Oh my, where to begin? It's been quite the adventure around here this last week or so, as always! With so much I've been wanting to share, I'm just not sure where to start!
It took me awhile to get my heart and mind where they needed to be today! Tommy left for work this morning and after 3 whole weeks and the challenges we've faced as a family this time home, it was extra hard to see him go! And with my husband also went so much of our help with me still recovering! So mixed with the sadness was also the uncertainty of just how exactly all of this was going to work these next two weeks! He did set us up pretty great with our own 'dog watering system' on the 4wheeler, and some rearranging that will make our days so much easier!
And then something amazing happened! As the day went by and I got past some of the reluctance, I began to see things come together! I woke up from a much needed rest to find my little sister already had the dogs taken care of! My kids were all playing outside to their hearts content...which means for some great sleeping tonight...and I WAS ABLE TO WATER MY GARDEN! I know, sounds so silly and small, but it's a big step. Mostly in the sense that it brought a little more encouragement to my heart. Much needed encouragement!
AND....as I type, I'm eating one of the best things I've ever put in my mouth....a sandwich loaded down with the first ripe tomatoes from our garden! I don't think there's anything like it, and although I've always heard people talk about homegrown tomatoes, my taste buds still work in awe tonight! Even better is how we've been just eating the cherry tomatoes like candy all week! Aiden ate one of the large tomatoes like an apple tonight and loved it! As for me....I especially love that I know EXACTLY what is nourishing my little one's body's when it comes from our own land!
So today is good. Life is grand. Our God is still in control. My family is complete. And I continue to heal. We miss Tommy when he's gone, but I'm just so glad he was able to be home with us through these trying weeks. For anyone whose been wondering what I'm referring to, I had a complete abdominal hysterectomy less than three weeks ago....the 'old fashioned', cut through your stomach muscle kind. It was necessary but it's been hard on all of us in many ways. Harder than I realized it would be. But today, I continue to heal. Today I'm not 'sickly' like I was before the surgery, nor do I carry the fear that I have cancer on my shoulders. Nope....today, I just heal. And thank God for the children that He has so graciously blessed us with. Our family is complete, our family is perfect, and as I heal I know I can better be Mom to this family healthy!
Now to share some of what has made my heart smile...
|Peaches Peaches!!!!! Tommy brought them home and look what we can do......|
|My oldest little farm hand has once again been in the mud! I love this boy and he LOVES his 4wheeler!|
We are so blessed. I wouldn't change anything about our life, our family, or our lifestyle. I only continue to pray for God's grace and guidance to be the mother and wife He has called me to be. My husband and children deserve nothing less than that! And to be a good steward over all He has entrusted to us! I am thankful for healing, and the forgiveness of my imperfections in the process! And so blessed to have the help and the family that I do. Our God is such a good God! May you find blessings, peace, and comfort from His this week!
NOTE: I'm in need of input concerning processing my tomatoes. I'm about to have a very large harvest and plan to put up whole, diced, stewed, mater juice and sauce. The whole shebang really. And I have yet to purchase a food mill. I searched online tonight and came across several options. Would love suggestions for what has worked best for your canning needs! I'm looking for efficiency and practicality! THANK YOU!