Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Garden Bounty

We've been harvesting veggies for a couple of weeks now. It may not look like much, but we're thankful for it. When we were planting the garden, I was doubtful that anything edible would come out of it. Glory to God for the food He has provided.
Below is my first ever attempt at shelf-stabilization of food. We now have two quarts of pickled peppers. Both jars sealed, so now we are anxiously awaiting the day we can open one up and taste the peppers.

I also made a ground cherry pie, but it wasn't here long enough to get a photo.

Wild Edible Day

These milkweed pods were too large to eat whole, so Scott boiled them and we ate the white part from inside. They were delicious and had a great texture. I would have eaten more, but Scott wouldn't let me- we only got a taste to make sure we're not allergic.
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The Granny-Mobile

Mom said it was too hot to go outside, but Noni stepped up. Who couldn't love a grandma like that?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Five days and four nights later...

Each night during our service we had teens want to sing, do puppet shows, and act out skits. This night, these four young ladies sang "Give Me Jesus" with Scott.

The transition from youth camp to normal life is much more difficult than I imagined it would be. I can't adequately describe camp to you. It was awesome to be used of God, and to be used in so many ways that I did not expect to be....

I would love to share some of the things that happened. Right now I don't feel like I can do justice to the things I witnessed and was a part of. Perhaps I will share those things later as God gives me the words to do so.

For today, I just want to say that we're back. God is faithful. He hears the prayers of His people. He unites people for the cause of Christ. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu...

For a while, anyway.

The laundry is not all done and put away, the bathrooms are not clean, the living room still needs straightened.

The dog and hens are boarded at Noni's house, and the children will join them tomorrow. The car is over-packed with a PA system, projector, musical equipment, & enough snacks and bottles of water for an army. We still have to fit the suitcases, guitar, computer, and 4 children in there somewhere.

My phone has been ringing off the hook today. Lots of last minute questions about what clothing is acceptable and what time we meet. One girl had her mother call to find out if a shirt that says "Be Smart. Don't Start." and a drawing of a cigarette with a slash through it violates the "no advertising youth-inappropriate products" rule.

Tomorrow Scott works part of the day, then we leave to have the annual youth camp with 24 of our closest teenage friends, and 6 other adult chaperones. We will be studying Biblical conversions and the adults will be sharing their testimonies.

The hardest part of youth camp is leaving my own children behind. Originally we had planned to bring them with us, but have now decided against it. The teens we bring along come from a variety of backgrounds. There's a fine line between protecting my kids from harm and allowing them to see the world for what it is. This time we've opted for leaving them with Grandma. I also feel like I would be short-changing either my kids or the teens if I were responsible for both this week. Fortunately camp ends Tuesday, so Scott still has the rest of the week off work to spend with our kids.

Our teens have many problems. If you think of us this week, please pray that they will surrender to the Lord. Pray that His power will change their lives and that they will live for God even when their friends and family are living for themselves.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Pearl then...

And now... well, sometime last year, anyway.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

After the Rain

We went on an evening hike to have dinner in the cabin.