This column was written the week before Christmas.
Dear Readers, I’m Lovina’s daughter, Susan. It’s sunny and very windy today. I just finished with the laundry. I hung it all inside because it is too cold and windy outside.
Today, my sister, Verena, and I had sister Elizabeth’s children, T.J. and Allison, here while she attended her oldest daughter, Abigail’s, class Christmas party at school. My Jennifer and Ryan love when their cousins come over to play with them.
Last night was Abigail’s Christmas program at the school. Jennifer was really excited to see Abigail’s school. She wants to go to school now, too.
It is now over a year since my dear husband, Mose, passed away. It seemed like a long and overwhelming year. Other times it feels short when I look back. I feel as though the children and I came a long way. When times got hard, I would tell myself, “If life on earth has to be tough to make it to our Heavenly home, then I’ll fight the battle until the end.”
Mom took us out for the day on the anniversary of Mose’s death. She wanted to keep me busy so I didn’t sit and think about it. She took us out to eat, and we had a nice day together.
On Sunday night, Martha (a widow in our community) and her five children are coming to visit. Her husband passed away from cancer. It is three years since he passed away, also in December. She has been an inspiration to me. She’s a very brave woman. We want to go to her children’s Christmas program to help support her and to just be there for them.
Recently, some of Mose’s family came to stay with me and others from his family came to also help for a weekend. They put new siding on my house. It isn’t finished yet, but it is looking so much better.
My family and Mose’s family have helped me a lot through this past year. They were all a great support.
Please pray for all the families that lost loved ones and belongings in the recent tornadoes. Life is too short. It’s hard to lose one family member; I can’t imagine how the family feels that lost four. After Mose passed, the pain was so great. It felt as though with every breath, pain slashed through my heart.
I best be going now. I need to feed the horses, chickens and dogs. Jennifer and Ryan like to go with me to pick up the eggs. Sometimes, Ryan will let the eggs drop too hard in the bucket and break the egg.
I will share the recipe of fruit dip. I’m taking fruit and the fruit dip to Dad’s and Mom’s for the Christmas gathering. I think the hardest part of the day is when we all sit down at the set table and my beloved Mose isn’t there beside me. Mose enjoyed Christmas time and getting together with family. Around strangers he would be very quiet, but when he knew someone, he was talkative and always would have fun playing games or talking about hunting or fishing.
Someday, I hope to be reunited again in Heaven.
Take care and God bless.