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Authors: Mary Ann Kinsinger

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A Surprise for Lily

BOOK: A Surprise for Lily
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© 2013 by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger

Published by Revell

a division of Baker Publishing Group

P.O. Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287

Ebook edition created 2013

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—for example, electronic, photocopy, recording—without the prior written permission of the publisher. The only exception is brief quotations in printed reviews.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is on file at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

ISBN 978-1-4412-4456-7

Scripture quotations, whether quoted or paraphrased, are from the King James Version of the Bible.

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is coincidental.

Published in association with Joyce Hart of The Hartline Literary Agency, LLC

Praise for the Adventures of Lily Lapp series

“A simple look at Amish life through the eye of a child; great book for a group or family read; short chapters to hold little ones'
attentions; easy to read for ages 8–12; entertaining.”

Christian Manifesto

“This is truly a gem. Similar to the Little House on the Prairie stories, we learn about the Amish way of life and get to meet several of Lily's family's friends and relatives. This is an excellent book for young readers; it offers a different perspective and point of view while still entertaining.”

Fiction Addict

“Adults' concerns about making ends meet, illness, and death lap at Lily's life, but her parents prove an unbreachable levee, protecting her and their way of life. The simple prose focused on daily living will appeal to those who like realistic fiction.”

Publishers Weekly

“Lily enjoys the adventures of each new day. As you travel with her, you'll learn the Amish way of life. The humor and wonderment of childhood is worth the read.”

RT Book Reviews

From Mary Ann

To my four children—each of you have
brought so much joy into my life.

From Suzanne

To my new little granddaughter,
Kaitlyn Paige, my first.
I've been waiting for you!



Title Page    

Copyright Page    

Praise for the Adventures of Lily Lapp series    


1. Lily's First and Last Rowboat Trip    

2. The Disappearing Garden Boot    

3. Finding Dozer    

4. Life with a Crazy Puppy    

5. The Magazine Article    

6. Saying Goodbye to Grandpa Lapp    

7. Lily's First Day of School    

8. Harvey Hershberger Moves to Town   

9. Who's the Next Bishop?    

10. A Talk with Mama    

11. A Wedding    

12. The Chicken Pops    

13. Papa Saves the Day    

14. A Visitor on Christmas Eve    

15. The School Board Comes Calling at Whispering Pines    

16. Beth and the House Fire    

17. Lily Has an Almost-Sister    

18. The Trouble with Harvey Hershberger    

19. Visiting Teaskoota    

20. Dozer's Nose for Trouble    

21. Jim    

22. Aaron Yoder Up to Bat    

23. Mama's Birthday Dress    

24. Nearly Losing Dannie    

25. Kentucky Auction    

26. Grandma's Stories    

27. Papa's Flight    

28. The Train Tunnel    

29. A Very Mad Bull    

Questions about the Amish    

About the Authors    

Other Books by the Authors    

Back Ads    

Back Cover    

Lily's First and Last Rowboat Trip

ll morning, Lily hurried to pull weeds in the garden. As soon as she finished, Mama said, she could spend the rest of the day at Cousin Hannah's house. After Lily had worked so hard in the hot August sun, only to rush over to Hannah's house, she arrived to disappointment. Hannah was helping her mother can peaches in a steamy kitchen. Next to weeding the garden on a hot summer day, Lily's least favorite job was to can fruit.

One by one, Aunt Mary halved the peaches and Hannah and Lily dropped the peaches into clean glass jars. When the last jar was filled, the girls washed their sticky hands under the faucet, happy to be free to spend the rest of the day outdoors.

Hannah grabbed a loaf of bread from the shelf in the pantry. “Let's feed the fish in our pond.”

“Does your mother mind if we use that bread?” Lily asked.

“Nope,” Hannah said. “We always feed stale bread to the fish. This bread was baked yesterday, so it isn't fresh any longer.”

The bread was stale after just one day? That wasn't Mama's way of thinking. But Lily wanted to help Hannah feed the fish so she didn't say another word about it. No indeed! Not one word.

“We have a surprise by the pond,” Hannah said as they hurried down the dirt path that led through the pasture to the pond.

“Will I like it?” Lily asked. Hannah was much more bold and adventurous than she was. It wouldn't surprise her if Hannah had something horrible and frightening to show her, like an ugly bullfrog or a snake with pointy fangs.

Hannah skipped along. “Oh, you'll like it a lot.”

When the girls reached the pond, Lily spotted an old, worn-out green rowboat along the shoreline. “A boat?”

“Yes! My dad bought it last week and gives us rides in it every evening. I can even help row it.”

