Eichers Still Reeling From Loss Of Cousins

Posted: January 23, 2013

We attended both cousins’ funerals this past weekend. It was nice to see cousins, uncles, aunts and friends who we don’t often see, but it was sad we had to gather.
 
Chris’ funeral was on Saturday at 9 a.m. Danny’s funeral was at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Both were well-attended.
 
Our sympathy goes to both families. Such a tragedy leaves us questioning, “Why?” But we must trust that God makes no mistakes and that all is for a reason. Someday we will understand.
 
God has not promised us another day, so let us prepare.
 
Brother Amos was not able to attend Chris’ funeral due to still being very sore. He felt better Sunday morning and attended Danny’s funeral. All of the co-workers will have a hard time dealing with their emotions following the accident.
 
We do not understand why God spares one life and takes another, but only He knows when our time on Earth is through. We left early Saturday morning and arrived home Sunday at 3 p.m., thankful to have made it home safely.
 
On Feb. 9, Joe’s family plans to get together for a belated Christmas at Joe’s sister Salome’s house. We will have a carry-in brunch at 10:30. Hopefully, the roads will be in good shape to make the two-hour drive.
 
Only patches of snow remain here, so sledding has been put off until the next snow comes. Some are ice fishing on the lakes already. My husband Joe is getting eager to get out there, but is still recovering from a bad ear infection. The doctor thinks he has asthma now, so he needs to get that checked out. He seems to have a hard time getting over coughs every winter.
 
Yesterday, I took son Joseph, 10, to the eye doctor. He lost his glasses at school, so I needed to order another pair for him. It was time for him to have another eye exam anyway, but I am still hoping he can find the ones that he lost, so he has a spare pair.
 
After that, I had to take Loretta for her therapy appointment. Susan had to babysit all day, so she was not home to help me with the laundry. I am spoiled when I do not have her to help out.
 
This winter seems to be going fast and I keep thinking that we need to butcher beef and pork. Winters used to seem to last forever when the children were younger. Now, they seem to fly by just as fast as the other seasons.
 
Our neighbor Irene gave us four 1,000-piece puzzles, which we don’t seem to have time to put together.
 
Next week, our second oldest child has her 17th birthday.
 
Susan usually does the morning chores, which she doesn’t mind: She loves to spend all the time she can with the horses and ponies.
 
She had an extra chore this morning, though. Kevin usually gathers the eggs at night and must have forgotten to close the chicken house. So, Susan — with the help of our border collie dog — gathered the 40 chickens and mean rooster into the chicken coop.
 
We are still getting 40 to 46 eggs a day. Some hens must be laying more than one egg a day. Needless to say, we still have plenty of eggs. I told Joe we better get our “eggs for sale” sign back out. Every week, making noodles seems to get pushed back.
 
God’s blessings to all; enjoy this easy recipe!
 
Cornbread Salad
 
10 cups crumbled cornbread
8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 medium green pepper chopped
Half cup chopped onion
1 1/3 cup mayonnaise
 
Combine cornbread, bacon, tomatoes, green peppers and onion. Add mayo and toss to coat. Best if served immediately.
 

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