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Brain things / Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

This post is for readers who have never commented in this space before. If you can’t remember whether or not you have – you’re fine. Stop being so conscientious.

If you are a regular commenter and leave a note here, I will take it down. Sorry. If you want to speak, leave a comment on the preceding post and I will personally reply to it. This one time.


Hello.

My name is Shari Zook, and I’ve been reading and writing in this space for five years. It’s easier to be silent, but I try to say something now and then, because I believe that words need to get out of our heads and into the world so they can do their job, communicating with other humans.

What is your name, and how long have you been here?

You don’t have to answer if you’re shy. I’m the shyest of the shy. You wouldn’t always know it to look at me, but I promise it’s true.

I love springtime, this time of year when all my perennials are pushing and the wind pounces on my house like a wild and living thing. It’s invigorating to be out and cozy to be in. For now I am in. My cat is curled sleeping on the rocking chair and I hear traffic going by on the road.

What do you hear? What do you love?

Oh look. She moved.

Do you know the first comment is the hardest? After that, it’s a little easier because you’re present, and visible.

This is just a quiet spot to say hi, and join the conversation.

Hugs,
(unless you’re male)
(in which case I offer a firm handshake) –
Shari

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5 years ago

Hi Shari 🙂 I’ve been reading your blog for two-ish years now and enjoying every word. I enjoy anyone that makes me laugh. And anyone that makes me think, although that isn’t Always as much fun. As for why I never commented, I have no excuse…….
I’m just inside your guess of a twenty-plus readership and not Mennonite, but almost 🙂 blessings and hugs, Ericka

Janae Martin
5 years ago

Hi, Shari! I’ve only been reading your blog for a couple months so I think that’s a pretty good excuse for not replying! ?I love to read about things that people love n deal with in everyday life. Spring is a favorite of mine and I’m a mommy to 2 year old Taegan. She’s a priceless gift through the miracle of adoption.
Janae

5 years ago

Hi Shari, I have been following you for about a year (since the writer’s conference in Harrisonburg last year.) I enjoy your writing. My kids are grown, but I can still identify with your mommy writing. I remember those days. Thanks for your transparency.

Doris Miller
5 years ago

Hi, Shari! I said to myself, Is that a cat on the chair? And it was. Having a cat inside is one of the luxuries of life. I’ve been reading your blog more-or-less since a wedding in your area (Oct. 2014) when I ended up at your church Sunday morning and saw this nice (think mixture of happy, and in-love-with-her-husband) lady across the way. And afterwards someone in my car load who knew of your blog wanted to meet you. One of the reasons I have had issues with commenting is that the technology can be defeating…even now there’s a very real possibility that after I’ve written all these WORDS, something will go wrong and I’ll either not get it sent or send it twice…

Rachel
5 years ago

I’ve been reading your thoughts for oh, I don’t know- 6 months? I like to hear honest people’s honest thoughts and I won’t say whether I like your style or not. Obviously I don’t hate it too bad cuz I keep coming back for more? I write too, to organize my thoughts, But I only email it to people who I know, partly because it’s less vulnerable. I can choose what to say, to whom. (I agree with the pedestal/ doghouse theory in a comment on your previous post, but when I’m IN the doghouse I don’t sit there thinking, “my, this is nice; I could be on a pedastal!”:)
I am sitting on a chair with the taste of coffee lingering on my tongue, living in denial about all the work I have to get done yet… I battle chronic un-motivation about house work.
I love God and the life He gave me- which is 95% Husband and son- corresponding with people, coffee, among other things.
Keep writing!!!?

Rachel
5 years ago
Reply to  Shari Zook

I read my comment to a friend and she got a horrified look when I got to the 2nd and 3rd sentence. Do not misunderstand me- I only said that so you don’t under-rate my brain power LOL. You write well.

Ann
5 years ago

Well, not sure if I’ve ever commented or not. If I did I doubt I left my name. Somehow when my name is attached to something it seems more weighty, almost commitment like. What if I say something people don’t like and it has my name on it? That’s not called bravery, is it?

