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April 7, 2014

Amish Cook spring cleaning before hosting church

The temperature shows 33 degrees on our thermometer. That is 20 degrees warmer than yesterday morning. We had a snow earlier this week, just enough to cover the ground. Once the sun came out the snow didn't last too long.

With the beginning of April next week, it makes us even more eager to see warmer weather arrive. My husband Joe and the boys are hauling manure every chance they get. The manure pile was too frozen to start earlier.

Church services will be held here in 5 weeks so it's time to get started cleaning up everywhere. The yard needs to be raked, but it's still been too cold to work outside. I'd rather wait until a warmer day to do that.

Meanwhile, here in the house, we are doing odd jobs to start preparing for spring cleaning. Today, daughter Verena and I plan to wash the laundry. Hopefully after that we can wash off some walls in the bedrooms upstairs. The boys bedroom will be the worst room to clean. I do not know how they manage to get disorganized so fast. We want to start with their closet and drawers, which will probably be as far as we get this afternoon.

We received a birth announcement from niece, Verena and husband, Melvin. They were blessed with their first child after being married 11 years next month. How exciting it must be for them! Little Micah Dean was born on March 11. Melvin and Verena live about 5 miles from here. We hope to drive over sometime to meet their precious son.

We also have two wedding invitations hanging on our refrigerator. Congratulations to Benjamin and Arlene and also to Devon and Jolene. We wish both couples God's richest blessings to a long and happy married life together. It's hard to believe that Joe and I have been married more than 20 years already. Time has gone so fast and God has been a great help through good times and bad.

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