Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Carrots, beets, potatoes, and corn

Canning may not seem like very hard work, but it is! 
On this day I was canning beets and carrots.  As you can see in the background we had pizza, dessert pizza, and bread sticks from Pizza Ranch for supper. It was so good! It helped that I was really hungry!

Carrots and beets

Hurray! All done!

The Norland Red Potatoes were ready to be harvested... So KK, Sam, and I dug them up.

I'm trying to keep track of which variety did better. There were about 106# of potatoes from this variety.

KK helped me wash them

Aren't they pretty?

Yucky water!

We scrub, rinse,  dry, and bag them

After that process is done, we cut them up into cubes (and cut off bad spots)

We place them on a pan that has parchment paper on it and cook them at 400* for 24 minutes.

Waiting for the timer to go off

After they have cooked we put them in another pan to cool down for a bit before we put them in bags!

Just a little fun fact, our refrigerator broke down, so we had lots of coolers sitting around! :)

I also harvested some of our corn... Sam helped me shuck it.

A funny looking bug

This was strange! It was a corn cob with a mushroom growing out of the top!

I also harvested Daddy's favorite potatoes (Yukon Gold)

Family and Cattle

Sweet Alaina

Ryan protecting his baby

Virginia and Nathan with a pillow Emmie gave them

Talitha is now five months along! Only four more months!

I have been giving Talitha and Buddy corn husks, which they enjoy. :)

Isn't Buddy getting big? He's a good boy. :)

Nathan and Virginia's Reception

We had a reception for Nathan and Virginia in Griswold.
We had water, sun tea, and ice coffee

Cake balls, cookies, lemon bars, bean dip and chips, and fruit

Orange, chocolate, and vanilla.

Emmie thought up these decorations

Isn't Joseph so CUTE?? 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

"Certainly I will be with thee;"

I wrote this post a while ago, but never finished it. So even though it is rather scattered, I decided to post it anyway.


I have been slowly studying the story of Gideon and how the Lord used him to deliver Israel from the Midianites. While I was studying it I began to think about Moses and his reaction to the Lord's calling.
So I went through and wrote down the excuses both Gideon and Moses had for God...

1. 'Wherewith shall I save Israel?'
2. Where are the miracles our fathers talked about?
3. Why has the Lord forsaken us?
4. My family is poor
5. 'I am the least in my father's house'

God's Reply:
"Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man."
He gives him the sign of the angel, fleece, and the barley loaf dream.

1. 'Who am I?'
2. They won't believe me
3. They won't listen to me
4. I'm not eloquent

God's Reply:
"Certainly I will be with thee;"
"What is that in thine hand?" God gives him thee signs to show the Elders of Israel (the third sign, only if they don't believe)
"Now therefore GO, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say."

I love to see how the Lord was very gracious to Gideon because he was humble in his requests for signs. After God told Gideon He'd be with him, he didn't come to God with problems and reasons why he couldn't go.
Gideon I think to an extent was doubting God's justice and goodness, but though unsure of himself, he obeyed the Lord.
In Judges 6:28-32 God protected Gideon from the worshippers of Baal who wanted to kill him for the destruction he did to the grove and alter of Baal.
In Judges 7:9-14 God gave him a dream and a glimpse into the Midianite army's position. He did it to take away Gideon's fears and to strengthen his hand for the battle. It gave me a glimpse into the heart of God. I think that Gideon would have went into the battle afraid. Trusting God, but afraid. I wonder if he had faith in God in his "head", but it hadn't reached deep down in his heart yet.
Don't you think that it is God's heart for us to go into battle with NO fear? I believe it is! But if I'm afraid, I like Gideon, need to GO! Gideon didn't wait for God to give him peace. He just went.
But he did not go in blind faith, he made sure he was doing the Lord's will. I think that's important. Otherwise I could be running ahead of God.

I tend to be more like Moses, much to my chagrin. :(

1. Who am I?
2. I don't know what to say
3. They will be angry at me
4. I'm not educated enough
5. I'll get confused
6. I don't even have answers to some of my questions
7. I look different
8. I'll look like a fanatic
9. I struggle too much with my spiritual life to be of any help to others
10. etc. etc. etc.

So my challenge? To take God at His Word and trust Him!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Little Buddy and Talitha + Gardening

Here are some comparison pictures of Buddy from about two months ago when I got him and now...

Buddy at about two weeks old...

Buddy now...

Buddy at about two weeks old

Buddy now...

Buddy at two months old (this was just after he got shots... so he was a little upset because he had to be separated some Talitha for about two hours)
Me thinks he will be a monster soon...

Yes, Buddy, I can see you.

He is eating grass now...

Sam and I picked all the carrots and beets.

Sam is such a big help! 

A box of carrots

Sam and I cut off the tops and the bottoms

Hummm... where did all the carrots go?

Ah here's where they went! They seem to be mostly made up of tops. :)

Sam and I also dug up a row of potatoes (we got 24#) and then washed and cooked some for supper. They were very yummy!

Yesterday evening I went outside to take pictures of Talitha and Buddy.
I usually have a following of either cats, dogs, or a person. :)
This time I had Sam, Watson, and Opal