Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Apples, apples, apples!

...and did we mention apples!? Once again, we experienced an answer to prayer when we were offered the pickings of 3 apple trees this week from a local farmer! What a treat it was to spend yesterday filled to the pail-full with tasty fruit and canning jars.

For 'us kids', canning and freezing has always been a fun team-work project. A job that can't be done unless everybody pitches in to help -- from the older girls doing the slicing, to the little ones on 'washing & sorting' detail, and Matthias & Stephen carrying all the heavy loads.

There's just something about working together, whatever the project or task. It's amazing how much we need eachother -- not only siblings in a family, but in the larger picture -- co-laborers in Christ!

And for those of you who enjoy seeing pictures of the job en-progress:


and grinnin'...

...takes lots of concentration, you know!

Apples -- all loaded up and ready to head for home.

Cutting and cutting and more cutting...

Our 'crank' man!

Cleaning up

Ahhh....124 quarts of applesauce later and we're done!

"For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands: happy shalt thou be,
and it shall be well with thee."
Psalm 128:2


Anonymous said...

Wow!!! Looks like a lot of work, but well worth the effort! It helps when a lot of people can pitch in to help.


BrittLeigh said...

Oh my, does that mean Autumn is here? Looks like such fun. My favorite part of Autumn is fresh-off-the-tree apples! Thanks for the glimpses

Coeur d'Court said...

WOW! Now that was a productive day! I love getting stuff put up like that and knowing it's on a shelf or in a freezer waiting to be used and enjoyed.

How good of the Lord to provide for you yet again. Enjoy your applesauce.:)

Stangl said...

Stephen, I didn't get to signing your cast:/. How 'bout breaking me another arm!
Was fun to see familiar faces. We're preserving a lot too. Hope y'all had even more fun than I have!

Anonymous said...

Way to go! What a PILE of apples to tackle. We are so inspired by your example of perseverance, and cooperation!

Hugs to all!

Anonymous said...

Don't you know you aren't supposed to pick the green ones?!??!!?! :)