This week I thought I’d share an interview with Ella Fisher, Lydia’s mom. A Home for Lydia is the 2nd book in the Pebble Creek series, and it opens with Lydia surveying the damage caused by a recent flood.
Ella, tell me about your family. We have a fairly small family by Amish standards – only 6 children. Lydia is the oldest at 22. Then there’s Clara, Stephen, Martha, Amanda and Sally Ann. They’re good children, and Menno and I feel blessed to have them.
Your husband, Menno, has suffered with illness the last few years. Ya, but God is good. Menno’s mind is still sharp, and he’s a strong leader for our family even though he might be physically weak. I’ll admit some days are hard. It’s always difficult to see a loved one suffer, but Menno is my rock. He’s all I ever wanted in a husband, and I love him dearly.
Let’s talk about Lydia. How do you feel about her working at the cabins? Oh, it’s been a good job, and we’re glad she has it. I worry a little, now that she’s there alone. Ervin died so sudden-like. No one was expecting it, least of all his wife, Elizabeth. God saw that Ervin’s life was complete, and God will provide a way for the cabins to stay open if it’s in accordance with his will.
Do you enjoy living in Pebble Creek? I do. We all do. Wisconsin is beautiful, filled with good farming land and plenty of jobs if you’re willing to work hard. The men in our families love to fish in the creek and hunt in the fall. The thing I like most about Pebble Creek is the way we all pull together, we help one another, and we worship the Lord together. It’s a good place to live, and a fine place to raise a family.
I know you have cooking and cleaning to do, so I’m going to let you go. Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. We try to always be friendly to any Englischers who happen by. If you have time, you go down the road to Irene’s. She sews bonnets and dolls and such. I know she’d be happy to have you visit.
Ella is a minor character in the story, A Home for Lydia, but she’s very important to Lydia. I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief glimpse into life in Pebble Creek.