Lovina Enjoys Games with Grandchildren & Pole Barn Progress Continues

First of all, a happy 28th birthday to daughter Susan on January 24. Also a happy 55th birthday to my sister Liz. I wish both of them many more happy and healthy years. I don’t get to see Liz too often. I think I only saw her a few times in over a year and not very long each time. There is over one hundred miles between our houses, and we both are busy with our families. Liz and Levi have ten grandchildren who keep them occupied. They sure are a joy to have around.

On Sunday afternoon, Joe and I went to daughter Elizabeth and Tim’s house for an afternoon snack after church services. Their four children were excited to have Grandpa and Grandma come to visit. They brought out their games and wanted us to play with them. Abigail, 7, wanted to play Uno and Timothy (T.J.), 5, wanted to play Trouble. I haven’t played Trouble in quite awhile, but T.J. kept me straight in the moves. He let me know when I could go again or if I didn’t make the right moves. It was so cute, and it’s hard to believe how much they already know at their ages.

Allison, 4, is a quiet little girl and is contented sitting in a corner playing with her dolls or whatever she has at the moment. She is talking to her dolls, and it’s interesting sitting back and listening to her conversation.

Andrea (she will be two on February 14th) is all over the place picking on her sisters and brothers. She is a little sweetie and can win over our hearts so easily. She started crawling on the toilet and doesn’t want to go on the “little potty.” She is doing good for her age with going to “potty” without her mother reminding her.

On Saturday we were very glad for all the men and boys that came to help set the trusses on our 40-foot by 80-foot pole barn we are in the process of building. This project was intended to be done before the winter weather began, but it all takes time and money. We cannot store hay in our barn due to the roof leaking too much. The foundation isn’t the best, so we decided to put up a pole barn for storage.

We served lunch to everyone, which consisted of scalloped potatoes, grilled chicken, meatloaf, baked beans, lettuce salad, cheese, hot peppers, brownies, coffee cake, jello, sugar cookies, and ice cream.

It was a cold day, with the temperature being only 10 degrees when they started with hanging the trusses. But the sun was out, and it warmed up to almost 20 degrees. We appreciated all their effort to help.

Joe’s work has been slow at the truss and metal shop where he works. Hopefully it will pick up again once the weather is better.

Sons Benjamin and Joseph and nephew Benjamin must not have had enough cold after helping with putting up the trusses Saturday. They went ice fishing for awhile afterwards. The lake had a lot of people on it ice fishing.

Ervin and Susan’s children have had fun sliding on their pond since it’s frozen. They enjoy when Ervin goes out there with them. Maybe in the next few years they can learn to ice skate.

Ervin and Susan will host church services in 7 1/2 weeks. They didn’t know they were getting it this fast, so they will be busy preparing for that. With six children ages 7 and under, that can be a challenge. We want to go help them. Baby Ervin Jay is two months old now. He’s doing very well!

God’s blessings to all!


Diabetic-Friendly Dessert
2 cups water
1 small box sugar free jello
1 (6 ounce) container yogurt

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, stir in jello, and then stir in the yogurt. (Try to match flavors of jello and yogurt.) Place in refrigerator until set.

Note: Daughter Elizabeth was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. She would be glad for any recipes that are diabetic-friendly. She is doing a great job of keeping her blood sugar to normal, although anyone that shares this diagnosis knows it’s not easy.


Lovina’s Amish Kitchen is written by Lovina Eicher, Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife, and mother of eight. Her newest cookbook, Amish Family Recipes, is available wherever books are sold.  Because Lovina is Old Order Amish, she does not have email or a telephone in her home. Lovina does not respond to comments on this website, if you would like to contact her directly, click here.

6 thoughts on “Lovina Enjoys Games with Grandchildren & Pole Barn Progress Continues”

  1. Baked Chicken Breasts Supreme (Diabetic Recipe)

    1 1/2 c. plain yogurt or sour cream
    1/4 c. lemon juice
    1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
    1/2 tsp. paprika
    1 tsp. minced garlic
    1/4 tsp. pepper
    1/2 tsp. salt (opt)
    8 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
    2 c. fine dry bread crumbs

    1. In a large bowl, combine first 8 ingredients. Place chicken in mixture and turn to coat; cover and marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
    2. Remove chicken from marinade; coat each piece with bread crumbs.
    3 Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until juices run clear.

    Makes 8 servings

    Calories 271, sodium 293 mg, cholesterol 76 mg, carbohydrates 22 gm, protein 32 gm, fat 5 gm.

    Diabetic food exchanges: 3 1/2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/4 skim milk

  2. Many thanks for your wonderful blogs. Our son and daughter-in-law live in Pennsylvania and it’s such a treat for us to visit Amish owned shops and support them.
    Our daughter has type 1 diabetes and my husband has type 2. I honestly can’t remember my life before they were diagnosed on the same day in 1995. Here is a recipe which Elizabeth and your family may enjoy. God Bless!

    “It Could Be A Snickers Bar”
    12 oz. soft diet ice cream
    1 cup diet Cool Whip
    1/4 cup Chunky Peanut Butter
    1 pkg sugar-free butterscotch dry pudding
    3 oz. Grape Nuts cereal

    Preparation: Mix first 4 ingredients, then stir in cereal. Pour into 8 inch square pan. Cover and freeze. Makes 4 servings.

  3. I found this recipe online and we enjoy it after dinner as a snack. Whip 1 cup heavy cream, 1 cup cold water, and any flavor sugar free pudding small box. Place in small desert cups cover and chill for a couple of hours.

  4. Bacon Wrapped chicken is nice. I do mine on a cookie cooling rack to make sure the bottom gets crispy. I pair with Cauliflower Bacon Salad. Roast off the Cauliflower at 400 until cooked. let cool down. Dressing: 1/2 sour cream and 1/2 mayo, salt and pepper to taste, paprika, splash of milk to make it thinner, add bacon bits. It is very filling and has little fat in it other then the mayo and low carb which is nice for the sugars! For Dessert, peaches canned in water.

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