Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Our Simon and Paul celebrated their feastday with a family project... butchering chickens!

The two youngest grandsons in all their adorableness!  This week has been a wonderful time for our 13 grandchildren to get to know each other better and have some fun and work together.  Work?  Today on the feast day of St Simon Peter and St Paul we got up with the sun and had a family project of butchering the 45 chickens that Ruth and I raised.  I have become the "chicken lady" since the chickens are in a shed at our place so I am the one doing chores each day.
Paul and Ruth with 4 of the 13 learning about where our food comes from.  Two chickens that were alive 5 hours before are now being eaten for lunch - talk about fresh food and fresh in their minds of the process it took to get them in the oven and then on their plates and then into their stomachs!
The girls turned out to be the best workers... Rose had to borrow some clothes grandma had, and her brother's boots.  Grandma keeps a drawer of clothes I wash and keep at my place for the kids - boys on one side and girls on the other.  I need to use them all the time!
Rose in her getup... skirt from a few years ago, sweatshirt from cousin Patrick, and boots that are her big brothers... hair back thanks to grandma.
This is about as close as the boys got...
The girls were right in there helping and touching the chickens and cleaning the chickens and pulling the pin feathers.  The girls worked hard!
Nancy with the tribe of little ones, and we told her that Bernadette watched every head cut off and told Ruth when they stopped kicking.  "No guts no glory" should be her title!
It was so interesting to see the different reaction of the kids toward this family project of putting up our food. 
Maria and her homeschool kids has helped butcher turkeys in the military, so they were not put off by this job.  It was just great to have all the help and to do this as a family!
Nancy would load up the cleaned and packaged chickens and put them away in the freezer.  Yes, that is the my kitchen sink from the remodel now on saw horses and used to wash the chickens before packaging them.  Ruth had it well figured out this year, and all felt that it went off wonderfully.  The weather was perfect and not a fly was in sight!  It was truly a most amazing day - butchering chickens on the Feast of St Peter and St Paul!  There was a special charm and grace felt by all!
How many does it take to put 2 chickens in the freezer?  Nancy with 5 little ones!  Notice the head high corn in the field next to us!
I think that Nancy had the hardest job of all with all those little ones to keep occupied!
The cleaning and packaging stations with lots of barrels on cold water all the way along.  "Keep them cool!" was the key!
David was one boy that helped lift chickens out for grandpa to clean.  Therese shows off one of the big roosters!
2 1/2 year old Luke is helping, too!  He gives those chickens a hug til they are ready to do the final cleaning and packaging!
Luke shows the other 2 grandsons around his age how to hold a chicken, but they think he is doing a good job without their help!

Interesting dynamics and a chicken.

Such a great feast day today for many in our family - Paul, Simon and also Luke Paul... so happy feast day Luke - you are probably having some of that wonderful chicken for lunch right about now to celebrate!  I am here with great-grandma in the peace and quiet... AHHHHHH!!!!

#SaintoftheDay St. Peter and St. Paul (1st c.) were the foremost Apostles of Jesus Christ; St. Peter was the leader of the Twelve, while St. Paul followed Christ after His ascension into heaven. Together the two saints are the founders of the Church in Rome through their apostolic preaching, ministry, and martyrdom in that city. They are the solid rock on which the foundation of the Church is buil...t, and they will forever remain her protectors and guides. To them Rome owes her true greatness, for it was under God's providential guidance that they transformed the capital of the Roman Empire into the center of the Christian world that would radiate the preaching of the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Both saints were martyred in close proximity to one another; Peter first, then Paul, though some traditions claim they were killed on the same day. St. Peter was crucified upside down and buried on the hill of the Vatican where St. Peter's Basilica now stands. St. Paul was beheaded on the via Ostia and buried where the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls now stands. St. Peter and St. Paul are the patron saints of Rome and they share a #feastday on June 29, a tradition going back to the earliest centuries of the Church. #MorningOffering
Simon was a good helper, too, but did not actually touch one.  He filled the freezers for us!
A big family day is the best!  The work seemed almost fun and easy!
Sweet Josephine gave us a chance to have some quiet snuggle time! 
Lush corn, a red head boy and a big black dog!
The two youngest grandsons by the fence.  Now the two youngest will be granddaughters!  So blessed!

Jesus, we thank you and praise you for this glorious day filled with family work, but shared with a cheerful attitude and lots of laughter and visiting and respectful helping each other... it is almost a fun day!  Now to enjoy the fruits of our labors with a feeding our huge and growing family!  It has been such a great week and we feel with the beautiful weather and our new home so large and welcoming all the grandkids and our 3 married daughters to come and enjoy The Farm LIFE!  It is so good and we are so filled with gratitude for this wonderful place to raise a family and now onto the second family on our farm!  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
10 of the 13 at supper last night.  Getting a bit of a taste of what our parents went through at every meal - In my house 13 at a meal and in Pat's 12!  Pat's mom baked her own bread, too!
These two boys melt my heart!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Patrick joins the boys by the fence.
Bernadette with her baby sister, Jo Jo.
Wrapping it up for this year, and it seems that it will be an annual affair.  The help will just be getting bigger and bigger!  Sharing Faith/Family/Farm on a glorious feast day of The Church makes for a great time had by all!
Such a wonderful man!
Another great Saint!

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