Issue 8 July/August 2009
S I S T E R S I N T H E L O R D W I T H L O T S O F Y O U N G ’ U N S
( C a n ) Y o u M a k e M e F e e - e e - a h l . . .
Next Issue: like a natural wom-uh-uh-n? have they all been aban- who placed our womanly
• School Days! Send (To understand my spelling, doned? Where is the woman hearts within us, formed our
in your goals, tips, you have to be singing this, in me? Has she been com- feminine natures, and gave us
useful information, Aretha Franklin-style). pletely transformed into a that longing for beauty. HE is
websites, fun stuff, laundry-folding, meal-cooking, the only one who can satisfy
field trip ideas, new A few weeks ago, I bought my
bean-picking, calf-chasing, us and affirm us in the way we
books, materials, sixteen-month-old daughter a
child-rearing automaton? keep wishing for. He may use
curriculum, etc. new pair of jammies. The top
Could I be replaced by a our husbands to help with this,
was bright pink, with a ruffle
genderless robot capable of but more often it will be a word
• Fast Food: Meals for around the bottom. As I
performing all those tasks? from Scripture, a deep sense
busy days and eve- slipped it over her head for the
(I admit, this was a day when I of peace during prayer, a
nings first time, she gazed down at
was feeling a bit discouraged beautiful flower or sunrise,
it, smiling. Then she made a
and overwhelmed). something that speaks specifi-
• Fall is a great time noise, like “O-oo-ooh!” and ran
cally just to us, like a love note
to get organized: both of her little hands down Then I noticed myself slipping
freezers, closets, from our Creator. Ask Him to
the front of it. It was a gesture into a familiar thought pattern.
menus, schedules. show you how He loves you as
so spontaneously feminine, so “Why doesn’t he make me
Send in your tips, a woman, and I promise you
untaught. It came straight feel like a woman?” (He would
ideas or articles. will not be disappointed!
from her womanly little heart. be my husband, Brant). “Why
This is a subject we
I was astonished. It spoke to doesn’t he notice that I am
can all use help
with. me in a way I didn’t under- drowning in all this
stand; filling me with a busyness and all
• Romantic Fall Dates: strange longing, a sense of these children?
Send your ideas! melancholy. Can’t he see I need
to feel like a woman,
The next morning, I was doing
not just a mother?
the laundry. Plunk! Tink, tink,
He doesn’t even
jingle...Three nails, a quarter
notice me, except
THIS ISSUE: and a plastic whistle fell out of
for the things I do!”
the washing machine. With a
E.R. or Wait... 2
sigh, I picked them up, think- Perhaps you have Brant and I at a romantic dinner on our front porch.
Kids Korner 2 ing, “Why can’t anyone around found yourself in a simi-
here empty their pockets?” As lar stew. (I hope I’m not the
I started again on the endless only one). The problem with Ps 45:11 So shall the
Reading, Tips, Poetry 4 heap of laundry, the vision of this whole line of thinking is King greatly desire thy
Crying Over a Chicken... 5 my little girl in her new nightie that he needs to be replaced beauty: for He is thy
came back to me. “Do I have with HE. Our husbands will
Lord; and worship thou
any feminine gestures left?” I never be able to make us feel
wondered. Or in the interest of completely valued and loved
Summer Fun 7
efficiency and practicality, as women. God is the One
P a g e 2 S . I . L . L. Y .
W h e n t o H e a d t o t h e E m e r g e n c y R o o m
( A n d w h e n y o u m i g h t b e a b l e t o w a i t
a n d s e e … )
Head and Neck Injuries Cuts
• Always go to E.R. if there • Small cuts inside the
is a loss of conscious- mouth will usually heal
ness, vomiting, altered on their own.
mental state, extreme
• Go to the E.R. if cuts are
through mouth to out-
speech or inconsolable
side skin, ex: cut goes
all the way through lip.
• Consider severity of fall, With this type of cut,
ex: if child fell greater there is greater potential
than 3ft. and landed on for scarring and infec- in loss of move- Bronte, after hitting the side-
ment. Go to E.R. walk at church, head-first!
head, or down more tion.
than ten stairs.
