This entry could be an award winning short story, but for brevity, it is a mediocre blog entry.
Some miracles are subtle, this one not so much. Josh' grandpa was a forester and in retirement, a "Hightree Trimmer". His bucket truck in Salmon, ID, was nearly 7 hours away and had not been driven since approximately 2014, so Able and Josh's mission for the weekend was to 1) drive to Salmon, 2) determine if the truck could be brought into a freeway worthy condition, 3) do needed maintenance, 4) drive the truck back to Garfield, and if possible 5) do a tree trimming job for Danielle.
All of this they accomplished with Divine help. Yes Abel is awesome. Yes Josh's dad is ultra generous, adding to the "cash advance" on the truck purchase a roundtrip from Payette to Salmon to sign papers, two Stihl chainsaws, extra bars and chains, harnesses, rigging, and over 50 gallons of bar oil, motor oil, fuel additives, etc. and a wood stove (loaded in the dark as the first time using the boom). This sort of blessing opens so many doors that it boggles the mind, and that the effort succeeded was testament to God's goodness.
How many wheelbarrows full of dill does it take to make one pint of dried dill? Apparently one.... But what a beautiful day and beautiful bouquet in the hands of a beautiful woman.
"Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. How bless is the man whose quiver is full of them...."
This 12 passenger quiver is a miracle and a gift from an earthly and a heavenly father. Josh's parents created a vehicle purchase fund for the family when we outgrew our 8 seater Caravan, but it took months to find the right vehicle. With people purchasing "bugout" vehicles, and with new vehicles being limited by supply chain issues, we saw prices for 15 passenger vans skyrocket all over the US.
One unlikely afternoon, with four hours notice, we drove to Kamiah, the first of several people in line for The Quiver; Kyra responded first just 2 hours after its posting on Craigslist.
The retired couple expressed grief at letting go of their 2007 vehicle of 14 years that they had used to travel between Louisiana and Kamiah, ID each year. At 95k, the mileage was low for an '07. The price was right at $8,700, about half the comparables, especially with the tow package, and other extras. The couple had tried to sell it two years ago and found no interest at $10k, so they reluctantly marked it down this year, not aware of the strange van shortage. Wondering if they had underpriced (with so much interest so quickly), they told us they were glad to sell it to a family that needed it. We picked blackberries and visited while doing paperwork and reinstalling all the seats. What a blessing, and just in time. With XC season starting, and Josh's brother coming, we needed the seats.
Saturday morning around 9AM, a somewhat poorly coordinated picking cohort of some eight households arrived at the orchard. Doing something for the first time with eight households is not likely to be as efficient as it is fun. By 2PM, it was time to start processing. The Hightrees alone had over 150 pounds of peaches and 50 pounds of nectarines. We froze puree and cubes and canned 14 quarts by 6PM.
Josh: Founder, father