Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Time in the kitchen...

Summer is a great time for eating and cooking fresh veggies. It's also a great time to think about putting up veggies for fall and winter months. So, Rebekah and I cut up lots of squash to put up for coming months.

Putting up veggies just got easier, and lots more fun! Our friend Miss Lynda saw our post about our love for peas, and noticed we were using plain old freezer bags to store our peas. Well, Miss Lynda recommended the FoodSaver to us. I went to work researching the FoodSaver. Then I consulted Arthur about the FoodSaver, he thought it would be a good investment and gave me the go ahead to purchase one. Rebekah and I sealed up 13 quarts of squash in a matter of minutes. Using the FoodSaver was so much fun, it made the job seem like a game....I know it takes little to entertain me :) Thanks Miss Lynda for the tip ;)

Yesterday, I got busy in the kitchen with a few projects. I cooked several pounds of ground beef for future meals, then placed it in the freezer.

I cooked up some sweet potatoes to make into baby food for Miss Ruth Ella.

I saved the Gerber plastic containers for homemade baby food, they even work well for freezing.

After the sweet potatoes (SP) cooled I label the lids. The nice thing about the labels is that they peel right off, making it easy to reuse the Gerber containers.

Now there were enough sweet potatoes left that I could make my kids favorite roll/biscuit. Our kids love sweet potato biscuits so much that they'll choose eat them over dessert. They taste best when made with fresh ground wheat. I got this recipe from the Bread Beckers cookbook, I also really like their website along with all their products.

These are drop biscuits, we have found that an ice cream scooper makes a great size biscuit.

The sweet potato biscuits were gobbled up quick last night with dinner. With this just being the start of summer I know we have many long days ahead of us in the kitchen canning, cooking, and eating. I'm looking forward to it, because along with all of those things comes wonderful fellowship with loved ones.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

What should all little girls from the South learn at an early age?

Photo by : Amanda

All little girls should learn the fine art of sipping tea.
Miss Ruth Ella is well on her way to becoming
a Southern Belle ;)

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Quote of the day...

"There's my Daddy, he's MY fav-rite"
By: Wesley
Yep, that sums it up for all the kids! They love their Daddy very much and we had awesome day celebrating him.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Simply blessed....

Several week ago the boys were all outside playing enjoying the spring sunshine and warm temperatures. I went out to the backyard to see what everyone was doing. The bigger boys were playing on the tree swing and the 2 W's were playing in the sandbox. I didn't see Jonathan, so I began to scan the backyard for him. Then I saw him over in the neighbors yard, playing by himself.

Jonathan was sitting in the tall grass, very content with the evening sun shining down on his back.

I stood watching in wonder of what he was doing, and what he was thinking. With a yard filled with boys only 100 ft away and so much boy noise I couldn't understand how he could sit alone, almost as if he were the only person around for miles. (at this point I went in for my camera)

I observed his facial expressions and his fascination with the grass and the way it moved.

As I got closer I heard him speaking to the grass and smiling, as his hands ran back and forth throughout the grass.

Now I was close enough to see Jonathan was holding a flower or as some would call it a weed.

I waited to see if my presence there would disturb this peaceful moment, it didn't he continued as if I were invisible.

His hand held the flower so gently as he chanted the same words over and over.

How simple how sweet was this time he was having, feeling no need for a ball, bat, swing, or man-made invention. He was savoring nature a wonderful gift from the Creator.

He continued to play like this for a little over an hour, the sun was now beginning to set.

Jonathan then looked up at me with open hands to reveal his treasure. To me it would have looked more like a weed, but not to him. To Jonathan it was like a gem and the sparkle in his eyes told of the delight that was placed in his heart for the simple things. Again I was blessed by looking through Jonathan's eyes, seeing how much of "real life" we miss by being in a hurry.

We are often ask questions about Jonathan. The questions range from, at what level does he function? Or, do you think he will be able to do more one day? When Jonathan was born Arthur and I had high hopes that Jonathan would be on the mild end of Down Syndrome. Our biggest concern was communication knowing that others seem to accept those who communicate well. We wanted Jonathan to speak clearly, thinking that would help others to see past the fact he had Ds. Well, 11 1/2 years later we have very different story than the one we thought we would have. Jonathan is in the moderate range for kids with Ds. He speaks about 50 words and only 25 to 30 would everyone understand, still wears pull ups (but we are making lots of progress), has a feeding tube, uses a CPAP mask, has mild hearing loss, can't write his name, ride a bike, sing, tie his shoes, and the list goes on. Now their are lots of things he can do like sign many words, shower himself, fold laundry,knows his colors, brush his teeth, hum a song, help in the kitchen, color, play/watch his baby sister, swing himself, work puzzles, find joy in the simple things that's just to name a few.

On bad days Jonathan is much like a 3 yr old and on the good he is more in the ball park of 5 or 6 years old. By world standards that may not seem like much, but to us we know of the mountains he has overcome to reach where he is today. Jonathan is also a daily reminder of life being lived in a simple fashion, one not bogged down with the weight of this world. He has been given a gift with eyes and a heart like Christ. These are the things we see in Jonathan and they all come so natural for him....

Fruits of the Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, self-control.
Galatians 5:22-23

We are ever so thankful for being blessed with Jonathan as our son. Through him Christ has opened our eyes to a world in which we may have never seen.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Muddy...that's the only word that comes to mind when I think of our yard. Since the flood last Friday we have finally gotten the yard cleaned up from all the sticks, limbs, and debris that floated down our way. For the past several days we have seen very little of the sun and way more rain than I'd like. The yard hasn't had a chance to soak in all the water, making playing outside next to impossible. The boys really need to go outside for an extended period of time to RUN out some bottled up energy!!! It doesn't look likely for the next few days. So, I guess the boys will continue to race cars in the kitchen, build train tracks, read books, and play games....but I think they'd rather be swimming, swinging, and playing ball. I know their mama would like for them to be doing those things, since it helps burn off that boy energy :)