An ordinary day at home

I loved the suggestions you threw back on what you love to hear me write about.

An idea caught my attention: an ordinary day at home. And what could be better than just a typical day at home?

Okay, it doesn’t look that typical or common like it did before school started or before daddy went to heaven. I always like Ms. Lehman’s catchphrase, “Life is all about how you handle plan B.” Little did I know that this simple truth could be such a teardrop. So if you walk me through this “normal” day, you know that while it’s a good day, it’s freshly carved in stone. We couldn’t cut our way, so Master did it for us. Keep in mind that you might want to bring tissues, as tears are a regular part of life at home.

I don’t pass an alarm clock to wake me up, as Hubby isn’t here to set it like he always has; I ask God to wake me up whenever I need to get up this morning. I usually wake up at 6:00 am in time to watch the dawn. First I went to the recliner in the kitchen where Daniel often sat and children climbed on top of him while they waited for my food to be on the table. I read Sarah Young’s book Jesus Calling along with some scriptures and spent some time talking to God. Some mornings like this, next time I’ll get in touch with you.

At 7:00 a.m. it is time for the school children to get up. I try to balance things out while they dress and have personal devotions.

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Editor’s Note: I would like to point out occasionally that Gloria is a member of the New Order Amish Church. This is still a “horse and cart” Amish church, but the New Order Church often has a more evangelical outlook and way of life than the Old Order Amish. While the Old Order Amish Church is biblically based, they are less evangelical – Kevin Williams, editor

Julia takes care of packing the lunches while Austin sets the table and prepares dishwater for Elijah, who washes dishes after breakfast. First grader Hosanna sleeps in a little longer because she’s super tired after full days at school.

At 7:45 the four-year-old boys woke up and got dressed; Okay, well, Jesse prefers to eat his breakfast in his swim trunks, which he thinks are more comfortable than his homemade pants. He has Mom’s permission as long as he happily puts his pants on after breakfast.

Now let’s all gather around the table; Austin’s favorite dish this morning is quinoa. A year ago it was something new for all of us, and now most of us like it, served with cinnamon, honey and fresh goat’s milk. While the kids are eating, I take a few bites myself, then read some kind of inspiration, then we often discuss it while they give their input. Recently Jesse got the idea that since Daddy died and went to heaven, maybe he will die in heaven and come back to us! His innocence and optimism melted my heart. The older children’s eyes widened as they declared, “We don’t die in heaven!”

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Well, a disheveled head just popped up here at the office. Jesse is a born cuddle bug; I wrapped him in a blanket next to me. Oh, here comes Elijah… he’s snuggled up on my lap now while I try to write; not only that, it’s one minute until 7:00! I’ll run along to get my morning going.

Hello again, I’ll be back 24 hours later and trying to write more calmly with three early risers, or as calmly as possible.

True to my plan, we had breakfast a day ago and picked up the school children at 8:15 am. Only this time it turned out to be quite colorful. Despite my best efforts, little Joshua cried for most of breakfast. It seemed like he wasn’t feeling well… the challenge for me sometimes is to stay calm and confident and not give in to desperation to meet everyone’s needs at the same moment or free the school kids. I pray much that God fills me with him; I can’t take care of our children on my own, but I know that God can and will.

Once the three elders are ready for school, I hug them and then pray this little “homemade blessing” over them: “God bless you, your teacher, your friends, your day, in the name of Jesus we pray.” They set off and run through the forest to meet their friends at school.

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I turn back to the kitchen, blink, say a little prayer, and often just spend a few moments being still with God before starting my day.

I’m not even halfway through my day and it’s already recipe time. Wait till another day for part B!

Jesse and I discussed what would be the perfect recipe to share this week. Have you ever tried Hubby’s Ultimate Sticky Buns? I concocted a recipe based on Daniel’s taste buds. Every time I made these for him, his eyes would widen with wonder and love. Although it seems almost too special to even print out the recipe, I’d like to give you a chance. And will you do me a favor? Since we can’t provide them to Daniel, why don’t we all share a few with a neighbor, widow, or inmate?! Thank you and God bless!

6 hamburger buns

½ pound ham

6 slices of Swiss baby cheese

½ can of onion and chive cream cheese spread


1 tablespoon prepared mustard

1 teaspoon dried onion flakes

1½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

⅓ cup brown sugar

6 tablespoons butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread 1 tablespoon sauce mixture on one side of the bun.

Top with ham slices.

Spread the cream cheese on the other half of the bun.

Pour the remaining sauce over the prepared buns.

Bake uncovered for 10 minutes, then covered for 10 minutes or until brown

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