I fast forward 6 years and continute to realize how short our summers are and in reality how short all of our lives are, they really are but just a vapor. I have watched my children grow and mature more this year than I ever have before. We have worked so hard and participated in so much this year, I am just amazed at the young people my children are becoming.
We did let the garden fail a little this year due to being so busy (however after hearing so many other people say that their tomatoes didn't make either, I don't feel so bad), however, we did manage to put up over 30 quarts of corn and 6 quarts of tomato juice so far (more is yet to come).
We've participated in the Bible Bee, the Farmer's Market, 4-H, attended the State Fair, and did respit for 3 foster babies, all under 14 months, at the same time.
I have watched the children learn and grow in The Word. They have worked hard on creating their own projects and baking to sell their goods and have become quite the little entrepreneurs. I have watched them transform through the horseback riding lessons and show their animals in the ring and their confidence just rise in themselves. I've watched them mature so much while working hard in the garden, picking, shucking, cooking, squeezing, canning, and freezing our produce to get through the winter. And understanding the importance of helping to provide for the family. And last but not least, dying to themselves to help care for, and eventually loving, 3 babies that are not our own. They helped bathe, feed, hold, and love on these 3 as if I had given birth to them, just as I had their own selves. It truly was amazing.
I continually pray that we can raise our "babies" to work as unto the Lord, not toward men! I pray for their salvation daily. Because at the end of the day, nothing else matters if they don't live as Christ, everything else will not get them anywhere!
James 4:14 (NKJV)
14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.