By SUSAN EICHER
I hope all you readers are doing great. This is Susan, Lovina’s second oldest daughter, and I am 16 years old. Last week I decided that I wanted to write the column since my brothers and sisters will be home on Friday and Monday, which is their mid-winter break. Mom usually writes her column on Monday mornings, but I thought that with all of the children being home it might be extra noisy and busy. So I thought I’d give her some help by writing the column! I am not much of a writer, but I will try my best.
I just came inside after working with Minnie. Minnie is a miniature pony which I am training for a family in our church. The family has three little boys. I want to tame Minnie so that they will be able to drive her. Minnie is a very small pony but she is strong. She pulls our little pony wagon without a problem. I really enjoy working with her so it will be hard to see her go back to her owners after she is fully trained. Minnie is the second pony that I have trained. Our miniature pony, Tiger, was the first. Tiger is a bigger kind of a miniature pony. He is a stallion and was a lot harder to train than Minnie. He is also a lot more stubborn and not as gentle as Minnie. I would not trust Tiger around children like I do Minnie. Every pony or horse has a different attitude. I learned that real fast after I was kicked in the leg by our big mare Ginger one time. It scared me very much and taught me to always be careful because a horse can hurt you. I really enjoy working with ponies and horses. It is my most favorite hobby. My dream is to have a big horse ranch someday. It might never happen but it does not hurt to dream. God has a plan for everyone and it might not be what we want. I want to accept whatever His plan is for me.
(Editor’s Note: A photo of Minnie and a video of Susan’s school work from last year has been posted at amishcookonline.com/susan.)
I will try to write about something else but talking about horses is always a favorite topic for me. Sometimes I help my younger brothers Benjamin and Joseph throw hay down from the hay loft. One time after I hadn’t been up to the loft in awhile Joseph told me “we don’t need a flashlight.” I told him “yes, we do because there are small holes in the floor in some parts of the loft.” I told him if we don’t have a light we could fall and hurt ourselves. Our hay loft doesn’t have windows so it is sort of dark even in the daylight. Joseph said it is easy to see the holes because you can see the daylight shining up through the floor.
I was a little doubtful but followed Joseph up the ladder without a flashlight to the hay loft. It was pretty dark up there but Joseph acted like he knew his way around pretty good so I stayed close behind him. Benjamin wasn’t up there yet. Meanwhile, Joseph took off and I lost track of where he was. I stopped in my tracks not sure where all the holes were. Then I heard something behind me so I called for Joseph. I screamed as someone grabbed me from behind, it was Benjamin. Turns out that Benjamin had snuck up there in the dark to scare me. They sure had a good laugh about it. When I work with my little brothers I never know what they are going to come up with.
Older Sister Elizabeth is at her babysitting job today. Mom is sewing and I am getting ready to bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies. It is Monday now already and Mom is enjoying the break from writing the column, but she will be back next week. She let us all sleep in since the children are home from school today. She had breakfast burritos ready for us when we woke up.
The recipe I’ll share is what I usually fix when I have to make breakfast for my family. I usually triple it for our size family.
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
6 pieces of bread
Combine first 5 ingredients and stir with whisk. Coat skillet with butter. Dip bread into the egg mixture just enough to coat. Fry in a skillet until golden on both sides.