THE AMISH COOK: Enjoying a mini-vacation, in two parts, with the Yoders

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I was going to take the week off from writing, but then decided I would really like to give a brief report of our week.

On Friday, the day after Valentine’s Day, Daniel really wanted to take me on an overnight trip someplace special. We both wanted to go, we toyed with the idea, but it just didn’t quite click to leave five small children with someone else–including two little boys who are used to being fed twice a night. That’s when we came up with the brainstorm that the two of us could leave for our “mini-vacation” around noon, have some time together, then have the children join us for the night. A special thanks to two readers who sent money for us to use for the family. This seemed like an excellent way to use it, making memories together in an unusual way!

Daniel reserved a room and scheduled a driver to come pick us up and drop the children off at a baby sitter. (It was actually two sitters, as we like to split them up, rather than pile them all at one house.) Needless to say, Daniel and I had the most wonderful time together. And listen to this, hubby even ordered flowers for me! My cup was full and running over, and I just felt too blessed for words. The flowers spread their sweet perfume throughout the room, adding a sunny ray to the entire atmosphere. I don’t recall ever having flowers with such a sweet scent! As a matter of fact, I even moved them into our bedroom on the nightstand, so I could enjoy them during my waking time with the boys.

Back to our mini vacation. The two of us had all the time we needed to just simply talk, catch up with news, pray together, and actually sit

beside each other without five darlings scrambling for the place of honor: sitting next to Mom and Dad.

Daniel ordered in pizza, a rare treat for both of us. We made sure we had plenty for the children for their arrival at 7 pm.

We were delighted to see them as we helped unbuckle them upon their arrival with Owen, who escorted them in the taxi. Five excited faces took everything in as we showed them around the motel and took them to our room. First on the list was taking them swimming in the motel pool. Shrieks of delight and “Daddy look at this,” and “Mom, see what I can do!” reigned on all sides of the pool. After a while, they were ready to settle down, eat pizza, then go relax in the hot tub brimming with bubbles. At last, it was time to settle down for the night. It was an interesting night, and it made me think of how my brother Javin would say, “We slept often.” Somehow the youngest three really felt that they weren’t home in their own bed. The next morning, we all shuffled down the hall and enjoyed a delicious breakfast together. Julia and Austin’s eyes widened with awe and delight at the wide variety of food to choose from.

After another dip in the hot tub, it was time to pack up and leave for home. Julia and Austin were not ready to leave, but Mom and Daddy were eager to let active Jesse run around to his heart’s content, without continually being told to be quieter.

We had a wonderful time! I felt rejuvenated and ready for another week of being a stay-at-home mom.

Today we plan to go to Robinson, Illinois again, this time with Jesse to have his heart murmur checked out, which he has had off and on since birth.

How about trying out our family’s latest favorite bar recipe? Julia can also make these on her own while Mama stands to the side and smiles with delight!

Julia’s Quick Bars

1/2 cup Brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup honey

3/4 cup oil

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir and add:

1 3/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon soda

2 cups quick oats

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Mix ingredients together and press into a 10″ x 15″ x 1″ pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until barely set. DO NOT over bake. Enjoy!