Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 28, 2013

The Amish Cook: A family reunion

BY LOVINA EICHER
KOKOMO TRIBUNE

---- — Daughter Elizabeth didn’t have to work today so we are going to try to make an ice cream cake for Timothy. We have never tried it before so hopefully it will turn out okay. Also on our menu will be either fried or barbecued chicken. I am not sure what else we will have yet.

Bow season has been in for a while now. This is the first year my husband, Joe, has tried bow hunting. He hasn’t had time to go too often yet, but hopes to go tomorrow.

Tomorrow is the Eicher reunion on Joe’s dad’s side. Money-wise we will be unable to attend. It will be in Berne, at a community building. We had to buy our coal for the winter or at least some of it, making things a little tight right now with money. We attended this reunion three years ago.

My husband Joe started working five days at the factory again this week, which will help out a lot. We can’t complain as God gives us many blessings. How thankful we can be to have a place to live and plenty of food in the house.

One Sunday afternoon we recently walked back to see where Joe and the boys set up his tree stand in our neighbor’s woods. Loretta, 13, has a hard time getting up the hills. Benjamin, 14, and Joseph, 11, hooked arms with her on either side and helped her get up the hilly areas.

Do we appreciate our good health enough?

Having handicapped children makes you notice others with disabilities a lot more and be able to feel for them. God has a purpose for everything which I try to help encourage Loretta all I can. She has days when she gets so frustrated. It is hard on her when people stare at her when she tries her best to get up a set of stairs. This is all for a reason and keeps us humble. God’s blessings to all.