An update on daughter Susan and her new gentleman friend
Columnist Lovina Eicher says finding joy after grief is a blessing for those who are still young and need a partner.
It is time to get this column written and on its way. Although the mercury on the thermometer is already up to 79 degrees, a breeze is coming in the windows. Yesterday was different and much warmer, and there was less breeze with higher humidity.
Daughter Elizabeth and Tim and four children, and daughter Loretta and Dustin were here for supper last night. Daughter Lovina made a taco supper for everyone. That is a nice meal on a hot day. Of course, with ice cream afterward. Elizabeth said when 2-year-old Allison heard they were coming, she said, “I’m excited to go to Grandpa and Grandma’s.” Her blond hair and blue eyes have such a sparkle to them. She’s little but mighty, and nothing stops her from doing whatever her older siblings do. Tim’s double buggy, which we call a surrey, is being repaired so they brought their two-seated open wagon. As warm as it was, Allison saw her daddy (Tim) put on socks, so she thought she had to also wear socks.
Our family had a very nice time camping for three nights at a local campground. Lots more memories were made.
Sister Verena also went with our family to the campground. Our cabins had AC, so I think she enjoyed that on the hot days.
We all gathered at our cabin to have brunch together in the forenoon, then again for supper. Lots of s’mores were made later at night while sitting by the campfire.
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Daughter Susan, 26, is dating a 28-year-old widower now. Ervin has three children and lost his wife Sarah to cancer three months before Mose died. Ervin and Susan have found comfort in each other, and both went through a lot of grief losing their first loves. Their friendship with each other seems to be strengthening. They both know how it is to be a single parent with children.
Ervin is a nice man and a good father to his children. Susan’s children and Ervin’s children blend well.
We have grown attached to his children Kaitlyn Rose, 5; Isaiah Edward, 4; and Curtis Dale, 2. They are so sweet and easy to love. Kaitlyn and Isaiah both remember their mother. So when Ervin and Susan get together, they have two 2-year-olds, two 4-year-olds, and a 5-year-old. Not a dull moment.
Mose and Sarah will never be forgotten, but we do know they will never come back. We do not always understand God’s ways, but we know his ways are not always our way.
I am glad to see Susan laugh again and live life. With God as their guide, I wish the couple his many blessings.
Susan has met Sarah’s family and appreciated the support they offered. This can’t be easy for the families of Mose and Sarah, but hopefully they can all accept the new partners they have and wish them a good future together.
Ervin lives in a community 45 minutes from here. He lives with his parents so his mother can take care of his children while he works. Ervin has plans to move to our community here in Michigan in the future.
With Ervin’s three children and our six grandchildren, there were a lot of little ones 5 and under at the campground.
If there are readers out there that have lost a partner and remarried, I am sure Susan and Ervin would enjoy hearing from you.
Susan wants to thank all of you readers for all the encouragement and gifts, money, etc., that have been a great help to her with no income since Mose died. You have no idea how this helped her be able to keep up the payments on her property and be able to stay living there.
Daughter Verena also helped move in with her and the children and was there when she needed support when night times became harder. The biggest concern for Jennifer, 4, about Susan having a friend is that she wants Aunt Verena never to move away. She has grown so attached to Verena and shares a bedroom with her. She loves when Kaitlyn comes, though. God bless.
A reader requested a dandelion jelly recipe so that they have it for next spring. Here is one to try.
1 quart dandelion blossoms
1 quart water
1 package fruit pectin
1 teaspoon lemon extract
4-1/2 cups sugar
In the early morning, pick blossoms without stems attached. Boil blossoms in water for three minutes. Drain off 3 cups of liquid. Add fruit pectin, lemon extract and sugar to drained liquid. Boil for three minutes. Put in jars and seal according to guidelines provided by your local extension office.
Lovina Eicher is an Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife, and mother of eight. Readers can write to her at PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply); or email LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org and your message will be passed on to her.