Friday, August 28

finally an august friday favorites

Happy Friday, Sweet Friends!! 

It feels like forever since I’ve joined Erika in sharing a few favorites from the week, so this week’s download may span more than just this past week. 

Part of my absence lately has been due to the majority of my spare time being spent in the garden or in the kitchen preserving it’s bounty. 

After this past weekend, I can say for the first time ever that I canned 39 quarts of green beans, 7 quarts of sweet corn, and 7 quarts of tomato juice over the summer. I also froze 15 quarts of corn and several bell peppers. 





For someone who has never done any of these things before, I declare this summer a success. I’ve learned so much this year from my mama, friends, and even mistakes. 

In other news, our Littlest Farmer has been paci free for almost an entire week. We learned that the preschool he is starting in September does not allow pacifiers. It was just the motivation we needed. We had promised ourselves we wouldn’t let him keep it past his 3rd birthday and that’s coming up fast. So, as of last Saturday morning they all just disappeared, and he’s surprisingly done really well. The first nap time was the roughest but after about three days, those haven’t been an issue anymore either.


I want to say thank you to all of you who shared your thoughts on my post from last week regarding the need for our children to be in school. Your comments were so encouraging and helped me to feel more confident in my own feelings. After much prayer and consideration, we have opted to change schools this year. Our Little Farmers will switch from public to private school. This isn’t to say they won’t end up doing some days virtually, but the planned normal will be to attend in person classes on site. By the way, this photo is a shameless bathroom selfie from inside their new school. 


My Little Farmers start school the week after Labor Day, so we’ve been in accelerated preparation mode this week. On Tuesday, I took the boys to tour the school and shopping for their school supplies. It was an inaugural trip for my Middle Little Farmer. Bless his sweet, excited heart. He woke up the next morning, dressed himself and wore his backpack around for at least a couple of hours. He is so excited for his first day of Kindergarten! 

I know I mentioned that I was done with gardening for the summer, but I am still excited about my pumpkin and gourd patch. I had never planted gourds before. I picked up a pack of seeds because we love them for fall decorations. Why buy them when I can grow them?! 

Well, planting gourds has been like opening presents on Christmas morning. Pull back a leaf and surprise! There are so many different kinds of gourds in the pumpkin patch. I have no idea what any of them are or if they are good for anything other than decor. Do you?





So, here’s something interesting. Kentucky isn’t going to school in person, but they are allowed to play full contact sports, like football. So, this week has been full of football practice. It makes me feel as though Fall is on the horizon! 

I should’ve been a florist. Okay, not really. But I did have a rough couple of days this week and needed a bouquet of fresh flowers. I didn’t have a trip to the store planned anytime soon, so I exercised the tiny creative bone that I have and put together my own. I snipped blooms from my knockout roses, day lilies and butterfly bush. Whatcha think? 


Lastly, it’s still not too late to join me in studying the Help Club for Moms Devotional. I’ve created a group of mamas who are going to read through it together on Instagram. Reach out to me if you’re interested or want to learn more. It’s gonna be great! 


Well, I think that about wraps up the week. September, here we come! 

~Trista~

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9 comments:

  1. Your bouquet is beautiful! I am in awe of all your growing and canning... I just can not to seem to keep plants alive. I hope your little guys enjoy school!!

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  2. Love how you took on canning this summer- it seems so overwhelming but you made it look easy (in a way) to start! I love the fact your little farmer was so excited about Kindergarten!

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  3. You have done SO much with gardening and canning/freezing this summer! I am impressed!!! Good job, mama! And yay for settling on a decision for your Little Farmers. I bet you feel so relieved having a plan. {That school bathroom is gorgeous, btw!!!} I CANNOT wait for the study we will all be doing together on IG; thanks for putting it together!

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  4. Your flower arrangement is so pretty! Glad you have the kids registered for private school. I agree that the rules regarding school, sports, etc leave me wondering what the logic is. Have a great weekend!

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  5. Love those flowers! I can't believe how many veggies you have canned and froze! I know how much work it's been, but you'll get to enjoy them all year. My kids start school the week after Labor day and are doing a hybrid model. I'm just looking forward to them getting back on some sort of schedule. Loving all those gourds but I'm not sure about eating them. Have a great weekend!

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  6. You have done an amazing job with all of your rpeserving - it really is a full time job! Lovely blooms too - buddleia always looks lovely in an arrangement. And WOW - congrats on the dummy weaning (pacifer) - that must have been tough!

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  7. I wish I could be a successful farmer like you-Right now I can only successfully grow tomatoes, cucumbers, basil and mint :) Thank you for all of the inspiration!

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  8. Sending all the hugs as the little farmers head to school, and YAY for no more pacis! Also, I need to come raid your pantry - all of this preserving looks incredible <3

    Green Fashionista

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  9. You should have been a florist:) Looks lovely. You certainly are a professional farmer and canner!! What a lot of work...congrats!! I grow weeds. And I do it quite well. I hope the little farmers have a great school - and love their new school!! Great post...thanks for sharing your corner of the world with us!!

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