Tuesday, August 30, 2011


We went peach picking today.

She loved this game...

We gave them to her and she threw them really hard into the basket.

They will need to be canned right away. I'm so glad Hubby likes to can.

This reminds me of a Mary Engelbriet notepad I have that says...

Step out on a limb...that's where the fruit is.

I made some tomato soup with just about the last of the tomatoes today.

It is so very delicious, maybe the best I've ever tasted. The recipe is from here. I used a fraction of the sugar and forgot the basil-even though I have a ton of it in the garden-oops.

What is with me posting 3 days in a row?

Monday, August 29, 2011


Like so many, it is something I never thought I'd do. Frankly, it's not something I had ever heard much about until moving to Lancaster 9 years ago with our then, 2 children in 5th and 6th grades. Here we are 9 years later, 2 more children 7 and 1.

We homeschooled dd7 through preschool, I wrestled with the idea of Kindergarten and we wound up sending her. As it turned out I learned I was pregnant that fall. Go knows, pregnancy is hard for me. I know that is why she went to Kindergarten that year. She was home for first grade with her infant sister and we began 2nd grade this morning.

Sometimes I have doubts about homeschooling, like today, as I peeked out the front window and saw the Moms chatting after all their little ones had left on the bus. I asked/prayed, are you sure Lord that you wouldn't want my time freed up so I could do other things...? I felt a little tinge of jealousy as I thought about those Moms going into there quiet, soon to be spotless homes with the day spread out before them all to themselves to do what they wanted. (Yes, I know that is a total exaggeration-it just felt like that)

Then, I recalled once more what my daughter said during prayer time this morning. She said, "thank you Lord for the gift of homeschooling"! It came freely from her lips, from her own heart and mind.

These words were an incredible gift to me!

We proceded with our lessons, they went very well. In religion we talked about where God is, everywhere! She did handwriting, language arts, science, math. She made a banana/strawberry/blueberry smoothie for us for snack time. She flew her kite at recess, she read a book to me. Then her big sister came home and offered to take her and the baby to the park for a picnic lunch.

I am feeling very blessed at this moment. I really do know there is nothing better or more worthwhile that I could do with my days then to raise/teach my children to know, love and serve God.
He knows so well what I need. Be it a little affirmation, maybe a few minutes to myself, both of which I was given by Him through my daughters today.

I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost

Sunday, August 28, 2011