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It is so good to see the sun shining once again after having rainy and dreary weather the last week. Yesterday we had only a few sprinkles, but I managed to get most of my laundry dry. I have a basketful that needs to be hung out to finish drying. Joe and I and our two oldest children, Elizabeth and Susan, went to the wedding of my nephew Clarence and Marie's wedding. Lovina and Kevin were sick so we left our six youngest with my sisters Verena and Susan. It rained most of the day so I was glad I didn't take Lovina and Kevin to the wedding. We started out about 5 a.m. on Friday morning and we arrived back home around 11:45 p.m. We stayed at Verena and Susan's for the night since the children were all asleep by the time we got there to pick them up.

It was still rainy on Saturday and Sunday. I stayed home from church with Lovina and Kevin, so that they could continue to recover. They seem better now, with only a small cold with a cold. But as soon as they began feeling better, I began to feel worse. I think I caught a touch of the flu. I feel a lot better today though. Since I was feeling well last night, Joe and the girls made supper for us all. It' just harder when mother gets sick. Hopefully no one else in the family will. We went to bed at 8:45 p.m, which is earlier than usual for us. The children asked why we were going to bed when it was still daylight. But I think we all needed a good night's rest. Once the ground dries up I need to get out into the garden and the grass needs mowed again. Busy, busy springtime!

Our new house is ready for shingles and siding. The windows and doors should be here by next week. The decking is also being put on. Everything takes time and money - nothing is cheap anymore,

Tomorrow, May 18, will be Lovina's second birthday. I want to make a cake for her. I'll never forget how sick I was when she was born. Do I thank God enough for good health?

It's so easy to take our good health for granted until we don't have it anymore.

Monday, May 22, was my 35th birthday. Time has such a way of slipping by too fast. At this time of year we are once again reminded of Dad's passing six years ago (May 20). We still treasure the precious memories we have of him in our hearts. I know if he'd be living he'd be here helping us all he could on our new house. He put a lot of labor in helping his children as did Mother. Precious memories and how they linger. Our daily wish is to all be reunited in that great Kingdom in Heaven. How beautiful Heaven must be!

I'll share a rhubarb recipe since the rhubarbs are growing fast.

RHUBARB BREAD PUDDING

2 cups diced fresh rhubarb

3 /4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon grated lemon rind

1 1 /2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 cup bread crumbs

1 cup milk

1 egg beaten

Mix all together and put into buttered casserole. Dot with butter. Bake covered for one hour at 375. Serves six.

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