It is the end of September. I cannot even. That means, it has been two months since I’ve officially visited this space. So much has happened in that span of time, and yet, so little at the same time. In that two months, my youngest daughter went to a wonderful spirit filled conference in Kentucky with her best friend. My oldest daughter started her very first job. My mother underwent a successful hip replacement surgery. My oldest daughter experienced her first fender bender. We successfully navigated another back to school and have a senior (what?!) and an eighth grader! And, we are holding on to our bottoms as we make our way through volleyball season And, I am still here waiting for closure with my back. I will be seeing my surgeon the week after next to see where we go. My primary physician has indicated that he is of the opinion that another surgery will need to be performed, probably some sort of fusion. I figured that would be the way this was going to go, but I still wait for the “official” word.
Seasons of life.
I am overcome with gratitude on a regular basis. I am so thankful to be where I am right now. In this moment. Present. My back will get better, eventually, of that I am certain. Often, we take for granted what we have, or where we are at, until it is gone. When I was home raising my babies, I was so bored. What did it matter that I was home, anyway? Then, I started working outside the home, and I could see what it mattered. I made a huge impact on our family. And, now that I am home again? Not letting the moments I have slip by. I am here, in this moment for a reason. I don’t want to let my family down, or more importantly, let God down for what He has provided me with – an opportunity. So, I make this time shine to the best of my limited ability and I ask Him to help me along the rest of the way.
The other day Phil came home and had found an apple tree on state land! So, we went out and got us some wild apples! They aren’t the prettiest, and they are pretty tart, but they are FREE! By the time I got them all peeled, cored, and cut up, I ended up with about 8 gallon size freezer bags full, PLUS 4 1/2 full bags of scraps.
You all know how much I love gardening, and canning, and this year was a total flop in the garden department (BECAUSE DUH you have to be able to bend and squat and bend and… that wasn’t happening), so to get this bounty was a double blessing. I am planning on saucing up half of the apples, then the other half I will be using to can up some fried apples or apple pie filling.
Now, the scraps? Well, I have a big batch of apple cider vinegar started, and with the rest, I will be doing some of my famous apple scrap jelly!
Thanks for tuning in, and now that I’m home again on a full time basis, I hope to visit this space more