Each person should judge his own actions and not compare himself with others. Then he can be proud for what he himself has done. Galatians 6:4

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Happy JULY!!! I can't believe how fast June went... I think that was the fastest month of the year for me... but honestly I can't believe that the 4th is tomorrow!!!

Out of one hundred men, one will read the Bible, the other ninety-nine will read the Christian.

D. L. Moody
Well.. guess what I did this weekend?? I went Strawberry picking... again with a girlfriend.. and then came home and made Strawberry Jam!! OH MY!! It truly wasn't that bad... the longest and hardest part was waiting for the mixture to reach 220 degrees ( and it actually never did!!)... Guess the old saying "A watched pot never boils" is correct.. Ü Here are a couple of pictures of the end product... of course I had to cutsie it up for ya all!!!

I love the art of canning... I love the art of making something for my family that is fresh and wholesome... I realize it's a LOT of work.. but the out come to me is super exciting! I wonder if the women a 100 plus years ago got as excited as I did or if it was considered a "chore" and moved fast to get it done like we do daily chores now... Actually from things I've read in the past groups of women would come together and can their products to help one another. Maybe that's why I love it when friends come over and can with me. Most of my friends are SCARED of the process so they'll say "Hey.. you cook I'll cut and wash dishes".. and 90 % of the time that does happen!! and that's ok with me.
Titus 2 4-5 states "Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the world of God."
I might not be physically of age older than my friends ( I tend to be the youngest) but when it comes to cooking and housework I tend to be the "older" and "wiser"... so I share my love of the art with others... Someone needs a recipe... they come to me.. or an ingredient that they don't have.. what can they use? "Homework" is my passion... I love to clean.. love to organize.. and I love to make my home feel like a place to come and rest.
Making the canned strawberry Jam with a girlfriend was fun.. it was great to see the excitement on her face.. I was saving mine for Christmas gifts..she said her family would never let her do that.. LOL LOL... Now that it has been two days and the word is out that I made Jam.. I am down 3 jars already.... Should I take that as a compliment Ü My daughters boyfriends says "I'm tanking this jar of jam tomorrow morning...".. hmm tanking it...??? Teenage slang.. I'm thinking he likes it!! Ü
What talent do you have that you can share with others?? Is it something new.. or is it something from yesteryear.... ???


Deb said...

What a gorgeous photo! I need to get some strawberries and make some jam! I bottled hundreds of pints of green beans last summer. Every time we open one of those bottles, I feel such a great sense of accomplishment and know that I've done something to help my family.

I love the question about talents - what talents do we have that can bless others' lives? A great post for another day! :O)

Cris said...

People usually come to me when they need a shoulder, an ear, or a bit of encouragement. But I'm not sure if that's considered a talent. I do know how to draw and paint though and have given away some of my paintings and have given a few away.

Cris said...

BTW, loved the picture of the Raggedy Anns with the jam. I think that one was really cute.

cajunquilter said...

you know how much i love to take care of my family. it is my highest calling from God. i so wish i had lived in the "olden" days with the group canning sessions and quilting bees. Oh we two would have had so much fun!

Mere said...

That jam looks soooo GOOD :) My Grammy just made some too...it's DELICIOUS!!! And yes...the pic is CUTE :) Sorry I haven't posted.....I've been busy...baby-sitting and making money for Deb and I's new photography business. We are so busy buying props and things...and between that and baby-sitting....I'm SUPER busy!! I haven't been home lately!

I love to take care of others too! We both have that talent!

AWESOME POST!!! Made me :)


Mark, Sandra, Lane, Kolt, Boomer & Bindee(the dogs), & Harley(the cat) said...

Oh, I sooo wish I was talented enough to do things like that. I have always wanted to learn...maybe I will get my mom to go strawberry picking with me and show me how to can, it looks yummy!! The only talent I probably have is the one where I can out-fish my hubby when he takes me!!!LOL!!! He tells me everytime we go that he is never bringing me back!!

Susanne said...

MMM, yummy! And making it with a girlfriend would have been the best. It doesn't seem like work that way.

mAsOn & tErrI's mOm said...

mmmm....strawberries!! YUM I love canning too. About being the youngest with eh most knowledge...me too! I grew up on a farm and my family lived all around us. So I'm privileged to know what I know and I'm capable to do the things I can. You know what I mean? This day in age no one knows how to milk a cow or can jam or preserves , I have not one friend that knows how to fry chicken whats up with that?