I’ve been reading your writings for probably a year or two now and I love your honesty. Honesty is on my list of important things to learn and some day when I grow up maybe I can be like you!

Esther Yoder
5 years ago

I’ve been reading your blog eagerly for over a year. I’m not exactly sure how I became aware of it, I think my sister introduced me to it. I read all your old posts, and was highly entertained, deeply touched, and mostly agreeing the whole way and enjoying the good discussions! 🙂 I was touched in a very personal way by you sharing your journey with SAD and depression – it was when I read those posts that I felt like I had found a friend who opened my door and didn’t leave me alone in the dark, and who identified in a very specific way. But I am very shy about posting publicly, so that’s why I didn’t comment. I’m still nervous about clicking “post”, but I want to step up and tell you thanks for posting about honest and real life.

Reba Patches
5 years ago

I’ve been reading your blog for several years, ever since a dear friend in China introduced me to it. Specifically I was interested in what you shared about SAD and depression. There’s something so comforting about knowing I’m not the only one.

And I really do love your sense of humor as well! I will never forget the post where you dressed up in your fireman husband’s gear.

I don’t have a good excuse for never commenting, other than I’m shy at times, and unsure about technology.

Thanks for your patience. 😉

5 years ago

Ok, so I have commented once before, but it was only to get into a giveaway (sheepish grin) so I’m choosing not to count that one. I’ve been reading for around two years. I’m sure I am a reader minority. 23-year-old Mennonite male, graduate of FB last spring, grade 5&6 homeroom teacher. It’s always a delight to hear your ruminations on family life, church life, and just life in general. A firm handshake to you and yours. -Tim

Charity
5 years ago

I’ve been here too long to remember when. I’m a mom to more than a handful and I discuss your writings with friends of mine. I think we all like you because you are honest yet discreet. Know what I mean? Also because we discover through you we are all quite normal mom’s and that’s comforting in this age. I don’t comment why? I don’t know. It’s easier to read and go on my way. Or I’m reading one handed while feeding or loving or homeworking. I fall smack in the middle of your readership guestimate. Keep on writing.

Monica
5 years ago

I’ve been reading your blog for probably 4- 6 months. I think it was my sister that told me about it. I really admire you for your honesty and transparency. I’ve known who your dad was for years and figured what you had to say was worth reading. Thanks for taking the time to blog. I’m sure it takes effort and commitment. Blessings on your life!

Rosetta
5 years ago

I’ve been here, left and returned again just a few weeks ago after a friend shared a post and we rejoiced over your scandalous honesty & wished there were more people in our world with that refreshing trait. I’m mother to a darling 11 day old son and when I get brave enough to be honest & vulnerable I’d like to blog about life again.

Tina
5 years ago

I’ve been reading your blog for probably a year & half. I always admire a writer that is so refreshingly honest & still lets others read her feelings/thoughts which I find Scary Business! My sister (who doesn’t have access to the internet) often asks me about your latest posts so I pull them up & she reads them out loud..she’s very good at oral reading btw & does justice to your posts! ? We empathize with the with the sad ones & laugh at the humorous ones ..the 1 about the high heeled shoes in particular! I’m secretly glad you find the need to write your thoughts & feelings & then are willing to share that all with us! I’m always intrigued with people who feel they must write ..I am Not Good at expressing myself verbally..I know what I feel & think but to put it all on paper..not a chance! ?

5 years ago

I’ve been hanging around the fringes for a few years now and was drawn to your raw honesty about so many things. I lived through the dark fog of post-partum depression, traumatically misscarried our angel baby, and have a three year old and a little girl the age of your youngest. In my heart there burns a flame in the name of foster care, and it scares me silly in the middle of the night. I wonder if my heart could bear it? There is equal terror in doing or not doing it. I met your sister when we were both visiting in Ireland and she became engaged that weekend.

