Setting aside worries and choosing to use prayer
It’s 4:30 a.m. and son Benjamin, 19, just left for work. My husband, Joe, left more than an hour ago to travel to his job. Joe has been working at the RV factory for more than 14 years now. He has a 45-minute drive to and from the factory. With the road conditions this winter, we can’t be thankful enough when they get there and back safely every day. Son-in-law Mose and Joe ride with a man who also works there and doesn’t live too far from us.
Next week, there isn’t any work at the RV factory, so Joe has a week off again. It sure makes a few more worries to not have that paycheck. I often think of the words, “Why worry if you can pray?” God always provides some way or another. Do we thank him enough for our many blessings?
Joe and son Joseph, 16, have plans to build a few extra horse stalls in our barn as we are in need of more. We can get lumber really reasonable from a man in our church district who has a sawmill.
This morning, we leave at 6 a.m. for Ann Arbor. Daughter Loretta, 18, has an appointment there. Also, son Kevin, 13, has an appointment at the children’s hospital. He hopes to get his cast removed and get an air cast. He will be so happy to be out of the wheelchair. It’s been a long six weeks for him.
We really appreciated all the cards and gifts given to him. This week, the Amish school in our church district sent little gifts from their 19 students. How thoughtful! The small gifts were wrapped with calendar pages, which looked really nice.
I am hoping the highways are cleared off for today’s travels. Son Joseph will go with us to help with Kevin’s wheelchair.
Last week, the doctor only took out half of my staples, so I had the rest removed this week. No lifting yet, so I need to be careful when my sweet little granddaughters come up and reach for me. They cannot understand why Grandma doesn’t carry them.
I am trying to be careful as I have a blood clot in my leg. Last report from the doctor is that it is shrinking, so I just need to be patient.
My sister Liz also had surgery and ended up in the hospital again with influenza and pneumonia. She was dismissed yesterday. We live two hours apart, so it’s not so easy to visit. She isn’t allowed to be around anyone with coughs or colds for a while. We wish her a speedy recovery.
We also received word that my Uncle Elmer, 79, and Aunt Emma, 78, aren’t doing well. Emma is my mother’s sister. Elmer has Stage 4 cancer. I didn’t hear what was wrong with Emma, but it sounds like they both had hospital stays. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
We had more snow and ice this week. I sure am ready for spring. The temperature is 36 degrees this morning, so at least it is warmer than it was.
Neighbor Susan, her daughter Melinda and her two little ones came for a visit one afternoon. My daughters were happy to see Susan brought our supper along. It gave them a break from cooking.
Last night, they made a taco supper, which is a pretty easy meal but always delicious. We had tortilla chips or soft tortilla shells along with taco-seasoned hamburger, lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, cheese, salsa and ranch dressing.
Until next week, God bless.
Cut-Out Cream Cookies
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup oleo
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon extract
5 cups flour
Mix together all ingredients except flour. Fold in flour; dough will be soft. Chill for a few hours. Roll shapes and sprinkle with sugar or frost. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
Lovina Eicher is an Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife and mother of eight. She, her husband, Joe, and their family live in southeastern Michigan. She is the co-author of three cookbooks; her latest is “The Essential Amish Kitchen,” is available at 800-245-7894 Contact Eicher at P.O. Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply) or at LovinasAmishKitchen@ MennoMedia.org.