This is probably our coldest morning so far this fall. The mercury on the thermometer dropped to around 20 degrees. How grateful we are to have a comfortable home to live in. Some are not so lucky. We should thank God every day for our many blessings, but as I write this, with Thanksgiving Day just days away, it reminds us to be grateful.
Joe and I, along with our sons Benjamin and Kevin, will be going to Sister Emma’s on Thanksgiving. daughter Elizabeth, Tim and children; daughters Verena and Susan and her children; sister Verena; and Emma’s family will also be present. Dustin and his daughter Loretta, son Joseph and daughter Lovina will attend Thanksgiving dinner at Dustin’s brother’s (Clint and Hannah’s) house.
I am happy to spend the day with my sister Emma, my daughter Susan and my sister Verena. They’ve all lost a dearly loved one since last Thanksgiving. They need our prayers.
Yesterday my husband Joe and I along with sisters Emma and Verena attended the funeral of 91 year old Uncle Emanuel. Uncle Emanuel and Aunt Leah had been married for 67 years. Aunt Leah is my mother’s sister. She is 86 and a year older than my mother would have been. Uncle Emanuel shared the same birthday as my father but was a year older than him. For many years, mom and Aunt Leah have taken turns hosting each other’s family on February 17. It was always nice to get together. It has been many years since I was at Emanuel and Leah’s. Their son, Simon, and Judy and their family now live in the house. Emanuel and Leah lived in a “Doddy Haus” next door to them.
I felt so sorry for Aunt Leah. She had a stroke and broke her ankle recently, and Emanuel had helped her. If I heard correctly, Emanuel also had a stroke and fell and broke his hip a few days before his death.
When my sister Susan passed away in January, Emanuel and Leah both came. They were doing pretty well for their age.
Emanuel and Leah had 15 children, three of whom were stillborn. The 12 living are all married and have their own families. They have over 100 grandchildren and many, many great-grandchildren. I didn’t get the exact count.
Yes, it brought back memories of being at their house. Sisters Leah, Liz, Verena, Emma and I were all able to sit together at the funeral. We discussed how we and Mom were going to spend the day at Aunt Leah’s. We dressed their kittens and had them for our babies. I also remember us taking a lump of salt from their big salt block they had for their animals to lick off. We would take him to the water pump and wash him really well and then lick him. Now I can’t believe we did this. It sounds so gross now. It’s amazing what all little children invent.
My sympathy goes out to the whole family as they mourn the death of Uncle Emanuel and especially Aunt Leah. She will have many lonely days ahead of her. Rest in peace Uncle Emanuel – you were much loved.
It was nice to visit several of my cousins, friends we don’t see too often, and Uncle Elmer and Aunt Salome and Aunt Emma (Mom’s sisters).
I plan on making pumpkin pie, pumpkin roll, bread, and hopefully some cinnamon rolls to take to Emma’s for Thanksgiving dinner. I’m thinking of trying this recipe for cinnamon cookies instead of cinnamon rolls. Sounds interesting. I wish everyone a safe and sound Thanksgiving. Enjoy your loved ones. God’s blessings to all.
Lovina’s Amish Kitchen is written by Lovina Eicher, Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife, and mother of eight. Her latest cookbook, “Amish Family Recipes,” is available wherever books are sold. Readers can write to Eicher at PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply), or email [email protected], and your message will be forwarded to him for he reads it. She does not personally respond to emails.