We turned the calendar another page since my last column was written.
School doors have opened for a new year. Benjamin is in the eighth grade, Loretta is in the seventh, Joseph in fifth, Lovina is in third, and Kevin is in the second. They all came home on the first day saying school is a lot more fun this year. I’m sure as the days turn to weeks and weeks to months I’ll be hearing a different story.
On Sunday morning, Joe and I along with Verena, Loretta, Lovina and Kevin left for Hicksville, Ohio where we attended church. Four young boys were baptized including Joe’s cousin Stephen. It was nice to get to visit with Stephen’s parents Jonas and Mandy and all his siblings. I also met some of my readers and we appreciated all the hospitality we received. It’s always nice and interesting to meet new people and make new friends. My cousin Toby’s son Amos, wife and children were also there at church. I don’t think I would have recognized Amos anymore. Nine and a half years ago when we lived in Berne, Amos went to the same church district we did and was just a teenager. This would be a grandson to Aunt Lovina Raber from Ohio.
In the afternoon we stopped to see where Jonas and Mandy live. They have 7 children and three with muscular dystrophy. Their son Neal , age 34, has his furniture shop attached to the house. Everything is wheelchair level so he can work from his wheelchair. He showed us some of the furniture he has made which is very nice. We were served punch and a snack. We had a short but enjoyable visit. Jacob, Emma and family also attended church and visited with Jonas and Mandy. Mandy, Jacob’s mother and Joe’s mother are all sisters.
We headed for Berne, Indiana around 3:30 p.m. and met up with the rest of our family coming from Michigan. On Monday we enjoyed the day at brother Amos’ house for our annual family gathering. If I counted correctly our family member count has reached 90 although three of the nieces and nephews weren’t there.
There was lots of food there so I won’t try to mention it all. Amos had a 180 pound hog roasted and there was lots of meat left. It was delicious! Volleyball, corn hole, and horseshoe games were played. I had never played the cornhole game but sister Verena and I teamed up against sisters Liz and Susan. Needless to say I was on the losing team but we had fun trying.
Everyone brought snacks that were enjoyed later in the afternoon.
We started for home around 4:35 and arrived home around 6:40 p.m. Everyone was ready for bedtime early. School bags and clothes were all ready for the next morning.
This is an interesting recipe I thought I’d share with you all!
1 ½ cup cooked mashed carrots
1 /2 cup brown sugar
1 /2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon dark molasses
1 /8 teaspoon cloves
1 /2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 /2 teaspoon ginger
1 /2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup scalded milk
Mix in order given and bake in unbaked pie shell at 425 for 10 minutes then at 350 for 45 to 50 minutes. Served with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.