These once-beautiful tomatoes from our garden have met their demise. They rotted right on the kitchen counter for several days before they found their final resting place in my trash can. I had every good intention of canning this first batch over the weekend, but then.....life happened. And then life happened again and again....and again.
As a single mom of four, I often hear this phrase:
"I don't know how you do it all."
Well, these rotten tomatoes that ended up in my trash is a very good indicator that there are many things around here that don't.get.done. As much as I was looking forward to canning these tomatoes from my very own garden, it just didn't make the cut this weekend. On one hand, it kills me to see them go to waste. But on the other, it is another good lesson learned in being OK with cutting things free from my to do list when I simply cannot squeeze them in.
Truth be told, we had a lovely weekend with friends and swimming and sleepovers and soccer practice and a gourmet meal prepared by my daughter and her friend. (More on this to come!) And these tomatoes are just one of many things that did not get done around here this weekend.
But at the end of a day and the end of a weekend, I know there are four healthy children up sleeping in their beds. We ate, we played, we worshiped, and we had clean clothes to put on. We spent time together.
I am glad for all we did do this weekend. And I think that if the tomatoes could talk, they might even be OK with their sacrifice on our behalf. ;)
Happy Monday, Friends!