Yoders seek help in naming next arrival

Gloria Yoder - The Amish Cook

Time keeps marching faster than I can keep up with — I can hardly believe that I’m almost halfway through my waiting period for our little darling, who is due in July.

As of now, we don’t know whether it’ll be a boy or girl, but then what does it matter, either way, we love him or her to pieces. It’s like I told my cousin the other day — even if this is child number six, I have never before been more in love with my unborn child.

Why, I think it is some of the best moments of life. My joy knew no limits a couple of weeks ago when we got out our doppler and got the baby’s heartbeat for the first time, and then last week put the “icing on the cake” when we used our ultrasound machine for the first time and watched the cutest hands, less than an inch long waving happily.

Ah, there are no words for those most unbelievable moments. Julia and Austin were elated to be able to see it for themselves.

The children can’t wait; every evening before Julia goes to bed, the two of us have some quality moments together, then I ask her, “What shall we talk about?”

Without fail, she’ll respond with, “About when the baby is coming!”

While some Amish communities stick with using only one name, in our community most of us go by two names besides our last name.

My second name is Beth, named after my mother’s girlhood best friend.

Choosing a name for the baby is a highlight. In some Amish communities, names get re-used a lot, naming their little ones after family members or friends — sometimes people start using nicknames to cut down on confusion.

While I like naming my children after people I appreciate, the more significant issue to me is that it is a name with an appropriate meaning that Daniel and I are fully agreed on. I don’t know what the baby will be named as of yet, but I am eager to keep looking for ideas and brainstorming about it.

This time my prayer is that God would show Daniel what the final decision will be. I like the accounts in the Bible where God gave the inspiration for names that fitted the newborn child.

Daniel suggested that I invited your input and ideas for baby names. So, if you have some ideas about what may be a good fit for our family, jot down and pop them in the mail — we’d love that, for sure!

A dish that I have enjoyed over the past months is Grandma’s creamy noodles. You may also recall that I had mentioned that I’ll fill you in on how Julia’s noodles turned out.

They turned out fantastic! Now here is a recipe for you to try for yourself!


1 quart chicken broth

1 quart water

4 teaspoons chicken bouillon

1 1 /2 teaspoons salt

1 pound medium noodles

1 (10½ oz.) can cream of chicken soup*

1 /2 cup melting cheese (such as Velveeta)

Bring first four ingredients to a boil in a large kettle.In the meanwhile, melt butter over medium heat, continue to heat until butter is nice and brown then add cheese and chicken soup, keep heating until cheese has melted.

Once the water mixture comes to a boil add noodles and bring to a boil again. Next add butter mixture and remove from heat. Let set a couple hours and the noodles are ready to stir and eat! You can always add more or less liquid to strike your fancy.

Gloria Yoder is an Amish mom, writer, and homemaker in rural Illinois. Readers can write to Gloria at 10510 E. 350th Ave., Flat Rock, IL 62427.


Gloria Yoder

The Amish Cook