Monthly Archives: October 2009

I’m home, home, home!

Is there ever a place so grand???

Thank God for a daughter
who kept the home fires burning
so competently and well. 

Thank God for a wonderful week in Ohio
with Daniel, his sibs and their spouses:
Rachel and Ivan
Ruth and Andrew
Every single one came and stayed all week
and laughed
and cried
and we

Thank God for safety in travel, relationships and the tightrope of nursing homes, aging parents, and the many things that can go so wrong at a time like this. 

Thank God for Answered Prayer.



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Tears are a Language God Understands

Often you wonder why tears come into your eyes
And burdens seem to be much more than you can bear
But God is standing near, He sees your falling tears
And tears are a language God understands.

God sees the tears of a brokenhearted soul
He sees your tears and hears them when they fall
God weeps along with man and He takes him by the hand
Tears are a language God understands.

When grief has left you low it causes tears to flow
When things have not turned out the way that you had planned
But God won’t forget you His promises are true
And tears are a language God understands.

God sees the tears of a brokenhearted soul
He sees your tears and hears them when they fall
God weeps along with man and He takes him by the hand
Tears are a language that my God He understands.

God weeps along with man and He takes him by the hand
Tears are a language God understands.




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60 years ago today, at 2:00 pm,
Mark Yoder and Alene Wert were married.
This is the fourth anniversary that
Mama has remembered and thought about that day
—  without him.
He was an old romantic. 
Never let their anniversary pass without recognizing it. 
(He even celebrated the anniversary of their first date
when he was 16 and she was 17) 
He was always looking for an occasion to send a card.

It’s hard not to miss a man like that.



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Working together

The sun room is coming right along, thanks to the vision and energy and incredible abilities of Certain Man.  Eldest Son procured a job this week (Yippee, yippee, yay, yay, yay!) but it meant that the work on the sun room was greatly slowed down.  So, this week, Certain Man has been busy with whatever he can possibly get done with a little help here and there — some of Eldest Son’s, some of mine, some of Beloved Son in Law, but mostly, Middle Daughter, affectionately known as Beeba.  This is what things look like today with all their great efforts:


Certain Man was working inside to tighten down these posts so that the electrician can get in at the beginning of next week.  He is also trying to get someone in to do the siding.



And Beeba was on the roof, where we plan to have a deck someday, leveling and announcing her findings to her daddy inside so that everything would be straight.


She is a very good carpenter’s helper!!!  A couple of years on an MDS crew has been invaluable to her.  She also helped in construction on a missions trip to Papua, New Guinea.  Her Daddy is very satisfied, even pleased with her abilities, strength and stamina.  Yay, Beeba!!! 


Wait, Deborah, be careful.  Don’t fall!



This is the corner towards the road.  I am so happy with how it is turning out.



This is the the inside of the previous picture.  It is the door going out towards the road, with its two side windows.



This is the wall that goes out towards the side yard towards Milford and the tree farm.
Through the windows you can see the three blue spruces that Daniel planted for us early this year.
Our friends, JR and Linda Campbell
had given us some money as a gift,
which we used to buy the three little trees.
I am so tickled that we will be able to see them so clearly through these windows.
I keep thinking about putting a bird feeder in there, and watching the Cardinals and Jays and Juncoes while the snow flies. (What little we get!)



This is where we plan to put the sliding glass door that is currently in our dining room.  This is the side that goes out towards the chicken house.  We plan to leave the space between the dining room and the sun room open.


And while I was outside taking pictures, I went out towards the road, and look what I found there–


Someone had taken our mailbox out.  I was out there right when the mail lady was coming, so I got the mail straight from her hand, and then Certain Man went out and fixed that mailbox just as good as new.  Then he came in and had to work on a sermon.  He is preaching for Josh tomorrow since there was a funeral in (Josh’s fiancé) Lawina’s family and  he wanted to go down to Virginia.

So here I am, with laundry to do, kitchen to clean, chicken salad to make and I’m here reporting on my Sun Room.  Ach, Vell.  It was time for a break anyhow.  But now I need to go and do those other things.  My Sweet Mama was here, pronounced that it looked like I “Needed Help!!!” and I think she is coming back, so I must get some things done so she can go home without feeling guilty for — whatever.  Something.  (I’m sure she will feel guilty over something.)  That is how it is with Mama’s and I have the best.   

Take care, everyone, and please take the Lord’s Day as an opportunity to meet with fellow believers in your church family. 




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I am constantly having requests for my hot chocolate mix recipe.  So I decided to post it on Xanga for all the people who might have asked in the past and will want it in the future.  Between my family, guests, and various church functions, it is not unusual for me to make five or six batches in one winter.  Hope you enjoy!

The Yutzy Family’s 5 ingredient Hot Chocolate Mix

1 box (22 quart size) Powdered Milk (I prefer Carnation brand)
1 – 12 oz. can of Ovaltine Rich Chocolate Mix (silver can, blue label)
1 – 30 oz. canister chocolate Nesquik
1 – 22 oz. jar of regular flavor powdered coffee creamer (I like to use the store brand)
2 pounds Domino powdered sugar
Mix all together thoroughly, and store in a large container (It fills a 9 quart Tupperware container)

Fill cup 1/3 t0 1/2 full of mix.  Add Hot/boiling water to top.
Stir and enjoy!


edit:   One more thing.  If you use the chocolate mixes as stipulated, your hot chocolate mix will be 99% caffeine free. 



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Sunday night get-together

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It is wonderful to have Uncle Vernon and Aunt Freda just across the lawn.  They stopped in for a while and we enjoyed having them with us.

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Christina came late with Charis — she had been watching the Steelers game with her daddy, and it seemed there was no reason to change her clothes to come to GreatGrandma’s house.  Even though she was venturing into what could be called some “enemy territory”

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The three “D’s” —  Daniel, Debs and David
(I’ve been trying really hard to think of a poem that includes lots of “d” words, like dallying delightfully despite dreadful danger — but didn’t do it.  It was definitely direly difficult to do a descriptive “d” dialog despite diligent dredging.)

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David and his mama, my little sister, Alma.
She must have gotten something to eat and already gotten it down.
When this gal gets hungry, she really gets hungry!!!
We’ve learned to either stay out of her way or else make prompt provision for her when she is on a mission to get something to eat!

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  And she always stays as slender as a school girl — she works hard and has a great metabolism. 
(But just between you and me, some things just really aren’t fair!!!)

Debs and I looked rather coordinated on Sunday evening,
But it was totally by accident.

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(I’m not sure what this is all about,
but I need to work on looking more cheerful!!!)

I was sitting on the wrong side of the table to get pictures of Sarah, Bert and their family.  I don’t know why I didn’t get Christina to take more pictures when she was on that side — which reminds me that I didn’t get any of her, either.  None of my wonderful brothers made it to this particular gathering, but all of us girls were there — each of us with our husband and each with at least two of our offspringin’s.  I just didn’t get pictures of everyone.

A night with Charis wouldn’t be quite right
 without some attention from Grandpa–

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 and that is pretty much fun, any way you cut it. 

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I am so thankful for this little girlie.
She truly lights up our lives!



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