This is Tuesday evening around 10 p.m. It’s late and I should join the rest of the family and go to bed. It seems our days are extra filled with all the extra cleaning we are doing plus gardening.

Tonight we were out in the garden planting until 8:30 p.m. We planted 92 tomato plants. I am glad we waited to plant as we had 29 degrees yesterday morning.

It seems very empty tonight as daughter Lovina went home from school with a friend. Only one person missing makes such an empty spot. I often think of families that lose a child or parent and the emptiness that must be felt in the house. It will be three years next week that sister Emma and Jacob’s little 8-month old Marilyn was laid to rest. We still have precious memories of her short stay here on Earth. God’s ways are not our ways. Our children are a gift to us from God and only He knows when He wants them back in His care. Mother would always tell us to pray daily before and after the birth of each child. Who can help us better than God to raise our dear children in this world so full of hate and sin?

Today we were cleaning in the basement again. We were gathering things we don’t use or need. I’m hoping I can have a garage sale next week to get rid of the extras. The basement seems to be our place to accumulate so much. Since we skipped having church services here a year ago because of the fire, we never did give the basement a thorough cleaning. With the heating stove down there all winter, it accumulates dust. The water that was sprayed from the fire in the boys’ bedroom seeped all the way to the basement, making black markings here and there.

Thursday will be the wedding for Joel and Alma. Susan’s suit is all done. Meanwhile, a friend from church is helping out by sewing daughter Elizabeth’s cape and apron for her suit. Elizabeth was able to sew the dress, but the wedding day was coming up too fast for her to get the other items done.

Daughter Lovina had her 9th birthday on Saturday, May 18. She was excited about that and had her school friends over on Monday, May 20, for a sleep-over. She already had the evening planned. How could nine years have passed so quickly? We had only been living in Michigan for eight weeks before she was delivered by emergency C-section three weeks before her due date. I didn’t even have a doctor here in Michigan yet, so we had some anxious moments. God, once again, had His protecting hand over us.

Our sympathy goes to Arlene from Dayton, Va. She was here for a visit last fall along with her parents, Uncle, Aunt, and cousin Sharon. Sharon is a pen pal with daughter Elizabeth.

Arlene was married on April 10 to Aaron. On April 30, Arlene found her husband had passed away in his sleep. How shocking this had to be for her and everyone in the community. May God give her strength and comfort to go on through this trial in her life.

With asparagus season still in full swing, try this delicious recipe!


2 cups fresh cooked asparagus

4 eggs, boiled, peeled, and chopped

1/4 cup flour

1 cup milk

1 cup shredded cheese

Bread crumbs, 2-3 slices crumbled

4 tablespoons butter

Place eggs in the bottom of greased casserole dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drain asparagus and reserve 1 cup of juice (water asparagus was cooked in). Place drained asparagus on top of eggs. In a saucepan melt butter and then mix in flour. Add milk and 1/2 cup asparagus juice. As the mixture begins to thicken add the rest of the juice. Continue to stir until mixture thickens. Pour the thick sauce over the eggs and asparagus. Sprinkle cheese on top. Add bread crumbs. Bake at 400 until bread crumbs are toasted.