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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Mennonite Woman

I'm a wee bit reticent to open up this dialogue but since I was the one with the brain wave to have a cooking blog titled Mennonite Girls Can Cook, I feel like a bit of explanation is warranted. Last week when I posted my new iron. . I was amused by the anonymous comment stating that I had just put the women's lib movement back forty years.
Then on top of that I have the audacity to suggest that I and others of my "religious persuasion". . .can cook. Shoot. I've had a few emails and enquiries of what MGCC really means. Yes, Lovella, what does that really mean? If it was my idea. . . the least I can do is come up with a plausible response .. .right? I thought I might take the easy way out and direct you all to the wonderful Wikepedia explanation of what a Mennonite is. . and indeed I read it through and though I'm not at all trained in theology .. the article seemed to be true. I'm not entirely sure that this source should be what I offer you but since it is widely accepted as a reliable source. . you can read the article if it interests you. According to the article our family would have attended a church that would have been within the Moderate Mennonite classification.
Still, I haven't answered your question on what is a Mennonite Girl that can Cook. . .(I"m hoping that my list of contributors on the MGCC blog won't vanish after today.) I'm not suggesting that all the contributors are Mennonite nor was it necessary that they be Mennonite in order to contribute. I will not suggest either that they will agree with what I share with you today.
When I mention on the welcome of that blog that some of the girls that started the blog were of Mennonite heritage .. that was true. There is a rich heritage of food that has come from the Mennonite Community from various parts of the world. The recipe section that bears the name of Mennonite Food could be lost if not recorded for future generations. Perhaps we won't be making those recipes fifty or one hundred years from now. . but if blogger still exists ..at least someone will know that there was a community of people that enjoyed these foods.
Mennonite Cooks were known for their ability to cook and bake using what ever they had available which was often very little. At this moment I have a pot of Summer Borscht on my stove which I am hoping will heighten my Mennonite Woman creativity. Simple ingredients like a ham bone, beet greens, and a few other common ingredients and our dinner will be ready.
Are you still with me? I was raised in a Mennonite home. . as a young child I believed what I was taught and when I was a teenager I was baptized and I joined a Mennonite Church. I married a man who did the same thing. . .and then we had children and raised them in the same manner. I still believe in the value and the importance of attending church regularly with other Christians to Worship God together and to be encouraged and taught from the Bible.
What I want to say though to you is this. . .
I could have just as easily been born into another family with another church background and my salvation still would only be dependent on one thing. While I believe that there are many believers from different congregations from different churches that will spend eternity together. . .it is the common belief in Jesus who is the son of God that binds us together. It is not the founder of the Mennonite Church nor the founder of any other church that gives me assurance of faith.
My assurance comes from the Bible telling me that if I believe that Jesus is the son of God and if I believe that he died because he loved me to save me from my sins .. .and then further believe that he rose from the dead and ascended to heaven and will someday come back to get me. . and others that believe in him. Though we live in a world that seems to be out of control I believe that God loves us so much that he has provided a way for us to spend not only the short time here on earth living. . but all of eternity. I can't begin to wrap my mind around that time frame but I choose to believe what the Bible says about it.
I always love the way Billy Graham says in answer to sometimes prickly questions. . .He says. .
"The Bible says. . ." and then he goes on to quote what God says in his word. Either you know some of those scriptures off by heart or you have never heard one of them and if you do wonder about those verses. . email me. . I'd be delighted to share those parts of the Bible with you.
Now this is the thing, that even though I have admitted that I have do wrong things and have asked God to forgive me, . .. and I am absolutely certain that I will not face eternity separated from God, . . . there is still the nasty business of ongoing naughtiness on my part.
There are days when I feel that I have no business blogging on and on about my life. Who am I after all to show my best side to all of you when some might see it as a hypocritical and biased view. Truly, I do not report to you when I have been unkind or ungracious. etc.
That's it. . I've been found out. I am not perfect. Is that an resounding echo I hear coming through the valley? I can well imagine that family and friends are smirking right now and could give you a detailed list of my short comings. There are days when I feel like a fraud simply because aside from a few very kind people that actually know me. . .the commenter's in blog land are those that haven't had to deal with my real personality and thereby think I am "sweet". The people who really know me. . .read what I say. . .and except for a few, I have no idea, what they think.
As I was spending time talking to God about this post. . .I again mentioned to Him that I so desire to be more "nice" and more "kind" and more "gracious" and . . .well the list went on a bit. You might want to come back and hear my thoughts on friendship and relationships.
I regress.
So who am I then?
I am a Mennonite Woman.
I am the daughter of Aron and Helen.
I am the wife of Terry and the mother to his children.
I am a grammie who loves those five little children more than I love myself.
I am a sister, an aunt, a niece a cousin and a friend.
I am a woman who enjoys gifting others with hospitality.
I am a child of the Most High. . God of the universe.
I am a believer in Jesus Christ.
If I really believe all of these things, I will with the help of God. .
strive to be consistent in all that I say and do .. .
whether it be here in my blog. . .
or in the grocery store. . .
or with my family ..
or friends ..
If I really believe all of this .. I will set aside my own selfishness,
in order that I not keep any of you from finding faith.
I cannot say that I will be this for here and that for there.
My faith and my life are indivisible.
So, there are my thoughts on being a Mennonite Woman. .
As always, I do hope you have a wonderful day my friends .. . .

