Saturday, October 25, 2014

Hosanna

Its been a couple of really rollercoaster weeks! 
Less than two weeks ago the maze finished. Its a relief because we finally can get some sleep, and yet there is so much clean up, bills to pay, things to put away, etc.  I think we've almost wrapped it up! Arthur's chopping the corn and I feel sorry for those that call about bringing a group to the maze.  Too late. Then we lost a son and gained a daughter.  Silas was my "baby boy" and it wasn't easy to see him get married, but what a joy to know he has a godly wife to stand by him!  I can't wait to see what God has in store for them! Naomi and Aaron moved to their church house.  We'll miss having them so close but how fun to see them make a church their home! Then Hosanna came home after almost seven months of being gone.  We finally had time this week to sit down and visit and then she left again yesterday.  Sigh.  I guess we can finish the garden now. She left some pictures for me to post.

This isn't the greatest photo but it shows Hosanna working in the warehouse packing up Bible Bee boxes. Maybe one of these boxes went to your house!


Hosanna's church in Ohio did the same VBS we did this year so we enjoyed comparing things.

Hosanna stays with a wonderful older couple and they enjoy taking her places.  I'm not even sure where this is but it sure is pretty. I think they had a family get-together at this park.

Hosanna also was in a cornfest parade. (Just can't get away from that corn no matter how far you travel!)  She was dressed up as an Operation Christmas Child gift box and walked in the parade.

Some of Hosanna's friends going on a hayride at a cornmaze!  

GraceAnn and Hosanna playing the maze game.  It was actually a large dairy operation that had a cornmaze with it.

Arthur and his dad took Hosanna to the Fargo airport yesterday.  She made it back to Ohio before they got home!  What a blessing planes can be! Today she left for Florida for the National Bible Bee to help get things set up. Being down there, I don't think she'll be missing us like we miss her!  A few more weeks and she'll be home again.

And back at home, Isaac took some of Rebekah's relatives out fishing this last week. They were up for the wedding.  Anyway, Daniel loves fishing and enjoyed catching some big ones! In fact, they got a lot of nice fish! 
Isaac also got his deer, a nice large doe, with a bow. (That was a few weeks ago but I think I forgot to mention it.) He also bought two pickup trucks to use or fix and sell. One might be made into his trapping truck.
 Arthur is getting the cattle closer to home to vaccinate next week.
 Silas and Karen are on their honeymoon and we've been cleaning up and working on their home-sweet-home along with J. family members. Yes, we've heard from them. Even got a text picture of Silas at none other than, a corn maze!
I must be getting rested up because I'm starting to plan my next project - the kitchen!  It needs help so bad!  Well, you all have a wonderful day enjoying the beautiful fall weather God is sending us!

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Wedding!

Silas and Karen told me to post some pictures, so here they are!
What a sweet couple! Hannah Hanson took this photo and the other wedding pictures.  The other pictures in this post, our family took. It was a beautiful wedding!  Karen, with her mom and sisters, did a wonderful job at organizing everything and making everything so beautiful and special!

Karen's brother Robbie and Naomi's oldest daughter Esther were the ringbearer and flowergirl.

Exchanging the rings.

Lighting the unity candle.  Karen's sister-in-law sang during the candle ceremony.

Mr. and Mrs. Silas Krahn!

This was taken at the reception right after they introduced the wedding party. 

Cutting the cake.  Naomi made the cake and it was so pretty, tasted great too!

Our family picture taken after the wedding.  We are thrilled to have a sweet, new daughter to add to the ranks!

And the wedding party.  Isaac was best man with Karen's brothers, Nathan and Caleb as groomsmen.  Karen's sister Jessica was maid of honor with her sister Krystal and Priscilla as bridesmaids.

The wedding party shocked at them kissing!  Cute :) I should've cropped this so you could see the facial expression better!

And the older brothers in black.  Handsome aren't they!  Amos and Jonathan were ushers.

