It is a rainy Wednesday in June as I write this. Son Kevin’s class went to a state park in Indiana today for their school field trip, I am hoping the weather is nicer there. The temperature never went over 60 degrees so far today, so it could be chilly for their nature walk through the woods.

Tonight, at 6:30 p.m. is the 8th grade graduation at the school. Our fourth child, son Benjamin, will be amongst the rest of graduating from the 8th grade. This will conclude his school years. Nephew Jacob will also graduate from 8th grade. Also two of (daughter Elizabeth’s friend) Timothy’s nephews are with the group graduating. One of the teachers told me this week how sad she will be to see these four boys leaving the school. She said they were always a joy to have in class.

Time does not stand still for anyone. I seem to find it harder to see the children graduate now than it was when the first ones did. The occasion is a reminder that they are growing up and makes you hope we as parents have instilled enough love and faith in these young souls.

When trials in life come their way may they choose God to be their guide. We all know life isn’t always easy but it’s how we react in situations: always let God show us the path even when it is hard to understand why.

Congratulations also goes to my cousin Verena’s son, Luke Enos, as he graduates with his senior class from South Adams High School in Indiana. We received an invitation to his graduation party but being a couple hours away made it hard to be able to attend. We wish Enos the best in life and may God bless him throughout his life.

Monday my husband Joe and I helped chaperone the middle school students (5th – 8th grades) on a field trip to Chicago to the Museum of Science and Industry. Everyone was seated on two school buses. Three of our children were included on this trip. Joseph is in 5th, Loretta in 7th, and Benjamin in 8th grade. It was a very interesting and educational trip. We left the school a little past 8 a.m. and arrived back to the school around 9:15 p.m. Sister Emma and Jacob also went along as chaperones. Their sons Jacob and Benjamin are middle schools students also.

This is a trip that the students will never forget. I’m sure the students were all ready for bed by the time they arrived back home. Joe and I were tired from all the walking. Joe didn’t like to take off from work but it is so nice to spend time with our children. When the oldest children went on this trip I had little ones not in school yet so it wasn’t as easy to go along. Every four years the school makes this trip.

We are enjoying green onions and radishes from the garden now. On Saturday we were able to plant the rest of the garden. We had rain on Monday and again today so that should make things grow. I had to replant the lettuce as the first time I planted it didn’t come up. Not sure why it didn’t but heard others say they had to replant some things.

Try this zucchini pie when you get your zucchinis this summer.

Zucchini Pie


4 sliced zucchini

1 /4 cup onion, diced

1 /3 cup butter

2 teaspoons parsley

1 /2 teaspoon garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 /4 teaspoon pepper

1 /4 teaspoon basil

1 /4 teaspoon oregano

2 eggs beaten

2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese

1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese

1 unbaked pie crust

2 tablespoons dry mustard


Melt the butter in pan and cook the zucchini and onion over low heat for 10 minutes.

Mix spices and add to zucchini mixture.

Simmer for a few minutes.

Add eggs and cheese to the mixture.

Spread dry mustard into the unbaked pie crust.

Pour zucchini mixture into the crust and bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

Lovina Eicher is Old Order Amish and lives in Michigan. Readers with culinary or cultural questions can write to Lovina at: PO BOX 2144, Middletown, Ohio 45042. © OASIS NEWSfeatures