Update on Daughter Susan | House and garden

It’s time to write this column and get it off the ground. Although the mercury column on the thermometer is already up to 79 degrees, a breeze comes through the windows. Yesterday was different and much warmer with less wind and higher humidity.

Daughter Elizabeth and Tim and four children plus daughter Loretta and Dustin were here for dinner last night. Daughter Lovina made a taco dinner for everyone. That’s a nice meal on a hot day. With ice cream afterwards, of course. Elizabeth said that when 2-year-old Allison heard they were coming, she said, “I’m looking forward to going to grandpa and grandma’s.”

Her blonde hair and blue eyes have such a sparkle. She’s small but mighty, and nothing can stop her from doing what her older siblings do. Tim’s double buggy, which we call Surrey, is being repaired, so they brought their two-seater open wagon. As warm as it was, Allison saw her daddy (Tim) put socks on, so she figured she had to wear socks too.

Our family had a very enjoyable time camping for three nights at a local campground. Many more memories were made.

Sister Verena was also at the campsite with our family. Our cabins had air conditioning so I think she enjoyed that on the hot days.

We all gathered in our cabin for mid-morning brunch, then again for dinner. Many s’mores were made around the campfire later that night.

Daughter Susan, 26, is now dating a 28-year-old widower. Ervin has three children and lost his wife Sarah to cancer three months before Moses died. Ervin and Susan have found comfort in each other and both have gone through much grief over the loss of their first love. Their friendship seems to be strengthening. Both know what it’s like to be a single parent with children.

Ervin is a nice man and a good father to his children. Susan’s children and Ervin’s children are a good match.

We’ve grown dear to his children Kaitlyn Rose, five; Isaiah Edward, four; and Curtis Dale, two. You are so sweet and easy to love. Kaitlyn and Isaiah both remember their mother. So when Ervin and Susan get together they have two 2 year olds, two 4 year olds and a 5 year old. No boring moment.

Moses and Sarah will never be forgotten, but we know they will never come back. We don’t always understand God’s ways, but we know that His ways aren’t always our ways.

I’m glad to see Susan laughing and living life again. With God as my guide, I wish the couple His many blessings.

Susan met Sarah’s family and appreciated the support offered. This will not be easy for Moses and Sarah’s families, but hopefully they can all accept their new partners and wish them a good future together.

Ervin lives in a community 45 minutes from here. He lives with his parents so his mother can take care of his children while he works. Ervin plans to move to our community here in Michigan in the future.

With Ervin’s three children and our six grandchildren, there were many children under the age of five at the campsite.

If there are readers out there who have lost a partner and remarried, I’m sure Susan and Ervin would love to hear from you.

Susan would like to thank all of the readers for all the encouragement and gifts, money, etc. that have been of great help to her with no income since Moses’ death. You have no idea how that helped her keep payments on her property and stay there.

Daughter Verena also helped her and the children move in and was there when she needed support at night. Four-year-old Jennifer’s biggest concern about Susan having a girlfriend is that she doesn’t want Aunt Verena to ever move away. She is so dear to Verena and shares a bedroom with her. However, she loves it when Kaitlyn cums. God bless!

A reader asked for a dandelion jelly recipe to have for next spring. Here’s one to try.

Dandelion Jelly

1 liter dandelion flowers

1 liter of water

1 packet of fruit pectin

1 teaspoon lemon extract

4 1/2 cups sugar

Pick flowers without stems early in the morning. Boil flowers in water for 3 minutes. Drain 3 cups of liquid. Add the fruit pectin, lemon extract and sugar to the drained liquid. Boil 3 minutes. Fill jars into jars and seal according to your local counseling office’s guidelines.

Lovina’s Amish Kitchen was written by Lovina Eicher, Old Amish author, cook, wife and mother of eight.

Her latest cookbook, Amish Family Recipes, is available wherever books are sold. Readers may write to Eicher at Lovina’s Amish Kitchen, PO Box 234, Sturgis, MI 49091 (please enclose a postage-paid return envelope for a reply); or email LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org and your message will be forwarded to them for reading. She does not personally reply to emails.

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