Wednesday, November 25, 2015


I came up with this  recipe because it is a way to use left over turkey. You can also make this  casserole with chicken.


2 cups cooked turkey, cut up
1 Cup sliced celery
1 Cup cooked rice
3/4 Cup mayonnaise
1 Can drained and sliced water chestnuts
1 Can Cream of turkey soup
1 teasp chopped onion
1 teasp salt
3 hard boiled eggs, cut up

Mix ingredients together and put in a greased casserole dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.


1/2 stick margarine or butter in a fry pan until it fizzles.
Add 1 cup crushed cornflakes and
1 Cup slivered almonds.

Spoon on top of casserole.  Bake at 350 degrees, 30 minutes longer.

Do you realize that one month from today is Christmas ????

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from our house to yours.  As Elmer said, where has this year gone?  It seems it just started and here we are coming to an end.

We also really got Marilyn on her Birthday this year.  Michael and I went to the library to use one of their computers.  To pick out the cake picture, he went through a lot of pictures on the computer of all sorts of Happy Birthday photos.  When we saw that cake, I told Michael, that was the one.

The morning of her Birthday, I made the cake to look exactly like that one in the picture except for the leaf.  I had no fake leaves and I didn't think I should put a real one from the yard on the cake.  The post and later the cake was really a shock for Marilyn.

My Mother is having Thanksgiving Dinner over at her house this year.  I was suppose to, but with the wedding coming up, she said she would do it.  She said this is the last year.  Like David's Mother, she says this every year, but somehow she or David's Mother have it.

So glad Ruth has chosen to finally have a name.  We thank you all for giving names.  It was a lot of fun at this end, too.  Then, she decided to use her real name - Ruth.  I, myself, always liked that name and I see people on New York State of Mind did too.  We asked Thomas which he was going to come up with to top name choosing.  He said he is done.

Thomas and Ruth's house is almost done for them to move into when they marry.  They need some more furniture and farm equipment.  No, we are mot moving the farm equipment in the house.  David said they don't need most of the farm equipment to the spring, so worry about the house now.  Thomas and David have made some furniture that Ruth doesn't know about.  They want to surprise her when they move in.

I have Thomas wedding suit all made.  Susan is working on Katie and her dresses.  I am making new suits for Michael and Edward to wear at the wedding - they both need new ones.  Susan is going to try making one for her Father and David Jr.  I am keeping an eye on her in case she needs help, but she seems to be doing find on her own.

Elmer told me to ad that Emma, Bishop Eli's wife has agreed to put a post on here.  We don't know exactly when, but it is coming.  She will tell what it is like being a Bishop's wife.  I think you will like her.  She has the same sense of humor Elmer, Anna and Bishop Eli have.

Oh, I almost forgot.  Thomas and Ruth are getting married on December 15th.  Yes, Marilyn is invited.  They wanted to get married December 24th, but Bishop Joseph, said he couldn't do it that day, so they settled on the 15th.  There is so much to do, but so little time.  My Mother said not to worry as it all gets done and the wedding will be beautiful. Mom has experience, she should know.

Grandfather Albert and Grandmother Olive are coming on Amtrak to be here for the wedding and will stay until Christmas.  Unless someone else gets married at Christmas time up here, it will be their last Christmas up here.  They said they don't want to come up with all the snow and ice. (What snow and ice?)  Anyway, if we want to see them at Christmas, we know where they live in Florida.

Jean, David and Family

Monday, November 23, 2015


As you can see we have new pictures at the top this week.  I didn't know that I was in the candy business.  I'm not really.  A friend gave Marilyn a box of candy for her Birthday - a box of Elmer Chocolates.  When Marilyn saw that name, she said she had to put them on here - once she stopped laughing.  Well I have gone from a street sign to chocolate candy.  \

John and Sarah, Anna and myself wish to thank you all for the anniversary wishes.  Michael and I also thank you for our Birthday wishes.  It is so kind of all of you.  The are really appreciated.

We also wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  It hardly seems that 2015 is almost ending.  Where has this year gone?  That is why, we have to stop and thank the Lord for all He has done for us this year.