Louise
5 years ago

I’ve been reading your blog, approx. 3 years. Married 30 years, 50 years old. We were blessed with 4 sons and 1 daughter.
I enjoy reading your blog, and your intresting stories, God bless you for being free to write it like it is… ( God also bless you with good friends, who appreciate you!) ?
The busiest stage for me was when I had 5 working men to feed n wash for all at once…. I have gray hair, earned everyone of them..? with all the stunts boys love to pull over a mom… starting- 3 1/2yrs..ago.. In 3 years time 3 sons found wonderful wives, as we are so blessed! We have grandchildren in heaven and 3 down here, 2 of them are foster.. you can email if you want the rest of the story… that explains how I found your blog.

Bertha
5 years ago

I’ve been reading your blog for several years. I read it because I think your blog is interesting and it’s fun to hear about other people’s everyday lives and how they process life and being a mom to small children. I read it because I don’t get out much and by reading mom blogs I feel like I’m part of the real world and what other ladies are thinking and doing even though I don’t actually have the opportunity to sit down and have coffee with you. And I read it because I love to read and often run out of books to read. I love how you are just honest and say it how it is and you’re so good at putting your thoughts on paper. I’m scared to do that after being hurt too many times. And by the way, I read lots of blogs but I never comment on them anymore. Sometimes I think of a good comment but somebody else has already said it and the few times in the past that I commented (not on yours) it wasn’t acknowledged and that made me feel stupid and wonder what was wrong with what I said. Keep up the good and interesting writing!!

Dawn Harshbarger
5 years ago

Hi Shari, By the time I’m done reading your newest blog post either I am laughing or crying or taking up pen and paper and writing you a letter (which never gets sent for some reason) or in this case – finally leaving a comment. I’m a MN girl and know your family from Maranatha Bible School days. Thank you for writing! A friend told me about your blog a couple years ago and I’ve been enjoying it ever since. Dawn Harshbarger

Wanita Strite
5 years ago

I don’t remember how long I’ve been reading your blog and I think I stumbled upon it thru the homejoys blog. I’m always sad when there is long silence and love reading each post. I like reading about real life and appreciate that you don’t try to pretend it’s different. I too went back n read all your old posts and vividly remember finding your posts on SAD. I cried buckets of tears at the memories it brought back of the saddest most horrible time of my life. I’m halfway thru 30 and mother to 3, and wife to a husband who is good at keeping me out of my comfort zone 🙂 I don’t comment because that takes me out of my comfort zone!

5 years ago

Hello. My name is Geneva and I have been reading your blog for about a year. As I read this post I felt as if you were talking specifically to me. 🙂 I have almost commented several times and have no good reason why I didn’t. I am 22 years old and a first time mom to my little Vienna. Your honesty about depression has been so helpful to me. And ironically…. I just started my own little blog a week ago and suddenly I understand how valuable comments are to a blogger. I’m sitting here thinking I need to go back to every blog I have ever read and at least say, “Thanks for writing!” It takes courage to put words on paper and I thank you for being brave.

Becky
5 years ago

Hi! I’m Becky and for the first half of my life I shared the same last name as you! That gives you a good guess at my age!! I came across your blogs through Gina Martins blog about 4 months ago. Went to Bible School with your husband. You may know my sister Roselyn or maybe she knows your sister!!! I’m not sure which way it is but I think she went to bible school with someone in your family! I spend a lot of time in my rocking chair with our 8th baby, 6th son!! I really enjoy your blogs and reading other people’s comments. Just don’t take time to formulate my own. Being a mom is certainly not for the faint-hearted!! Hearing your stories and thoughts are always refreshing. And it’s encouraging to know other families are like ours and other couples struggle to get enough time together!! Keep on!

