into the driveway a and stepped out of the car. Looking forward to reading your bog

    • Hi Lynn, thank you so much for visiting my blog! I appreciate your kind words. One of my sets of grandparents was Old Order Amish, and the other set was first Old order Amish, then changed to New Order Amish later in life. Neither of my parents were baptized in the Old Order Church, but were New Order Amish and became part of the Hopewell Mennonite Conference when I was a child. So I grew up in a home with all the modern amenities and cars. My parents have a deep appreciation for our heritage, and we visited my grandparents as often as possible. We were very close to both my father & my mother’s parents. I hope that answers your question! Thanks again for following my stories.

  4. I love your reflections on your Amish grandparents. I found your blog through Amish365, but I’m a new fan. I’ve admired the Amish and Mennonites for a long time. I used to live close to Holmes County in Ohio and enjoyed the back roads and great food often. My friends and I have had the privilege of eating in a couple of Amish homes, and they were so very gracious.
    Thank you for your insights.

    • Hello Becky, Thank you for taking time to share your comment! These posts have been such a special experience for me, and I’m so happy others are sharing my 31 day writing experience with me. I’m happy you came across my blog. Amish365 was so kind to share it! Not many people have the experience of sharing meals with the Amish people, I’m excited you were able to have a look into their quiet world. They’re a special group of people. Thanks for following my posts!

  5. Lydia, I’m simply discovering that my family really was Mennonite / Amish and did not know! Dried apples, foot care, milk with honey, crocheting, reading, songs in the hour of rest! I live in southern Brazil, the maternal family of origin in Germany and always wondered for what reason we had such different habits of others. I lived without electricity until 16 years of age, no TV until 18, the women of the family sewed all the clothes (including the use of the house). Now I understand why I feel that my soul is Amish / Mennonite. Thank you sharing all this, so similar to my childhood and adolescence!

    • Hello Mara, what a special comment you’ve left here! I shared it with my family :-). I love the connection you feel with the Amish & Mennonite people. It certainly makes sense that your German roots would run deep in your DNA, even while living in Brazil. So fascinating! Thanks so much for following the posts on my Amish family, I’m blessed to have others share the special memories with me.

  6. I was born and raised in the same community as Jonas and Lydia, and knew them very well, also knew both of their parents, and I was Amish and went to church with them till 1964.
    When Jonas’s joined the New order, I put wiring into their home, as I was an electrician, trained under Uncle Ammon, who was a brother to my mother.
    Also Lydia was a sister to Sarah, married to my uncle Daniel Fisher.
    great heritage. this clan had a strong faith, which I experienced is not the same for all of the Amish, and even so we still have feet of clay, but we love the Lord

    • Hello Daniel, thank you so much for taking time to visit the blog, and especially to comment! I love that you did the wiring in Grandpa & Grandma Esh’s home, and that you worked with Uncle Ammon. It truly is a small world. I remember Aunt Sarah & Uncle Daniel well. They were so kind. You’re right – it’s not the same in all Amish families, and I’m so blessed to have a deep heritage of faith.

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  8. Thank you, thank you SO much for writing this blog! I have always loved the Amish and I’ve even had the chance to visit the Dutch Country in PA quite many years ago. Our guide was Mrs. Ada Fischer, a wonderful old lady who grew in an Amish family and later she and her husband switched to the Mennonites. It was all a delight: the people, the places, the food! I still treasure everything after all these years and I do hope that one day I could come back. It’s been also interesting to see how many similarities there are between the Amish people and the traditional village inhabitants (peasants) in Romania, where I live. You would be amazed! Thank you again for sharing all these treasures and I will keep on following your blog (I’ve just discovered it today!). Hope you and your readers have a Merry Christmas and A Happy, Great & Blessed New Year!

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  10. Justina. I loved reading your blog. Sam is my father-in-law and I would live to share this with him. Do you have this in an form that would be easy to share with him in the printed form? I also enjoyed your Amish recipes as well. Would love to do a cookbook for my husband’s family so this was of great interest to me.

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