My Amish Home | A week of upset schedules — and stomachs

My Amish Home | A week of upset schedules — and stomachs

"Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves..." 2 Timothy 2:22-25

Well, here we are, did March come in like a lion? Granted, March I was fairly mild. But then it got fiercely cold. So, actually, March is still coming in until the middle, then it goes out, right? Is that reasoning off the wall, or not?

I'm trying to convince myself that March will go out like a lamb!

Actually, today, on this Wednesday morning, it is beautiful. The wind, ever present it seems, is cold, but the sun shines from a clear sky and feels warm.

Well, first and foremost, the important news! Another fifth generation came into being. Granddaughter Cynthia and Richard Chupp have a baby boy. They named him Jamin Christopher. He weighed in at 8 pounds. Pretty hefty baby to think how tiny Cynthia is.

So, my mom, Gertie Plank, is now a great-great-grandmother. Eli and Rosemary Yoder and we are great-grandparents, and Lloyd and Rachel Yoder and Ray and Delilah Chupp are grandparents. Lloyd and Rachel now have two grandsons, while Ray and Delilah have three.

This has been a week with upset schedules — and stomach! Actually, the upsets started Saturday morning when I got up. I realized I wasn't feeling quite up to par. But by the time I needed to leave for work, I felt better — not good, but better (a fraction).

Brother-in-law Levi Miller took me, and he knew something was up when he saw that my ever-present coffee mug was absent. I actually had several warning episodes before leaving, but a job is a job, you know, so off I went.

I was actually doing pretty good until I ate three bites of a protein bar so I could take pain pills, as my feet were exceeding the 10 on the pain scale.

My tummy rebelled in a hurry. I won't go into details, but one's body can react in most undignified ways to expel waste. After that episode, things went from bad to worse, so I came home early and was sick the rest of the day in the relative comfort of my recliner.

Hubby, though, had a different story. He had sneezes — loud, rafter-rattling explosions — and a constant runny nose. We sure supported the tissue industry. His dragged on through Monday.

Thankfully, I was OK by Sunday morning and could go to church. But Erwin stayed home. And also on Monday, he stayed home from work.

It was his turn to go to Railside School to read a story to the children. So we went on Tuesday morning. First, we went to do my cleaning job, then we were going to stop off at the school.

Before we left town, I realized I forgot to change my dress. Proper attire is protocol in our schools. I was mortified! Then I realized we probably have time to come home first so I can change. Just made it!

I wasn't the only one with issues! One of the upper-grade girls forgot her covering. I had an extra one on the buggy, so I loaned it to her. If I wouldn't have come home to change clothes, I wouldn't have had that extra one.

Our horse thought he had it tough. He had to make that trip to town, then back home, then over to the school, then on to HCK, and from there I went to Beachy's Bulk Foods, then back to HCK and home.

We were home a couple of hours, then it was back to town, as Erwin had an appointment with his upper cervical doctor.

Now, this afternoon, he has a physical-therapy appointment in town. So why do I feel like appointments rule?!

In closing, clouds in our lives are sent many times to bring showers of blessings.

Maybe this week we can have this hearty casserole.


11 / 2 pounds of ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of chicken soup or mushroom soup

1/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup ketchup

1 package refrigerated biscuits

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8-cup casserole dish.

Brown beef with onion in a large skillet over medium heat about 10 minutes. Drain grease.

Combine cream cheese, soup, milk, salt and ketchup in a medium bowl. Stir to blend. Add to ground beef and stir well.

Spoon into prepared dish and bake for 10 minutes.

Place unbaked biscuits on top. Return casserole to oven and bake until biscuits are browned and cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes.

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