46 comments:

  1. Very well expressed Lovella. As the Bible says :0) " Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord."

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  2. Beautifully said, Lovella! The only thing I can add is "AMEN!"

    No matter that our "religious affiliations" are different - what is the same is that we are all children of God. Jesus endured the agony of the cross for Mennonites, Protestants, and even those who have no church affiliation...being a child of God and a Christian is what matters most.

    Thank you!

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  3. I just had to comment (especially since I LOVE your Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog site).

    I have yet to understand why some people leave such snarky comments on blogs. I've had a few of my own. All one has to do is click off of the blog or website and continue on to something of their own liking.

    Personally, I have been known to hug my Kitchen Aid mixer and show off the beautiful ironing board cover I found on clearance.

    Let them eat cake (store bought at that)!

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  4. Excellent post! I was wondering if you had been raised as a Mennonite. I figured it was somewhere in the background. :)

    the heart of your post centered around what matters most(!) and that is our faith in Jesus Christ and our trust in Him for our salvation! (I see my comment is almost exactly what vicki just said -- oh well, I didn't read hers first. :)

    Anyway, thanks again for the lovely mennonite cooking blog! It brings back memories of my childhood in pennsylvania mennonite country.

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  5. BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO!!!!!!!!! Shout it from the mountain tops my friend....You are one of God's most beautiful creations...I have a feeling the angels in heaven are applauding your efforts this morning in spreading the Good News!!!!

    Mennonite women can not only cook Lovella....they are talented writers that proudly and boldly proclaim the promises of God...

    This ole world just might improve if more of us believers took a stand for right....Bravo again and again...

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  6. Sounds as if someone somewhere hitting you with anonymous comments needs to lighten up.

    Lovella, you are a real woman...one who blogs and shares her life and enriches Blogdom by being a part of it. You are not a hypocrite nor a fraud.

    Your thoughts are beautifully expressed today and I hope that many will read them and understand your heart.

    I'm not a Mennonite, but I do know that Mennonite Girls Can Cook and how! :D

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  7. Amen and amen, Lovella. Excellent commentary. God bless your day.

    LaTeaDah

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  8. I appreciated reading this post and thank you for sharing your heart. I enjoy your blog daily.

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  9. I echo Vicki's words: "Beautifully said!" In reading your words, I recognize a lot of myself (not just the Mennonite part :). Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Cucina Cara MiaJuly 15, 2008 9:02 AM

    I am not a Mennonite woman, but I love your blog. I think it is great there are so many different points of views out there in the world of blogs. I get to get a glimpse of a woman who lives her life her way..we both believe in God and we both love to cook!!

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  11. What a wonderful post, Lovella. You have very nicely tackled what is always a tricky question - "What is a Mennonite" (woman) Be encouraged in your blogging - you are truly a blessing to many of us "out there"! Lori T

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  12. I grew up in a primarily Scottish/Irish culture - I never met a Mennonite. But in my late teens, I traveled across this beautiful country and attended Winnipeg Bible College. There I met many wonderful Mennonite and Ukrainian sisters and brothers in the Lord.

    Can you imagine when we gather around the throne? All the world's rich ethnic diversity created by the Father - yet united in one family through Christ.

    I wonder if we will be tasting different foods at that great feast? Mennonite and many other kinds?? I hope so.

