Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Soup to sauce our canning machine is called FAMILY on the FARM!

The two year old boys ate many apples right out of the 10 pails of fresh picked apples!  It was applesauce time as our sauce tree was ready and it felt good to see it picked, and even better when our close to 200 quarts of applesauce was in the jars!
The crew cutting at the sink - The boys would cut in half and Nancy would remove the stems and the blossom ends.  The boys were thrilled when their pile grew very big as they pulled way ahead of Nancy.  When you work shoulder to shoulder there is laughter and talk and a feeling of accomplishing a huge task of making wonderful food for 6 families!
Mary and Simon did many of the jobs and we all moved from station to station... Nancy had the cutting of apples for most of the day - it takes many hours to cut 10 pails + 5 pails the evening before!
Simon and Mary man the two colanders and the sauce appears in the dishpans!

After 2 huge days of work as a family putting up tomato soup and applesauce.. the Gospel really hits home today.  Matthew 20 - about the landowner that hires men throughout the day up until an hour before the day of toil in the hot sun is done, and they all get paid the same!  Not because the landowner was unfair to those that worked all day, but rather that he was generous to those that came later throughout the day.  We share of our hard work with those that are not able to help us, but they are family and our Community of the Lamb.  We do not dwell on how hard it is and how unfair it is that others will partake of the food we toiled over... we share out of love!  And we must say that our working together is a cherished and wonderful time we enjoy together.  Yes, the seeing the end is yearned for after a hobbling old grandma has worked through rosary time and all else.  But it fills her heart with great JOY to have the girls reminisce about past times and have smiles on their faces and pitching in throughout our long hot days!
Ruth put so much thought and planning into her "caning farm kitchen" and it is great to have it filled with family working happily together on these huge jobs!  It is so nice to have the apple trees loaded this year and on Ruth's farm, and not mine!
John back from his coaching job in Tracy - yes, he has a job at the Tracy schools for the year!  Thank you, Lord for opening up the door for John to walk through!
John and Godson, David, putting through the sauce.  when the big square pan is full - it holds 40 quarts and we sweeten it and put it in jars - 180!
Rose taking a steamy turn of the paddle and out comes sauce!
Simon filling jars... while Nancy and Dave continue to cut more apples!
Our canning machine is well oiled and hard at work. 
Eating an apple in one hand and making applesauce with the other - Luke is an amazing 2 1/2 year old!

The 23 Psalm is so amazing and is the Psalm for mass today - read in every Catholic Church the world over!  What rings a bell today in my heart, soul and mind?  He guides me in right paths for his name's sake.  After praying daily with John for his future and the door to open before him... knowing, without a doubt, that there is a plan for him.  It is wonderful to see that this year will hold him working in a school showing compassion for kids as a para and also coaching his wonderful beloved speech team!  He knows also that he wants to share his Faith with youth through FF here in Marshall!
Yes, we filled all those jars!

Stirring the big pot with a smile!
Rose and Josephine sharing smiles!  Josie was such a wonderful happy baby throughout our long day.  It reminded us of our family story of the year I canned when Nancy was about this age, and she didn't cry all day and I left her in her crib.  Josie hardly cried all day, too, but she got to sit up on the tomato soup and watch mom cut apples and get a passing smile.
Dominic with his baby sister sharing smiles and kisses at breakfast this morning.  It is wonderful to have a week with Nancy and family.  So great to have her help us with our big days on the farm!

Jesus, we are so blessed to have the bounty of the farm and sharing our work of putting up food as a happy healthy family!  What joy fills my heart to see how much the family work is carried forth by our son and daughters and now to their families.  To see that they love and cherish the life they grew up with and now have it with their families... gives us much joy.  May we humbly share of our bounty with all that are in need, knowing that the "last will be first, and the first will be last." I only long to be forever with you in heaven and care not for all the trappings and lies of this world.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Hallelujah
The steaming canner fills with air with good smells...
Godfather, John, with his Goddaughter, Josephine a week later.  She fell asleep on his chest.
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
Only goodness and kindness will follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
for years to come.
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
I cling to this Truth!

From Nancy's beautiful camera!  Wow!

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