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Snow still piling up for Eicher family; vacation time extended

It is the middle of January, and we are getting more snow. We have had our share of winter weather this month. My husband Joe and daughter Elizabeth didn't go back to the factories until Jan. 9 because of all the snow we got. They had a longer holiday break than they expected. The school's doors also stayed closed for three more days after Christmas vacation. The house seemed really quiet Jan. 9 when everyone finally left for the day again.

We enjoyed being "snowed in" for a few days. But with temperatures below zero, it was too cold to go out to enjoy it. We have completed two puzzles that are 1,000-piece puzzles during these winter storms. It seems every puzzle goes together faster than the one before, now that the children can help put it together instead of mess it up as they would do when they were toddlers. I remember sometimes a puzzle would get messed up two to three times, and then maybe a piece was missing before it was completed. Now we can leave it unattended, with no little ones in the house.

Daughter Susan will have her 18th birthday Jan. 24. Our second daughter has reached adulthood. Time does not stand still for anyone. Susan was born at home with Joe's Aunt Sylvia being my midwife. We had quite a time finding a ride for her to go home the 8 miles. Snow drifts were piled as high as our trailer home windows. We lived in a trailer home at my parents at that time. How thankful we felt Susan was born without any significant problems during a winter storm like that. Susan now is a lively, energetic young lady and loves to spend time with horses and ponies. Writing stories also is a hobby for her.

Jan. 9 also brought back sad memories of a year ago when brother Amos was in an accident that took the lives of two of my first cousins. I am sure their lonely wives and families have had a long year of missing their loved ones. In a matter of seconds, our lives could be changed. Only God knows what lies ahead of each of us. Let us always let Him guide us and accept the changes life brings.

Right now, it is snowing so hard visibility isn't good. I hope and pray everyone will get home safely from work and school.

I need to get busy. Seemed like I didn't have time to sit down to write a column, but once again I waited until the last day to get this in the mail. We have been making ice cream with our hand-cranked ice cream freezer. I will share my recipe.

Editor's note: The USDA advises against consumption of anything containing uncooked eggs. Readers accept responsibility of any health risks associated with the recipe.

Homemade ice cream

6 eggs

31รขÑ2 cups sugar

4 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon salt

1 box vanilla instant pudding

3 cups milk

3 cans Milnot or cream

Beat eggs, and beat in rest of ingredients. Pour into a 6-quart freezer can and freeze in an ice cream maker.