Shaw Publishing
Honey Bread and Milk
By Joyce Gingerich Zuercher 2008
Praise for the first edition of Honey Bread and Milk
This account of Amos Gingerich and Nannie Yoder gives an intimate glimpse into the lives of a family that followed God's call during years of rapid change in Mennonite and Amish communities. Their determination to serve the church during some extraordinarily difficult times is an example to us today when we face challenges that we think are insurmountable. This book reveals the satisfaction and the heartache that are part of any life as it tells the story of a family with unusual vision and faith. It is a wonderful example of how lives that probably seemed ordinary to most observers were actually lives of rich accomplishment.

Franklin L. Yoder, Adjunct Professor of History, University of Iowa and Author
Every day children are removed from their
parents' homes due to neglect, abuse and denial
of critical care. More and more cases are related
to substance use and abuse. Others have to do
with mental illness or a lack of parenting skills.
The children are removed for their safety and to
give the parents a chance to make changes in their
lives. Most generally the courts set the goal as
family reunification. Many children are placed
in foster homes. During the interim of removal,
investigations, and family reunifications, parents
are allowed to have supervised visits with their
children in order to maintain the parent-child

For the past sixteen years, part of my job has been
to transport these children to and from visits with
their parents. I have listened and loved these very
brave, very smart and very strong children. As a
mandatory child abuse reporter, some of the
information that they innocently confided in me
necessitated a report to a child abuse investigator.
However, in most cases, the allegations were
already under investigation and were the reason
the child had initially been removed from the

There has been an ongoing debate as to whether
transportation time is actual therapy time. I
believe that it is some of the best and most
valuable therapy that these children will ever
have; comfort when they are most hurting. After
you read these short vignettes, you decide for
yourself. I hope that in some way I have given
comfort to these “warriors” who don’t understand
and are unable to express the irreparable hurts
that their parents can and do inflict on them.
By Ila Shaw 2007
VOICES of young children removed from their homes by Juvenile Courts to protect them from abuse and danger in their homes.
FEELINGS expressed by young children who have ridden in the back seat of my car to and from court ordered visits with their parents.
COURAGE and STRENGTH that these young children expressed at a time when their young lives were severely disrupted and changed.
By Ila Shaw 2004
These vignettes are about growing up in the Midwest in the 40s, where life was simple, uncomplicated and safe. They are unique in that this woman, my mother, a single parent, raised eight children during this time, with an eighth grade education. She refused government assistance. She had no credit cards, no car and no TV. During her life she bought and paid for two houses. What she did have and what sustained her was religion and family. My hope is that in some way and on some level, my sharing will touch you and trigger some of your own memories, for keeping or for sharing.

Table of Contents

The Imperfect House
Simply The Radio
The Church
Quilting in the Living Room
Boxed Treasures
The Blue Haired Neighbor
Saturday Morning Fowl
Summertime Freedom
The Gift of Potato Chips
New Shoes
Alone at Last
Unwiped Tears
Nighttime Disturbances
The Blue Jar
Nightly Chores
Bed Privileges
Christmas Morning
Blue Waltz Perfume
Ice Skates
Near the Wishing Well
Surprise Endings