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"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in Glory. Mortify therefore your members which are on upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscense, and covetousness which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience." -- Colossians 3:2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

First of all, I must say I was disappointed to see that my bible verses were omitted from my column last week. I'm sure it was an accidental oversight on the editor's part. And I trust it won't happen again. Those verses are an integral part of my column and who I am.

That said, I'll go on with my epistle.

On this Wednesday afternoon as I write, the sun is making a valiant effort to break through the clouds. We had rain, clouds, cold this week. My batteries are getting weak! Must be I don't have Energizers!

We did have a real day brightener though. Our good friends Ken and Mona Hunter stopped by for a visit. Thanks!

We have been back from Florida for a couple of weeks and I still have a hard time getting into routine. Maybe I have too many things going on.

I did make the right decision last week (I don't always!) when I chose to not drive our horse on Tuesday. Wednesday when I got to the horseshoer, I asked him about Diamond, if he was about to lose a shoe. Both shoes on his back feet were broken in half. He would have never made it through Tuesday and Wednesday morning. It really gets on my nerves when he has a loose shoe/shoes.

I think maybe he's developing OCD or something! Maybe he is just getting grumpy in his old age. Or maybe he doesn't like cold weather any better than I do.

I know he doesn't like the stretch of Route 133 from the gas station west to the four-way stop. He'll get all nerved up and run like crazy or then he will stop and start backing. Recently he almost backed us in the ditch. It was a deep one! I jumped out of the buggy and grabbed him and led him off on a side street. All was well, then except for two shaky people on the buggy. Praise God for His guardian angels!

Anyway, we are glad to be back home. No place like home, right? And Sunday we were back in church. Well, I was. Hubby was not feeling the best. He had an extremely runny nose. I was so glad to see everyone again, although quite a few families were missing.

I had one teeny, tiny (well, maybe not so tiny) disappointment. No peanut butter and cheese spread! We had a casserole lunch! I think I'm having withdrawal symptoms! Seriously! I know, I know, lunch is not the focus or shouldn't be. We got for spiritual food first and foremost. And we did get a generous serving! Food and fellowship come after, I should I say, fellowship and food.

Sometimes I wonder if we put too much emphasis on food. Hey! I love it!

Our family was all at grandson Robert Yoders for supper Sunday evening. Another thing high on my list, family!

Anyway, of course, Sunday lunch was discussed and yes, I was in minority. They told me a casserole lunch is more healthy. I was like, who cares? We only eat peanut butter and cheese spread once a week.

Well, if daughter Rachel brings us more bread, I may have to make my own so I can eat it every day.

She bakes bread for a John and Norma. I believe they are two hours from here. She just baked some for them last week, then brought us a loaf. I tell you, I would drive two hours (or more) for that. It. Is. That. Good! Why are the loaves so small?

I guess she's trying to fatten us up (as if). She also sent up some kind of Danish pastry. It had strawberry and raspberry fruit filling and a glaze. Oh. My. Delicious!

In closing: God sometimes takes us into troubled waters, not to drown us, but to cleanse us.

The recipe for this week should serve four, unless they are farmers, then two!

Dutch Potato Soup

2 cups diced potatoes

1/2 cup diced onion, optional

3 cups water

1 tsp. salt

1 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup grated carrot

1 quart milk

2 Tbsps. butter

3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped

1 Tbsps. fresh parsley, chopped

Bring potatoes, onion, salt and water to a boil. Simmer briefly. Add celery and carrot when potatoes are partially cooked. Heat milk in separate saucepan. Add to soup mixture when potatoes are soft. Stir in butter, eggs and parsley just before serving.

Millie Otto of Arthur is a member of the Old Order Amish. Contact her by writing to 1584 CR 2000N, Arthur, IL 61911.

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