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October 21, 2013

The Amish Cook falls into the spirit of autumn

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Saturday morning we started out for Berne to attend the reunion of my Grandpa and Grandma Graber’s family who are both deceased. They have almost 1,400 descendants now. It was a large gathering which I’m guessing over 1,000 attended. This reunion was held in a large shed at my cousin Dave and Mary Graber’s. They furnished all the grilled chicken for everyone. We sure appreciated all the bother they went through. It’s not easy getting ready for a crowd this big.

The rest of the food was a carry-in. There were casseroles, mashed potatoes, gravy, salads of all types, lots and lots of desserts: cakes, pies, cookies and bars. Lemonade and coffee were served for drinks. There was more than enough food. I took cherry and apple pie but there were many different kinds of pie there.

The last time this reunion was held was 9 years ago at Uncle Elmer and Aunt Emma’s. We were unable to attend so it’s been awhile since I’ve seen some of my cousins. I did see a lot of them at the funerals of cousins Dan and Chris in January. Our thoughts went to their families that day thinking of their missing loved ones.

Our family went in two different vans since the 14 passenger vans are harder to schedule. Sisters Verena and Susan rode with Joe and I and the six youngest in a 10 passenger van. Elizabeth, Susan, and their special friends came in a mini-van. Jacob’s oldest daughter Elizabeth also came with them so Jacob’s family could fit in a mini-van.

We stopped in at sister Liz and Levi’s on the way home. Liz set out snacks for everyone. We started home around 5 p.m. and arrived home around 7:45 p.m. A long, but enjoyable day.

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