It’s 4:45 a.m. and the boys have already left for work. Their bags are packed and ready for our departure to Kentucky at 1:30 p.m. They will work a half day, come home, shower and be ready to go.

Our plans had to be adjusted because we were at the emergency room last night with daughter Susan. Her husband Mose and 2-month-old baby Ryan and I went along. I went along to help take care of Ryan while Susan was in so much pain. She didn’t feel like breastfeeding, but we had no other way to feed him as he refuses the bottle.

Susan had a sharp pain on her lower right side which we expected was her appendix. After a CT scan and other tests, the doctor discovered she has a lodged kidney stone, as well as kidney and urinary tract infections. She was given pain medicine and several antibiotics, which helped relieve some of the pain. Now it’s just trying to get the stone to pass. I have never had this happen to me, but it sounds like a painful ordeal.

We arrived home close to midnight and Mose and Susan, Jennifer, 20 months, and Ryan stayed here for the night. Mose needs to go into town this morning after the pharmacy opens, to get more antibiotics for Susan. She said the pain has moved down some so maybe she will pass the stone before we leave. She is still planning to go along to the wedding; the doctor thought that with the antibiotic, it would be fine to go, and then have a follow-up visit with the doctor after she is back home. I really do hope it doesn’t get worse. We will help her finish her packing.

We are leaving in two vans with our friends Beth and Julie as our drivers. They are sisters so it will be enjoyable for them to spend the time together. We have six motel rooms booked.

Our plans are to stay in Kentucky Thursday evening as well, and if all goes wel, go see the Noah’s Ark they built in Kentucky on Friday before heading home. It is about 300 miles to the wedding place from our house.

I managed to get seven new shirts sewn for Joe and the boys to wear on our trip. My sewing machine sews on the buttonholes and buttons, but making the buttonhole is still my least-favorite part of sewing. In Indiana, we had snaps on the shirts, but I didn’t care to sew those either. It’s always something, isn't it? Take the good with the bad and it usually makes a happy medium.

I held baby Ryan for a little bit this morning and he was just smiling and cooing. Now he’s happily eating. He must be getting plenty to eat -- Susan said he weighs 15 pounds already. He’s more than 25 inches long already too, so he’s probably going to be tall.

This is an easy Sunday dinner recipe. I put this dish, chicken and baked beans in the oven on Sunday morning and they make a quick, easy noon meal. 

Scalloped Potatoes

8 cups thinly sliced potatoes, cooked *

1/3 cup chopped onion

2 cans cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons butter

Mix all ingredients together or layer them in a baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

*Note: I don’t fully cook the potatoes and just let it bake longer. Add more milk if it’s too dry.

Lovina Eicher is an Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife, and mother of eight. Readers can write to Eicher at PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply); or email LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org and your message will be passed along to her.

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