Lovina Reflects on Over Twenty Years of Writing the Column

Saturday was a very cold and windy day, so the men were unable to put the roof metal on the new pole barn. They kept busy doing other work on the barn such as building the sliding doors, putting on the wainscoting, and more.

This week, they will work on putting on the roof metal at night since temperatures have warmed up again. It’s getting done slower than we had anticipated, but it helps to not have to pay for labor. Those helping Saturday were son-in-law Dustin, Daniel (daughter Lovina’s special friend), Daniel Ray (daughter Verena’s special friend) and his brother Marvin, sons Benjamin and Joseph and my husband Joe.

Grandson Denzel thinks he has to help me write the column. After he kept interrupting me quite often, I sat him down beside me and gave him a paper and pencil. He was scribbling all over the paper. It seems just short years ago when my children would sit beside me pretending to write the column too. Sometimes I find it hard to believe that I have been penning this column every week almost 22 years. So many changes have happened since then. It was a challenge writing and finding quiet time with eight children around. Many times, I would write early in the mornings or later in the evening after they were all sleeping.

Some weeks, it’s so much easier to write than others. Then there are weeks when you get writer’s block, or you can’t concentrate on writing.

On Sunday evening, our family gathered at daughter Elizabeth and Tim’s house for a birthday supper for their youngest daughter Andrea. She enjoyed being able to blow out the two candles and having us sing. Happy birthday to her. She reminds me so much of her mother when she was young.

We had a delicious meal consisting of grilled chicken breasts, campfire stew, chicken salad, loaded nacho dip and chips, cake, ice cream, oatmeal pie, mocha pudding, and finger jello. Daughter Lovina made the cake again. She is really doing a good job. She also made the loaded nacho dip, and it was delicious. We all took a dish, so it adds up to more than was needed. Leftovers make nice additions when you pack lunches for the men.

We attended church on Sunday in our church district, which was 11 miles from here. Our church district plans to divide this fall, Lord willing. It seems a long way to travel with horse and buggy on a Sunday morning when it’s cold to go to church. Joe and I went with sister Verena and our friend Beth who drives for Amish, so it wasn’t a long cold drive for us. Beth usually takes sister Verena to church.

Since we moved to Michigan 20 years ago, this will be the third time our church has to divide because of growth. It’s always sad in a way when you have to divide, and some will have church on one Sunday, and some the next. We can go visit though, so that is a good thing. I’m used to having our whole family in our church district, and I admit that it will be very hard to have that changed depending which way the division lines will go. My grandchildren sit beside me often during the services, so I would miss that.

I finally answered all my mail from readers. I am sorry about the delay in answering everyone. I appreciate all the kind words of encouragement. The mail was from eight different states this time. Last time, it was from 15 states. Thanks again and God bless!

Loaded Nacho Dip
8 ounces tortilla chips
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup water
1 packet taco seasoning
1 large sweet onion, diced
3 medium tomatoes, diced
8 ounces shredded cheese
1 cup sour cream mixed with 2 tablespoons buffalo ranch dressing
1 cup cheese sauce

Thoroughly brown ground beef, drain fat off, and mix in the water and taco seasoning. Then add onions and fry for a few minutes. Layer in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Add cheese sauce and sour cream mixture then shredded cheese and bake at 400°F for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and garnish with tomatoes. Jalapeños, banana peppers, olives, and other toppings can be added as well. Serve with tortilla chips.

8 thoughts on “Lovina Reflects on Over Twenty Years of Writing the Column”

  1. Always enjoy your updates. I totally understand your liking having your children and grandchildren with you at church. Not all of our family attends our church but we enjoy seeing them Sundays for church and Sunday “funday.” For games or swimming! All of our children live within 15 miles! Thanks again for your letters and sharing you family with us. Love the recipes too! Having our grandkids sit in church by us a always a great thing!

  2. I am grateful….beyond words…to have this wonderful column back each week for me to enjoy (on Chromebook)…I sorely missed the “lost” posts…. Lovina..may God continually bless you and your family as you share your lives with us. It is hard to believe we have been “friends” for so many years..what a blessing to have your eight children grow up with you each week,,,I truly envy all the wonderful..and fun..ways you celebrate the beautiful people God has placed in your life. BLESSINGS…looking forward to hearing from you so many, MANY years ahead!!

  3. Thank you for continuing this column. I began reading in the early 1990’s while I was in college in Wooster, OH. This has been such a wonderful journey to reflect on and learn from.

  4. Your column makes my wkend each wk, love hearing about your family & simple lifestyle. Hodd blessings upon your family

  5. de you make all kind of peanut butter eggs also cocoanut rice krisipie eggs i like trying all people recipes i cut your recipe out of the daily item we get here in lewisburg pa thanks i have one of your cook books thanks deb

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