Sadie
5 years ago

Hi, I’m Sadie.
I’ve been here for a couple years, give or take. I like your style of writing and I find your humor refreshing. I love to read, and have many subscriptions to blogs that I don’t always get to. But when your new posts hit my inbox, I always read them. I’m not trying to flatter, I’m just being honest.
Thank-you for your bravery in building an online presence.
Blessings to you and your family! ❤

Melanie
5 years ago

I’ve been an avid, yet silent reader of your blog for several years. But now I am taking a deep breath…. 🙂 I am a forty – something divorced Mennonite mom of four girls. (gasp!!) That “D” word is just part of the reason I have never left a comment here. It felt safer somehow to enjoy your words unnoticed. My youngest girlie, age 9, was born with a rare chromosomal deletion, along with a seizure disorder. So I enjoyed your earlier posts on training children and dealing with challenging behaviors. And your knowledge and perspective of SAD/depression is so spot on. By way of “connections”, Sheldon and Jayne Zook from MN are my brother and sister-in-law. Blessings as you continue to blog. Your honesty and your willingness to make yourself vulnerable are refreshing.

Melanie
5 years ago
Reply to  Shari Zook

Now that you mention it…… yes! Perhaps it was in response to your post “The Forgotten One”?
I remember that one felt like a direct message from Jesus to me.

Shari Horst
5 years ago

Howdy! We’re TOTAL strangers to each other. But I think I’m getting to know you. Of course you don’t have the same advantage of reading my thoughts and feelings! I’ve been reading your blog for less then a year. I stumbled across it through another person’s blog if I’m remembering correctly. I was very intrigued to find we shared same first names! Well my full name is Sharilyn, but everyone calls me Shari! Also I love reading and crawling into another person’s brain! ? So in all, I’m glad I decided to subscribe to your blog! ?
Just a little more about me – my husband, Wynne, and I have been married for 3 years. We have one little girl, Alanna, who is almost 22 months old. And another little somebody who is to arrive in May!
We live in Lisbon, Ohio!
Now I might be 10% less of a stranger to you!!

Katie R
5 years ago

Hi Shari! I have been following your blog for a year or so after my mother in law introduced me to it. I love reading blogs and always ‘click-through’ when yours pops up on my blog reader. I really enjoy your writing style and humorous, straightforward manner of speaking. I have dreamed of doing foster care since I was a girl and have particularly enjoyed your posts on this. Keep up the great work!

Leah
5 years ago

Hmm… What to write??? Reading your blog for probably over a year. A no nonsense Mom of five. Born to Amish parents who moved to Honduras when I was 3 1/2. Grew up there, married my husband there and now live in US since 1994. Sometimes I don’t understand the drama of Mennonites, even tho I’m one. 25th Anniversary coming up this week!

5 years ago

I’m a really new reader, maybe a couple of months. I found your blog through a friend’s blog roll, and the voice that came to me from your pages seemed like a friend worth talking to.
I’m a 23-year-old, Mennonite, first grade teacher from southern Ontario who loves words, especially when written. I have a blog of my own that you may check out if you like. https://travelight94.wordpress.com/
I felt with you as you wrote of your mother’s cancer. My mom died of breast cancer that spread to her brain when I was eight. I always think that it would be tougher to lose a mom now. My mother was mommy to me, but your mother is a mother and friend. I hope you get to keep her longer. 🙂
I also appreciated your previous article. I’ve realized that since I’ve started blogging, people that saw me as just their niece or a girl at church, suddenly realized that I had a voice and would love to be their friend! I love getting that text that says that what God laid on my heart to write was exactly what they needed. Seriously, that whole article you wrote about comments was spot-on.
Keep writing!
Yolanda

5 years ago
Reply to  Yolanda

I’ve just been reading comments and now realized why I recognized your mother. I’ve met her through attending FB teacher’s weeks and summer term. I’m heading there for TAP this fall. So, if I’m reading into this correctly, I might meet you in person. 🙂

Audrey
5 years ago

I have been following your blog for a long while. If I ever commented, it’s been so long ago I have forgotten. I enjoy your posts and your honesty, but I don’t comment because I don’t know you very well (we did meet at FB about 6 years ago) and the past few years have left me feeling like I have nothing to say.

