Last Friday we had a major project day! Mom, Victoria, and Susanna worked on some of our fall sewing, Amanda and Titus tackled our ever-growing pile in the magazine basket, Jessi, Lauren, Bethany, Hannah, and I processed 5 1/2 bushels of apples, and Herman bounced between us and some jobs outside Dad had given him to do. God’s blessing on it all was evident… we had the best time of laughter, fun, and incredible production!
Well, before I tell you what it is, let me say that we have a steadily growing tradition in our house.
It is a ton of fun.
We all really like it.
It might sound a little unusual…
Here goes: After we make applesauce, we sleep outside! Normally it is on the front porch, in freezing — or below — weather (I’m not kidding!), but we did our applesauce early so our sleep outside was delightfully cool, not frigid. After a day in the steamy kitchen working with hot apples in boiling water over blue-hot flame… I think you get the picture. We all feel ever-so-slightly warm!!!! So, a night in the wonderful fall outdoors is just perfect to cool us down and, of course, make great memories! This year, though, instead of using the front porch, we tried out our 12-man tent that we’ve had for three years and never used. What a blast!
So, the moral of the story is this:
Enjoy the projects you do together! Make them fun and memorable!
Laugh over little mistakes and bumps in the production – – everything will be fine.
Keep a positive outlook even when you’re tired. Help each other finish strong!
And… after you make applesauce, sleep outside!