Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Gathering the Harvest

Whenever the bus wheels turn towards home, we begin to make lists. 

These lists detail everything we're hoping to get done during our short window of time at home: There are lists for the sandblasting business ongoing through the summer. Lists of ministry emails that need answered & CD orders mailed. Shopping needed. Baking and freezer meals completed. 

And this time of year, many of our 'lists' revolve around the garden. What a tremendous blessing it is to have our hands overflowing with produce! 

In keeping with the garden theme, here are a few of our recent harvesting pictures: 

We put up over 400 quarts of sweet corn this year.
What a blessing to have our freezers filled with the sun-kissed taste of homegrown corn!

Stephen had his wisdom teeth removed earlier this summer, so he opted out of the sandblasting for a couple days to recover. Our corn crew kept him busy! 

This week we canned peaches! Lots and lots of peaches. 

Blanching long enough for the skins to slide off.

Peeling and filling the jars

We ended up with a great assortment of pumpkins. We love roasted pumpkin seeds... and who doesn't like fresh pumpkin pie? We canned the pumpkin flesh for tasty winter pies. 

And believe it or not, we've had several full loads of tomatoes similar to this one.

Washed & ready to be peeled.

Fresh tomato sauce, coming right up!

The tomato production

Many hands make light work. 
And what's more efficient than assembly-line style?!

Golden peaches. Yum!

And just to give you a glimpse of what the guys were doing this week, this is a snapshot of their sandblasting/painting work. They take rusty, old tanks (upper left) and sandblast them down to the metal surface (lower left). Then they prime and paint the tanks so they look brand new! 

As I post this, the bus is currently loaded for the weekend and headed east for the annual Old Thresher's Reunion in Iowa. Each of our married children -- plus our grandparents -- plan to join us over the weekend, so we're looking forward to a wonderful reunion with them!! Stay tuned for lots and lots of pictures in the coming week!

“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”

Genesis 8:22


Jessica said...

Wow! You've been keeping busy! You all remind me of me and my sisters working in the kitchen and making assembly lines to speed up the work! :)

We've also been doing some corrosion control work as a family, so the sandblasting looks quite familiar!

Rebekah @ Heritage of Grace said...

What an amazing harvest you have! God has been blessing your land with good production. Sounds like a lot of fun and satisfying work to be able to eat what you planted.
And then you guys have more fun with the Iowa Reunion...sigh.
Thanks for sharing these events with us!

Lexi said...

I heard that wisdom teeth hurt. Poor Stephen but at least he's fine now. Sweet corn sounds good. Awe that's so nice to see all of the sisters working in the kitchen.
In Christ,

Lydia said...

Wow! I'm impressed! after I had my wisdom teeth out, I basically slept for 2 days, and then was up and about but very lethargic! The Sunday afterward (surgery on a Wednesday) my brother was pinching/nudging me, for most of the sermon!

Amanda said...

Ooooohhhh, yum, yum, PEACHES! Looks delicious! :)