Ask Viola

Viola, an Amish woman in the MidwestViola, a young Old Order Amish woman living in the Midwest, has been kind enough to answer questions from our visitors. Viola writes from her individual knowledge, perspective, and beliefs and does not represent the entire Amish community. Please remember that every Amish church has its own set of rules, known as the ordnung, and all Amish church districts are different.

Currently, Viola has quite a large pile of questions to answer so we cannot accept new questions for a few months.

Ask Viola: Home-made Biscuits, Dunkards, Shampoo, and Amish Fiction

Bob asks... How do you make home-made biscuits? This is the biscuit recipe my family uses: Baking Powder Biscuits 2 cups all-purpose flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 vegetable oil 3/4 cup milk Add all dry ingredients to bowl. Add all wet ingredients. Stir only until dry ingredients are moistened. Too [...]

2019-07-12T20:40:59-04:00January 17th, 2017|Ask Viola|

Ask Viola: Garden Flowers, Libraries, Chores, and Shunning

Kathie asks... I was just wondering why most Amish gardens I see have rows of flowers grown in along with the vegetable plants? And what flowers are typically used? Thank you! The flowers most Amish women plant in their gardens are usually just there to add some beauty to the garden. Zinnias are a [...]

2019-07-12T20:47:55-04:00January 17th, 2017|Ask Viola|

Ask Viola: Pen Pals, Works vs. Faith, and Divorcees

Megan asks... I would like to start writing to a woman in the Amish community. I was wondering how I would go about asking an Amish woman to write her? Also, I was wondering how one may react to me asking this question, whether it be positively or negatively. I wouldn't want to ask [...]

2019-07-12T20:52:36-04:00January 17th, 2017|Ask Viola|

Ask Viola: Women in Church, Bishops, Walmart, and Baby Gifts

Carrie asks... I have always wondered what is the reason why women can't be bishops, ministers or deacons? This decision is based on Bible teachings such as the following. 1 Corinthians 11:3, end of Genesis 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:11-12, and 1 Corinthians 14:35. Women were created to be a helpmate of men, not to [...]