Let’s Play “The Mennonite Game”

Justina Dee, the talent behind lydiaglick.com

Justina Dee, the talent behind lydiaglick.com

Country Life met Justina Dee, the grandaughter of an Amish preacher in October, and immediately knew she was “our kind of people.” We’d like to introduce her with her light-hearted entry about “The Mennonite Game”, when…well. She’ll tell you. We just want you to know: click to her site and see the video. Be sure the family’s gathered around, because they’ll love it too.               –Karen Johnson, editor, Country Life

One of my favorite things about being born into a family with Amish-Mennonite roots is the deep appreciation of family history and belonging which you are given. As a young child with Anabaptist ancestors, you quickly learn there are two things of great importance.

Lesson one – your family genealogy. My father is a brilliant steward of our family’s history and stories. One year he purchased the most recent edition of something we call “The Fisher Book”. (A record with thousands of Amish-Mennonite relatives.) My little brother was so excited to find his name in the new printing of the “Fisher Book” that he circled the text in dark black ink – not something you typically do in a very expensive and significant ancestral document. I’m sure someday his descendants will enjoy seeing the mark he made on history!

Read more here, and don’t miss the video:

Snapshot At A Family Farm

Grandson Camden goes everwhere with his grandfather on the Fitzringer farm.

Grandson Camden goes everwhere with his grandfather on the Fitzringer farm.

One of our regular bloggers, Dori Fitzringer, owns a small farm near the foothills of North Carolina’s eastern mountains with her husband and  family. She’s sent Country Life a snapshot of her adorable grandson, and some thoughts about running a family farm in the 21st century.

When you give thanks this week, don’t forget the family farmer! Dori, thank you for sharing with Country Life.

“In today’s busy world full of new technology and mega-farms small multi-generational family owned farms are not as common as they used to be.  People call us “old fashioned” and I take that as a compliment. I wouldn’t want to live any other way. We are blessed as a family to all live on the family property.

We have four generations that help and work together. It is not uncommon to see my daughter or granddaughter behind the wheel of the pickup truck with a flatbed trailer hooked up and driving through the hay field.  My husband, sons and son-in-law all work on getting the firewood split – while their wives deliver and stack it to each of our homes. Even those who are not able to do all they used to – can still be found watering and feeding the animals or putting labels on honey jars and getting them ready for sale.

It is never boring here there is always something to do – when the harvests are done for one year –  planning for the next season has already begun.”