Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Something from the Garden

How in the world do zucchini grow so fast?? One day they're little and manageable and a couple days later they're HUGE! This is one of the examples of what has been happening with our zucchini. A couple days of rain and we go out to harvest and find zucchini weighing about 12 pounds. Lucky for us a sweet Hungarian man at the food bank LOVES these HUGE zucchinis. He smiles and his face lights up when he sees us arrive. I guess there's a Hungarian soup he makes with them.
We've been blessed with a plentiful garden this summer. Right now I'm harvesting broccoli, beans, cabbage, beets, onions, carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow summer squash, acorn squash, patty pan squash, hubbard squash and butternut squash. There are even some raspberries still on the vines. So yummy!
The flowers in the photo are also from the garden. I would love to have year round flower bouquets from the garden, but right now it's mostly during the summer months.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Family Hike/Slug Fest

We escaped for a little hike/walk on a local trail. We find that unless we actually get "away" from the house we don't do a very good job relaxing. We tend to see all that needs to be done and will work from sunrise to sunset (sometimes even after sunset). The jobs at home are endless so we try to get out for walks, bike rides, etc. The kids are getting old enough now to walk or hike a little way (with exception of the little one- but we're working on it).
There are so MANY beautiful trails and parks locally! We need to make time to enjoy them. On this particular day it had just rained so the SLUGS were out in full force. We saw many different varieties. In addition to slugs our trail had sights of the lake, waterfalls, forests, and yummy berries to eat.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Summer of 2007

The summer has gone by much too quickly. It's starting to feel like fall much too soon for me. A few more months of sunshine would be welcomed in our world. I've been behind in my posting, but thought I'd slowly try to recap our exciting summer.
We were blessed to provide lodging for another wonderful Ugandan group again this summer. It's amazing how quickly your heart can be affected by a loving group of orphans who have so much joy even though their lives have been so wrought with pain. We had 10 beautiful kids here along with 4 chaperones. It was a houseful, but it was well worth it.

Monday, August 06, 2007

1000's of Questions

It's a good thing (I think). I've heard a kid that asks a lot of questions has an active mind.

Well...we have some minds working overtime here. I didn't know there could be so many questions asked in a 24 hour period of time. There must be a Guinness Book of World Records record for most questions posed by a 6 year old in the shortest span of time.

Our middle dude is a walking "Ask Jeeves" advertisement (although I think Jeeves is out of a job now). I've gathered just a few of his latest questions he shot at me while I was relaxing in the sun trying to read a book. It went a little something like this...

Mom, so would dad be as tall as Jesus's feet?

Which way is Heaven?

Is it up or down?

If it's up then how high?

How come your mouth bleeds when you lose a tooth?

Why do we lose teeth?

When was 1972?

Will it ever be 1972 again?

Then after answering all these questions to the best of my ability without resorting to "Google" I pleaded, "Can I please just finish this chapter?"

He thought for a minute... and I thought I was free for just a couple of minutes. Then he quizzically looked at me and then asked..."How long is a chapter? Is it a page?"

Like I said, minds must be working overtime...I guess it's a good thing.