Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Some Thoughts

This is an excerpt from one of the chapters in a book I’ve been enjoying, Edith Schaffer’s  The hidden Art of Homemaking.”

…”But there are spiritual lessons to be learned—examples in the garden that cannot be learned so vividly anywhere else.

“I am the vine, ye are the branches,” says Jesus –and when one works with vines having branches the practical reality brings the words alive.  “He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

“Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.”  One sits on the ground with a grain of wheat or with a kernel of corn and thinks of this as one pushes it into the ground, gets dirt in one’s fingernails in the process, and pats it with the palm of the hand “But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”  Is it going to rot there, watered and buried, out if sight in the darkness—dead, in such a real sense?  Dig it up and see the discouraging ‘first appearances after a day or so—but wait, with water and warmth of sun, with the life within ready to burst, suddenly the first sprouts of appear and you can watch day by day week by week and begin really to feel the reality of what Jesus said as that one grain multiplies itself.  “He that loveth his life shall lose it, and he that losesth his life for my sake shall find it.”  

One sighs as one gradually realizes that there is simplicity here, and great and complicated depth all at the same time.  

A Few Garden Pictures

I love this time of morning.  If you can see the little white dot...that's the moon. 
So beautiful!

Come on little grapes!  Hurry up and ripen!  :-) 

It's really fun to pick green beans that are hanging over your head!

Harvest time has been keeping me pretty busy. Loads of tomatoes have been ripening, as well as a few pumpkins, more beans and cucumbers.  Today I picked a good amount of blackberries, and will can my family's favorite blackberry syrup tomorrow. 


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Birthday Festivities

Timmy turns 7 today! 

He really wanted to go to the Puyallup fair, so last weekend we decided to take him
 Thankfully all of us kids were free! :-)
Timmy and Joe rode lots of rides.

And so did my sisters and Kyle!  I think they really enjoyed that.

As for me, I got quite a bit of reading done :-) 

I want this sheep!
I know, I know, it's a sin to covet. lol

Gotta love that face!


Joe did Mutton-Bustin' this year; he held on to that sheep until the very end!

It is always entertaining to watch the draft horse shows!

More cuteness!!!!!!!

Here's Benjamin's "scrunchy-face". 
He's the king of facial expressions :-)

It was great fun watching the Konzelmans.  They are a very talented family. 

Timmy won the tractor pull! ( He was sort of tied with an 11 year old girl.)
There's my Joe!!!!!!!

I love all the lights at nighttime!

I got to ride the sky-ride with Victoria.  We really enjoyed that! 

Last night we had Timmy's official birthday celebration at Meemom and Papa Bob's house.
Didn't Victoria do an excellent job on the cake?!

A couple of happy guys!


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Super-Duper, Awesome-Possum, Laundry Soap!

This was a really neat find.  In all my soap making research, I stumbled upon quite a few articles about making your own laundry soap.  What a great money-saver, I thought.
Today I tried it out, and guess what; it took me about 5min total!  :o)
LOVE it!
So here’s the recipe:
½ bar grated Fels Naptha soap  (or any other soap you want you use)
½ C. Washing Soda
½ C. Borax

Dissolve the soap scraps in a pot with 5 C. of water.  Turn off the heat, add borax and washing soda.  Mix well and pour into a 2 gallon bucket.  Fill bucket with warm water up to within 3 inches of the top.  The mixture will thicken as it cools.  This makes about 40 C. detergent. 

You can buy boxes of washing soda and borax for about 5.00 each, and the Fels Naptha soap is under a dollar a bar!  If you make your own soap, like I do, you can use that instead.  I didn’t use any of mine this time, because the store-bought stuff is a little cheaper.  One thing is for sure though; mine smells a lot better than the Fels Naptha.

If you want to, save on old detergent despenser and use it to despense your home-made stuff :o)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Fun Video :-)

These are mostly older pictures of our family.
Turn up your volume and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lots and lotsa tomatoes!

Today I turned about 9lbs of tomatoes into salsa.  Well, actually, I'm still making them into salsa.  It's kind of an all day thing ;-)
But thanks to a dear friend who lent me her strainer, the process went quite a bit faster!  I don't know what I would have done without it.

I didn't know I grew a yellow tomato plant!

Now I know what blossom end rot is.  A couple plants of a certain variety are not resistant apparently.  All of my Roma tomatoes are just fine. 

                                        A Civil War soldier once observed:
“I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do great things,
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy,
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men,
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing I asked for—but everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
 I am, among all men, most richly blessed.”


The result of our prayers is not by any means always measurable or predictable because the One to whom we address our prayers is infinite and incomprehensible.” 
 ~Elisabeth Elliot

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Joe Dirt

Extremely, impossibly, unbelievably, adorably cute. 
That's our farmer Joe.  He doesn't just wear the words, he lives by them.  He and Timmy have been enjoying the big dirt hill in the front area of our yard.  They come in caked sometimes!

Joe was very exited about this hat that a nice man gave him at a garage sale.  :-)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Adoption of Benjamin Bowes

My sister Valerie has been working long and hard on a very special video about a very special little guy…our new brother Benjamin Justice Bowes.  I am excited to post and share this incredible video that she put together for him.  When he gets a little older, we can’t wait to show him all of the people that loved on him and prayed for him and for the entire adoption process.  THANK YOU everyone for all of your prayers!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Adoption Day!!!!

Benjamin Justice Bowes is officially, totally, completely OURS! :-)

Here we are waiting to go into the court room

The Kunkles (who are some dear friends from church) joined us in the courtroom on that happy day. 

The whole family standing before the judge

And now standing behind him :-)

Mr. Kunkle took many videos and pictures for us!

Here we are afterwards, standing beside the court building.  It's fun watching people and looking at all the huge buildings!

I admit it, Seattle is a really neat place.  Wouldn't ever want to live there, but it is fascinating to see and visit every now and then. 

We went down to the waterfront to feed the seagulls and eat at Ivar's.

Benjamin started to get tired....I don't blame him, because we woke him up and left our house at 4am!

Isn't this an awesome picture?!!!

Silly head!

The king and his servants :-)

Joe drove us there and back. LOL

In the evening we went to Meemom and Papa Bob's for dinner and to celebrate.  Meemom made her delicious, famous goulash and cornbread mmm! :-)

Benjamin was happy that Richie came to join the fun!