Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Fair

Silas took Karen down to the fair for fun and ministry.  Of course Silas took Karen through the barns to see the cows, bulls, steers, horses, etc, as well as tried out some of the good fair food, a ride on the ferris wheel and then helped out at our church's Good News Cabin.  (Aren't they cute, Mrs. J?) By the way, Karen's mom is down at Mayo and would love people to pray for her!

At the Good News Cabin, different people took turns telling the wordless book and other Bible lessons to children and after they listen to the lesson, they get either a balloon animal or their face painted.  They also gave out lots of free water bottles, tracts, and DVD's.  About 600 children came through  not to mention lots of parents who also listened to the gospel.  Several children got saved and there were lots of discussions about spiritual things with adults and parents. Thank you, Elizabeth, for organizing this every year!  Isaac, Priscilla, Karen and Silas all helped out different days.

It was a beautiful day for farm work today and Isaac, Arthur and Silas raked and baled about 150 round bales this afternoon before it started to sprinkle.  Miriam and I canned a bunch of raspberry jam and froze some snow peas. Arthur and Isaac are busy planning FARM camp in just a little over a week.  It's a one week camp for boys 13 - 18 here at the farm.  Know anyone who wants to come?  Let us know!  They will work hard, play hard, fish, and eat a lot, plus have lots of devotionals by different people!  It's going to be fun!  Arthur also had a cattle gate fall on his ear this week.  It's black and blue and looks nasty.

Silas and Karen also had an old time photo taken.  Cute :)

Have a wonderful day tomorrow worshipping God!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

County Fair Parade

Yesterday was another wonderful fair parade day!
Thank you so much again, to the wonderful workers who put up with the heat and smiled, and smiled, and smiled, as they gave out almost 2,000 flyers!

If you're into Polaris things you would have been awed by their presence at the parade!  They had a whole fleet of their motorcycles like the Indian Chiefs, Rangers, Ace's, Sportsmans, RZRs,  and all the other off-road neat things they make.  They were in front of us at the parade and you can see the long lines of their stuff. I was in the truck with Arthur so he educated me on what I was seeing.

Well, I know Hosanna likes to see what we're up to so I thought she'd enjoy the pictures.  Today Priscilla and Arthur are down at the fair working at our church's booth where they share the wordless book or Bible lessons with children.  They also give out lots of tracts and DVD's and bottles of free water. Silas is at work, Isaac is mowing hay, Miriam is scrapbooking in the church album, and so it goes.  We picked raspberries and peas today as well. Please pray for those at the fair this week that many would be reached, for salvation decisions, and for the workers as well.  Have a great evening!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Visiting Cousins in SD

Isaac, Miriam, Silas and Priscilla headed down to South Dakota to visit cousins.  They had a wonderful time and are really thankful for Uncle Doug and Aunty Louise who put up with them!  While they were there a few others were invited over for a game of volleyball and late night visit. That's Reuben hitting the ball in case you don't recognize him!

And some of the girls that played.  Joshua is the one hitting it this time.

Isaac and Joshua enjoyed a juggling contest with each other.

Lots of visiting, games, and fun going on.

One day they headed out to the Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls.  Pretty awesome water feature isn't it?!

There they are, enjoying the fun day.  


Priscilla and Abby

Joshua and Silas  (I didn't know you were so  big, Silas!)

Always nice to get your picture taken with  President Ronald Reagan!  This was taken at Scheels.  While the kids were gone, Arthur and I took advantage of no one using their bathroom and did a quick facelift for the very, very run down room.  I don't think it was too big of a surprise because they know if their gone for a few days I'll do something to surprise them. They were just very relieved we did it when they were gone as it made a huge, huge mess!!  

One last fun picture.  We were watching the boys yesterday and we decided to introduce them to sprinkler fun.  They loved it!  Jeriah wasn't too sure of the water and Gideon wouldn't step foot near the water but Davy and Daniel sure enjoyed it!

Have a wonderful day enjoying God's blessings, and the wonderful, needed rain we got last night!!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

This and That

The Little Cowboy

And off into the sunset with Grandpa and little brother watching.

Okay, this picture is to make any of you with a weedy garden not feel so bad!  It's on the back side of our main garden and is always just big clods so its not easy to weed.  We usually just plant pumpkins or corn on this side so it doesn't need as much care or can take over the weeds.
Oh, I love these little grandchildren with all their unique and different personalities!!  If only I had half of their energy I could get so much done!! :)  Trying to get them all to smile for a picture isn't easy either!

The front part of our garden we do try to keep weeded, although it sometimes has to take a back burner to other things.  Normally Hosanna does a good part of the weeding and we are so missing her help!  Between the two halves is our two long rows of raspberries that have a lot of burning nettles in them right now.  We need to pull them soon before the raspberries get ready.  I'm so thankful for the ability to have a garden and all that wonderful fresh, organic, only our-hands-have-touched food!  God is so good!!

