I have to rewind several weeks. It all started with a knock at the door. I was folding the laundry and asked Molly to see who it was. I was not expecting any visitors, so there was a curiosity that plagued our minds.
Molly comes running up the steps, “Mom, there is a little boy at the door. He asked if you would like a deer.” I responded, “YES!!!!” I rushed down the steps and found this young boy at my doorstep. He went on to explain that his family had enough deer this year, and after youth hunt, he was able to get a few more deer that they did not need.
With tears of joy welling up in my eyes, I was just gleaming with thankfulness, as I gave this dear boy a hug. Think of all the meat, all the canning, all the steaks. I truly felt rich. This was like a gift from heaven. Glorious meat!
They plopped the deer on our grass and drove away just as quick as they came. I immediately called for reinforcements—Owen, our neighbor who is also lovingly called family to us. He loves any opportunity to help butcher and smoke meat.
He actually used to work as a butcher, so he knows what he is doing. That night he and the girls managed to string it up and skin it out. Miles is planning to tan the hide. He salted it that very night and put it in a place where animals could not disturb it.
The next morning, I picked Owen up early, he and Grandma Evie. I set him up at the snack bar with all his gear: The knives, the grinder, the seasonings. He started with the back straps and cut some beautiful steaks that he later marinated. That night we ate like Kings. I let the kids have seconds, and thirds of the steaks. We enjoyed the feast.
Then he sat there with Mikey cutting the roasts into little squares so that I could can them as chunks. I put them in the jar, add a little fat, a little beef boullion (no MSG), and a little onion flakes. About a tablespoon of each. The rest of the meat was ground up for burger to can or freeze.
We had company from Los Angeles visiting, a lovely family. They were a treasured blessing. Seems like we all smiled and laughed, and had such a great time together. Thankful for all the Lord has given in our lives and families. We truly have so much to Thank Him for! It is even better to reflect each day on all that we have and all that we can be thankful for, all year round!
We did a Christmas Parade lately as a church body, handing out nearly 3000 tracks. It was really fun. We had the Grinch float and the Frozen Float in front of us. But it was really neat to see the people grabbing for our million dollar bill tracks. They found them to be very unique and fun to have. I could not get over the positive response we had. The message of the gospel got out there.
"I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and will call upon the name of the LORD."