The Amish Kitchen

Son Kevin is spending the night at daughter Elizabeth’s and Tim’s house. He will go deer hunting with Tim in the morning.

Tonight, we attended the visitation for a 41-year-old woman in our community. We were shocked and saddened when son-in-law Mose’s cousin, Ruth Ann, passed away after giving birth 10 days earlier. Ruth Ann leaves to mourn her a husband and eight children. The oldest child is 16, and the youngest 10 days old. Our hearts ache for them. We know they will have many hard, lonely days ahead. Ruth Ann was an only daughter and had two brothers. She also leaves to mourn her parents, mother-in-law and her husband’s family.

Tomorrow, we plan to attend the funeral. We will take daughter Susan and children Jennifer and Ryan along. It is hard for Susan when she sits with Mose’s relatives and he’s not beside her anymore. She understands the feelings Ruth Ann’s husband will go through in the days, weeks and months ahead. A baby who never will get to know his mother. Teenagers who could use their mother’s advice, and school age children who never will come home to their mother to tell her how school went. This family needs our prayers. May God guide them through this sorrowful time in their life. We do not always understand why, but we do know God makes no mistakes.

On Sunday, we awoke to our first snowfall, which accumulated about an inch. With the ground still not frozen, it didn’t stay long. It was a pretty scene with snow clinging to the tree branches. We have had some nice sunsets lately, too. Only our Master Artist can paint a picture like that. How beautiful heaven must be.

Thanksgiving is here. A year ago, our life was complete yet. Our three loved ones still were with us. We all ate together for Thanksgiving dinner. Sister Liz, Levi and some of their family were able to join us. Little did we realize within a few weeks, our lives would be forever changed. Time goes on, and we must go on, but not without a lot of tears shed and pain in our hearts. Without comfort from God and the support from others, we could not go on. We try to be cheerful around others, and daughter Susan said she has learned to smile when inside she doesn’t feel like smiling.

Yesterday, sister Emma and I went to town with sister Verena. She needed help looking for a new stove. Hers gave up, and her house was 45 degrees when we stopped there. She has been staying with us or with Emma. She stayed with daughters Susan and Verena last night.

I think she plans to come here tonight and will go to the funeral with us. Hopefully, her house will be heated by tomorrow, and her new stove will work OK.

Lovina’s Amish Kitchen is written by Lovina Eicher, Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife and mother of eight.