Audrey
5 years ago
Reply to  Shari Zook

There is definitely a story behind “the past few years” but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to publicly share much of it. Thank you for your kind words!

5 years ago

I’ve followed your blog since last year when I learned about it, probably “in a Christian setting so conservative-minded that [you] figured if [you] mis-dressed or mis-spoke [you] might as well build [your] own coffin and go lie down in it, cuz it was all over.” I’m glad we didn’t need to conduct a funeral, even if we could have supplied enough clergy and mourners.

I once hosted Sheila J. Petre without knowing who she was, and so there’s a friend we both know, and I’ve also learned to know your family slightly through a couple of friends (Herr and Herr) that went to Maranatha in 2003-2005ish, and through Single Ladies seminars years ago at DLM.

I don’t hear anything right now–except the occasional sigh/snore from my 18 month-old son, sleeping already. My 3 year-old husband isn’t home from Bible study yet. Okay, the marriage is 3 years old. I’m 38 (and pregnant) and James is 42.

What I like about your blog is that you don’t write unless you have something to say, which is usually the same reason I don’t comment. Write on. I enjoy it and occasionally squirm because my toes have been stepped on (in a good way.)

5 years ago
Reply to  Shari Zook

Don’t fret. I think anyone reading your blog knows how to take your description. And yes, our husbands know each other.

Liz
5 years ago

I’ve been following your blog for at least five or six years, and commented before, but never to introduce myself. I’ve lived in Nicaragua since ’98 but have plans to move to the US this summer. I love good books and good writing -realness, humor, and topics relevant to my life, so I read your blog! 🙂 Can I say I love your writing style?? 🙂 And I usually have a firm rule to not get involved in the comments section, so as not to get ticked off at or bored by people’s comments, but yours is definitely an exception. Keep on writing, you make my day!

Liz
5 years ago
Reply to  Liz

And obviously I’ve been reading your blog before you had one if I’ve been reading for six years! 🙂

Trenda
5 years ago

Hello,
I have read your blog off and on for a long time. Sometimes I read every post and sometimes then it will go for a while before I pick it back up again. But since moving near my sister and brother-in-law I have been a little more tuned in. They are faithful readers.
I’m not usually brave enough to comment because I’m not the most eloquent, I rarely write for the whole world to see, or my life is a busy one and I don’t get around to doing it.
So basically I’m commenting now to satisfy my sister. There…. Wendy does this make you happy?? ?

Florence
5 years ago

Hi. I’m Florence.
I think I’ve been reading your blog around two years, though I’ve never commented because I am terrified of having my words immortalized in the comments. I read your blog because it is interesting and because I like to learn from other writers. Thank you for sharing your words through blogging.

Irene Stutzman
5 years ago

Hi, I suppose you know me. And if living in the same community for 10+ years counts, I guess I could say I know you, too. Although I don’t know if I ever said more than a few words to you. I don’t know why I’ve never commented except I really don’t comment on any blogs, though I follow several. Thanks for your honesty in writing, I really enjoy your transparency and insight. I am a mom of 2 and life is difficult for me in this stage. I have often come away from your posts feeling inspired, encouraged and uplifted. I am not exactly sure when I subscribed to your blog, maybe 2 years or more?? Keep on writing! Hugs!

Shannon Shantz
5 years ago

Hi! I’m Shannon, Heidi Martin’s SIL. One day my mother (new to the Internet in the last 2 years 😉 ) asked me, “Do you read Shari Zook’s blog?” And ever since then, I have subscribed to your posts, never once NOT wanting to read one of them. I find your honesty refreshing and encouraging, and being a mom of 2 (almost three) under 4 years, I can identify with the mothering bits that you write about. Keep up the great work!

Mandie
5 years ago

Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now, ever since CLP writers conference last year. (By the way, I didn’t notice your shoes at all.) I loved your classes there so I went home and found your blog. I’m only sixteen so I guess I’m a minority on here but I really enjoy your writing.

