My Amish Home: Enjoying nature's early-morning snow show

My Amish Home: Enjoying nature's early-morning snow show

"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in the heaven; and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." Matthew 24:30-31

Today on this Wednesday afternoon as I write, we have some filtered sunshine and a cold west wind. I call it a lazy wind — it goes right through instead of around. But it's not too bad, really, if one can stay inside!

I am so thankful for a warm house and warm clothes. I can't remember not ever having warm clothes. I can remember not always having what we thought were nice clothes.

We weren't well off financially in my younger years, and we had other people's cast-offs. In my little mind, some were just pure ugly! But we survived!

As far as a warm house, not always. The first home I remember was a small ice box in the winter. My mom mentioned the other day that one winter on a particularly frigid day, our dad carried in 13 buckets of coal and we still wore coats.

So yes, I am thankful for our hot-water heat, water out of a faucet, indoor "flushing" toilets and many, many other things.

I had a surprise this past Monday morning when I went out to chore. It had snowed! All the world (my little corner anyway) was blanketed in white. When my hubby got up, I asked him if he knew it snowed. He said it was snowing when he was up sometime during the night. I wished I would have seen it. It must have just drifted down so softly, with no wind.

I just stood and looked at the wide expanse of snow, pure with no tracks, and I thought, "That is just like the day God granted us. A fresh morning, no tracks; what will I do with it?"

I would like my life to be like the pure white snow — no tracks of sin. But I am human, so I will make "tracks." But Jesus can sweep me clean, just like I did the walks.

The snow was so light and fluffy, I could just sweep it off the walks. I did not have to use El Cheapo, the shovel I have to push!

On my way home from work Monday morning, it got foggy overhead, then cleared off. It left behind some more of God's handiwork. The trees were coated with hoarfrost. It really did look nice. Then the sun came out and everything just glowed.

You know, sometimes I groan about always having to leave early mornings. But then I think of all the things I would miss, like the sight of the fog or the early-morning quiet. Of a fleeting rainbow after an early morning summer storm.

Because believe me, if I wouldn't have to leave early, I would still be snoozing!

I was disappointed last week that we had to cancel our workday. But not only was granddaughter Sherilyn sick; her mom, daughter Jane, got sick, too.

My mom and I went to help Rachel with her apples. Rachel's daughter Cynthia was there, too. Rachel had actually done some of the apples the day before, so it didn't take long. It was actually fun. Working together with family is always special.

Jane and Sherilyn seem to be over their sick. Sherilyn still has a lingering cough that is really sort of annoying for her.

Sherilyn came over on her bike the other afternoon. What a breath of fresh air! We haven't seen them for quite awhile.

Another reason that I am glad for summer. Then the girls can ride their bike over more often.

Maybe Andrea will come over to collect Hollyhock flowers to make dolls. Or maybe she has outgrown that phase. Hopefully she'll have other reasons to come!

In closing, don't get confused between my personality and my attitude: My personality is who I am; my attitude depends on who you are.

I borrowed that from granddaughter Mary Lorene Yutzy.

How about this winter treat for after school?


For cupcakes

1 box chocolate-cake mix with pudding in it

2/3 cup water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

cup sour cream

1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, cut into 24 cubes

For frosting

cup sugar

2 tablespoons water

2 egg whites

1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups coconut

Heat oven to 350 degrees (325 for dark or non-stick pans). Place paper muffin cups in each of 24 regular muffin cups.

In a large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil, sour cream and eggs with electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then medium speed for two minutes.

Spoon batter into muffin cups. Place 1 cube cream cheese in center of each cupcake; press down into batter almost to center (top of cream cheese will show).

Bake 21-27 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.

Cool completely about 30 minutes.

In 2-quart stainless-steel or uncoated saucepan, mix sugar, water and egg whites. Cook over low heat, beating continuously with electric hand mixer at high speed until soft peaks form, about four minutes.

Add marshmallow creme; beat until stiff peaks form. Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Spread frosting evenly over cupcakes. Sprinkle each generously with coconut.

For sparkle, you can sprinkle with decorating sprinkles.

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