Jeff and the kids picked green beans the other day. A friend *gave* them to us, we just had to come pick.
They brought home a BUNCH of beans!
It took 5 of us snapping to get them done.
I gave the younger children a basket full of beans to be snapped and placed them in front of the TV watching a documentary about bees, because bees are what they’ve been asking so much about lately.
This was not a typical ‘school day’ for us, but it was what needed to be done. We spent the morning snapping, canning and talking about bees, evolution and world view. This is the way education should be…naturally answering questions when asked, doing what needs to be done.
In the afternoon we did our math and reading, but for this morning, life…beans could not be stopped because we had worksheets to do; we had life and work to do!
Emma sat at the table snapping, while I manned the pressure cooker. This gave us HOURS and HOURS to talk. I loved it. I really wanted to slow the process down so we could talk even more… I know these kind of days will become fewer as the winds of change are blowing for her…for all of us.
I had to laugh at her at one point as she said in frustration, “Do you see my pile of beans going down any? I have been snapping so long but I don’t seem to be getting anywhere and my fingers hurt.”
I told her, “It’s just like life, you snap away, one day at a time, it seems like you are kind of stuck in time, but before you know it, your pile…your days are gone.”
We canned 49 quarts in 24 hours!!!
And we still have a huge pot of beans to eat off this week!!!
Life is good and God is GREAT!