Gathering of Sisters: A Year with My Old Order Mennonite Family by Darla Weaver has been one of my favorite books I've read this year. I love the simple story of a group of sisters spending time with their Momma each Tuesday. The children playing with their cousins having a blast is wonderful but the real treasure is that the adult sisters enjoy their time together sharing a meal and time just as much. I just love that. It reminds me of when I was growing up and how we went to Sunday dinners with my mother's family. While the tradition was typically at my one aunts house family came to spend time together with my grandmother. We typically shared the same meal - spaghetti with some sort of meat while Darla Weavers family eat a lunch (they call it dinner) together and the meal varies.
This book is simply written. There is no drama it is a true account of the days Tuesdays spent together. I think that is a big reason why I liked it so much. It was an escape from the drama of day to day life. Not that the kids didn't have spats - they are kids after all but everything worked out smoothly and quickly if they did. The chapter that spoke to me and had me in tears was September. As our author's littlest goes off to school for the first time and she has to go to her first Tuesday alone. I can relate to kids growing older and the change of life with that as my firstborn is now graduated and branching out to his own life. The author shares her personal thoughts here and there and it ties the story together. If you enjoy reading about relationships - this book will appeal to you.
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Spend a day with sisters.
Once a week Darla Weaver bundles her children into the buggy, hitches up her spirited mare, and drives six miles to the farm where she grew up. There she gathers with her four sisters and their children for a day with their mother. In Gathering of Sisters, Weaver writes about her horse-and-buggy Mennonite family and the weekly women’s gatherings that keep them connected. On warm days, the children play and fish and build houses of hay in the barn. In the winter, everyone stays close to the woodstove, with puzzles and games and crocheting. No matter the weather, the Tuesday get-togethers of this Old Order Mennonite family keep them grounded and centered in their love for God and for each other, even when raising an occasional loving but knowing eyebrow at each other.
The rest of the week is full of laundry, and errands, and work that never ends. But Tuesday is about being sisters, daughters, and mothers.
Hear straight from Amish and Mennonite people themselves as they write about their daily lives and deeply rooted faith in the Plainspoken series from Herald Press. Each book includes “A Day in the Life of the Author” and the author’s answers to FAQs about the Amish and Mennonites.
about the author:
Darla Weaver is a homemaker, gardener, writer and Old Order Mennonite living in the hills of southern Ohio. She is the author of Water My Soul, Many Lighted Windowsand Gathering of Sisters. Weaver has written for Family Life, Ladies Journal, Young Companion, and other magazines for Amish and Old Order Mennonite groups. Before her three children were born she also taught school. Her hobbies are gardening and writing.
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