• Go to E.R. for gaping • Consider when
• Consider type of surface lacerations on face, child had last tetanus
landed on, grass as op- great potential for scar- shot, if it has been more
posed to concrete. ring unless sutured. than five years and there “Above all, trust
Limb Injuries • Cuts over joints are
is a puncture or deep your common
cut, he should get an-
• Always go to E.R. if there much harder to keep other shot right away. sense as a mother.
closed without stitches.
is obvious deformity of
the limb, or if child is
Burns If something just
• Anytime you see blood
unable to use or move it, pulsing from a cut., ap- • Red or blistered is okay, doesn’t seem
after initial pain of injury ply pressure and go to as long as it is smaller
is recovered from E.R. Usually an artery is than 2” in diameter right, go in and
• Immediate swelling or involved if you see puls- • If skin appears white or have it checked
bruising does not always charred, if burn is larger out.”
indicate a broken bone • Deep cuts on hands or than 2”, or if burn goes
feet can involve tendons all the way around a ~Dr. Allie Cherfan
or ligaments and result limb or finger, got to E.R.
K i d s K o r n e r
My sister-in-law, Erin Inman, of milk and food color-
Sent in this fun suggestion:
ing. It really showed
Rianna and I went to Junior and
up bright. Then they Crystal
story time at the toasted the bread to
library this morning. eat it. A fun break- playing
dolls in a
For a craft they fast or snack idea! wheel-
painted white slices of
bread with a mixture
I s s u e 8 P a g e 3
“ T a t i e s ” ! S u b m i t t e d b y : S i s t e r L a u r a
H a w b a k e r , D a l l a s C e n t e r , I o w a
Price-wise, I never fig- cents? Because I enjoy it. There
ured how many quarts of beans I is something therapeutic about
get from a pound of seed. Of the process of growing food. It’s
course, I’d have to count the cost like working hand in hand with
of electricity to pressure the the Creator. Our part of the
beans, the jars, rings, flats and process takes hard work, His
salt. If I’d stop right there I takes a miracle.
might be ahead, but someone
always has to ask, “What about The enjoyment of the
your time?” work in not the only reward. Is
there anything tastier than fresh
Caption describing picture or graphic.
Ah, yes, time. And hard peas? I mean really fresh—
work. And aching backs and hoe straight from the garden, popped
handle blisters. From the time from the pod into the mouth!
the tiller turns up the black loam When you’ve been born and
in the spring to the time you chop raised on Iowa sweet corn
and pull the frost blackened picked, husked, silked and frozen
plants in the fall, gardens are hard at the height of its tender sweet-
work. Planting, hoeing, weed- ness, the store-bought variety just
Weston Fruth with his harvest of ing, thinning, dusting bugs, chas- doesn’t cut it! How economical
cherry tomatoes. ing away rabbits, birds and chil- and nutritional I feel when pre-
dren, irrigating, picking, shelling, paring meals in the summer with
podding, washing, snipping, a garden full of vitamin packed
snapping, canning, freezing, produce at my fingertips. What
“Taties!!!” I remember cleaning up---serious gardening is fun it is to wheel the shopping
the day my oldest son discovered not child’s play! cart right past the tin canned
potatoes. Oh sure, he’d eaten vegetables in the grocery store!
Some weeks it seems as
them at the table and seem them though gardening is about all I get
in a bag in the pantry, but one done. Peas need picked one day,
day he learned where they came strawberries the next, lettuce, “The memory of
from. He was two, the magical radishes and weeds are growing
age when the world is waiting to
be explored. He had followed
like mad and before you know it,
the peas need picked again!
that day keeps
me to the garden where I was
digging potatoes for supper. I As all gardeners know, me planting a
dug the spade into the dry soil, picking is only the first step. Af-
turned it over and out rolled little
round potatoes. “Taties!” my son
ter spending several back break- garden year
ing hours in the garden, I am then
excitedly exclaimed, the joy of
discovery in his voice. “Taties,
faced with mounds of produce
that will wilt and sag if not hur-
taties!” he shouted as he pranced ried into jars or freezer boxes.
around picking up the little dirt This is when having a houseful of
covered balls. Could the discov- children comes in handy. Al- Yes, I will keep planting
ery of gold have been half as though mother may be the only garden as long as I am able and
wonderful? one who can determine when a barring drought, hail and disease I
bean is big enough to be picked, will spend most of my summer
The memory of that day even a three year old can help days canning and freezing. After
keeps me planting a garden year snap those beans! What an op- all, I don’t want my children to
after year. (Not that I really had portunity we mothers have to think potatoes come from a sack
any doubts). I come from a fam- teach children work ethics and in the pantry!
ily and community of serious gar- perseverance when together we
deners. We raise gardens that conquer a mountain of beans.
feed a family year round, fresh
from May to September, canned So why do I keep plant- Pr overbs 10:5 He that gathereth in
and frozen in between. That kind ing garden? Why do I put myself
of gardening takes time and ef- through all the sweat and hard summer is a wise son: but he that
fort, and sometimes I wonder work when I can buy a can of sleepeth in harvest is a son that
why I do it. vegetables for as little as fifty
P a g e 4 S . I . L . L. Y .
