I will attempt to write this as I hold 5 1/2 month old baby Kevin. He's so active and right now I think he just wants attention. When I lay him on his activity blanket he doesn't stay there long anymore. Kevin pushes himself forward on his tummy and he also rolls from back to stomach and stomach to back. Doing all that he doesn't stay in one place too long anymore. Also when I put him in his baby swing he goes back and forth with his body to make the swing move itself.

Monday evening we received the shocking news that sister Liz's father-in-law died from a heart attack. This would be her husband Levi's father. He was only 58. Once again we are reminded that God is in control and that "He" determines our stay here on earth. Our hearts go out to the grieving wife and family. I know the pain that they are experiencing and wish them God's guidance through this difficult time.

The viewing and funeral services will be held at Levi and Liz's place. They built a big pole barn last year, which is where the funeral will be held. My husband Joe had just talked to Levi's Dad two weeks ago about ordering a covered wagon type wagon for our pony.

Tomorrow morning at 5 a.m. we will start out to attend the funeral service at Levi and Liz's. Our children don't have school tomorrow because of a mid-winter break (and also not on Monday). So we will take all the children with us to Indiana. Our oldest daughter Elizabeth, age 11, will leave tonight with my sisters Susan and Verena. I will miss her help but hopefully she'll be able to assist Liz in the morning.

Tomorrow would also be my dear father's 75th birthday. And May 20 will be six long and lonely years since Dad left this earthly home.

Tonight Joe has to take our buggy over to the buggy shop to get the rubber on the wheel fixed. When we lived in Indiana we had the steel buggy wheels. Here in Michigan we have the hard rubber wheels. It is so much more quieter than the steel, which makes quite a noise crunching over the gravel roads.

As a light rain falls outside this morning, I'll answer a few reader questions:

A reader in Canon City, Colorado asked me "What is The Budget?" It is a newspaper mailed to Amish families across the country with news of what is going on in the various Amish communities. It's a good way to keep on top of everything that's happening. Mother was a contributor for The Budget from her community for 50 years.

You can obtain a copy of The Budget at Sugarcreek Budget Publishers, Inc., PO Box 249, Sugarcreek, OH 44681

A reader in Kings Mountain, Kentucky requested a yummy chicken casserole recipe. Try this one.


8 oz. noodles

1/2 cup margarine

1/3 cup flour

1 cup milk

2 cups chicken broth

1 small can (about 3 oz) mushrooms

2 cups cooked and cubed chicken

2 tsp. salt (or slightly less to taste)

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cook noodles according to package directions; drain.

Preheat oven to 350 F. In saucepan, melt margarine, then whisk in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk and broth (separately or can be mixed); then stir in seasonings and mushrooms.

Combine chicken, cooked noodles and prepared sauce.

Put in ungreased 9 x 13 inch baking pan and top with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 minutes.

This can be made ahead and heated when needed but will take slightly longer to heat completely through.

Optional: You can add whatever veggies suit your fancy.

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