How A Mennonite Buys A House: 4 Tips To Stay Married

I should write a blog. When Your Daughter Marries a Mennonite. But it wouldn’t be as good as this one…


FB_IMG_1502827331831My husband and I recently began the journey of buying our first home in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. It would be easy to assume when you and your Mennonite spouse decide to buy a home, you’d both be looking for a house. That would be wrong. YOU are looking for a house. Your spouse is looking to restore the glory days of his upbringing and the values of country living.

Our budget is slightly above the affordability of shoe box. Combined with the stress of our different cultural backgrounds, remaining married is no foregone conclusion.

Here’s how Mennonite buys a house:

  1. They Are Looking For A Deal.

Ah, expenses. Mennonite kryptonite. We  have considered foreclosures where I believe the best remedy is burning it down or an exorcism. Channel your inner Joanna Gaines because you are moving into a “fixer upper”. They will NOT pay extra for frivolous things like a roof…

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Simplified Cooley Version

Scientists-Stop-Light-Keep-It-Trapped-for-a-Full-Minute-371214-22 Corinthians 4:7-9 in the SCV: The light of God’s power is inside me. I’m fragile, but His power is great. That’s why I’m troubled but not crushed, perplexed but not giving up, spiritually terrorized but never abandoned by God, hurled down but unbroken. 

I was trying to memorize 2 Corinthians 4:7-9, and realized paraphrasing it might help. So, I checked a few versions, looked at the Greek cheats, and tried to make it as short as possible while maintaining accuracy. For me it’s a fun way to combine Bible study with memory work. Hope it helps you too.