Thank you for the kind emails of concern since I haven't posted in a few days. Some days....things just get busy and other priorities trump the blog. However, yesterday was an emotional day...I don't want to go into too much detail, as I don't know how much my mother would want her health splashed across the 'net...but I *will* say that a strange migraine and horrible blood pressure issues persuaded us to take my mom to the ER. I thank God that he layed that on our hearts and that my mom, although reluctantly, agreed to go...for when we got there we found that she was close to possibly having a stroke. It was so scary...my eyes fill up with tears at the thought of losing my mother. We are so close and I couldn't imagine living my life without her in it. I know my dad would just crumble, he loves her so. She is a constant in all of our lives...full of love, encouragement, support, help, and faith. I am so thankful for her! Now we wait while the doctors help her to get her meds to keep her blood pressure at healthy numbers.
In addition to all that I mentioned above, our days have been full and busy. Dishes, sweeping, dusting, washing and hanging out laundry and other housework keeps me busy each day...as well as knitting I am doing, playing games with the children, weeding at the garden (although with the days of heat, I wasn't very good at keeping up with it), quiet times with God and scripture memorization with my children... and now...some of the green and yellow beans, from the garden, are ready! Time to start canning!
Playing Go Fish with my children...
I finished the dishcloth I had mentioned in THIS post and gave it to my friend, who warmed my heart as she lovingly accepted it with joy! Some people don't really appreciate receiving a homemade gift...it's always so wonderful when the recipient is a homemade-things-lover. I was *so* pleased to find out my friend was one of those recipients! :)
Now that some of the days have been a bit cooler (not in the 90's like before)...I enjoy sitting in the living room working on my knitting and having lit candles in view. I love the look and *smell* of candles. :)
After taking the children to our church, last night, for VBS Sports Camp...Chris and I got out in the garden. We weeded and picked some green and yellow beans that were ready. Not all of them were ready yet...but we picked what we could.
So we got home and while I washed and boiled jars...Chris sat and snapped the beans...(Isn't he so sweet? ;)...
I washed up the beans, filled up the jars with them (and some salt and hot water). Sealed them up and into the canner they went! :)
Out of the beans we got picked, we only got 4 quarts canned. I am thankful for those quarts and look forward to doing more, soon!
I have been canning for 3 years, or so, now. Each year, I would get nervous about canning...afraid I would forget how to do something correctly. This year though, I *knew* what I was doing and was comfortable with it. :) If you are a beginner canner and it seems like a stressful process...just keep with it. It *will* become an easier process for you after some practice! :) If you aren't a canner...and would like to start...I recommend you get and watch The Art of Canning from Homestead Blessings. I am a visual learner, myself, and I think this instructional video is a valuable thing for beginners.
Well, time is slipping by me, ever so quickly and although we got the housework mostly done already, this morning, I have a few more things to accomplish plus would like to go see my mom. My sister also celebrated her birthday yesterday! If you have a moment, I know she would love you to visit her BLOG and say hello! :)
Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a lovely Wednesday!
**The verse my children and I are memorizing together this week:
and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.