Lovina Thanks Readers for Their Prayers

Today is already the last day of April. Four months of 2024 have passed already. Where does time go? One week after another slips by.

Today, my husband Joe has an appointment with the doctor that did his surgery last week. Joe has been off work for a week due to getting a splinter in his hand as long as a toothpick while at work. He went to the hospital after it happened, and they couldn’t find it through the X-ray. Joe stayed home from work for a few days because his hand hurt so bad and kept swelling up. Joe doesn’t usually complain much if he gets a splinter, but this time he had a lot of pain.

He went back to the hospital on Thursday morning. I was thinking he would leave and come right back, but he was admitted to the hospital, and they prepared to do surgery. He had a bad infection in his hand from the splinter. I went to the hospital to be there when he had surgery and stayed overnight at the hospital with him. We came home on Friday in the late afternoon. The doctor wanted Joe to stay another night, as they were concerned about his blood pressure and sugar levels. They had a heart monitor on him while we were there. Joe didn’t want to stay another night. He thought he would feel better once he was back home. He needs to go see his family doctor about this though.

So our day went different than planned. We had intentions of going to the wedding of Norman and Katie Ann.

Our children went for the wedding supper. Son Joseph and special friend Grace were evening servers at the wedding.

Friday, on our way home from the hospital, Joe and I stopped at my brother Albert’s to see how he was doing. He has lost so much weight since his cancer diagnosis. He seemed in good spirits, and we had a nice visit with Albert and Sarah Irene. Albert and Joe worked together at the Metal and Truss Shop, so they were used to seeing each other every day.

Albert had an appointment at the doctor yesterday. They were going to do more tests to see what should be done next. A hospice nurse comes out there every four days to take his vitals and change his colostomy bag.  

Today, we will drop sister Verena off at Albert’s while we go to Joe’s appointment; then, we will go visit Albert after the appointment and pick Verena up.

Joe had the same doctor do his surgery as son Benjamin had to remove the 3 1/2-inch nail. Hopefully no one else in the family will need his services.

We appreciate all the prayers for Albert and thank you for your continued prayers. May God help Albert accept what the future holds for him. We know God’s ways are not always our ways. God makes no mistakes, but how we long for Albert to be cured. Let thy will be done!

Albert’s son-in-law Amos is improving. After a second opinion, his illness might not be cancer. We pray he will continue to heal.

On Wednesday, my daughters and I plan to go help at sister Emma’s house. Her son Benjamin and Crystal will host church services in two weeks. I want to make a casserole to take along for our lunch. Benjamin lives on the same property as Emma.

I made three rhubarb custard pies last night. Also, a chicken pot pie in a 9×13 pan, which I made for Albert; I will also take a pie. Hopefully it’ll help out a little. One of these rhubarb custard pies disappeared fast last night with supper as it was still warm.

It takes more effort to bake something right now, as my oven in the house gave up on me. I have an older stove in the pole barn that I can use, but you need to go check to see if something is done every time, and it takes a lot of running back and forth. With Joe losing out on work, I’m not sure if we can get a new one before the wedding. The cost of groceries has gone up a lot since our last wedding. Take one day at a time and let go and let God. May he bless all of you.

Rhubarb Custard Pie
1 1/2 cups rhubarb (cut in small pieces)
2 tablespoons flour
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup cream or whole milk
1 (9-inch) pie shell, unbaked

Place rhubarb in pie shell. Mix flour, eggs, sugar, and cream or whole milk well and pour over rhubarb. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

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.

4 thoughts on “Lovina Thanks Readers for Their Prayers”

  1. Thanks for the columns you write, information about family and recipes, especially for this pie,I know someone or two who could make disappear in no time at all.

  2. So sorry to hear about your husband and brother. I will put them on my prayer list. I love reading your articles on my computer. God Bless You All!

  3. Lovina I’m so sorry about Albert and I feel your pain as my late father in law was an Albert and I was married to an Albert who passed away 5/21/21! My son is thee only Albert I’ve left! I’d marry my Albert all over again thru thee end of time oh how I miss him and Father in law! I don’t know how or why but being married to an Albert is too wonderful!

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