BY LOVINA EICHER
We attended both funerals of my cousins over the weekend. So nice to see cousins, uncles, aunts, and friends that we don’t often see, but sad for the reason we had to gather. Chris’ funeral was on Saturday at 9 a.m. Danny’s funeral was at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Both funerals were largely attended. Our sympathy goes to both families. Such a tragedy and we question "why?" But let us trust that God makes no mistakes and that it is all for a reason. Someday we will all understand. It does seem to draw everyone closer at times like these — thinking what and if it would have been us. God has not promised us another day, so let us all be prepared.
Brother Amos was not able to attend Chris’ funeral due to still being very sore. He felt better Sunday morning and attended Danny’s funeral. All of the co-workers will have a hard time dealing with their emotions through their accident.
We do not understand why God spares one life and takes another, but only He knows when our time on Earth is through. We left early Saturday morning and arrived homed Sunday at 3 p.m. thankful to have made it home safely.
On Feb. 9th, Joe’s family plans to get together for a belated Christmas at Joe’s sister Salome’s house. We will have a carry-in brunch at 10:30. Hopefully the roads will be in good shape to travel the 2 hour drive. Only patches of snow are remaining here and there, so sledding has been put off until the next snow comes. Some are ice fishing on the lakes already. My husband Joe is getting eager to get out there, but is still recovering from a bad ear infection. The doctor thinks he has asthma now, so he needs to get that checked out. He just seems to have a hard time all winter getting over a cough.
Yesterday I took son Joseph, 10, to the eye doctor. He lost his glasses at school so I needed to order another pair for him. It was time for him to have another eye exam anyway, but I am still hoping he can find the ones that he lost so he has a spare pair. After that I had to take Loretta for her therapy appointment. Susan had to babysit all day, so she was not home to help me with the laundry. I guess I am spoiled when I do not have help to do the laundry when she is working.
This winter seems to be going fast and I keep thinking that we need to butcher beef and pork. Winters used to seem to last forever when the children were all younger. Now they seem to fly by just as fast as the other seasons.
Our neighbor Irene gave us four 1000 piece puzzles and it seems we don’t have time to put those together. Next week our second oldest child has her 17th birthday. Susan usually does the morning chores which she doesn’t mind. She loves to spend all the time she can with the horses and ponies. She had an extra chore this morning, though. Kevin usually gathers the eggs at night and must have forgotten to close the chicken house doors. So Susan, with the help of our border collie dog, gathered the 40 chickens and mean rooster into the chicken coop. We are still getting 40-46 eggs a day. All we can figure out is some of hens are laying more than 1 egg a day. Needless to say we still have plenty of eggs. I told Joe we better get our "eggs for sale" sign back out. Every week making noodles seems to get pushed back. God’s blessings to all, enjoy this easy recipe!
10 cups crumbled cornbread
8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 medium green pepper chopped
Half cup chopped onion
1 1/3 cup mayonnaise
Combine cornbread, bacon, tomatoes, green peppers, and onion. Add mayo and toss to coat. Best if served immediately.