Tuesday, August 25, 2015

This and That

Last night the crew all went out to weed petunias.  Aimee is up here for a visit so she got to join in as did Joshua H. and Matthew M.

The petunias started off so good this year but they never got as big as normal.  Not sure why.  Anyway, fall is in the air and they are starting to wind down.  Hosanna is the one hoeing above.

We had to visit the new little man today and when Karen started talking he lifted his head and looked right at her.  It was so sweet.  I'm sure he was thinking, "That's my Mama talking.  I love her so much. She loves me and takes such good care of me.". Karen is feeling much better today and has her color back.  Thank you for all of you that prayed for her!

And other cute picture of little Samuel Paul.

Okay, this isn't a nice people of the people, but I wanted to show you the canning that the girls have been busy working on today among other things. There's a shower for Aimee Thursday night at 7:00 at our church if anyone wants to come!  Well, that's it for today.  Have a great evening enjoying God's blessings.  Don't forget to give thanks in everything!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

It's a Boy!

Samuel Paul
Born last night!
8 pounds 3 oz.

Little Samuel is so cute!!  He has quite a bit of dark hair, which makes him look a more like the J. side of the family.

This little guy has eighteen aunts and uncles!! 

So sweet! Karen had a difficult time with him, was induced, and it took a long time. However, things went okay although she's still not feeling great yet which is why I don't have a picture of the baby with her.

Happy Grandpa!

Congratulations, Silas and Karen!!!! We love you all!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Priscilla's New Book!

Priscilla's been working really hard this summer to finish up this children's book before the maze starts Friday.  It's a mystery that takes place at a corn maze from 6 - 12 year olds. you can read more about it at her website, www.priscillajkrahn.com or read a part of the book on Amazon.  It's a fun book and I know kids will love it! Good job, Cilla!
We've been working non-stop the last few days at the maze - well, non stop all summer it seems!  Anyway, today we put together "Maizyland" (pictured above.) The girls and I also worked on getting the Granary and Concession area set up.  The guys redid the fooseball game, mowed the whole area and did some weed eating, not to mention all the signs and flags they put up. What hard workers!!
We're trying something new this year and cut a small children's maze.  I know the parents with younger ones will enjoy the fast walk through the dinosaur footprints cut in the corn with a simple little dinosaur sticker game.

I feel much more encouraged today about getting it all done than I did a few days ago.  It's very overwhelming and so much of it has to wait till the last week.  Tomorrow us girls get food things ready, including water balloons, and the guys finish up things so everything is perfect!

So, if you're bored, or have children that love to read, come on out to the maze and buy Priscilla's book or get one on Amazon. (Cheaper at the maze!)  Have a great weekend enjoying God's blessings and please pray for us!  

Friday, August 14, 2015

Maze Work

We love the maze, but, it's a lot of work.  The last few days we all fall into bed hoping we'll wake up sometime in late October! Well, not really, that's Isaac who is kinda waiting for late October!  Anyway, Arthur and Matthew have been really busy at the maze, and trying to get hay done at the same time.  Even in this heat they work so hard and I appreciate their help so much with all the projects! Arthur added on a small addition to the Concession stand and with the electricity, it will make it easier to always have the coffee on, or maybe serve up a hotdog or nachoes.  Miriam gave it a couple of coats of paint, and things look good.

Matthew has been putting in tons of signs and banners while Arthur has been trying to get the duck race game set up.  It's sure colorful and hopefully it will be running good by next Friday!  The girls and I have made jar mixes, priced things for the store, made new labels for everything, painted this and this, and this and that, cleaned buildings, etc.

It's hard at this time to not feel stressed out with such long to-do lists but somehow it always gets done. I try to pray for the people coming to the maze when things get crazy busy like this week,  and pray for whatever it is I'm working on that they will enjoy it, that it will make people happy, that no one will get hurt, that maybe, just maybe, someone will read our maze tract and get saved. We would love it if everyone reading this would pray for us!

Priscilla has a new project done she'll want me to share in a couple of days! That's what she's been doing while the rest of us slave away ;)

Well, have a great evening enjoying the beautiful sunshine God is sending us!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

This and That

The last few weeks we had a nephew, Joshua, staying with us.  What a great help this young man has been!  We have totally enjoyed having him around! Here Joshua is unclogging a mower conditioner.

Another nephew, Matthew, has also been working for us this summer.  Another great young man that we have really enjoyed working with!  Arthur is about ready to adopt some young men after having these helpful nephews around!!  In other words, we're missing having Silas on the farm this summer! Yes, we're quite happy for him though!  Please pray for his wife Karen as she is due in two weeks or less.

We ended up having all the grandchildren over one afternoon and it was really hot so we had a sprinkler party!  David especially loves the water!

The girls were a little more cautious but it didn't take long and they were running through it too.

We had a special kids day at the maze. We had a good turnout and all the kids seemed to really have fun.

Like always, we couldn't do things like this without such great workers, aka, our kids friends and cousins!  Hosanna did a few things with a trick rope and talked about how sin can grab us if we're playing too close to it.

I got some cute pictures of our granddaughters trying out some of the hair things for the maze store.  Isn't she adorable!!

