Life Moves On At Eichers', But Deaths Still Felt

Posted: February 6, 2013

Amish Cook

The darkness of the early morning is leaving, daylight is appearing and we are greeted with a world of white.
 
It snowed all night and several inches cover the ground. The snowflakes are still falling thickly.
 
I love to watch it snow. So many snowflakes; and our wonderful God created each one — along with the wind that has come, too. After a rainy week in January, we are happy to see snow again and the children are looking forward to more sledding.
 
The warm weather and rain we have had this week has probably ruined the lake for ice fishing. My husband Joe and sons Benjamin and Joseph, along with Timothy and Susan’s friend Mose, spent last Saturday ice fishing. They had two ice fishing shacks with a propane heater in each one, so they stayed quite warm. They didn’t have too much luck getting fish, but they still enjoyed the day.
 
Tomorrow, several of our children have doctors’ appointments at the children’s hospital two hours away. I hope and pray we will get there and back safely. Our friend Irene usually takes us; she is a safe driver, but accidents can still happen.
 
I have been thinking a lot more about accidents since the tragedy that took the lives of two of my cousins two weeks ago.
 
Joe will take off from work to go with us, for which I am glad. Days such as these can be more stressful than working at home. We like to start out three hours before the appointment so that we arrive on time; you can never plan for traffic delays. Because of the weather, we will leave at 6:30 a.m., so it will take most of the day.
 
Last week, Joe and I attended the funeral of Joe’s cousin Willis’ wife Irene, who was battling cancer. Such a dreadful disease. Our sympathy and prayers go to the family. Their house will seem empty without a mother in it.
 
God has a reason for all things. In less than three weeks, three cousins — all about the same age — were taken from this Earth. Our hearts ache for the families left to mourn. The only comfort we can have is knowing that God makes no mistakes.
 
Yesterday, I was finally able to do this week’s laundry, which had amounted to quite a bit.
 
On Monday, I couldn’t start the motor on the washing machine. The children were home from school all day due to icy roads. Verena went along with Susan to her babysitting job since she enjoys the little children. Benjamin helped me fill the machine with water and gather the dirty laundry.
 
But nothing we did made that motor start. When my husband Joe came home, he tried, but couldn’t get it to start. We took it for service, but it is 17 years old, so we don’t know if it can be fixed. We bought another motor, which Joe has installed.
 
It was such a relief to finally get all that dirty laundry washed. Susan was working, so I ended up doing the job myself. I didn’t hear Benjamin complain that he didn’t get to help since he was at school yesterday. The motor worked well and I was able to do a lot of washings.
 
This a great recipe to try for an easy, hearty meal on a cold winter’s day:
 
Upside-Down Pizza
 
1 pound hamburger or sausage
Small onion, diced
1 medium green pepper
1 pint pizza sauce
2 cups cheese
1 cup flour
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
½ teaspoon salt
 
Brown meat, green pepper and onion. Add pizza sauce. Put in a 9-by-13-inch pan. Sprinkle cheese on top. Mix flour, eggs, milk, oil and salt. Pour over and bake uncovered at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes until browned.
 

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