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July 7, 2014

Amish Cook bakes strawberry pie

2014 is halfway over already. Hard to believe!

The sun is shining after a rainy week so we are taking advantage of the beautiful day. Benjamin, Joseph, Lovina and Kevin are out in the garden pulling weeds. My how those weeds took over! Our garden is looking great other than the weeds.

Our days are filled with all the work that summer brings. We canned rhubarb juice and put lots of strawberries into jam and pie filling. Our strawberries were all from sister Emma's patch. She had plenty for herself and to share with me.

Daughter Elizabeth turned 20 last week. She has now left her teenage years. What a nice young lady she has become. Being the oldest of eight children made her a very responsible girl at a young age. For her birthday I baked her a chocolate cake and then instead of using frosting to decorate it, I used whipped topping and instant pudding mix . Timothy's sister told me that she uses that instead of frosting. It was a hit in our family as the cake was gone faster than usual.

Verena is washing dishes and Loretta is gathering the clothes to wash. I feel like have no time to be sitting here writing. If only I could type fast instead of write, I could be done sooner. So far I can still write faster than I can type. I'm getting better, though. I think it's fun to type. If I keep practicing I might get better.

Today is my husband Joe's last day before his vacation starts. He will go back to work July 7. Today is also daughter Elizabeth and Susan's last day before vacation, only they will get a two-week break. They won't have to go back until July 15.

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