W o r t h R e a d i n g
"The Power of A Praying Wife" glad I did. It has taken me a I'm in that area of the changed. I was very skepti-
written by Stormie Omartian. month, but I read a little house, I remember to pray cal. Well, you can ask my
Now, just a warning : if you every chance I get. I even especially for what that husband what he thinks. The
are not ready to be changed, bought the prayer cards that card says. At the begin- other night as we were talk-
then beware and prepare! go with it and stuck them up ning of the book, the ing, he said, “I don't know
This a book about praying for all over the house. Whenever author says you will be what all that book says, but
our husbands in many differ- you have changed so much
ent areas of their lives. You'll since you started reading it. I
be amazed how praying daily like the change!” I challenge
for him will change your life! you try it and see what it will
When I picked the book up at do for your life, and the life of
a garage sale for 10 cents, I your husband!
thought, “I'll give this to my
sister.” But then I felt led to Submitted by Sister Rhoda
read it myself, and I'm so Martin of Plevna, IN
“You may have
tangible wealth T i p s A p p r e c i a t e d
untold: Caskets Here is a very easy the majority of the tic spoon in the slit.
of jewels and and economical treat I time, but try all kinds My children request
coffers of gold. give my boys in the and see what flavors these often. Send
Richer than I summer. Just pour you like best. If you them outside to eat
the juice that is left don't have popsicle them and you don't
you can never be—
from canned fruit into containers, use empty even have a mess to
I had a mother popsicle containers yogurt cups. Cut a slit clean up!
who read to me. and freeze! I use in the lid and stick a Sister Rita Noecker,
~Strickland peach and pear juice popsicle stick or plas- West Fulton, OH
P o e t r y I n M o t i o n
“ T h e B r i g h t e s t S h a d o w ” b y K e r i A e s c h l i m a n ,
P l e a s a n t R i d g e , O H
There is but just one Shadow With reddish, orangeish hair He’s the greatest of companions
In this cold and rainy place, And eyes a shade of green. And a child’s dearest friend.
That lightens up the dark Until you have a dog like him
And puts a smile upon your face. And in those soft green eyes You’ll never understand.
There’s something none can miss.
This Shadow is much different ‘Tis the sense of love and loyalty Keri wrote this just one day before
Than any I’ve ever seen, their faithful companion had to be
And tender gentleness.
put to sleep.
I s s u e 8 P a g e 5
C r y i n g o v e r a C h i c k e n H o u s e ? ! ?
chicks, coming out from un- operates the machinery to de-
der a setting hen after her molish the building. The walls
three weeks were fulfilled. I lean at a strange angle and then
remember chubby little hands with a “Crash!” it is down. How
bringing the bucket in with did it happen that this building,
the day’s yield of fresh eggs. so lovingly built in response to
I remember smiling faces as my request, had become so
they proudly counted the aged and ugly? How did it hap-
number of eggs they’d gath- pen that the little children, who
ered. I remember the brown with much trepidation, reached
chickens running around in under pecking hens to get the
the yard pecking and scratch- eggs were now grown men?
Bronte, Bodey and Bella, “Hug a Hen” ing and chasing after Suddenly life flashed before me
crickets. and I realized how the years are
flying by as in the blink of an
But time brings changes. A eye, never to return again.
The skid steer bucket forces the little over a decade ago, we de-
roof of the old building up in the cided to build a big HyLine And just for a
air as the wood creaks and chicken house that could house little, I cried.
groans and gives way to the about 10,000 birds - more “I remember
force. The demolition was taking chores for the growing family.
place. It was our little chicken One of the rules in the com- chubby little
house of 25 years with a little pany’s agreement was that there
greenhouse on the south side of would be no other fowl on the hands bringing
it. It was so dilapidated. The farm, in an effort to control dis-
paint was missing more than eases. Our little flock had to go. the bucket in
present, one hinge was broken
on the door causing it to hang at Then came the day that Jim built
a cute little greenhouse on the
with the day’s
a precarious angle, and the foun-
dation was rotting. south side of the old chicken
coop. It served very well as a
yield of fresh
As a new wife and mother years
ago, I longed for our own little
place for me to grow my bedding
plants and enjoy working in the
chicken flock to peck in the grass dirt in the warm spring sunshine.
