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WRITER: Lovina Eicher

Eicher family continues to pray for healing

It is now 25 days since sister Susan has been in the hospital. She seems to be losing out fast. She is back on the ventilator and had another surgery due to more bleeding. This time it was what the doctors thought could be an aneurysm in her lungs. All the bleeding has taken a toll on her body. Her organs are slowly losing out. There is so little doctors can do when she is even too weak for any transplants. ...

Medical concerns mount for Eicher family

A brand new year is before us. What does it hold for us? It is so good we don’t know our future. Saturday, we decided to wash our laundry and also daughter Susan’s. We have a heated basement with lines in it, so it’s nice to dry clothes in these cold winter months. We weren’t started too long when my husband, Joe, came to tell me we had a call from sister Verena to ask if I could come right away to ...

Family sees support while facing son-in-law’s death

Editor’s Note: This week’s column is written by a close friend of the family. As many of you already know, Lovina’s son-in-law Mose, who is married to daughter Susan, was in a serious car accident in the early morning hours of Dec. 9. On Monday, Dec. 14, Mose passed away as a result of his injuries. Mose was on his way to work with his friend and co-worker Dan, who was his driver. Another vehicle ...

Giving thanks through uncertain, difficult times

It is a Friday night and we had a nice, sunny day in the 60s. I spent the day with our children who have muscular dystrophy at their annual appointments in Ann Arbor. It was a long day, leaving home at 5:30 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m. It’s also a stressful, tiresome day for them to do all the testing, etc. It’s a two-hour drive each way, so we hired a driver to take us. My husband Joe mixed up 25 pounds ...

Enjoy the nice weather

Sons Benjamin, 21, and Joseph, 18, both have left for work. It is 5 a.m. and I decided I’ll write this column while all is still quiet. The weather has taken a big change overnight. Yesterday, and for over a week, we have had nice, sunny, warm weather. Now this morning the temperature is in the lower 40s and seems to gradually be dropping. We took advantage of the nice weather by raking leaves, the men ...

Leaves, hunting and pie

We are having nice, sunny autumn weather with temperature in the 60s by the end of the day. It’s a good time to get the leaves raked and the yard cleaned up before the snow flies. We did have a coating of snow on Sunday, but it didn’t accumulate much. I also have some tulip bulbs I want to plant this week. The leaves are absolutely amazing in their fall colors — scenery that only our Master Artist can ...

Fall harvest and canning in full swing as year winds down

We have entered October, which brings us closer to the end of 2020. Leaves are falling, farmers are harvesting corn, gardens are being cleared out and tilled. All of these events are a sure sign that autumn is here. We went to the local U-pick orchard and picked grapes and our supply of apples. I have lots of jars of grape juice concentrate again now. We put the grapes in two big steamers / juicers and the ...

A peek into the family’s chores

Here’s a page from Lovina Eicher’s diary: 4 a.m. — My alarm rings. I get up to make breakfast for son Joseph, 18. He helps me fill his water cooler and pack his lunch. His work crew is leaving early because they are building a pole barn close to Lake Erie, which is a two-hour drive away. For breakfast I make scrambled eggs with bacon, green pepper and onions. 4:30 a.m. — Joseph leaves for work. I take ...

Happy birthday to son Kevin

A happy 15th birthday to the last of our eight children! Son Kevin’s birthday is today as I write this. It’s amazing how the years fly by. I thought it would be interesting to share the column daughter Elizabeth wrote to help me out after Kevin was born. She was 11 years old and in fifth grade. Written by Elizabeth in September 2005: “I told Mom I would write for her this week as she’s very busy ...

August wedding feast

Friday, Aug. 14, was daughter Elizabeth and Timothy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Happy anniversary to them and wishing them many more happy healthy years together. May God continue to be their guide. They have three children: Abigail, who will turn 4 on Sept. 10; Timothy (T.J.), 1 1/2 years; and baby Allison, 7 months. So very precious to us! Allison is so petite but so full of energy. T.J. can climb ...