Bitter Sweet

Today is a bitter sweet day. Ella this morning asked if I could come and eat lunch with her at school. It made me feel so good because I asked Monty last year over and over if I could come eat lunch with him and he didn’t want anything to do with it. Todd has been so busy with work so he hasn’t been able to really take lunch breaks so I was just going to take the 2 little ones with me but my OUTSTANDING neighbor watched them for me so I could spend the time with just Ella. It was so great she held my hand and gave me tons of hugs. Monty even played with us at recess. It was wonderful.

I decided to do some canning. I picked up a box of tomatoes at the farmers market. I was going to do it with some friends, but just felt like I needed to do this batch alone or with my two little helpers because my memories of canning tomatoes include my dad. I can remember my sister Bea and I at my parents house canning the whole day. I was 8 months pregnant and I even think Bea was newly pregnant or had a little one along with her. We had a wonderful day we picked on our dad almost as much as he picked on us. We ended up making like 40 some quarts. It was the best. Then mom got home from work and couldn’t believe how many we did, dad was grinning from ear to ear, of course we didn’t let him know how much fun we actually had but we knew he knew:) I knew there would be many tears shed today and there sure was. However I had my super little helpers.


Calvie watched me blanch the tomatoes and everytime their skin would break he would let me know. Ollie played in the water and was a super helper with making me scrub my floor because by the time he was done the floor was drenched. :) Calvie also was sure to get in on the water fun. :)


We ended up doing 11 quarts of yummy tomatoes. Yay!! Last year at this time my friend, Michelle and I canned tomatoes and we ended up having to call my dad for advice and he of course picked on me for it and said how he wished he could be canning with us. (He had a broken leg and things were just too hard). Boy how I wish I could have called him today.

7 Responses to “Bitter Sweet”

  1. Amy Says:

    Oh girl, now I’m crying. I know you miss him so much. He was such a great Dad, that comes through in every story I have ever heard and in all your great memories of him. How blessed you all are to have had such a loving father, though I am positive he would say he was the one that was blessed beyond measure with his wonderful kids. You know he was right there with you today, ejoying you passing those memory making moments on to your own kids. And I’m sure also laughing at you and the boys a bit as well. :) Huge Hugs! Love you.

  2. Shara Says:

    Sorry it was a hard day–I think it is amazing how many really AWESOME memories you have with your Dad that just weave their way into your every day life. What a blessing for your children to hear and re-live those stories as you share them–by DOING. Canning will now be special for THEM as it is special for YOU. Very, very cool.

    And I love that your Dad was the kind of Dad to can with his daughters!!

  3. Judy Says:

    The family that cans together makes memories together. You are an inspiration to me in all your family does to build those memories each day. Your family is the greatest monument and tribute to your father’s wonderful example.

  4. SueBoo Says:

    It sounds like a wonderful day, even though it was a little sad. You were sure busy, no wonder I couldn’t get a hold of you! My parents used to do a lot of canning too but somehow I never got the urge to do it myself. Those tomatoes look delicious. And you’re a wonderful mom to get the little ones involved.

  5. katharine Says:

    sure looks yummy. great idea to pass along the family memories :)

  6. Kim D. Says:

    Your dad would be proud that you are continuing the tradition by canning with your little ones. You are so special and I know a large part of that is because of your wonderful father. He lives on through you and we are all blessed for it. Hugs!

  7. Marci Says:

    Your dad left a lifetime of wonderful memories, and you’re following in his footsteps.. I love ya!

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