Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Fruit of Our Labor

We love to have a spring and fall garden at the farm.  
 Our grandson, Luke, has decided that he thinks the garden is pretty interesting as well.  Hearing him attempt to say zucchini was priceless!
 It seems inevitable that our garden produces the greatest crop when I have the least amount of time to deal with it.  I wish I had been better at taking pictures this year because this has been one of those fruitful seasons in the garden.
Thus far we have gathered around 50 pounds of potatoes, at least a bushel of black-eyed peas are shelled and in the freezer, countless cucumbers, yellow squash and zucchini.  (I actually just baked some zucchini bread for our B & B guests checking in tomorrow.)  I can’t begin to tell you how many tomatoes we have picked!
Of course masses of tomatoes were picked a couple of days before Miss Emmerson made her entrance into the world.  I have been gone for the past two weeks helping Tori with Luke and Emme while the tomato count continued to mount in my refrigerator.
Troy and all of our kids love for me to make picante sauce.  I think Nathan is the most persistent….maybe because he eats the most!  Well I finally tackled the mass of tomatoes this week.  The kids all contributed bell peppers and jalapeno peppers from their gardens as well as some of their tomatoes. 
  After two days of canning we have almost 40 pints of picante sauce.   
I finally broke down and bought a new food processor this year.  Worth every penny!
If I can gather the energy I may end up with one more batch before it is all said and done.  At the rate these people go through the stuff, I’m not sure how long it will last but for now everyone is happy!   
 It was amazing that the evening I had the first batch ready to go the kids “just happened” to show up at the house and all left with several jars…good luck getting them to share!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Happy Birth Day Emmerson!

Our beautiful granddaughter, Emmerson Grace, was born on June 4, 2012.  She weighed 8 lb 14 oz and was 20 inches long.  She is absolutely perfect!  Her mommy is a pretty tough lady….her babies do not make birth easy and tend to be big!  Brother was 9lb 4 oz!  So proud of she and Colin!  
 Mr. Luke is going to be a wonderful big brother!

Being a wife and mother has always been the absolute greatest blessing in my life but let me just say that being a grandparent is in a category all its own!  When you are the mommy you have to worry about not only the kids but all of the tasks that need to be accomplished.  Being the Mia means sitting and rocking Emme or reading Luke a story (25 times!) is the most important thing I have to do.  Those precious moments when they are nodding off to sleep and you are able to pray over them…that is what is most important.  I have decided that I truly don’t mind aging since I get to do it with my wonderful husband.  If getting older means watching my girls have families of their own, loving on grandbabies and slowing down to focus on those things that have eternal value then this is very good.   
Every good and perfect gift is from the Lord and I never want to take that for granted. 

Here are a few pictures to enjoy.  For more amazing pictures visit Paige’s blog at 
 She did such an amazing job documenting this special time in our family!