|produce from our bountiful garden|
jars full of salsa, diced tomatoes, green&yellow beans, jams & preserves line the shelves in my canning closet. Luke also put our dehydrator to good use -- onions and sweet bell peppers and jalapenos and habaneros -- all dried and ground, ready to be added to soups and sauces all year long. We also raised our own black beans. Using heirloom seeds last year, we saved many from the fruits of last year and now have a little treasure trove packed away, ready for another planting in this new year. Very exciting!
August was also birthday month for 2 special boys. Uncle Gabe and Arioch were born 2 years and 2 days apart. Gabe remembers well how he waited with great anticipation for the arrival of his new nephew. He considers it a great honor to share his birthday celebration with Arioch. It isn't every 9 year old who can say he is an uncle. Considering Gabe has lived all his life here on the farm, and Arioch was born here and has farming in his blood (he hooped and hollered everytime the tractors went rolling by) a cake to celebrate farming seemed quite appropriate.
|broccoli, his favorite food|
And she cut more than a foot of length off her hair, donating the ponytail to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that makes hair pieces available to children who have hair loss because of disease and sickness. It makes her look so grown up!
|down at the river during a weekend campout|
|rough-housing on the living room floor|
|swing-time in the backyard|