    I love your blog - there is not one speck of audacity in it. Keep sharing your heart Lovella - we love to hear it.

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  13. Lovella, my heart so goes out to the struggle you must have had in how to answer this kind of remark.
    We do not want to just tell this person to "go away" but tell them that God loves them just the same, and you have done a good job of expressing what you believe. I hope that even our love for one another as believing women can be a witness of God's love.
    I was born into a Mennonite home as well . . . simply the way it is . . . just like everyone has an ethnic background, some of ours happens to be Mennonite. Being Mennonite does not necessarily even mean that you are religious. For that matter, what does religious mean? I'm just reading a book called The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey and would recomend it to anyone of any faith or no faith at all. It really makes you think and realize that Jesus did not come to set up a religion but a relationship with God...one we can all have, no matter where we're coming from.
    I have researched my grandparents and greatgrandparents history and must say that God has been with them through many hard things, but their faith in Him has not been in vain. The Bible says "What we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us . . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy dees of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done." This is what I want to do.
    I'm speaking for myself, but I hope that in sharing recipes we can also share some of our lives.
    I've loved serving my family whether it is by making meals or even by ironing their clothes. I feel liberated enough to say that I feel privileged to do this...and I really am. I don't know why I have been so blessed!
    Lovella, thanks for letting me use your blog here, since I dont' have my own place to express these feelings.

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  14. I agree...well said! (save that endorcement of Wikipedia...yipes! Anyone can edit any Wikipedia entry, tomorrow that link might proclaim that Mennonite people all have seven fingers and routinely boil their babies for lunch!)

    I've been pondering your presumed woman libber comment. It is interesting that you read it to be a chide; actually it could be read as being congratulatory to you for stemming the tide of Women's libration agenda by celebrating the domestic art of ironing.

    I especially applaud the Mennonite cooking part of the recipe blog. Capturing the recipes of a defined group of people is always of historic and sociologic value; if it means "good eats" too, thenso much the better.

    I only wish, dear Lovella, that you would at last stop getting all those huge ugly tattoos and chewing tobacco in secret. At least you have honestly hinted of your wild side; your rides straddling a "Hog" motorcyle, being a teenage bride...well, I won't say anymore. Your wild woman secrets are safe with me.

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  15. Besides, if you renamed your blog to something like "Presbyterian (Baptist, Evangelical Free...) Females Can Cook " it just wouldn't sound the same! :))
    Good on you for creating a place where creative cooking juices can flow. And for sharing the REAL reason why you share your life online.

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  16. And I forgot to add that I am still miffed that you are the type of Mennonite that DOESN'T wear the cute little lace hat.

    I think more women would want to be a Mennonite Christian if they would know that they would get to wear a hat!

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  17. This is a beautiful post worthy of any woman who calls herself Christian, regardless of what denomination she claims. Our allegiance should not be to doctrine, but to Jesus, for he is our salvation.

    Way back when I first started blogging someone left me a very snarky comment about my "perfection". I was quite taken back. It is only human nature to present our best sides in public. I do on occasion air my imperfections, but usually in a context of how I learned from them. Ignore those who want to drag each other down. Remain and uplift.

    Now I will go back to lurking. :)

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  18. Oh dear, I think I should say here and wasn't very clear about it in my post. . as I always fear. . I wasn't at all offended by the comment, I rather was amused. . and took it quite tongue and cheek. I was so curious to know who it might be. . really suspecting it would be someone who knows me and was poking me for a bit of fun. I really wasn't offended. I also didn't consider that it might have been like Jill suggested a compliment. I really just wanted to have a dialogue .. .and an oppotunity to explain why the Mennonite Girls can Cook blog was created. . and by who.

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  19. Mennonite heritage is unique in that, historically anyways, it is both a denomination and a culture. I guess my Mpls. Lutheran roots were laced with Scandinavian heritage - but they could just have well been German. The ethnic mix is changing - but the reputation of old that Mennonite Girls Can Cook is still known and should be preserved.

    I too take the comment you addressed in a light hearted manner. Ever believing the best of folks.

