My Amish Home: Snowstorm landed on us in a big hurry

My Amish Home: Snowstorm landed on us in a big hurry

"And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth." Isaiah 12:4-5

Winter in all its glory: There was snow on the ground, but at least it wasn't frigidly cold. Nevertheless, we were still stuck at home. The Tuesday afternoon storm really dumped a lot of snow on us.

If March is still coming in, then surely this stuff is more lion than lamb.

This past Tuesday, daughter Jane had workday. It was a fairly mild morning, so I decided to bike, although it was sort of raining when I left; nothing serious.

When it was time to go home, it definitely was not fit to bike, especially for a granny who has a penchant for falling off her bike. So daughter Rachel brought me home. It is good that she took her buggy instead of biking. I guess she is not as lazy as I am when it comes to getting a horse ready.

This past Sunday we went to Dale for church services. Granddaughter Margaret Miller, 15, was baptized. We spent the afternoon and evening with daughter Cindy and Freeman and family. We had a very enjoyable time.

They were telling us about grandson Ervin's "burnt pride." I guess he sort of takes after his grandpa Erwin. Only Ervin's was cookies and not soup. Ervin, 19, loves to bake cookies, but he seldom has time, as he works in their pallet shop or does repair jobs, like fixing the washing machine motor.

But this past Saturday afternoon he had time and he was going to bake cookies to take to Grandpa's on Sunday afternoon.

The first pan he didn't bake thoroughly, the next was baked too thoroughly: The cookies were burned, as were those on the next pan. The next one was perfect; those went in a separate container for Grandpa's. Then some more burned ones. He did manage a couple pans that weren't burned. He was so proud that he had time to bake cookies for Grandpa's — then-yes — hence, "burnt pride."

But what made Mom Cindy really happy was the fact that Ervin cleaned up his mess and washed the dishes. Way to go, Ervin! Good job!

Sunday evening, Cindy, the kids and I were sitting around the table playing games. Brian, 6, was sitting at one end coloring and drawing, mostly minding his own business. The others started singing, sort of half-heartedly. Cindy told them to sing the song right, so they put in a little more effort, but it was still just kind of doodling. They paused for a little, then Brian, without cracking a smile, very dryly said, "You can start playing your game again."

We just cracked up!

I am so glad the snowstorm didn't hit until Tuesday afternoon. Had it been Sunday, we couldn't have gone to Dale. And Tuesday morning was a funeral. So God's timing, as always, was perfect.

The funeral was for Katie Ann Kauffman. She was probably one of the oldest woman in our community at 93.

Her husband, Steve, is 96. They shared our wedding anniversary date of Dec. 17 — only they married years and years before we did. They were married 72 years.

They were such a sweet couple. In the last few years, when neither one could work, they were content in each other's company, sitting on the couch. Just being together was enough for them. A wonderful example of a Christian couple.

Our good neighbor Glen Hostetler came over with his skid and cleaned out our drive. He even shoveled the snow off the back walks.

We appreciate it so much!! It seems like it doesn't have to snow very, very much for it to really pile up between the house and barn.

In closing: In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up that makes us rich.

This week's recipe is a healthy, sugar-free cookie recipe. It was printed in the June 1989 issue of the Journal Gazette, entered by Mrs. Kay Starwalt of Neoga. When I typed the name of the recipe, for some reason it made me think of the time when our girls were small.

Raisin Rascals

2 cups flour (whole or white)

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 cups raisins

2 egg whites

1 cup orange juice

1/2 cup corn oil (or sunflower, soy or canola)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup oatmeal

Place orange juice, egg whites and oil in blender and add raisins, a few at a time until raisins are mostly liquefied. Pour into mixing bowl and add half of the flour and the baking powder; mix well — add the rest of the flour and mix. Add vanilla and oatmeal. Mix with spoon and drop onto greased cookie sheet by teaspoonsful. Bake 12 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes about 40 cookies.

This no-salt, no-sugar and low-cholesterol treat is great for special diets and health-conscious people.