So, it was a wonderful, fun wedding. Thank you to everyone that came and helped out.  It was a day we looked forward to for so long. A couple that desires to serve the Lord. Please pray for them, if you think of it, that God's will would be done in their lives. For safety on that honeymoon too!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

This and That

Things have been really busy but Arthur still found time for some hunting. Evangelist RC came up and the two of them got lots of nice birds with the help of his hunting dog.

Isaac had been promising some nephews, and Priscilla, a day fishing, so yesterday they headed out and got a pile of fish!  Ronnie caught this nice walleye.  

Other than that, the guys have baled lots of straw.  They've also been chopping silage, moving cattle, and sold off the bulls.  We've been gearing up for the last weekend for this years maze.  The time has gone so fast, and yet we are getting really tired, and look forward to staying home for awhile, after the wedding! We still have carrots, potatoes, and cabbage in the garden, plus boxes of tomatoes, but they will have to wait till next week or the next.  Well, that's all for now.  

I Thessalonians 5:24
Faithful is He that calleth you,
who will also do it.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy Birthday, Arthur

Happy Birthday, Arthur!
We love you!!!
(best pictures I could find that I haven't posted already!)
Things you may not know about Arthur:

1. He got saved when he was just a little boy!

2. He went in debt one time in his life, when he was 16 to buy his first cows.

3. He was (still is :) a great hockey player.  When he went to the Christian school in 10th grade, a lot of people were mad!  He was expected to go pro but chose a christian education over a hockey career. We still run into people, even in other towns that remember his playing.

4. He loves meat and potatoes.

5. He does not like junk food - at least not too much!

6. He uses hand 
motions a lot.  He uses motions before the words come out so the whole knows when he puts his hand out, he probably wants a phone, and things like that.
7. He has a weekly jail ministry with another church guy.  We have fun Wednesday nights telling people on the phone, "He's in jail".

8. He went to Israel in college.

9. His favorite hunting is goose and duck hunting.

10. When he was little, he road his trike down the stairs. He ended up wearing a helmet for awhile because he was always getting hurt.

11. He took me out on our first date when we were 13!

12. He hates peas, canned especially.

13. Some of his favorite hymns are "Oh, it is Wonderful to Be a Christian" and "Like a River Glorious".

14. As a boy in school, instead of working hard on his Iowa Basic tests, he would see what kind of designs he could make while coloring in the circles.

15. His spiritual gift is evangelism and he loves to share the gospel.

16. Eats apples when his boat is sinking. (Ask the J. family about that!)

17. Loves to buy strange animals at auctions.

18. Loves to buy food in bulk.  If its on a great sale, he'll fill his cart!

19. Was a dairy goat farmer for awhile when we first got married in Texas.

20. Has lots of kids!  If you're under 30, and you're with him, people will assume you belong to him!

21. Was in two movies while in college, The Printing and Captive Faith.

22. Dilutes everything - he adds lots of water to juice, milk or vinegar to soup, lots of milk to a tiny bit of coffee.

23. Always has to call his phone to find it.

24. Played saxophone in high school.


25. Favorite thing to do with the grandkids is to look at cow catalogs with them and teach them cattle breeds.


That's all for now.  We love him and appreciate all he does for his family and his desire to serve God!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Shower / Maze / Isaac

Our church hosted a bridal shower for Karen this weekend.  Karen's sisters and our girls did the planning and it had the theme, "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." Here's Karen sitting with her mom.  For those of you that have prayed for Pam, she's doing so good!!  What an answer to prayer!  After spending about six weeks at Mayo, Pam is seeing great improvement in her mobility which is so wonderful!!!  I'm sure she'd want everyone to keep praying for her because she still has a ways to go and would love to swallow again!

It was one of our Wild West weekends at the maze and Arthur took time to teach some boys how to lasso a cow head. For those wondering how the maze is going, I would say it is a very average year.  Not our busiest but not our slowest either.  Just right!  Miriam can hardly keep up with popcorn balls!