    RE: MGGC - I like that Annaliese posts lower fat versions sometimes :)

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  20. Isn't it interesting how food often stirs up conversations about a persons background. I was also born into a Mennonite home, but far richer, into a home where the Word of God was taught and lived out. We attended an MB church for many years, not beause it was MB but because it was a church that taught the Word of God. When I was about 10 we moved and my parents prayed much about a solid bible believing church for our family to attend. We attended a wonderful Baptist church until I graduated. There were people from all backgrounds..and quite afew people from mennonite backgrounds. We joined together to worship and to serve God. As a married woman we as a family attened a Mennonite church again...the most important thing was that it was a church that taught the word of God. I am grateful for my mennonite Heritage. I am more grateful for parents who taught me to give my life to God, Whos love and gift of eternal life is for everyone in this world. We each need to believe and accept it for ourselves. Lovella, I like you am not perfect. You have chosen to highlight the positive, fun, and meaningful things that go on in your life. As your dear friend I know you are human with struggles and temptations like myself and everyone else. I know you strive to live a godly life. You do shine the love of Jesus to those in your life. You are honest and transparent. You are proud of your heritage and more so not ashamed to share your faith in Jesus. Just keep being you. I love you that way. When you and I fall we are friends that are their to help the other up, and that will happen because we arn't perfect. We are forgiven. We are blessed. We are Mennonite and yes we can cook and love it. More so we are sisters in the Lord which reaches far beyond any denominational barrier. "They will know we are Christians by our love". Kathy

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  21. You're an inspiration, Lovella. I love that you are completely open with your faith and that you are using your blog to share it with others. I love reading your posts... whether they're sharing your heart or what's happening around the farm. I also love looking through and trying the different recipes (from both blogs). You go girl!

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  22. MGCC is filled with ethnic recipes from girls who grew up in kitchens where recipe boxes were filled with mennonite recipes. Lots of savory soups, and recipes that send the carb charts through the roof. But oh so worth every bite. But now when I want an Italian or Mexican recipe I go to my friends from those backgrounds and get their fabulous recipes that have come from their Mom's kitchens. It's about ethnic food groups. I've loved finally finding that recipe that I have not been able to track down and now I have it. We are girls becoming friends, and with that comes sharing our lives and hearts and our ethnic roots through food.

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  23. Very well put, Lovella.
    I like what you said, that Mennonite is not being a salvation plan, but it's our heritage that we value and pass along.
    One can be of Mennonite origin, but that does not mean that he has a relationship with Jesus.
    My prayer is that as believers in Christ we can influence and have relationships far beyond our Mennonite groups.
    We need to build relationships with all people and bring the to the knowledge of what Jesus means in our life.
    Sometimes it takes a life time.
    Thanks for all the hard work and thoughts in bringing meaning to our Mennonite heritage.

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  24. Hi Lovella, it seems your respondents so far have pretty much said it all, and I agree wholeheartedly.

    I'd just like to add that, thanks to you, this non-Mennonite has enjoyed some traditional Mennonite dishes (your Farmer Sausage Stew, for example) that I love and will make often. No question about it: it is obvious, Mennonite girls CAN cook! Your recipe blog is a wonderful idea and thanks for getting it started.

    We are all human and fall far short of perfection, some days more than others...even though we do tend to present our best face to the world in our blogs. I think most of us realize that and, being secure in Christ, are not afraid to mention our least attractive moments now and then, as you do. I admire your honesty and willingness to open up your heart and share. Thank you!

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  25. Well said, Lovella! Incredible picture of Mt. Baker.

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  26. Oh Lovella. You have been an instrument of God in this world of blogging. Truly. I have read l your post today and then through all these comments left here. Lovella, it is such a blessing to see God's work through your life, through your posts and through the wonderful recipe blog you set up.

    I know my life has changed since that day in March when I found your blog through searching for a recipe for Paska. And yes...I guess you might call me a LIBERATED woman...whatever that is supposed to mean. But then, we have been liberated through Jesus Christ.

    I am the most UNDOMESTICATED woman you have ever met...just ask my boys. Yet there is a commonality that cultures share, providers share, families share and friends share...and that is communion around food. So with regards to the MGCC blog...that is what often brings us all together. And it has been such a blessing for me Lovella...I cannot tell you what joy it has been for me to have this experience. In a time in my life where I have searched for someone, something to tie me back to some stability...some strength and assurances in a daily world I have no control over...this has been a wonderful experience. God Bless.

