The house seems quiet and very empty this morning. Joe left for work at 3:45 a.m. after being off work for two weeks. Then at 6:15 a.m. 14-year-old daughter Elizabeth left for her summer job which is to help detassle corn. She enjoys the new friends she is making on the job. Elizabeth is tired when she comes home after walking through the cornfields all day. They certainly put in a lot of miles in a day's work.At 7:30 a.m. this morning, Susan, Verena, Benjamin, and Joseph left for their swimming lessons, which they are taking lessons for the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, Lovina and Kevin are still both sleeping. They had a tiring day yesterday. We attended church services in another church district at Joe's nephew's house, which made for a very long, but enjoyable, day.

Son Benjamin turns 9 today which he is pretty excited about. Loretta and him were both 8-years-old for two weeks.

He is always glad to turn to the next number. Loretta always likes to tease him that she has caught up to his age during the first two weeks in July. Tomorrow Joe and I will celebrate 15 years of marriage, it sure has gone by fast! Joe seems to be doing well with his wisdom teeth out. But he has to be careful until the holes in his mouth grow shut. He isn't supposed to eat popcorn or peanuts for another six weeks, which also happen to be some of his favorite snacks.

Friday Joe and I and drove to Wal-Mart with the horse and buggy which is probably 7 to 8 miles from here - about a 45 minute ride. He needed to get Lovina and Kevin a lifejacket so we could take them out on the boat. Joe and I went to the lake fishing Friday evening taking Lovina and Kevin along. We just hitch the boat up to the buggy and go to a nearby lake. This was their first time on a boat. Lovina seemed to enjoy it while Kevin was very scared at first but gradually loosened up.

They enjoyed drinking lemonade and eating crackers while we fished. We caught a few fish but they were not biting too well. The next day Joe and Elizabeth and Susan went fishing and they had good luck bringing home quite a few fish.

Susan caught a 19" bass which she thought was going to be a turtle when she felt the weight on her line. The children were really excited to see it after being used to catching the little bluegill we have been reeling om lately. They enjoyed helping with the scaling while Joe filets them.

After two weeks of extra activity going on around here I am kind of enjoying peace and quiet right now. We are still savoring the garden goodies and have added green beans, red beets and carrots to the menu now.

The green peppers are also almost big enough to start using. Corn and tomatoes are not too far from being ready either. Meals are sure easier to make with the garden and sure saves on the grocery bill. All the hoeing and weeding is worth it when you have such a bountiful crop. Most of all a thanks to our Heavenly Father for sending us sunshine and rain to make it grow!

With squash being ready to harvest in some gardens, here is an easy, but delicious casserole to try out.


3 cups fresh shredded squash 1/4 cup chopped onion

4 tablespoons margarine 2 eggs beaten 1/4 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded 1 cup Ritz crackers, crushed Preheat oven to 350. Sautee squash and onions with margarine until tender. Drain. Add remaining ingredients except cheese and crackers. Spoon into a 9 X 13 inch pan and top with cheese and crackers. Bake for 20 minutes.

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