Caring for each other when family members are sick

The men have just left for work so I decided to write this column while everything is quiet. Dustin and his daughter Loretta and his daughters Verena and Susan and his grandchildren Jennifer and Ryan spent the night here. Loretta wasn’t feeling her best last night, so they decided to stay. I will try to be a nurse for her.

Jennifer and Ryan are also sick, so they’ve been here two nights and we’re helping Susan with them. Ryan gave them quite a scare when his temperature rose so high he had a fever attack. Our friend Jodi took Susan and Ryan to the ER to see what’s going on. He tested negative for COVID and the flu, so they think it’s some virus. His temperature had climbed to 107 degrees and made him a sick little boy. Being here with Grandpa Joe makes him feel good. Susan brought her laundry, bedding, etc. here and we washed everything yesterday and it’s drying in our basement. She came home for a few hours and cleaned her house while we took care of the children.

Verena went to help her daughter Elizabeth yesterday because she too is sick. Their whole family was sick, but Elizabeth is struggling to recover. I will be happy once everyone feels good again! I told Elizabeth I would do her laundry, but Tim did it for her one night. It’s hard when the mother gets sick because everyone seems to depend on her.

Jennifer’s fourth birthday is Saturday, January 15, but Susan might postpone her birthday party until everyone is better. When the little ones are sick, Susan misses her husband Mose’s support. He was always good at “curing” children. His daughter Verena helps a lot and sets her alarm clock every hour to watch over Ryan during the night. He was lying in her arms when he had the seizure and it really scared her.

Joe and I attended Christmas dinner at the metal shop where he works on January 5th. It was nice to see everyone who traveled to the Outer Banks together in August. We were served a nice supper, entertained by juggler Yoder from Goshen, Indiana, and then we played games afterwards. Juggler Yoder is a very good juggler and if you’re looking for clean and fun family entertainment, this is it. He made the crowd laugh and his stories of how God changed his life were interesting.

Of course, Andrew from the metal shop came up with another game to make us laugh. We stood in a circle, alternating men and women. A woman received a pillow, as did a man on the other side of the circle. The women had to pass the pillow around the circle, while the men passed theirs trying to catch up with our pillow. It must be very exciting!

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected by the tornado in Kentucky. Several volunteer vans have left our community to help where needed. I can’t imagine how they must feel. Losing loved ones is not easy and also losing all your possessions. God doesn’t make mistakes, so we trust He has a plan. 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 may 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 them for reading. She does not personally respond to emails.

cooking vegetables

1 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup melted butter

2 tablespoons of parmesan

1/4 teaspoon onion salt

1 (10 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables

1 (10 3/4 ounce) mushroom soup

Combine first four ingredients and sprinkle into a 9-inch pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, until golden brown. Combine vegetables and soup; pour into 1 liter dish and top with baked oat mixture. Bake the casserole for 25 minutes, until heated through.

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