They come to me. I don't go looking for them.
If you've read back through my blogs - or you're a subscriber - then you know meeting then opening my home and heart to those who leave the Amish is an unplanned learning curve. But I take it seriously.
I've written blogs on ways to practically, accurately help former Amish adjust to the outside life. I've written about their struggle to earn a GED. I try to advocate for their needs so they have a step-up into our world.
Now, I thought you might want to meet some who are currently in my life. These are special to me. Well, all are special but, some have moved on and live in other states or they've established jobs and we don't keep in touch - like Rudy and Andy.
I'm not alone in catching "the fence jumpers" as we teasingly describe our love and service.
Harvey - our handsome handyman son-in-love - works FT, regularly attends church, and ekes time out to painstakingly study for his GED.
Josh - Harvey's cousin - also left the Swartzentruber order of Amish. He's dating Sarah, working FT, loves playing volleyball, and bought a motorcycle. He lives about five-minutes from us and is quick to text me back.
Marvin completed his GED! After a series of freak accidents, two that nearly claimed his life, he is working FT in Ohio, and his dream is to go into the National Guard. Go Marvin.
Levi - Mosie's cousin - moved to Iowa. Some of you saw Levi on PBS TV's The Amish and its sequel The Amish: Shunned. He's pictured in this blog. I miss him! Levi is special to me, I worked repeatedly with him to give/receive a hug as he wasn't used to physical affection from a parent. Levi occasionally checks me out on Linkedin.
Monroe - our second "son" from the Swartzentruber Amish - lived with us several months before moving to his own apartment, he works FT doing finish work for new homes. He's about five-minutes from our home and stops in every couple of weeks for a chat, food, and a hug.
Sarah - Monroe's older sister - finally got her bottom dentures, is engaged to Josh, and works at the same business with him.
Monroe and Sarah's oldest brother, Harvey, just left the Amish. But his wife and kids did not. I posted about him on teaching Amish to drive.
Mosie - our first "son" - married in June! Look for my blog post/pix on Mosie's wedding.
Noah - another ex-Swartzentruber Amish - is precious. He's suppressing inner wounds from physical beatings. He works FT, lives in a small Ohio town, and is so busy we rarely Noah.
Uria is getting married this month, and he works FT. His older brother, Andy, is living and working in NC. Uria once told me that when he and his brother left, their dad - a bishop - shunned himself.
Uriah - like many ex-Amish, moved frequently in the first years out. He's now living and working in Ohio. Sadly, I've not seen nor heard from Uriah in two years. Too bad, he's so likable.
Remember, if you've given shelter and love to an ex-Amish, please share your story or updates below.
(c)Copyright, 2014, Brenda Nixon.