By Carrie Bender
Lifestyles at the farm is peaceable and profitable regardless of difficulties that crop up. unexpectedly ailment and demise strike the relations. Blaming herself, Miriam unearths it approximately most unlikely to deal with grief.
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December 17 I can't believe that we're actually getting ready to go, that God is making it possible. Bill, our local taximan, has rented a small motor home for us to travel in. He'll drive us to Toronto, stay the two weeks, then bring us home again. I'm praying for good driving conditions, that the roads won't be icy or snowy. Amanda is no better; actually, she's gone backward a little. But our hopes for her are high now, and her glutaric acid levels haven't gone up. Rudy and Barbiarnne will keep the home fires burning, stay with the rest of the children, and do the chores.
This morning Priscilla drove over to take Dora along for the day and to pick up her garden seeds. I couldn't help but notice that she seemed happy and excited about something as she hopped off the buggy and tied her horse. Her cheeks were pink and flushed, and her eyes sparkled. "You are radiant," I told her. "What's up? " she replied. "If I look half as radiant as I feel, it surely must be noticeable. " She gave me a knowing look and a secretive smile as she drove off with Dora. Sooo! If it's what I think it is, then Henry's still got some of his englisch (non-Amish) ways.
Lydia, the lady of the house, was soon up and bustling busily about, frying mush and eggs, and setting the table in the big country kitchen. I felt a surge of thankfulness for this family of like precious faith, who extended such gracious hospitality to us. "I sure hope Amanda will be feeling a lot better soon," Lydia encouraged us, sympathetically. " I didn't want to talk about it. "And he couldn't help her much? Hmmm, that's too bad. " I looked sharply at Lydia. "Powwowing. There's a lady up in the next county who Page 43 can powwow.
A Joyous Heart by Carrie Bender