Baby Calves, Fresh Tomatoes and Growing Up

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today’s prompt is “grow.”


The wheat stalks blowing in the prairie wind….
The sunflowers bright yellow, turning towards the sun….
Potatoes sprouting out of the ground…

These images are engrained in my mind as the seeds that my Dad, Uncle, Aunt, and Grandpa plant during this time of the year begin to grow later in the summer months. I’m also reminded of the baby calves that are born during this season too! Feeding a baby calf a bottle helps that calf to grow.

Besides the fields and baby calves, I love to watch the items that are planted in our gardens. The fresh produce that soon is set upon our table. I cut into the red juicy tomato; sprinkle it with salt and enjoy this luscious tomato. Sometimes the best BLTs are made from those tomatoes too. There is nothing I like more than a luscious red tomato grown and picked fresh.

Life is all about growth. Have you ever thought about how much you have grown over your lifetime? I look at my baby pictures, my high school pictures, my camp pictures, my seminary pictures and now my pictures from today. It’s obvious that I have changed in looks, but I also have grown and changed in so many other ways. I’m reminded of how sometimes it takes more guts to stick with it. I think of all the people who share with me how they have seen me grow and mature over the years. It truly is a gift; a gift to know that as we grow God journeys with us.

This gift that begins at birth and journeys with us throughout our lives. As a lover of infants, I love watching babies and children grow. One of my most favorite things in the world is to hold an infant in my arms. (Katie, I so wanted to hold your precious infant when you scoped with us and introduced her to us today) I am reminded of how one of the families my sister and I used to babysit for and how they are now getting married and having babies themselves. They have grown up. I am so proud of the men and women they have become.

Growth is a precious season of life. It is a season that reminds us that growth is a natural part of life. Tonight I was watching an old episode of How I Met Your Mother when Lilly said to Marshall “We need to grow up!” The truth is we all need to grow up. But sometimes, I believe, its  ok to relive our childhood as long as we remember to grow up.

45 thoughts on “Baby Calves, Fresh Tomatoes and Growing Up

  1. Oooh Tara, the salted, fresh-sliced tomato from the garden! Yes! (how's your season out there on the prairie?)
    Around here, we've got a short season as we're at 4200 ft, but the tomatoes are delicious.
    I waxed nostalgic with the growth of my girls tonight and a couple of photos. They're still the same to me, sometimes, and sometimes they've really grown. 🙂
    Love,
    Tammy
    (#9 tonight… mambo!)

    • Yes for sure. We don't plant tomatoes usually until June. So it will be a little while before I can get fresh tomatoes. Loved your post about your girls. Love you too!

  2. "Life is all about growth." So true- I love the picture you paint of the growth we can see around us, and it is so encouraging when we look back and see growth in ourselves and others' lives too.

  3. I've been looking at old baby pictures – so fun! (Especially seeing similarities between the girls and me, since everyone thinks they look like dad!) I'm learning that growing up is never a stop but a process. I keep thinking I'll be grown up after xy or z but really I wonder if I'll be 90 and still wanting to grow up? 😉
    Annie (#24)
    annierim.wordpress.com

  4. This is so true, Tara! There is nothing like a fresh tomato right off the vine! Yum! Good stuff!
    Thanks for these thoughts and words. It's stuff to grow on! (Stopping by from FMF #23)

  5. I'm coming over for your prairie tomatoes and BLTs. Can I, pretty please? BTW, what is your seminary degree in? And I wrote down the Laura Ingalls Wilder quote today. I'm going through a course where I'm supposed to write down my fave quotes. That is definitely one of them. You covered everything I can think of that matters about growing. Excellent, friend.

  6. i enjoyed your post tara:) speaking of fresh tomatoes from the garden, have you ever heard of sugar on fresh tomatoes? that is what my husband grew up eating in his town in WI! i had never heard of it b/f i met him:)

  7. Fresh tomatoes are a big hit at my house. My daughter likes asking for a tomato with a little bit of salt as a snack. I really enjoyed reading your thought about growth. I hope you have a lovely weekend. -Jolene

  8. Spring and summer are so much fun! I love seeing growth. I'm always reminded that in order to grow, we have to experience some sort of not-so-fun stuff. When I'm in the middle of a not-so-fun season, I always hold tight to the hope of growth.

  9. Great post, Tara! Reading about the tomatoes reminded me of a story of my grandmother when the moved from the farm to the city. She went into a grocery store and when she looked at the tomatoes she said something like, "That's not a tomato!" She was used to the garden fresh ones that are so juicy and red and delicious. Blessings to you!

  10. Great words! I can only imagine the beautiful gardens you planted and enjoyed produce from while growing up. There truly is nothing like fresh fruits and veggies. Growing up is important but looking back to see how far we have come shows us that we are headed in the right direction.

  11. Developing fruit and vegetables, as well as infants and children, are beautiful visible reminders of growth. Thank you, Tara, for reminding us that no matter what season of the soul, or season of life we might be in, God accompanies us every step of the way. Enjoy your tomatoes! Home grown ones are delicious! ����

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