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WRITER: Lovina Eicher

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 ...

Blessed to have the rain

Recently, we received more than an inch of much-needed rain. The grass was turning brown, so the rain will help the grass and the crops in the fields. The irrigation system has been running in the big farmers’ fields. In some places, the water from the irrigation flies over the road. When we use the covered buggy for transportation, we can close the doors and windows to pass through those places, but when we ...

If at first you don’t succeed, try again

Another week has passed and not much has changed around here. We did have the temperature go down in the 20s one night. My husband, Joe, didn’t expect it to get that cold and had his plants in the greenhouse. Unfortunately, it is too late for some of his plants. It was so disappointing for him on his first year of planting indoors. He was ready to just give it up, but such is life at times. If at first we ...

Trying to make most of the time at home

We are all still home from the “stay home, stay safe” order due to the coronavirus. We were to host church services this past Sunday, but church services in our community were postponed until further notice. Maybe too often we take going to church for granted. It didn’t seem right not to meet with our fellow church members to worship God. We were home reading from the Scriptures in the Bible, still ...

Having fun with children in winter

Today as I write this, baby Allison is already two months old. She’s so petite but very active. Last Sunday, I was holding her in church and she made so many facial expressions. When we started singing, she wasn’t sure if she should be sad or smile. It was so cute to see her smile then change to a frown and almost cry then smile again. Such little sweet innocent angels. She has brought much joy to ...

Love of cheese follows generations of Lovina’s family

On Jan. 31, it was two years since brother Amos passed away in his sleep and shocked all of us. He was only 56 years old and left his wife, Nancy, children, grandchildren, one brother and six sisters to mourn. He is so greatly missed by many. We know God makes no mistakes, so we do not question why. Friday evening, we traveled the 5 1/2 miles to daughter Susan and Mose’s house for the birthday supper ...

Lovina's Amish kitchen: Fun, chores with family

Son Kevin just left for school. Our driveway is really icy and slippery. I’m always afraid he will fall going out to the bus when it’s icy like this. One morning I saw him fall and was glad he didn’t hurt himself. I hope it will warm up above freezing today so it will melt off the pavement. Yes, we were blasted with a winter storm Friday and Saturday. Saturday morning, our family, sisters Verena and ...

Family celebrates Epiphany with games and community

A new year, a new decade lies before us. What does it hold for us? Only God knows. A new year always seems like a fresh start or new beginning to break some old habits or make new resolutions. It doesn’t take a new year to start fresh, though. Our God is such a great help, and we have much to thank him for during this past year. Baby Allison is 12 days old today as I write this. She is back to her birth ...

With a new year, Eichers welcome new grandchild

This is the final day of 2019 as I write this. A new year lies before us. What does it hold in store for you and me? Only God knows the answer. May he be our guide as we enter the new year in 2020. He has bestowed so many blessings upon us. Let us be forever thankful! We awoke this morning to a world of white. The ground is covered in snow, and it is still snowing and blowing outside. After some mild weather ...