Monday, June 11, 2012

Abundant Blessings

Summer is such a special time of year isn't it?

The good Lord has seen fit to bless us with boxes of apricots- about 10 boxes like the one above. And there are still more to pick on the trees! Aren't they beautiful?

 Now my days are quite busy with cooking, canning, freezing, drying, and generally cutting up fruit! Oh, and eating too!

Have you ever had dried apricots? They are so good!

 Everybody likes to get in on the action of helping- especially in the eating department! Tonight my husband and I cut up half of a box to dry while our two oldest boys spaced them on the trays. Our littlest guy wanted to help too! Isn't he cute?

 He was so proud that he got one all by himself! (And I am such a proud mommy of such a cute little boy! So I have to post lots of pictures of him!)

 Our shelling peas and sugar snap peas are also producing wonderful fresh produce for us as well. After all of the apricot cutting, we went down to the garden. While the boys caught lizards and frogs, I picked these lovely peas to have for dinner tomorrow night! The shelling peas (the ones that actually made it into this picture and escaped hungry little mouths) taste so sweet and wonderful.

All of these lovely abundance has me pondering the rich blessings of God that are just overflowing in our lives. I am just so grateful for His goodness to me and to our family.

How has the Lord blessed you in this summer season?

    "When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
        the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
    what is man that you are mindful of him,
        and the son of man that you care for him?
    Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
        and crowned him with glory and honor.
    You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
        you have put all things under his feet,
    all sheep and oxen,
        and also the beasts of the field,
    the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
        whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
    O LORD, our Lord,
        how majestic is your name in all the earth!"
(Psalm 8:3-9 ESV)

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