August 12, 2009

What a Beautiful Season

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven..."
Eccl. 3:1

This is the first part of one of our daughter's favorite passages in the Bible. It's been meaningful to her in all of our moving around years - and WOW, has she had to deal with us moving around! And now this verse resonates in all the new experiences she's known in the past several years. She's had such a summer of growing and changing, and in all the good and the hard parts, she knows that God has a reason and a plan for it all. As you wait for all the good things you hope for in your children's lives, this is a welcome comfort for parents!

In the literal sense of a beautiful season, the flowers and vegetables at our house are just delightful right now. Above in the vase are some obvious flowers, along with the purple flowers, called Phlox, which have the most amazing scent. Isn't it great that there is no such thing as "clashing colors" when you put flowers together in a vase? I have the desire to have a much bigger cutting garden, but I guess this is not the season for that!

Speaking of beautiful...these are heirloom "Black Krim" tomatoes.

Have you ever?! If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you can see the features more clearly. The olive highlights and the black streaks are so unique, and it truly has a unique flavor as well. We ate quite the plateful last night!

This is one more newly ripened heirloom, called "Delicious".

The plant itself is enormous and bushy, and DH found these very ripe tomatoes buried inside! I liked this one especially because the skin just pulled right off, without any blanching needed - you can see a peeled section in the picture and the deep red of the flesh. I think this will be perfect for salsa and pasta sauce, since you have a much better end product when you peel the tomatoes for these two things.

Judging by the number of cars we saw on the road this weekend, squeezing in one last camping trip or excursion, I'd say that lots of us are sensing the beginning of the end of summer. What a beautiful season it's been!

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