    Now...with respect to your regular blog and posts. My goodness...no one is perfect that is for sure. But I admit that I 'lust' for my daily 'fix' of browsing your posts for inspiration...a look at life and love, family and words of encouragement. I have found such blessing in your daily sharing...you are truly a wonderful child of the Lord.

    You are right, some of us have Mennonite heritage...some do not. But that does NOT define our personal relationship with God. Nor do we pretend it to be so. I have benefited from getting to 'know' fellow contributors to both the MGCC and personal blogs. And I have discovered that whilst I have 'wandered' into my own personal spiritual journey...that many others have too. I used to think that I was alone ...ostercized as it were but here I have found that that simply is not so. We are bound by a common faith....not the precepts of faith but faith itself. Even the disciples were all from different 'towns' and yet they were all followers of Christ.

    Okay...enough preaching. Grin...Lovella. I was scared you were going to say something like...'time to bow out'. You can see how your presence here is something that is blessing many. Many do not even comment but come here for a 'refreshing' of sorts.

    God Bless.

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  27. Wow, Lovella, this post and all the comments are awesome. Having grown up in a strict Baptist home, gone to a Baptist college, then 'bailed' and joined a non denominational mission board and going overseas to be "Jesus" to animists and muslims, and returning to the US and attending a Grace Brethren church and now an EV Free church, I'd have to say, I sort of skim over titles. As you said, our relationship to God is the important one.

    I know my own weaknesses and of course I don't want the blogging world to know them as well, so like almost every other blogger, I pick and choose what I share about my life, and I assume that other people do the same. After all, this is a large on going virtual social event that we are involved in. I think we should all just decide to 'play nice in the sandbox'. And enjoy each other's company and share recipes, knitting patterns, photos, whatever brings us joy.

    In short--do what you want and have a good time on your blog!

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  28. I do believe I stopped by on just the perfect day! Lovella, your words ring loud and clear. You are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, and are not ashamed to admit it! We will one day meet, face to face, in His kingdom, and we will know as we are known. (I'm the short one with blonde highlights, and a couple extra inches round the mid-section!)

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    Email me.
    willowknitsatyahoodotcom

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  30. Wonderful writing Lovella. Beasutifully put.

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  31. Amen- preach it sister! hugs to you, my Mennonite sister!

    xoxox
    Kimmie
    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

    *and SAVED by His Grace!

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  32. HI Lovella,

    I just found your blog by accident. I'm glad I did. While I am not a Mennonite and not as active in a church as I should be, I have to say how sorry I am that you got accused of setting women back...etc. I don't get how anyone would say that. Well, I know where they are coming from, but why would your actions set them back? they are free to choose their own lives. You've freely chosen yours.

    I love& yearn for the simplicity and purity that Mennonites and the amish live. And for those of us who are farm girls at heart....your lifestyle is very appealing. Some of us ENJOY doing things "the old fashioned" way. It's an art form to me.

    Anyway, I am so glad you are sharing your life and thoughts, and cooking, and religion here. I enjoy so much learning about your way of life.

    There was a time earlier this year when it seemed with our economy plummeting that we all might be doing without material things, etc. I was relieved that my own daughter lives on a farm, grows her own garden of food, has her own means of surviving without modern day conveniences. I'm not saying you, personally, don't have modern day conveniences....only that I strongly think anyone referring to Women's Lib & you being responsible for setting women back...was sorely missing the point, and the boat. And I for one, think we should all learn skills of living off the land knowing how to survive without modern technology. Both are good and necessary. Not one or the other.

    I was a stay at home Mom...opting to care for my own children...my personal choice....and so many people judged me for that. It's beyond me...why someone could judge me for that. We should all judge less....and accept each other more.

    Thanks for inspiring me,

    Jenny

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  33. P.S. I realize I'm missing the boat too...I got off on a tangent making it(unintentionally) sound like we should all do without electricity to prove a point. ha And my daughter DOES have modern technology...running water, electricity, etc.

    I also didn't mean to imply that simplicity or/and purity is unintelligent or naive. On the contrary. God's LOVE is simple enough for a child to understand, yet far wiser and more intricate than we can comprehend. Also, I realize Mennonites are not Amish. But I do enjoy learning about both of your cultures. Thank you again for sharing.

    My apologies for rambling.