and enjoy the sunshine out- I loved my little greenhouse, and It was only for a little, because
doors. I thought gathering eggs appreciated the effort my dear the plans are made for a new
and tending chickens made a husband went to, first to give me greenhouse with glass panes
wonderful chore for young chil- a chicken house, and then a that will be more lasting. We no
dren. The fresh eggs would be a greenhouse! longer need the chicken house
treat compared to what we as the newer, better, bigger
bought in the store. So, my dear But the years kept bringing
building lies north of where the
husband built a little hen house - changes, and the second law of
old one stood. It is all called
so perfect for what we needed. thermodynamics, that of entropy,
“progress”. It is called
became evident as it worked on
“improvements”. For the most
Our children shared the chores that building. The door of the
part, I’m happy and pleased. But
of gathering eggs, giving the greenhouse rusted through. The
the precious memories from the
hens fresh water and scattering corner posts rotted. The plastic
past of growing children and little
feed in the feeder. If the hens tore. The building became an
chicken flocks brought back a
tried to peck them, they’d put a eye sore.
flood of memories….
large coffee can over the hens’
heads as they reached under Finally, the time of destruction
And just for a little I cried.
their warm bodies for the eggs. had come. Our son (who used
Several times we witnessed with to gather the eggs with his Sally Meyers, Dallas Center, IA
joy the hatching of little yellow chubby little hands) now skillfully
P a g e 6 S . I . L . L. Y .
P r e s e r v e U s ! T i p s a n d R e c i p e s f o r
P u t t i n g U p t h e H a r v e s t
Jalapeno-Raspberry Jelly add a few drops of red of soft cream cheese and
1/2 c. green or red bell food coloring, if desired. serve it with crackers as
pepper, chopped Ladle quickly into jelly jars, an appetizer, or use it as a
fill to 1/8” from top. Wipe glaze for grilled chicken. I
1c. Fresh or frozen raspberries
rims clean, cover with jar have also heard of it being
1/4 c. jalapeno, chopped lids and screw rings on used as a dip for tortilla
3/4 c. cider vinegar tightly. Process in boiling chips, and served with
5 c. sugar water canner for 10 min. warm brie cheese on little
to seal. toasts. Be creative! This
1 box sure-gel
This does not set up really also makes a very nice
Mix all ingredients in large hostess gift.
firm, but it works well any- My Grandma, Vera Armstrong
saucepot, boil for 4 min.
way. I pour it over a block with Brielle, her 62nd great-
Cool for 1 min. then may grandchild.
“It seems a little F r e s h F r o z e n C o r n a
strange but it sure T i m e s a v e r
FRESH FROZEN CORN Mix all together in a cooked longer than
saves a ton of time
large bowl. Let set for frozen corn that has
and we all can use a 10 minutes; stirring been blanched. I usu-
time-saver! The first 10 c. cut corn
often. Bag and freeze. ally simmer it for 10
year I tried it I 3/4 c. ice cold water
Note: when you take minutes or so.
was very skeptical 1/8 c. sugar this corn out of the Sent in by Sister Cara
so I only did one 1 tsp. salt freezer to cook and Lorenz, CO
serve, keep in mind
batch this way and
that it will need to be
the rest I put up
the regular way.
But I couldn't S h e B r i n g e t h H e r F o o d F r o m
A f a r
taste any difference
Something refreshing I’ve I’ve tried strawberries, blue- A website I found with
so I've been doing it been making a lot of lately is berries, and black-berries. lots of good recipes,
Berry Lemonade Adjust amounts of lemon tips, how-to videos,
all this way ever juice and sugar to your fam- products and ideas
1 cup of lemon juice, bottled
since!” or fresh squeezed
ily’s taste. You can also for preserving food
make a can of frozen lemon- is:
~Cara, about her 1 cup of sugar ade concentrate according to Homecanning.com
“Fresh Frozen 1 cup of berries, crushed the directions, and just add
It is put on by the Ball
the berries. Enjoy!
Corn” Recipe. water and ice to make 1 gal. Jar Company.
