Bus ride, trip to Indiana creates some family memories
On Saturday, July 11, we all were awake and ready by 5:30 a.m., waiting for our ride on the bus to Monroe, Ind., to sister Leah and Paul’s house for the annual Coblentz gathering.
Lo and behold, 6 a.m. rolled around and still no bus. Finally, we saw a bus pass by and soon after, it headed back. Somehow a few wrong numbers in an address made quite the difference. The driver must have been frustrated to have to stop at three or four of our Amish neighbors’ houses. We could see the bus pull in and out of their driveways, so finally son Benjamin jumped on his bike and waved the driver down.
Everyone was waiting to load up when he pulled in, so we still made good time. We stopped at a nearby McDonalds for breakfast. Daughter Elizabeth took everyone’s order and called them in the night before, so the waiting time wasn’t as long. With only the drive-thru open, it isn’t easy for a big bus load of people. Every order was marked for each family. It all worked out well.
Then we headed for the interstate while everyone enjoyed their breakfast while visiting. It was very enjoyable to all be together. With almost 30 people on the bus, it wasn’t quiet, but it was an enjoyable, fun ride. The last time Jacob and Emma, sisters Verena and Susan, and our family all fit in the same vehicle was 16-and-a-half years ago when we started land shopping in Michigan. Daughter Elizabeth was 9 at that time and is 26 now.
Our family totals around 110 now and if I’m counting right, everyone was there except six nieces and nephews and their families. The noon meal was more than enough food with all the side dishes and desserts added to the hot meal Paul and Leah provided.
I forgot to mention that the bus had a lift so nephew Jacob and daughter Loretta could take their mobility scooters along.
Of course, my parents and brother Amos were greatly missed. Invitations to the wedding of brother Amos and Nancy’s youngest daughter, Laura, were passed out. She and Enos have set Aug. 6 for their wedding day. Amos and Nancy had 10 children — eight daughters and two sons. This is their eighth wedding to prepare for. Nancy has her youngest son Sam still at home with her. The newlyweds, Enos and Laura, will make their home with Nancy and son Sam for now.
Singing took place in the afternoon and everyone brought snacks to enjoy before we headed home at 4 p.m. We arrived home in Michigan around 6:30 p.m.
It was time to prepare for church services at a young married couple’s house a few miles from here the next day. Daughter Loretta had her fifth service of following instructions for the 18 articles of faith that the Amish youth take before getting baptized. All the church ministry and members have been so helpful to make sure everything is easy for Loretta and nephew Jacob with their handicaps. It is greatly appreciated and makes us appreciate the love.
So often, we take our health for granted and do not think of the effort it takes others to do the same things we do. It causes a lot of discouragement for them, and even for me as a parent, when they have a bad day of accepting that they cannot do what others their age can. I know they have greater compassion for others through their handicaps. May God bless the youth that take time to stop and reach out to them. You have no idea what it means when their challenge is so much greater than ours. The kingdom of heaven will have no handicaps. God bless.
Easy Peach Cream Pie
3 cups fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
1 (9-inch) pie crust (unbaked)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
dash of salt
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Place peaches in the pie crust. Beat eggs slightly in bowl; blend in sugar, flour, and salt. Stir in cream and vanilla; blend well. Pour over peaches. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes, or until center shakes slightly when moved.
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. Contact Eicher at P.O. Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply) or email Lovinas AmishKitchen@Menno Media.org and the message will be passed on to her to read.