    Jenny

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  34. Thank you, Lovella, for writing what you stand for. I am a Mennonite girl also, but fist, and foremost, I am a redeemed sinner by the precious blood of my Savior.

    I am a 49 year old homemaker. My family/home is my job. Just as my mother, her mother, her mother...... I try to make "our foods" often, and try to speak "the language". (Not too good at that) While trying to incorporate Mennonite ways in this life, we have always stressed to our children that they are Mennonite by blood, and saved by The Blood.

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  35. What an absolutely wonderful witness!Thank you for sharing this part of you... of what God has called you to be. With everything that can be found on the internet(much of it mentally and morally defiling) I am so glad that I found this web site. It is a breath of fresh air that has restored and refreshed me more than I can tell you. God Bless You!

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  36. From a Mormon mom/chef to a Mennonite mom/chef:

    Keep up the fantastic work! I am touched by your faith and inspired by your recipes! Thank you for sharing them with me and for standing strong in your conviction. We both know that really the only judge that matters isn’t going to post on your blog :)

    The best recipes are those shared from the heart. Thank you for opening up your kitchen to me! I can’t wait to try those Berry Filled Scones… they look delish!

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  37. What a wonderful site! It is sad how the mention of a word (Mennonite) can effect people in different ways. I was excited because I know what wonderful people the Mennonites are. And was very pleased to enjoy your site. Thank you,Maggie
    maggiesmith1981@gmail.com

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  38. I was excited to run across your website, because I was looking for info about canning and thought your blog would have that and great recipes for large groups. Also, I am a homeschooling mom and have used some Mennonite books and curriculum over the years and have found them to be some of the best out there. I was a little surprised to see pictures of ladies without head covers, which is what I thought all Mennonites wore, even if they weren't Amish or Hutterite. To make a long story short, I really appreciated your explanation of your beliefs, because it sounds much like mine and I obviously have some misconceptions about what it means to be Mennonite. :)
    Kimberly

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  39. Beautifully and well spoken. I am a Mormon woman, and I believe as you do, that Christ is the center of my life, and the lives of my family. We Mormon women have a wonderful heritage of pioneering, hard work, making do, being prepared, and learning wonderful cooking passed on from family and friends.
    I'm thrilled to have found your blog and I can't wait to read through and try the recipes!
    Best wishes,
    Amber

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  40. Loved your explanation of you! It brought tears to my eyes as i believe with you that Christ is my saviour and try to live his teachings. With amber, i'm also a mormon and share the love of that history but am a convert and come from a chucrh of the brethren family, with mennonites and amish in my genealogy. I bet we have similar family names there someplace! Thanks for a wonderful blog...one i'll not have to worry about rrlating back to! Have a great day. I found you in looking for a paska recipe and loved the one i found with whole ground up citrus...ii've changed a poundcake recipe i found in germany 30+ years ago and it's fantastically flavored so know the bread will be, too

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  41. Loved your explanation of you! It brought tears to my eyes as i believe with you that Christ is my saviour and try to live his teachings. With amber, i'm also a mormon and share the love of that history but am a convert and come from a chucrh of the brethren family, with mennonites and amish in my genealogy. I bet we have similar family names there someplace! Thanks for a wonderful blog...one i'll not have to worry about rrlating back to! Have a great day. I found you in looking for a paska recipe and loved the one i found with whole ground up citrus...ii've changed a poundcake recipe i found in germany 30+ years ago and it's fantastically flavored so know the bread will be, too

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  42. Glad I landed upon this site. I already pinned several recipes although I am not sure how a gluten intolerant woman with a diabetic husband can get away with it. You are welcome to read...and share any of my blogs that interest you. Here's the list:echoingheartbeats.blogspot.com marilyns-musings.blogspot.com
    stevenme.blogspot.com
    The last one is the most well known.
    marilynfriesen.blogspot.com
    Keep on with your beautiful blog!

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  43. Thank you! I was really inspired by your words.

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  44. That was BEAUTIFUL ! It blessed me to read it and I see lots of you in myself. It is so comforting to find a group of sisters who even in this twisted world we live in, have managed to stay true to their beliefs and convictions . I applaud you thank you for sharing your heart with all of us .

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  45. Thank you for sharing your life , your heart and all these recipes with us. It's so comforting to find sisters with whom I share common beliefs and convictions. Your post blessed me so.
    Please keep it coming :) thank you for doing what you do.

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