Harder Family

Harder Family

Friday, August 28, 2015


Psalm 128:1-4 "Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord."

Peaches...that word sums up my life for the past four days and why I have been MIA. Saturday morning Wayne and I woke up early before our prayer meeting at church and went out to pick peaches. Our neighbor's peach tree was overflowing and no one was going to eat them. So, we took our buckets over to their house and picked peaches...too many peaches we later realized. Here is a picture of the peaches drying on sheets in our garage. The picture is a little deceptive. It doesn't look like that many peaches...until you are the one blanching and cutting them up...for four days!! 

I knew that this would be a big project, I just didn't realize how big. I told Wayne it would be worth it get peach products. I just had to buy some sugar and give of my time/labor (I had jars, water and peaches). The end result of all my labor is the follwoing: 33 quarts of peaches, 5 quarts of peach puree (for smoothies), 2 quarts of peach jam, 5 pints of peach jam, and 8 1/2 pints of peach jam. My pantry is overflowing with the fruit of my labor. It's a good thing we decided to start school after Grace's birthday. Monday is going to be a huge adjustment for all of us (I'll post about that another day). 

Some of my peaches (made in a super light syrup so they are more healthy). *side note in picture: I love my Young Living diffuser and oils!*

The fruit of my labor this summer...peaches, peach jam, peach puree, and strawberry jam. Notice the huge bag of hot cereal that we still need to eat from our month of eating like an orphan (back in February) that we never got to finish. Maybe this next year we can try that again...


Tomorrow I'll write and update on Wayne. He and a friend are going to Pontiac Prison to work with Angel Tree. I'll tell you all about it tomorrow! 

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