Meanwhile, Hosanna called and let us know how busy she is doing this or that - work, baking, gardening, playing piano, helping out at VBS, etc.  Pretty much what she'd be doing here other than the daytime office job at the Bible Bee headquarters. For those of you in the Bible Bee, Mrs. M. is already working on next year's Sword Study!!!  I had no idea of all that was involved in running such a big ministry but it is a huge job and such a blessing to so many.  Pray for the Bible Bee if you think of it.  Pray for the workers, the M.'s and W's, finances, ideas, etc.  I'm sure they'd appreciate it!

The guys are busy getting hay up, cattle moved around, bulls in with the cattle, helping neighbors with their cattle, fixing equipment, and the endless farm list.  The girls and I are getting the house cleaned up, doing laundry, dishes, etc.

Have a wonderful weekend!  Go to church tomorrow and enjoy fellowshipping with God's people!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Parade

We had a wonderful 4th of July yesterday!  First we had a family get-together with my side of the family and then went home to get ready for the parade.  It was scheduled for  four and then changed to five because of the rain and finally they had it at six o'clock. Little Jeriah loved holding his flag.

Our church had a float and gave out tracts. This is something the church families have talked about for years and finally someone did it!

The grandchildren were so, so excited to see Aunty Miriam, I mean, Buttercream the cow!  Notice that the only ones not in coats on this cold day were the ones from down Tennessee way!

And a close up of our float.  It was really windy but that didn't stop tons of candy from being thrown to all the eager little people!

Our wonderful maze workers passed out about 1,600 maze cards.  (Krystal J. is in the orange maze shirt.) That's less than last year but we had less workers and I would guess less stayed for the parade since it was so late.  Even so, with one in every four getting a card, or so, that means there was about  6.000 people there!  Maybe they gave out one in every three.  Anyway, that's a lot of people for our little town!

There was the Marvin Windows float.  Need custom windows?  Look them up!!

I think this might be Drew's rogator.  Pretty nice!

The parade theme was the Olympics since TJ and Gigi were in the winter Olympics this year.  This float shows the Olympics players from our town.

This is the back of our float.  Karen sat on the back and handed the workers cards as they needed them.  You can see the cactus from this angle. When we do the county fair parade, the corn should be high enough to put some cornstalks on the float.

And here's the wonderful maze workers that helped with the float!!!  Thank you all so, so much!!!!!  I think Arthur makes a pretty handsome cowboy!

Today is not as restful.  We had a tank of milk that accidentally got a treated cow's milk in it, maybe a gallon we figure.  Anyway, it was past the withholding time but Arthur had given it an extra strong dose of penecillin so we decided not to let the truck take this load.  Instead, we've been making lots of cottage cheese today.  Our family is on lunch at church tomorrow so we've been busy making things for that as well. If your in the area and you want some free milk, get it tonight!  Have a great weekend celebrating how God has blessed America!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Its a Girl!

Jubilee Amanda
7' 7 oz.
Born at 12:35 this morning!

And the very happy parents!  Finally a little pink in a house full of blue! It was a long labor, but not hard.

Gideon will need to be watched.  He loves this little sister and would like to drag her, poke her, and probably drop her!  He just loves her!

David enjoying his little sister.

Daniel taking his turn holding the little sweetheart.

And Miriam enjoyed holding the little one, as well as the rest of us!  

The boys wanted us to take a picture of them in their new swim goggles.
Froglike aren't they :)  So cute!

We've been watching the boys and they loved playing on and in the covered wagon we're using for the corn maze parade float.

Isaac has been taking different people fishing. I love it when the lake is smooth as glass.

The waves the boat makes are enjoyable to watch.

And Priscilla getting a head start on fishing while Isaac gets the boat in the water.

One last picture of the sweet little, Jubilee. Another little blessing!

Psalm 127:3-5
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD:
and the fruit of the womb is His reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;
so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver
full of them...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

This and That

We really miss Hosanna!  But, since she's gone, her bed has become the catch all for the maze boxes that keep arriving in the mail.  We thought she might enjoy seeing a picture of it.  For those wondering, things are going really good for Hosanna.  She is super busy and really enjoys her work.

The boys have been at our house some as we wait for their new little brother, or sister,  to arrive.  They found peeling corncobs very fascinating. 

And then there's these two! :)  Silas just keeps downloading more and more pictures on my computer of the two of them so I thought I'd share one I liked.  If you look close, there are mosquitoes sitting on Silas' arm and on Karen's shirt.  The mosquitoes are really, really bad this year with all of the rain and cool weather.  If you want to 'Save the Date', its October 18th.

Meanwhile, Isaac has done a little fishing but mostly farm work.  Arthur is milking cows tonight.  Miriam is making a large batch of frozen fruit cups with all the great fruit available this time of year in the store and in our freezer.  Priscilla is getting a head start on dessert for Sunday since we're on lunch at church.  I'm watching the little people who are watching "Lost in Silver Canyon". Silas is at work.  So, things continue to roll along.

Have a great evening!  Pray for Rebekah and the baby!

Friday, June 27, 2014