We are now into the official start of summer and we are hoping the season will be a little slower-paced and back to normal than our spring was.

We are now into the official start of summer and we are hoping the season will be a little slower-paced and back to normal than our spring was.

Daughters Elizabeth, 16, and Susan, 14, are finished with the laundry. I helped them for awhile but I thought I best be getting this column written. Meanwhile, Verena, 12, and Loretta. 9, are washing dishes and sweeping floors. Benjamin, 10, Joseph, 7, Lovina, 6, and Kevin, 4, are outside picking up branches that fell during the bad storm we had Friday evening.

For five days after Verena had her post-concussive attack, she could not walk and had no feeling from her knees on down. She was a different person and needed our full-time attention. Verena is normally a sweet, quiet caring girl and during this time she was just the opposite. It was very hard on us see her like this.

Verena had been in this same condition for five days after her brain concussion, then she had five good days where she could walk and was her normal self again. Then she had five bad days again . Last Thursday I took her to physical therapy and the therapist thought Verena seemed weaker, which was discouraging. Verena was also extra quiet, and slept on the way home. When we arrived back we were going to put her into a wheelchair, but she woke up and asked where she was. Then she told Joe “I can walk, I don’t need the wheelchair.” Just like that she was her normal self again and could walk. The feelings in her legs came back, too.

We were so shocked at the sudden change. It is like she has five bad days and then five good days and then five bad days again.

Tomorrow will be the fifth day again and we pray she will not have another attack. Right now more than ever we need to let God be in control. The miracle of it all is she has no memory loss except for the 10 days she couldn’t walk and wasn’t herself.

Her energy seems to be back to normal and we need to remind her to not make herself too tired. The brain works in such marvelous and mysterious ways that it is difficult for even the neurologist to give us an explanation.

During the 10 days when Verena couldn’t walk I got a glimpse of what some families to have to tend to with special needs children and invalids. It takes so much time and patience.

We are behind in our garden work. With all the rain it has not dried off enough to hoe and till, although we have been doing some weeding. Now it looks cloudy and rainy again. Sure hope the clothes dry on the line before it rains. We re now also enjoying the red potatoes from the garden and have been enjoying peas for awhile. Lovina and Kevin will sit out in the garden and eat the peas right from the plant. They take a small bowl out and bring in some for Verena. It seems our children like the peas raw but when I heat them up they do not like them.

I want to thank all of you readers so much for your cards, encouragement, and support for us during these weeks!
 It was chicken butchering time up here recently, so this is a good recipe.

CHICKEN
BISCUIT STEW

1/4 cup margarine or butter
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
3/4 cup milk
1 cup potatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup carrots, diced
1 cup peas
1 1/3 cup chicken broth
2 cups cooked chicken
1/3 cup onions
1 tube refrigerated biscuits or make your own

Melt butter and add flour, salt, or pepper. Over low heat, add milk to form a white sauce, stirring until thick.  In a separate saucepan, boil potatoes, carrots, and peas and drain. Add to white sauce. Add broth, chicken and onions. Put into a greased 9x13 pan and top with the biscuits. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.