About the author

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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    Linda Bolt

    I loved this column, particularly because years ago, we lived in the Yakima Valley of Washington, so I could relate to some of these experiences. And I love anything to do with weddings! I did chuckle at the “small” wedding of 300 people. To me, that’s a big wedding. Great to hear about weddings that come together with the help of family and friends. Thanks for sharing this story.

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    Jeff FRame

    I’m just wondering what the German Baptist lady wears when she swims. very conservative, I’m sure.

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    Wendy P

    Your story about the cherry pits reminded me of an older lady I once worked with – she told how aghast her mother was when her grandfather taught her how to spit over the porch railing!

    This sounds like it was a wonderful trip. Thanks for “taking” us along.


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