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Plain Kansas

Rosanna Bauman, age 25, is German Baptist Brethren. She is a writer, farmer, and speaker and lives on a rural Kansas farm she shares with her parents and 4 siblings. The Brethren Church, is often mistaken for Amish or Mennonites, but the Brethren have different historical and theological roots. The Brethren Church is a "Plain" church. Members dress plainly and, like the Amish, are pacifists, but they do use cars and phones.

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  1. Missy

    I remember those days of swimming in my dress. We used to safety pin it between the legs so it wouldn’t float up. The last time I swam like that, I found out the hard way that the pond had snapping turtles it it! They snapped at my hands as I tread water.

  2. Carolyn

    This reminds me of the time I spent in Arkansas with my aunt and uncle and cousins and we swam in the river near their home. I don’t remember the name of it. We had a great time even though there were water moccasins, I was thirteen and fearless.I cannot say the same now . I also was wondering what the plain people wear during swimming. I swam in my dress a few times for what ever reason. I do not remember why.


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