Wendy Thomas
5 years ago

Hi Shari- I’ve been reading your blog for about a year. Somehow I learned that you were John and Barbara Coblentz’s daughter so I figured you would have something worthwhile to say! I grew up in Hartville, OH and know some of your relatives from there. Your aunt Ruthie was my 4th grade teacher! I now love in SC. I really enjoy reading your honesty and down to earth wisdom. I am a mom of 4, and homeschool my 3 youngest children. Our oldest has graduated. This past Sept. your mom spoke at the ladies seminar in Hartwell, GA. I really enjoyed her sessions. Soon after that, I read on your blog about your mom’s cancer. I was so sorry to hear that. May God’s strength be ever present as you all walk this journey with your mother. Thank you for your inspiring blog posts! God bless you and your family.

Patti Lofgren
5 years ago

Dear Shari: My friend Hope Byler shared your blog with me and I’ve been enjoying it for maybe a year. I often find myself either laughing or crying as I read but definitely thinking and I like that. I am almost 57, a mother and grandmother and go to a Mennonite church though I didn’t grow up Mennonite so I don’t always “get” all the inside culture, but we fit best with you all since we cover and dress modestly. I’m not sure why I haven’t commented – perhaps didn’t feel I had anything significant to add to the conversation. I’ll try to be more courageous and forthright. Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing.

Katrina Chupp
5 years ago

Hi Shari. My name is Katrina Chupp. I’ve been reading your blog for several years and I love your honesty. You say things that I can relate to but struggle to put into words. Thank you.
I am currently working at Faith Builders in housekeeping and help with 1st and 2nd grade break on Tuesday at FBCS so I’ve gotten to know your daughter Kelly. I would love to meet you sometime! Blessings!

Martha
5 years ago

I first read your blog when a friend told me about your “single” posts in 2014. (Yes, I’m a single over 30.) I loved your perspective as a married woman. I’ve only recently started following your blog regularly, but always find it refreshing with its honesty and humor. Blessings!

5 years ago

I’m not a first-timer, but a rare commenter. I was just thinking, as I saw your posts come up in my feed reader, how much I enjoy your writing…well, really you: your honesty and determined faith and sense of humor! I know you through your friend Anita (whom I’ve met in real life)..and I met your sister in real life, thanks to your blog!

5 years ago

PS I forgot to mention that I’m not Mennonite. Also, it seems stingy not to mention that I relate to your courage because I’ve had brushes with depression, love people who’ve experienced it even more deeply…and because it takes me some courage to write about singleness. I also like what an earlier commenter said about you being honest with discretion. That’s not easy! It seems to take some real humility and reliance on the Holy Spirit. But honesty with discretion is so very refreshing and life-giving.

Kathlene Kauffman
5 years ago

Hi Shari, I have been reading your blog going on 2yr. I always say “YES!” When I see you have a new blog post. I have a difficult time putting my feelings into words and most times your writings express well what I am feeling. Okay so I don’t always connect but I enjoy reading your blog. I admire your gift of putting your thoughts/feelings into words. Blessings!

Misty Nisly
5 years ago

I have been reading your blog for a number of years and so much of it resonates with me! Also many years ago we were little girls playing together at MBS. ? Blessings to you and yours!

Heather
5 years ago

Thanks for writing; I’ve been reading for maybe a year, plus a lot of your previous posts. I’ve enjoyed it so much; I love reading.I think I found your blog through another one, maybe home joys? I have two young boys, and don’t know what I’m doing (although I love what I’m doing) as a mom! I don’t know you or your family, but wish you all the best! -Heather Puffer

