Some People Just Don’t Understand
The Cook family is a close-nit, hardworking everyday family. The only difference is that they are Mennonites. They are deeply religious and value their relationship with God very much.
The family consists of Leon and Wendy Cook and their nine children Aaron Cook, 30, Joel Cook, 28, Amy Cook, 26, Julie Cook, 24, Besty Cook, 22, Brian Cook, 20, Libby Cook, 17, Logan Cook, 15, and Naomi Cook, 13. Seven of the nine children live at home with their parents, Aaron Cook lives in another house in Midland with his wife Lauren, and Joel Cook lives out in Pennsylvania with his wife Judith and daughters Kaelyn and Janessa.
Libby, Logan and Naomi Cook are all still in school and are home schooled by their mother Wendy Cook. Every morning everyone does morning chores around the house and farm, then go off to work or start school. Libby, Logan and Naomi do their morning chores such as feeding the chickens, shining shoes, vacuuming and even practicing their piano lessons. The three then all study bible passages, sing hymns and do school work until about noon when they go and do their afternoon chores around the farm. “School normally starts at about 10 a.m. after morning chores, but with people coming to the stand out front it gets disrupted quite often.” said Naomi Cook.
The entire family helps out around the house and farm. They take care of their roadside produce stand, take care of animals, and the men bail hay during the summer and fall seasons. The women sew, cook, and clean around the house. “We use scraps from the dresses we sew to make quilts for a charity through our church.” Cook said.
Even though the family is a bit different they are accepted by most of the community, but sometimes you have the few who aren’t as accepting. “We’ve been mooned before,” Betsy Cook said. “People just drive past and yell all sorts of things.”