Tomato Thoughts

First, a really good read. Very encouraging.

As we begin to get tomatoes, I am starting to think of what I am going to do with them.

Sarah informed me today that Cherry Tomatoes are better warm. I agree. A bowl in the middle of the table is the best spot for those...if we ever have any make it inside, that is.

Grilled Cheese Veggie Sandwiches--these are the best. We just started doing this a couple of years ago. But basically you make a grilled cheese sandwich, open it up while the cheese is still melted and pile on veggies. Our favorites are tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, and some form of lettuce. This is our summer PB&J.

Another great option is grilled Mozzarella sandwich with tomatoes and pepperoni. I love this, but the girls won't eat it, go figure.

BLTs sound good too, but we haven't done these in a while.

My grandma always cut up tomatoes and put a little salt and pepper on them and served them with dinner. I also think these are best at room temp.

We used to make salsa with them, but I haven't been that brave, or had that much extra time in a while.

I am going to try some new things this year, like maybe tomato soup or pizza sauce.

Any ideas or recipes would be very much appreciated!


It is time to restart this blog. I started it at, and mostly posted about school stuff. Well, the way we do school, it is pretty much our whole life. We have sit down workbook time, but most of our learning comes from good books and hands on experience. So I am not planning on giving you the play by play of what we are doing each day, but maybe a few cool things we are learning.

The girls are doing a VBS at my Grandma's church, and I went to an adult class they are hosting last night. It was on Luke 18:1-8 (below text is in the ESV thanks to

1And he told them a parable to the effect that they oughtA)">(A) always to pray and notB)">(B) lose heart. 2He said, "In a certain city there was a judge whoC)">(C) neither feared God nor respected man. 3And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, 'Give me justice against my adversary.' 4For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself,D)">(D) 'Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'" 6And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7AndE)">(E) will not God give justice toF)">(F) his elect,G)">(G) who cry to him day and night?H)">(H) I)">(I) Will he delay long over them? 8I tell you, he will give justice to themJ)">(J) speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes,K)">(K) will he find faith on earth?"

I realized that the point of this passage was not that we need to be persitant in our prayers to get what we are praying for. That might be true, but the point seems to be in the first and last statement. Are we persistant in our faith? Will we be like the widow in following God...willing to always pray and not lose heart, continue in our faith until the Son of Man returns. The point isn't the prayers being answered, but in the praying being glorifying to God because we are relying on Him.

I was encouraged to pray continually. To bring God glory by my persistance in faith.

P.S. I do believe that God answers prayers, but how and when I don't always get.


While on the subject of pets, here is a picture of yet another pet Sarah collected from our yard. This one's name is Jo, because Sarah didn't want to give it a gender specific name. She is so considerate. :) It is a baby American Toad, and is sitting in the towards the top of the picture. Sarah got this book for her birthday, and this is the first pet we have had in her jar. I convinced her to let it go to free up the jar for some other pet we might find. That, and she was getting tired of collecting bugs for it's food. I have some pics of Annie's Birthday, but I am going to wait to post them until I get the ones my mother-in-law took, which are probably much better and more plentiful. :)

Mr. Claws

Mr. Claws is the turtle we found in our back yard. He is a false map turtle who seemed to be feeding off of the mosquito population in our flooded sandbox. Since we dumped the sandbox, he doesn't have an aquatic environment anymore, so we decided to take him in and watch him a few days. I think we might drop him of at a conservation area instead of in our back yard, but we haven't decided yet. He is pretty fun to watch, so I included a video. Annie especially enjoys it. We read later that map turtles dive into water when they are he pretty much does this every time we enter the room.


Sarah Turns 8!

I am still shocked, but Sarah turned eight in May. I really can't believe she is that old and will be in third grade this year. It seems like she has made the jump from a little girl to a young woman...or maybe the jump has just started. Anyway, we had a "Little House on the Prairie" Party. Instead of a cake, we made Laura's little Maple Cakes, thus the one candle and the small cupcake looking thing. We also made butter from cream (Hannah is demonstrating), made homemade lemonade (Stephanie and Annie are demonstrating), had a watermelon seed spitting contest, and a three legged race. Lots of fun.

Stephanie's 5th Birthday

Stephanie turned 5 a few weeks ago, and we had a Strawberry Shortcake party, with some fun outdoor water games. Happy Birthday Stephanie! :)