I am writing this Gratituesday post as a reminder to myself to be grateful for Pete’s sake. You know why? Because lately I have been a whiny baby who has been feeling very sorry for herself.
What in the world is wrong with me?
I’ve been whining because I have tomatoes and peppers needing to be picked at a crazy fast pace. I can hardly keep up with making them all into tomato sauce and salsa. They are constantly covering my counter-tops.
Also, my friend gave me a huge bunch grapes that I need to hurry and do something with. And I have two sacks of apples that I keep tripping over that really should be made into applesauce. And there are more apples to be picked if I could ever get around to going to pick them.
My kitchen is exploding with abundance…and I am whining.
I’m whining because I have too much food. Really Laura? I’m whining because I have so much work to do, really?
It’s time for me to stop whining and be grateful.
Thank you for letting me confess my rotten attitude and for holding me accountable to changing it.
God is good and if I can’t remember that…perhaps I should just take a good look around my kitchen at all the abundance. Because of Him, my family will not go hungry.
Nope, in fact…we’ll be eating like kings.
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That’s awesome. Thanks for the reminder. :-) I am thankful for laundry, because it means my family has clothes to wear, towels to dry ourselves and things and diapers for the baby.
I love this post. So real & true. Thank you for your relatable honesty!
Laura, I simply loved this post. So honest. Isn’t it wonderful when we realize what we need to do, and we actually have the fortitude to do it? As for those tomatoes, I wish we were neighbors. I’d take some off of your hands. :)
I’d love you to join me some Thursday for my Simple Pleasures series.
Kathryn Littler-Fuller says
It doesn’t sound like you are ungrateful for your abundace of food it sounds more like you are more overwhelmed by all you have to do with the food.Come winter when you are enjoying the fruits of your labor you’ll forget all about being stressed and worrying about how you are going to get it done. In the meantime just do what you can and don’t sweat the small stuff:)
I love your Gratituesday posts! It’s always refreshing to be reminded of awesome our God is whether we are in want or in excess.
I’m grateful for a gracious God that died for me when I hated him and allows me to have a relationship with him. For a husband that loves me through all my quirks and two adorable daughters that make me laugh and stop to smell the roses, literally. A walk around the block has never taken so long yet been so relaxing!
Gail Griner Golden says
You have what I call a “happy problem”!! Wish I lived nearby to help.
Shalom and blessings ya’ll,
It Feels Like Chaos says
Great post and reminder about how powerful perspective can be!
YOur post made me smile Laura. It is the feast or famine mode of gardening that can make any sane person crazy. One week there is little to can or freeze and the next week you can’t work fast enough to get it all done. Oh the joys of a garden!
May God’s name be glorified.
Ott, A says
We had an abundance of tomatoes in our garden this year, which we are very thankful for so I am canning them to enjoy this winter. It’s so easy to do yet I know a lot of woman are skeptical of canning so hopefully this easy step-by-step post will give them some encouragement. thanks for hosting!!!
A wonderful post Laura – full of gratitude and thankfulness. I found your site through Dayle, so I thought I would join in today.
Blessings and joy,
Laurie Plath says
I’ve also got tomatoes sitting all over my countertops waiting to be made into something. Thanks for the reminder to be thankful instead of complaining about it. Sometimes I whine about getting up at 6 every morning, even on weekends, to milk my two dairy goats. But then I remember to be thankful for them and all the milk, cheese, yogurt and kefir they produce that’s so good for us. God is a good God and wants to bless us abundantly, so remember to be thankful for the abundance!!!
Amy Steiner says
This post rang true for me as well! I think we, as humans and as sinners, are just never satisfied! But, by God’s redeeming Grace, He brings us back to reality and allows us to see all that we really have to be thanful for!
Thanks for hosting this week after week! I love posting about things I am thankful for!
Oh I could absolutely relate to this. I came in with shopping one day, and our freezer was so full, there were things I couldn’t squeeze in. I found myself moaning and groaning – even taking it out on the kids – because I couldn’t get some of the shopping out of the way. I then caught myself. Moaning? Because of too much food? The shame of my lack of gratitude. It still stings when I think of it. How amazingly forgiving our God is. Praise God that our ingratitude is bound up with all our other sin and is cleansed in His precious blood.
Love, Anne x
Rebecca K says
wow.. that’s so cool! i wish we gardened this year! Hey, if you are interested, my friend makes the most amazing roasted tomato sauce http://goddesshobbies.blogspot.com/2009/08/preserving-food-roasted-tomato-sauce.html
Paula L. says
I am thankful for the rain and the tomatoes that I USED to get. Since we moved from PA to Iowa, they have rotted on the vine from so much rain. so i have tried to save the 4 quarts from who knows when that i have left and will not have ANY to can this year. We bought nice heirloom seed collection from Baker’s Seed Catalogue in a cute tin container. I was so looking forward to them! I do have some beautiful beets, though!!
With a family of 8 and going on 1 more in a few weeks. It does make me fret a bit, but, Psalms 37 reminds me 3 times to Fret not, to trust, delight, commit, and rest in the LORD, so, I go with that thought for the day! :)
Yes, be grateful! I didn’t get one tomato from my garden this year! I only had one plant though and my porch container garden isn’t the greatest- I did get lots of basil, tarragon, and sage though! Yum!
Thank you! I have been “whinny” lately too. I too should be thankful for the abundance we have in our home. I am new to this site and I love it. I will link up next Tuesday for gratituesday!
Thanks so much for the link up!
I am amazed at your bountiful harvest. We’re hoping to try some tomato plants next summer to make sauce!
Thank you for the timely reminder to be thankful. I just came home to 2 grocery bags of cucumbers on my porch from my lovely neighbor. Rather than groan, I rejoiced at her “blessing” us with her extras. We will be doubly thankful come this winter!
Don’t worry…it’ll be over soon. Tomatoes only last so long! ;)
Thank you for reminiding me to be grateful today!
i’m envious of your (and everyone else’s)garden abundance. We’ve been unable to successfully grow a garden and i do wish i could grow something decent. i got 2 tomatoes or was it 3 off a plant i had in a flower pot and had 2 cuke plants that resulted in some very bitter cukes….but i’m greatful for my 2 tomatoes.
Lori Lynn says
Today I wrote about how I’m grateful for my husband’s job. It took a discussion of the miners trapped in Chile for me to find this gratitude.
I’m right there with you on the tomato thing – being more than overwhelmed when they are coming out my ears…until this year when the Richmond heat fried them all up. The only thing still producing in the garden is green peppers and jalapenos…but I’m thankful for those.
Very thankful for the 400+ eggs our chickens have blessed us with!
Budget 4 baby says
Freeze your grapes! They do not last super long, but they are SO tasty and a great alternative to popcicles on a warm day. I will put my grapes in there when they just start to wilt, giving me an extra 2 weeks or so before they go bad.