In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Big Rat (and Salsa Estimate)

 Last night we took Julia and Elijah to Chuck E. Cheese while everyone else attended the first night of VBS - they haven't been in two years and we had promised them a trip for their birthdays. We had a good time in spite of my back really acting up and Elijah being scared enough of "the big rat" that he didn't want off of JD's lap for the first 30 minutes. 

I finally have a final salsa price comparison if there is anyone out there that really is interested. I only paid 50 cents a pound for the tomatoes and 88 cents a pound for the green peppers. With those prices, it ended up costing $1.64 a quart. It's definitely cheaper than any you can buy and tastes way better - it's just a lot of work! Since I made about 75 quarts, I still put a lot of money into salsa this year, so I'm going to try and grow green peppers next year and make salsa as I have tomatoes. I have been straight canning my tomatoes all year, so I also have lots of cans for chili or soup bases put up also. 


  1. the green pepper cost is what ran my bill up for making it last year. this year I had an excellent round of green peppers. i saved the seeds also hoping to do so well next year. it is cheaper & taste better. you made a ton more than i did...only about 42 quarts this year for us. but this year i also bought my green pepper plants from a different place & they were all open pollinated - non-hybrid plants.

  2. So your salsa is only tomatoes & green (bell) peppers?