I s s u e 8 P a g e 7
P e r p e t u a l S u m m e r F u n i n t h e H o t
H a i t i a n S u n
children over little slushy. We played
for a little Carib- games and had a water bal-
bean fun! I have loon battle then headed to
a front yard full the ocean for a swim. It was
of coconut trees a fun day that we mothers
so we used the enjoyed as much as the chil-
coconuts for dren!
our cups. Just
You most likely don't have
drill a little hole
coconut trees and an ocean
in the side,
nearby but your local grocery
Toes in the Sand
empty out the
store would have coconuts,
coconut water and use a
pineapples and mangos. Get
funnel to put your own drink
some water balloons, a little
Sunny smiles from my home in and then insert a long col-
kiddie pool and sprinkler.
to yours! I have been enjoy- orful straw. That was the
While the children have fun
ing summer weather for highlight of lunch for the chil-
with the water you can sit
about a year now and no, I dren! I spent the whole lunch
and sip from your coconut
am not getting tired of it yet. time refilling coconuts! We
and don’t forget a colorful
The sticky hot feeling gets also had fresh coconut
flower for your hair!
old at times but a cold chopped up with fresh pine-
shower will leave you feeling apple and mangos. I had put In His Love,
refreshed for maybe about... it in the freezer so it was a Missy Martin, Haiti
10 minutes! We are always
looking for ways to keep cool
and have fun! My children
(and my husband) just love
when I throw a bunch of ice,
a little water and drink mix in
the blender and in 2 minutes
we have a refreshing slushy
to slurp on.
One day I decided to throw a
little tropical party. I invited a
friend of mine and her four
Prayer Requests: Summertime is busy, busy, busy. Thank you to those of you who
sacrificed the time to send me material!
☺ Praise the Lord! Phil and Jen Heisey have positive
encouragement from the doctors after repeated ultra-
sounds of their unborn child. For next month I’ve listed a few things I’d like to include, (see the
box on the first page). I think we could still use more canning and
☺ Please Pray for Kirsten, Matt and Blaine Wertz, Lyn-
preserving recipes, so if you didn’t get yours in, there’s still time.
ette Guisinger, and Terrie Scofield as they journey to
Mt. Elgon, Kenya on a mission trip, Leaving August Also, we haven’t had any home businesses sent in for a while, ques-
4th. tions or problems for group answers, and I haven’t received many
☺ Please Pray for the group currently at our mission in photos or funny kid quotes. Send ’em in!
I have had a suggestion that we do birth announcements, which
☺ Please Pray for Heather Stauffer as she prepares to
serve in Haiti. sounds fun to me! Starting for the month of August, if you would
like your baby or grandbaby’s birth to appear in S.I.L.L.Y, send the
☺ Rhoda Martin Requests: Please keep our family in
prayer, we are facing many decisions right now. Pray
name, gender and birthday to me , and it will be in the next month’s
that we would be in God's perfect will and know when issue.
God's timing is right and when we need to step out.
My husband’s job is seasonal and he will once again Thank you to all who have sent me words of encouragement, please
need to find another one before long. Pray that God continue to pray that God will use this publication for His glory
would bring the right job along for him and we would
know that it is the one he needs to take. and to lift up mothers, and that He will make time for me to write
and edit. Love in the Lord, Sister Bonny
L o v e , R o m a n c e a n d C h e a p D a t e s
This is a category I don’t get much in bringing our children into the
input for. Surely, all of you out world. It always amazes the nurses,
there have suggestions for fun, who are used to seeing husbands
romantic, and economical ways to who watch T.V. during the whole
spend time with your husbands, birth.
right? I could use some new ideas
Through all this reading, we have
as well. Send me some!
been able to share ideas and have
Something Brant and I have always some great discussions. Some-
done is read out loud to each other. times the books are about some-
It has helped us to get through thing we both want to learn, or an
many a long car trip on the way to area of our lives that we think
Kansas and back! More often, he needs improvement, or fiction, just
drives and I read, as this makes better Brad and Kirsten Wertz….a few years ago. for fun. In an age of increasing tech-
(I did warn you all that if you didn’t send me new nology and decreasing personal inter-
use of both our talents, but Brant does
pictures, I would start using old ones….)
read to me, too. We often take turns action, this is a rare and wonderful
reading out loud from marriage books way to stay close to your mate. Try it!
in labor also. It relaxes me and helps take my
or Bible studies when we are at home.
mind off the discomfort (okay, pain) involved
Brant reads out loud to me when I am