Thursday, October 24, 2013

Canning, Ryan's Birthday, and a Few Thoughts to Share

As I type, Autumn's chill is in the air, the leaves are crimson and golden in color, and the wind is blowing briskly . . . a combination that has made for cozy and pleasant days spent indoors canning apples, sewing, making soap and a host of other things. This has been a wonderful week so far with a great deal being able to be accomplished!

A bit of hand sewing was done today

After several long (yet fun!) days in the kitchen, Leah and I have nearly all of the apples canned . . . 

Some of the fruits of our labors . . . applesauce!

All that is left is apple jelly (some apples have already been juiced for that) and apple cinnamon rings . . . the latter is something new so it will be interesting to see how those turn out. I'm hoping to can both of these things tomorrow and thus bring apple season to an end for us.

One day in the midst of canning applesauce, we enjoyed having Adelyn and Gracen come and stay with us for an afternoon. They always get so excited to come to 'Poppy and Grandma's' house! And we rather like it as well. :)

These autumn days also included a special day all together celebrating Ryan's 31st birthday . . . how thankful I am that he is my brother!

Back when Ryan and Ashley were courting, they did a lot of puzzles together so Dad and Mom gave them a fun gift of a puzzle! Ever curious Adelyn was fascinated by it. :) And Ryan and Ashley are looking forward to doing it together!

Gracen was trying to figure out how to get the wagon to roll and wasn't having much success since she was pushing it sideways! Once I helped her get it turned around, she had quite the fun time pushing it all around.

Mom singing "Jesus Loves Me" with Adelyn and Gracen . . . they both know it, and Adelyn was singing along with Mom. So sweet!

Adelyn and Gracen found some of Dad's books so were 'reading' Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words and a lexicon :)

A few day before his birthday, Ryan and I were talking about how quickly time has flown and reminiscing some back to the days when we were kids. And look at us now . . . all in our twenties or thirties, and Ryan married and a father of precious daughters! Over these years, the Lord has led us all down paths and in ways and means that have shown time and again how very good and faithful He is. Looking back, it is amazing to see what He has done and how He has used different experiences to grow us and mold us, and it will be exciting to see how He leads and blesses in the years to come!

"Blessed be the LORD,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplication.
The LORD is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him.
The LORD is their strength,
And He is a saving defense to His anointed.
Save Your people and bless Your inheritance;
Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever. "
Psalm 28:6-9 

These verses that I read in Psalms last night before bed fit in perfectly with some of the contemplations of my heart as of late . . . indeed, blessed be the Lord! He is worthy of all praise, glory, service, trust, and worship. And I love the last part . . . "be their shepherd also, and carry them forever." . . . what joy there is in knowing that He is the Shepherd of His children and that He will indeed carry us forever!


  1. How lovely to see your family photos. I can't get over how grown up those two little girls are now, and I think they are becoming very like each other in looks.
    That is a particularly beautiful psalm.

  2. Such a sweet post and photos. :)

  3. I am glad that you enjoyed them, Elizabeth! They are growing up quickly, aren’t they? It’s so special watching them growing, changing and learning!

    They are starting to look more like one another, and I think them both having curly hair makes it seem even more so. :)

    It is indeed!

  4. Linda Andrews SmithOctober 26, 2013

    The girls are growing up so fast, they are beautiful. I really the Psalms God is so good to us and we can all join you in saying with the psalmist "Blessed be the LORD"! Another good post.

  5. They are, Linda! It's amazing how quickly time can fly by . . . it's so fun watching them grow and change.

    The Psalms are beautiful, aren't they? Full of so much wisdom, encouragement and praise to the Lord. Yes, indeed, how very good He is to us!


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