Yesterday we did something spontaneous and headed for a nearby hotel for the night.  Everyone enjoyed swimming, we played Rook, ate lots of pizza and ice cream, stayed up late visiting, and watched videos.  When we came home early this morning we all felt so refreshed.  I'm afraid with the maze and the farm the stress gets pretty high this time of year and we just needed a few hours away from it all.  Plus, we so seldom do anything together as a family anymore with everyone's schedules so different. I'm so thankful that God gave us even the few hours we had together as a family!

Isaac was happy to get his bear this week!  The DNR has bear hunters send a tooth to them, for research I suppose, and they send back a letter telling how old the bear was.  He brought it over to the maze to show us before skinning it and a lot of people really enjoyed seeing it and checking out its fur, teeth and claws!  Isaac has been busy working for another farmer and if the soybean harvest is done by October, he would like to do sugarbeets again.

This is out of order but I thought it was such a nice picture of Karen taken at the shower that I wanted to add it.  She's holding a dozen roses that Silas bought to surprise her and they used it as a table decoration.  We played a getting-to-know Karen game and another game that Rebekah led.  Naomi and Mae did devotionals.  The other sisters helped with decorating and food. Silas is getting a "Far above rubies" girl!

I also realize I forgot to mention that Priscilla placed in the local Bible Bees and is eligible to go on to nationals in Florida in November!  We are so proud of her and all the hard work she did to commit the verses to memory and for the scriptures she studied.  However, we did decline the trip to nationals because of another thing Priscilla is preparing for.  Maybe next year!  Rachel M. is going and we are VERY excited for her!

We're counting down the days till Hosanna comes home.
We're counting down the days till the wedding.

Have a great week everyone and remember with us, that perfect peace and rest only comes from God!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2nd Video Clip (1st is already posted below)

Another trail camera video.  This one is taken at night and shows six or seven racoons eating on the bait pile.  See if you can count them all.
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Isaac's Trail Camera

Isaac has been getting some pretty nice video clips of a bear on his trail camera.  Unfortunately, he isn't out there hunting while the bear is.  Too much fall work to do!  The bait pile (the dumpster stuff), is hidden under the log.
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Maze Update

Cute aren't they?!  Our theme this weekend was "Corn Festival" and we did different things to do with corn and one of the things was giving all the kids Butter Kernel hats.

The Pitchfork has never been as busy as they were this weekend.  Silas does an amazing job grilling burgers, hotdogs, corndogs, pineapple, and whatever else we come up with.  The whole weekend was really busy and we sooooo missed Hosanna's help!!!  She usually spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday making popcorn balls.  This year Miriam is trying to do that and waterballoons, and the rest of us fill in as we can.

We did a small cornbox for the kids and Arthur has to test it out!  It was quite dusty, but the kids got rid of a lot of it this weekend!

I'm not sure how to turn this photo but it just shows Arthurs skid marks.    A truck driver nearby ran out of gas.  He had a really heavy load and went to Arthur to get help.  He got him some fuel and then the driver needed a pull to get it going.  He used his 3/4 ton Ford truck and it 4 Lo it squealed and bucked a little but pulled the big heavy truck with a 100,000 lb load on it.  It took about 1/4 mile to get it going and in the process left the skid marks. (Arthur dictated that to me because I wouldn't have remembered the details :)  He's not a hot rod driver and tries not to be hard on vehicles, but enjoyed the challenge!

Karen helped out at the grill some too.  She took orders, Priscilla assembled them and Silas did the grilling.  When Karen was in the Granary, Priscilla ran the show.

As for the maze, its going good.  We've had a lot of people through, had a lot of fun, but are really tired!  Thankfully, we don't have any extra groups this week so we can take a really quick breather before getting things ready on Thursday. Time to get some gardening done, canning, house cleaning, stuff like that.

 Our church is having a bridal shower for Karen on Saturday morning.  If anyone is interested in coming, be sure to RSVP to us soon.

Hosanna had the fun of being in, none other than, a Corn Fest Parade!  Yes, she felt at home with the corn stalks and haybales!  She actually was in a Samaritan's Purse float and dressed in a Christmas present box costume :)

Have a great week everyone enjoying God's blessings!