“Why is it upside down?”

“Dad flips it upside down each night so no water can get inside if it rains,” Hannah said. “Help me turn it over so you can see what it looks like on the inside.”

Lily bent down to help Hannah lift the rowboat. It was heavier than it looked. They lifted as hard as they could. Lily was afraid it might slip and come crashing down right on top of their fingers. With one final grunt and an extra hard shove, they managed to push the boat upright so that it toppled over. The girls puffed and panted, impressed with their own strength.

The interior of the boat had two smoothly varnished bench seats. Hannah climbed in. “Let's sit inside to feed the fish.”

Lily scrambled into the boat to join her. They broke off bits of bread from the loaf. Now and then, if they watched carefully as they tossed a piece of bread into the water, a fish would snap the bait and the bread would disappear, leaving only bubbles behind. Dragonflies skated over the surface of the still water.

“Do you see the water lilies growing on the other side of the pond? I helped my dad plant them this spring.” Hannah sighed. “I don't think I'll see them when they grow big and tall.”

Lily tossed a piece of bread out farther. “Why not?”

Hannah lowered her voice to a whisper. “I think we're going to move.”

Lily froze. It felt as if she had just been hit by a rock and was in that in-between moment before it hurt so terribly. “Why?” she asked. “But why? I thought your family was happy here.”

“I like it here just fine,” Hannah said. “But Levi and I have been eavesdropping on Mama and Papa. We've heard them say things like, ‘It didn't take the children long to make new friends here, so they shouldn't have any problem making new friends again.'”

It couldn't be true! It just couldn't. Surely, Lily's parents would have heard about it. After all, Mama and Aunt Mary were sisters. Hannah must have misheard. She was known for mixing things up and starting rumors based on her mix-ups. Hannah had a flair for the dramatic.

Lily couldn't bear to think of Hannah moving away. So she did what she always did when she didn't want to think about something. She changed the subject. “It would be fun to feed the fish out in the middle of the pond.”

“We could row the boat out there,” Hannah said.

Lily hesitated. “I've never rowed a boat.”

“Oh, it's a snap!” Hannah said, snapping her fingers to show Lily just how easy it was. “I could teach you.” She tossed the loaf of bread into the bottom of the boat and hopped out. “Help me push the boat into the water.”

The two girls pushed and shoved, pushed and shoved. The bottom of the boat scraped over stones and dirt to the edge of the pond. Hannah held the boat steady and told Lily to get in.

Lily climbed over the side and sat down quickly. The rocking motion made her feel as if she might pitch right over the side. Hannah scrambled in, tipping the boat wildly while Lily clutched her seat. Then she unclipped the oars from the side of the boat and handed one to Lily. Hannah jammed an oar into the bank to push off. She fit each oar through a lock, a steel hook, on each side of the boat. “Just watch and do what I do.”

The oar felt heavy and clumsy in Lily's hands as she tried to dip it into the water to paddle. It was much harder than it looked. The boat drifted out toward the middle of the pond as Lily tried to help Hannah row. Instead of going in a nice straight line they kept going around and around in circles. It wasn't long before Hannah grew impatient with Lily's feeble rowing. “You need to dip your oar deeper into the water to paddle.” She rowed harder to show Lily exactly what she meant, pulling the water with hardly a ripple.

“I can't do it exactly like you're doing,” Lily said. Her frustration built, minute by minute. “You couldn't paddle very well either if you were sitting on this side of the boat.”

“Oh, yes I could,” Hannah said. “Let's trade places and I'll show you.” She got up to move to Lily's side of the boat.
The boat rocked and Lily quickly gripped her seat with both hands to steady herself.

“Oh no! Why did you do that?”

Lily looked up at her in surprise. “Do what? What did I do?”

“The oar! You've dropped the oar into the water.”

Lily felt her mouth drop open. She had been so concerned about the boat tipping over that she had let go of the oar! It was floating away from the boat.

“We have to get it so we can row back to the shore,” Hannah said.

The girls leaned over the side of the boat to try to reach the oar, but it was just beyond their reach. They stretched a little farther, then a little bit more. Then Lily got the scare of her life. The boat tilted so far that the girls spilled headfirst into the water.

Lily couldn't swim! She kicked and flailed, panicking, sure she was going to drown. Her head popped up out of the water and she coughed. One hand brushed the side of the boat, and she managed to grab it and hang on. Hannah had grabbed the boat, too. Her eyes were wide with fright as she looked at Lily.

“How do we get back in?” Lily asked, struggling to hold on to the slippery boat.

