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All that goes with preparing for a wedding — and birthdays and Mother’s Day, too

May 21, 2019 GMT

We had a nice, sunny day in the 70s. That was a welcome change after some cool, rainy weather the past week. Yesterday also was nice and sunny, making laundry dry fast. It was rainy Monday, so I spent my day sewing, and we postponed washing laundry until Tuesday.

I had a good day with sewing. I sewed daughter Lovina’s dress, cape and apron for the wedding next week of niece Elizabeth. I also sewed two shirts for son Kevin and gray pants for the wedding. Yesterday, I sewed daughter Verena’s dress, cape and apron for the wedding. Now, it’s daughter Loretta’s and my suits left to sew. I am hoping to work on that tomorrow.


Today, daughters Elizabeth and Susan were home with their sweet little ones. They brought their sewing for the wedding along, so I helped them instead of working on mine. Elizabeth has a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old baby, so I know how many interruptions you can have trying to do extra sewing. Elizabeth and Tim also are hosting church services in June, so she has cleaning that needs done as well. And, of course, it is time to plant the gardens.

My husband, Joe, has been tending to our gardens because he’s not working anywhere yet. He’s planting extra in hopes we can sell some by the road. Radishes, lettuce and corn are up despite the cooler weather we had. Rhubarb is ready to use, so I need to make rhubarb custard pies sometime. That is one of the pies sister Emma plans to have us make for her daughter’s upcoming May 24th wedding. I will take my rhubarb if she needs more.

Joe and I will go help at Jacob’s and Emma’s house to unload the wedding tables and dishes for the wedding. Tables will be set and all that goes with preparing for a wedding.

Last week, my daughters and I and sisters Verena and Susan helped sister Emma and her daughters, Elizabeth and Emma, put 216 eggs into noodles. Joe went along to help brother-in-law Jacob with his work. Working together making noodles always is fun. Of course, many hands make lighter work.

Saturday was also daughter Lovina’s 15th birthday, so a happy birthday goes to her.

On Sunday, Jacob and Emma’s family and our family gathered at my sister’s house in honor of sister Susan’s birthday. We enjoyed a haystack brunch and dessert. After dishes were washed, some played croquet outside, and the rest of us played Rummikub. This was my first time playing the game. It seems similar to Phase 10 but has tiles instead of cards.

Mother’s day was also nephew Benjamin’s 17th birthday. I have some nice hanging flowers on my porch from our children. Daughter Elizabeth and Tim had their flower along in the buggy to give to me at my sister’s house. When Tim brought it in to give to me, granddaughter Abigail started crying. She said she wanted to keep the flower. She loves flowers, and it was so cute to see her want to keep it. My sister, Susan, went outside and picked a few flowers for Abigail, which made her happy again.


Before we all left for home, sisters Verena and Susan heated up the leftover haystack, making a casserole of everything that was left over from brunch. Everyone ate before parting ways to go home. It was an enjoyable day together.

God’s blessings to all.