And so sweet!

And so full of smiles!

Matthew got to fly up this week with a man in the community and took our maze aerial photos.  I love this one of the lake that seems to go on forever.  God's beauty is everywhere, especially here at Lake of the Woods!

This is our little town on the river.  In case you can't figure out what's where, right in the middle is the new lake street park.

We're working on getting electricity at the maze.  Matthew put his muscles to work digging the trench for the wires.

Arthur and his dad doing the wiring.

And last but not least is the maze aerial picture that Matthew took.  It doesn't look exactly like I figured it would, but pretty close.  Can you see the T-Rex, triceratops, and apatosaurus?

That pretty much sums up the last couple of weeks.  Isaac has been spending a lot of time on the phone, something we never thought we'd see him do!  Miriam and Hosanna are working hard getting garden stuff done.  Priscilla is frantically working to finish up a new book that she hopes to have out in time for the maze. I'm just laying back sipping ice tea! Ha!  Mainly I've been working on computer stuff for the maze - game cards, maze map, passes, etc.  I'm not sure I'd ever want a full time job working on a computer!

Have a great week with God's blessings!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Hay Season

It's been a good week to put up hay with all the nice drying, and very hot, weather.  This is Joshua H. whose busy on the hay trailer. I know, the bale looks loose.  Maybe a twine broke on it. You can't tell by looking at the picture, but this the hay smells so good!

Arthur takes the bales Josh is throwing him and is stacking them in the hayshed.  We do a lot of round bales  for the beef cows but use mostly squares for the dairy cows.

Hosanna and I had to go check out the corn maze.  This is some of the taller corn!  Amazing how fast its grown this year.  The shorter corn is still well over her waist. For those of you further south, this might not be a big deal, but we usually don't have corn this tall till early August. Looks like it will make for a good corn maze!

The weeks are rolling by so fast.  Don't forget or miss going to church tomorrow!  We heard a great message once titled, "What You Miss When You Miss" by Dr. S.M. Davis.  It is so true.  It seems like the one week a person get sick, is too busy and has other things going on, or maybe just doesn't feel like going, the message will be just the one you should've heard.  I'm afraid it's happened to me!  Please be encouraged this week as well to not loose heart for God.  It's so easy to get our focus on this world and our families.  Don't ever forget God is there and always wants to be first in your life.  If your walk with God isn't what it used to be, find out why not, and fix it!  Have a great Lord's Day tomorrow!!!

Monday, July 6, 2015

4th of July Weekend

Okay, this is out of order, but, its our 4th of July maze float going down the street.  You can see our great workers in orange on the sides of the street giving out maze ad cards.  Karen is sitting on the float and gave the walkers more cards as they needed them.  Wonderful hubby in the white cowboy had is driving the tractor! The good guys always have white hats :)
We had a great 4th of July weekend!  Our picnic on the 4th was with the K. side of the family.  Doug had the grilling honors and made some great burgers.
The line of picnic tables went back a ways behind me as well, with all the family together.

The little girls patiently waiting for the parade to begin.

We are so thankful for the wonderful crew that helped us out during the parade!  Thank you everyone!!!!  Like most years, we also got tons, literally, of hay baled over the weekend which we are also so thankful for.

Like I said, we had a good 4th of July weekend.  It is hard to feel patriotic this year with things the way they are and I'm sure you all feel the same way.  However, we still live in the best country in the world and most of the world would give anything to live here. Except maybe the Canadians :)  We need to be in continual prayer for our country, for revival in the church, and salvation of the lost.

We had a nice family night together last night and got discussing family devotions.  How many families actually have them?  How about your family?  Is the lack of family devotions destroying the christian families in America?  Could having devotions together save families? Take the anonymous poll on the left and let us know how your family does. Have a great week!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Monster Calf & Picnic & Maze

First, last week we had a new dairy heifer calf.  The picture didn't turn out or I'd show you. Anyway, it was HUGE!  The mama cow had it on its own although she could hardly stand afterwards.  Arthur put a weigh tape on it and she was 168 pounds!!!  A normal calf is around 80 pounds!  And can that calf ever drink her milk! I'm sure it must be a record or something!

Meanwhile, Miriam and I marked off the maze and Arthur went behind weedeating it.  I know the field doesn't look the greatest here but the weeds have all died back and the corn is already over my knees!  I'm so glad to have this part of the maze done!  Now we can just sit back and watch the corn grow.  Ha!  Not with our long to-do list!
We had an early 4th of July picnic at my parents last week.  Aren't they just the cutest!!

My dad, the griller.  His grilled chicken is AWESOME!  I need to learn to make it.

And a picture of  my parents great-grandchildren.  It isn't easy getting so many young ones to smile for a picture!

On the farm, Arthur has been busy with Matthew M.'s help, getting things ready for baling hay, fence maintenance, etc.  The girls have been busy weeding in the garden, helping this person and that person, etc.  Priscilla  has been busy getting her next book ready to print.  Isaac is also busy on the farm when he's not on the phone to you-know-who!  I've been working on maze things and, specifically today, working on the 4th of July parade float stuff and cleaning house.

Have a great 4th of July everyone!  Be sure to pray for our country!