Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad

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There is so much going on around our house, well actually not really right now.  It's more like there's so much going to happen within our family.  My little nephew Lucas will be going in tomorrow to have an MRI to check the growth of his brain.  At his six-month check-up the doctor was concerned about the growth of his head, because it was on the small side.  She reassured my sister-in-law that it was either because he simply has a small head or his skull is already fusing together.  If it was the later, then they would do surgery to ensure proper growth.

Well, he went in for a cat scan last week where the news wasn't either of the possibilities.  The technician reported that the scan showed there was some sort of pressure (I hate the ambiguity from doctor reports), which means he has to be sedated to have an MRI.  Not as if that's not enough stress, anxiety, & fear to put on a mama, but his appointment isn't until 2pm.  If you've never experienced an MRI than you might be a little lost as to why the appointment time is a big deal...bear with me.  Our oldest had an MRI when she was 14 months, but it was first thing in the morning.  They make you fast, but not just an hour beforehand--it's much longer.  So for dear Lucas, he won't be able to eat anything after 7 am and then only clear liquids from that point until 11 am.  After 11 am he isn't allowed to eat or drink anything!  I thought it was hard for my 14 month old, but for a 6 month old this really is difficult.

The good news is my brother, sister-in-law and nephew will be flying from AZ to see us on Wednesday.  I get so giddy when family, friends, or guests come to stay with us, especially if they've never (or hardly) been to our neck of the woods.  I think of all the food I get to make, the lazy morning Americanos or lattes to drink, walks by the water, and evenings on the deck while the kids go to sleep.

Even though I'm super excited to see them, I'm wearing a heavy heart for Adrienne as a mama who's going through this with her little boy.  I know the heart strings that get pulled when it comes to your child--it's personal and we mothers can't think logically.  Our minds wander into that pit of fear and "what if's?"  Plus, they'll be here when they get the results back from the MRI.  If it's good news than we get to rejoice and celebrate.  But what if it's bad news?  We'll embrace one another and cry, question God and ask him why is this happening to this young life?

The thing about it is I'm remaining hopeful for dear, sweet Lucas.  I truly believe the MRI will come back as nothing.  That the doctors will call on Thursday with positive news.  That the only thing they found is that Lucas simply has a small head and the CAT scan was incorrect.  It's like the ultrasound at 19 weeks with my first and the doctor reported that there was a shadow under the left ventricle of the heart, which meant a possibility of Down's Syndrome.  I knew that everything was fine with my baby--I had a peace like on a warm summer day when there's a gentle breeze ushering in from the water as the sun kisses your skin.  There's no threat of rain clouds or fear of a storm approaching.  And I see Lucas sitting between his daddy & mama right next to me on the grass in that peace.

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Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad(printable recipe)

So come Thursday, I hope to make this wonderful salad again in celebration of good news!

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs variety of heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges (try the Green Zebra)
  • 1 small watermelon, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into 1-in slices
  • 1 or 2 avocados, cut into chunks
  • 2 sprigs tarragon, take off stem (you can also add chopped basil)
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • Kosher Salt & Ground Pepper

Directions:

Combine tomatoes, watermelon, avocado, & red onions in large bowl.  Sprinkle with salt and mix with hands.  In a measuring cup or large cup combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, tarragon, and salt and pepper to taste.  Dump onto fruit.  Mix it up.  Grab a bowl and fork and dive in.