Our Homesteading Dream

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

To every thing there is a season...

Autumn is my favorite time of year...the cool, fresh, crisp air. The fruits and vegetables being harvested and tucked away for winter use. Sleeping on crisp, cool sheets with the quilts tucked up to my ears and nose. Watching the leaves turn beautiful shades of red, yellow and orange. Watching my children bury themselves in those leaves...ahhhh...what a beautiful life!

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

That passage of scripture is among my most favorite in the Bible. No matter the "season" of life I am in, the Lord uses this passage to speak to my heart.

Right now, it's speaking to me in a literal sense.

I've spent the past week plucking "up that which is planted" and putting it away for the winter ;) I picked, processed and froze about 100+ lbs of corn and 30 quarts of butternut squash (with a bit more to go). Yesterday, I spent the day picking bushel after bushel of apples.

Along with all that we've harvested, I also purchased 150lbs of potatoes, 40lbs of onions, 50 lbs of carrots, and 6 ginormous cabbages directly from the farms. Our freezer, pantry and root cellar are getting close to full ;)

I am feeling so very blessed...the Lord has provided for us in such a magnificent way! My husband has been very ill and has been out of work. Grocery money will be scarce for the next couple of weeks...but thanks to the Lord's provisions and this wonderful, autumn bounty...we won't even feel it ;)


Mindy said...

Glad you're feeling better! I wish we had the space for a garden. I love fall too!

Karen G. said...

Hi Kelley. The Lord HAS blessed you with His bounty to provide for the family He has blessed you with. I pray that Roy is better now and able to be up and around. Someday we'd love to do what you're doing. We don't have a root cellar yet nor a big freezer. So we're doing what we can - canning what we have space for. I'm curious as to what you did with your squash - did you freeze it or can it? Also what are you going to do with the cabbage? I'm contemplating making sauerkraut. I made naturally fermented pickles (without vinegar) and they were absolutely superb. So who knows, homesteading here I come!