I know what Thanksgiving Day is like.  We have relatives that we haven't seen in a while.  Our whole family will be there plus some friends.  Of course, we can smell that dinner being cooked in the kitchen which makes us so hungry.  We also want to catch up on what our friends and relatives we haven't seen are up to.

But, we also have to stop.  We have to take time for the Lord.  It is His day.  Really every day is His day.  During the past year, we have had so many good times and some good things.  We have also had some not so good times and things.  All were for a reason.  We might not understand the reason,  being here on earth, but the Lord has a reason for everything good or bad.

He has been so good to us.  This year, we had a great year in crops.  We have a new Grandson which, by the way, is now allowed to come to church and family gatherings if he has his sleep time.  All of our family, except Anna's Mother, have been well this year except for colds, which we all came through well.  Anna's Mother, we are so happy, to still have with us as well as my parents.  There aren't two many children in their 50's that have both parents with them and Anna and I have have both of ours.  We were able to buy a new buggy this year - something we have wanted for a long time.  Also, we were able to give this year/  More than we have been able to in the past couple of years.

Our whole family did well this year.  John and Sarah were upset because of Baby John's hospital bill.  Between what they had saved, and how well our crops were this year we could cover the bill.  John paid what he could of the bill, the family put together what we could and paid the hospital without having to ask the church for money.  If we had not been able to pay the bill, the church would have paid the rest.  In fact, Bishop Eli planned on taking money to pay what John and Sarah couldn't of the bill.  But, a family discussion decided we had  enough to pay the bill and we did.  I got to the hospital and paid the bill before Bishop Eli did.  This is not bragging, but just telling how well the Lord has been to us.

We should thank the Lord.  Just stop and take a few minutes to thank the Lord. I know I said it before, at our house when everyone is seated for dinner on Thanksgiving - after prayer - I ask we go around the table and each person tell what we are thankful for this year.  Just one item.  Sometimes it is something like perhaps Baby John being born perfect, or one of our Grandchildren pleased that her marks have  improved in school to someone getting something they needed - on until we are done.  It doesn't matter if it is big or small as long as means something to the person that says it.

Anna and I also take time alone to thank the Lord.  We try to take time every day, but like everyone else we aren't perfect.  It seems we have time to ask the Lord, but sometimes don't have time to thank Him, which we feel is wrong.  But, we are not perfect.

Also we remember that the Lord forgives us, if we ask Him.  It is hard sometimes to understand that.  But the Lord created us, sent His Son  to teach us and be among us and His Son died on the cross for our sins.  So if He did that, He will forgive our sins, if we ask.  It is hard for us to understand, but that is the way it is.

So, please take time to thank the Lord.  Maybe the day before, on Thanksgiving Day and, if you forget, the next day.   In fact, try to say a thank Him every day.

I didn't mean to go on so.  This year has been a good year for us, but we have had years that were not so good.  Years, I wondered if we would make it from one end to another.  So, Anna and I, also know the hard times.

Didn't mean to go on so.  I asked Bishop Eli to give us a post for Thanksgiving and he said delegate, delegate, delegate and he delegated this to me.

Trust God's Wisdom,

Saturday, November 21, 2015



Elmer and Anna
Eli and Emma
Jean, David and family
Grandfather Albert and Grandmother Olive

Friday, November 20, 2015


The decision was long and hard with lots of prayer.  There were many names that she liked.  She thanks you all for your submitting names.

Drum Roll, please !!!  Her final decision for her name is: RUTH.

I think we all had fun submitting names.  Also, it may have helped some of us in checking names in the Bible.  It got the biggest response on here, than we have had in a long time.

I asked Ruth if she really wanted me to tell this and she said she felt God wanted her to tell.  What is her name? Ruth.



I took these pictures back in August and forgot I had them.  When cleaning out pictures that I had and found them.  The are all kinds of barns Amish, Old Order Mennonite and Englishers.

I will have another post today when Thomas' lady decides on her name.  She promised she would decide today.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


I saw a group of Old Order Mennonite putting a roof on a house, a while ago and of course, I didn't have my camera.  I was looking where the man's house, where he lives, and I finally found it.  Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed finding them.

Thomas and his lady are still taking new names on the previous post.  She will decide what name she will use on Friday.