“I don't think we can,” Hannah said.

“Then there's only one thing we can do,” Lily said. “Help!”

Hannah chimed in. “Help! Help!” Over and over they called out, but the pond was quite a distance from the house. Most likely, Aunt Mary couldn't even hear them calling, and Levi was helping Uncle Elmer build mini barns. The machinery was probably making too much noise for them to hear the girls' cries for help. Lily's arms grew tired from hanging on to the side of the boat and her voice was getting hoarse from yelling so much. She wished she had never stepped foot in that boat.

Just when Lily was sure she and Hannah would drown, Aunt Mary came running. “Hang on to the boat!” she called from the pond's edge. “I'll get help.” She turned and ran to get Uncle Elmer from the barn.

The sight of Uncle Elmer running toward the pond, as fast as he could, was one of the best visions Lily had ever seen. They weren't going to die after all! He didn't even stop to remove his shoes when he got to the edge of the water. He jumped right in and swam out to the middle of the pond. He helped them climb into the boat and then started swimming slowly back to the shore, pushing the boat as he swam.

Once Hannah and Lily were safely on the bank, Uncle
Elmer dragged himself out of the pond and lay in the grass, panting and coughing. Aunt Mary put a hand on each of the girls' shoulders and marched them back to the house. “I thought you knew better than to go out on that boat by yourself,” she said to Hannah.

“It's my fault,” Lily said quietly. “I thought it would be fun to feed the fish from the middle of the pond.”

Aunt Mary didn't say anything else to the girls other than to send them upstairs to Hannah's room to change into dry clothes.

As soon as Lily was in a dry dress borrowed from Hannah, she decided to go home. This afternoon hadn't turned out very well.

Aunt Mary stopped her at the door and handed her a note. “Give this to your mother when you get home.”

Oh no.
Not a
! Why did grown-ups always feel the need to inform each other of their children's misdeeds? Why couldn't some things be left unsaid? Lily slipped the note into her dress pocket and trudged home. It wasn't the best day of her life.

Mama had a curious look on her face when she saw Lily come into the house with Hannah's dress on. “Did something happen today?”

“I . . . might have . . . fallen . . . into the pond,” Lily said. She handed Aunt Mary's note to Mama and saw a look of concern sweep over her.

“Oh Lily,” Mama said, “you could have drowned! Why would you go out in a pond when you don't even know how to swim?” She clapped her hands to her cheeks.

“When are you going to learn to stop and think about what could happen
you get yourself into trouble?”

But it wasn't easy to anticipate every disaster. Mama made it sound so simple, but it was so much easier for Lily to know what things she shouldn't have done after she had done them.

Mama shook her head, exasperated. “Change your clothes before you get Hannah's dress dirty or torn.”

Lily went up to her bedroom to change her clothes, then stopped abruptly on the top step. In the terror of nearly drowning, she had completely forgotten the other terrible news. Hannah might be moving away! The thought of saying goodbye to Hannah was the next worst thing to drowning that could happen to Lily. She galloped down the stairs and burst into the kitchen. “Mama! Is Hannah moving away?”

Mama looked up from the stove, startled. It took her a moment to answer. She took the pot off the burner and set it on the back of the stove. Then she crossed the room to Lily and sat in a chair, pointing out the chair next to her for Lily to use. As Lily sat, a terrible feeling started in her stomach. “Yes. Aunt Mary and Uncle Elmer want to move.”

Lily tried to blink back the tears that were stinging her eyes. “But why?”

“Uncle Elmer's father is retiring from farming. He asked them to come live on their farm.”

There was no stopping Lily's tears now. They spilled down her cheeks, one after the other. “When?” she asked, barely a whisper. “When will Hannah move away?”

“As soon as their farm sells,” Mama said gently. She brushed the tears off Lily's cheeks. “Don't cry. Life is full of changes. Even if we feel sad that they'll be moving away, we know it's the right thing for them to do. And you and Hannah can always write letters to each other. Once a year, we'll be sure to visit them.”

Once a year didn't sound nearly often enough to see Cousin Hannah. She was just about to say so to Mama, but then she noticed that Mama's eyes looked bright and shiny, as if she might be trying not to cry. It dawned on Lily that she had been thinking only about how much she would miss Hannah. Aunt Mary was Mama's sister. “Don't worry, Mama,” Lily said, patting her shoulder. “Maybe their farm will take a long time to sell.”

“Maybe so.” Mama gave her a shaky smile before she rose and went back to the stove.

Lily was still upset, but she tried to put on a brave front. For Mama's sake.

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