Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Boys are made for work

Well, it is pretty funny when your 9 year old says " if I had more work for my hands to do I wouldn't need a TV". This was after spending time helping to fix the pump at the farm. Thank you Lou, he had a great time "working like a man".
Boys need that time to fix things, build things, and feel that accomplishment. It is one of the things that drives us to look at moving to a more rural area. Kids need to run, play, and work. They love appreciating God's wonderful creation and all that it holds. As we vacation this summer I know it will be different because we are thinking about the way in which God is pulling us... maybe for our sake.... maybe for the children's sake.... but definitely to fulfill HIS purpose. Searching to glorify God in all that we do.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Preparing for the harvest

Just about the time we get used to picking fresh vegetables and fruit we have to start thinking about preserving the harvest for winter. Right in the middle of a 90 degree day we have to think about the coldest day of the year and what we will be eating. I love pulling a jar of sauce, pickles, or berry jam from my pantry shelf in January. So this year I made up a simple form to start to keep track of what I make each year. Some years are great for tomatoes and other years give a bumper crop of cucumbers. It took time at first to figure out how much we would eat over the winter but I am the one in charge of the pantry so I can space out when we use various canned items. This year we will hopefully can tomatoes, pickles, and maybe a few new items.
Happy Harvesting and Happy 4th of July!