I can't believe our summer break is coming to an end. As you know I began homeschooling my three oldest last school year, which was quite an adventure juggling three different grade levels. We had good days and bad days. Bad days often consisted of bad attitudes, arguing, and lack of motivation from the kids. On those bad days, I can't deny it, I contemplate putting them in school.
And then we would have a good day. Good days might consist of the excitement of hearing my kindergartner read for the first time, my eleven-year-old actually getting through her subjects before the public school kids are getting of the school bus , or my second grader telling me something he learned from a book that I didn't even know.
But my favorite part of homeschool, and what I feel is the most important part is I get to spend time with my children and help shape them to love God and love others genuinely. Not to say that people who send their kids to school can't do this too. In fact, my children went to school before this time, and we still taught them about the Lord. But this is where I feel God has put us and them at this time in our lives.
With that said, summer has been a nice break from the business of homeschooling. But there is this little...I did say little, excitement about starting back up. New books, school supplies, and the smell of new crayons has contributed to that.
Holly has been taking photos with my camera. Here is a little display of her photography work.
What have I been up to, you ask? When we moved to Kentucky last year, what I noticed most was the farmlands. There are fields and fields of corn, soy, wheat, and tobacco here. And everyone has their own vegetable garden as well. And if you don't have a garden, no big deal, you can always buy some off the Amish, or visit the farmer's market Wed and Saturday to get fresh produce. By the way, the peaches here are fantastic!!! And I never used to care for peaches.
I had to fit in with the culture here, so (with a lot of convincing) I had James help me start our own vegetable garden, and planting of two apple trees and one peach tree. Although he doesn't claim any ownership ;) Gardening is not his thing.
I have one problem, which can actually be a good problem, is we have so many grape and cherry tomatoes! Too much too keep up with. They are literally rotting on the vines because we are not picking and eating them quick enough. So I came up with an idea. Why not pick in bunches and cook them down to store for later use. I know most of you were thinking, duh!
My first project was to make a tomato sauce. Here are some pictures. I started with all of them in the pot, and then decided to blend some so I placed some in my vitamix and blended before reading them. I then placed salt, paste, garlic, basil, and onion....and a little sugar. I boiled and then simmered for about 30 minutes. Then jarred it. It was a fun project.
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