Louella
5 years ago

I have composed several comments in my head and had various well worded reasons as to why I haven’t commented before but what it really comes down to is that I’m too scared. I have been learning many lessons about self-worth this winter and if I have a choice between jumping and dying or standing still and dying, I’d rather jump. So here goes;)
I’ve been hiding in the woodwork for close to 3 years I think. I am 23, have been married for almost 3 years and have a 7 month old daughter. (She is the reason for most of the aforementioned lessons)
I read your blog because: words. Silly, of course it’s all about words but written words to me are life and breath. It’s the way I make sense of life’s atrocities and idiosyncrasies. Words are like wind in pine trees or sunshine on the face.
Please keep on writing! Some of us are not so brave as that

Christine
5 years ago

I’m not sure how long I have been reading your blog. One reason for not commenting is fear of putting myself out there. I am a 40 yr old homeschooling mom of 6 children ages 6-18. I found encouragement thru your post on SAD when I was in the thick of it. I appreciate your honesty and courage in doing life especially fostering.
I have never met you. I have sat in at least one Helping People in Need Seminar with your father teaching and last year in your mother’s class at REACH. I’m sorry to hear of her cancer journey.
To answer the other questions…..I hear truck traffic over on the main route thru town and inside the playing with Lego houses by girls who should be doing school. I love the warm sunshine of spring. Blessings as you continue to write!

5 years ago

Hi! I’m Twylene Musser and I had the pleasure of taking your Surprised By Grace workshop at Oasis Ladies’ Retreat several years ago. Your humor and honesty drew me and someone told me you blog, so I’ve been a reader since then. I can hear my 2 and 5 year olds outside right now (though come to think of it…it’s rather quiet…not a golden thing, silence when they’re that age…better check that out.) We have four children we’ve been blessed with through the foster care system…although they’re all adopted now….ages 7 and under. Thank you for taking the time to let us catch a glimpse of your wonderfully full and blessed and imperfect life! We need more mommies like you! 🙂

5 years ago

Not sure when exactly or how I started reading your blog. I love to read. I don’t love to write. So no comments from me. But if comments encourage you to keep writing, I will try to do that, Occasionally. I’m white, menno, female, & 45. I enjoy your blog because you seem willing to open a discussion on hard things. I wasn’t going to comment, but your cat picture made me feel safe. ☺️ I think I have commented once before, but never introduced myself to you. So feel free to delete this!

Marsena K Weaver
5 years ago

I am Marsena Weaver, a faithful follower for at least 2 maybe 3 years. I Love reading your writings, they sometimes make me laugh, (which I like) and always make me think! Thank-you! Another thing I find refreshing is your lack of ‘Anabaptist/mennonite bashing. I know we have many things to learn and don’t feel in the least like we get it all right, but I VALUE what we stand for dearly. I am not offended in the least by the occasional snarky comments…I laugh at them.I enjoy the comments after your articles sometimes as much as the article. I LOVE a good debate!! 🙂 I think I might have commented before on a give away, not even sure. I will quit commenting on your writing now for fear of you ‘not liking me’. 😉 I would love to meet you in person…our husbands know each other, bless his heart for salvaging many of our pictures when our laptop got ‘infected’. I think I actually shed a few tears when he said he was able to save most of the pictures….I didn’t loose baby pics of our 2 youngest after all! I spent about half of my growing up years an hour north of you at Lake View Pilgrim church. You know to many of my family and in-laws to make much comment:-) (Matt & Han, David & Crystal, Chris & Ruth Weaver) are all dear in-laws of mine. We live in VA, and have 4 children, and enjoy many gorgeous mountain views. Another thing I love is the shorter winters, and GORGEOUS season of Spring. Come check it out sometime!

Char
5 years ago

I can’t remember if I’ve ever commented here or not. I think I’ve read your blog since close to the beginning. You’re one of a handful of Menno mommy bloggers I enjoy regularly reading, because I can identify with the culture and stage of life. I really miss “you” when you go silent for a time, and hope you’re just busy and not going to quit blogging. I think I faintly remember you and your sister from an SMBI family week years ago.
I’m a mom to three. Most of my days feel very full of routine: laundry, dishes, and keeper of world peace. I love a good book (or blog!) with coffee in my few moments of quiet.