Mona asks…

Do you have a dog? If so does it stay in the house? Are animals allowed to live in Amish homes?

My family does not have a dog. We used to have one but she died of old age. We don’t have time to properly train a dog, therefore we don’t have one now. While we still had our dog, she slept in our entryway, otherwise she was outside except on very cold days.

We Amish do not have anything against animals in the house. In fact it is fairly common to see house dogs in Amish homes. Stock dogs are seen on many farms because they are a great help in herding livestock. These dogs generally sleep in the barn where they are nice and warm. One reason you may not see as many animals in Amish homes is because of the extra cleaning, allergies, etc. that goes along with the animals.

Sheryl asks…

I am a stay-at-home wife and mother on a quest to become an Amish woman in her early 50’s. What is the minimal wardrobe I should have?  I feel two of each item of clothing?  In this way, I would have one to wear, while I am washing the other.

I am sure two of each item of clothing would do as the minimal amount needed. I think you would find it more comfortable if you had a few more changes of clothing.

I do have a few questions for you. Why do you want to be Amish? Do your husband and children plan to join you on this quest? Family is very important to the Amish. Many of our guidelines are aimed at preserving family. If you are seeking to simplify your life, you can do that without becoming Amish. Being Amish is more than just dressing and living your life in a simple way. As a member of the Amish church you seek to become as close to God as possible. To do so means to deny yourself (self-will) and your desires. Seek to put God first in all you do, others next, and yourself last. The Amish life isn’t full of romantic, idealistic fluff, nor is it constant strife and suffering as sometimes portrayed in the media. It is hard work and enjoyment with family and friends. Our lives are as full of problems and temptations as anyone else’s. It is just that we choose to turn to God for help. Anyone can do that being Amish or non-Amish.

Shawn asks…

I am curious to know how to go about becoming Amish. Some have told me that I would not do well in an Amish community because I have grown up in the modern world. Hones