Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy 21st, Priscilla!

It's hard to believe it's been 21 years since you were born!! You have brought so much joy to our house with your quirky humor, unlimited energy, and above all, a desire to please God! We love you and pray that you will have a wonderful day and a blessed year!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Maze Craft

I am so enjoying this winter! My project this week has been to make some of these notecases for the maze and for Priscilla to bring to camp. I love the look of all the pretty papers and the finished product! I don't love the mess I'm making!!

If you haven't seen these before, I've been selling them at the maze for a few years now. Inside they have sticky notes and a notebook along with a pretty pen. They're all just a little different. I still have a ways to go before I'm done.

Other than that, Arthur has been busy working on "sprucing up" the milkhouse and on a "top secret" maze project!  Miriam finished her painting project and someday when we get the finishing touches done we will show you by picture what she did.  Priscilla is busy with her book writing, and Hosanna keeps us all going!

I hope and pray that each of you reading this will have a good day knowing that God loves you and cares about you!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

This and That

The girls had their cousins over the other night for a cousins game night.

Playing Dutch Blitz with that many people is just crazy!

We got the privilege of watching several grandchildren last week and Miriam had the fun of entertaining them with Rosa. I just loved the laughter on their faces as Rosa sang "The Bible Stands" to them!
This might not look like much to most of you, but we have never had the ice or water working on our fridge because our house just wasn't plumbed for it. Silas decided that had to change and came over one day and within an hour he had the ice working and the water running! A big thank you to Silas! I love ice in my water so this is pretty nice to me!

Arthur and Isaac have been busy caring for the cattle and ran them all through the chute yesterday to vaccinate them. Arthur works some pretty long days. He was complaining about being tired (after a long day working cattle) so decided to take it easy yesterday and only work 12 hours (a short day for him). He was still tired at bedtime and thought he must be getting old!

Miriam has been tackling a painting project for me this winter, which also includes removing wallpaper, and a host of other things. Our stairs and hall landing will look so nice when she's done!

The other day we decided to make some wontons and egg rolls. I went into the grocery store, went to get the egg roll and wonton wrappers in the vegetable section of the store like I always do. I must've looked confused or something because a local Laotian woman asked

if I was planning on making egg rolls. I said yes, and she shook her head. She said I do not want to use those egg roll wrappers. She waved her hand and said to come with her. I followed her to the freezer section where she showed me large packages of egg roll wrappers and wonton wrappers. She said the others didn't taste good and these are the right ones to use. They were a lot cheaper too! I thanked her and felt blessed by what she taught me. We actually didn't like the egg roll ones quite as much as the other ones but the price made them taste better! And we roll the cream cheese wontons up just like the egg rolls. I'm sure the Laotian lady would be appalled at how we Americanize their food!

Well, that's it for today. I need to get working on the projects I want to get done before spring! Remember that God loves each of you and cares about you! Looking forward to the day when we can see His face! 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day, Everyone! Hosanna did the light painting heart in the picture above and I thought it was too nice to leave in the picture file!

We are still alive even though I haven't posted for a long, long time. Basically, I've been hibernation mode! With how cold this winter has been, I have been working on all my inside projects, like maze stuff, VBS stuff, house stuff, and things that I do not want to do when it gets nice outside. 

So, everyone have a good day remembering how much God loves us and how He sent his Son to die for us because of that great love!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Merry Christmas!

We didn't get a lot of cards mailed out this year, but we still want to wish you all a Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Eve

If you want something really special to do this Christmas, come on out to our church's Christmas Eve program! We would love to have you come!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas - So Far

We had the joy of attending Pastor Aaron and Naomi's church's Christmas program last night. It was so sweet! Yes, I'm a little prejudiced!

Little Aaron in the front middle made me smile so big! He knew so many of the words and was so fun to watch as were his sisters!. I can't help but think God must be pretty pleased to see children singing praises about him and to see them acting out his birth! Even at their young age, they bring glory to God and share His story with others.

My mom holding little Malachi.

Our church program isn't until the 24th but if you want to see Arthur play the part of Gabriel, please come! I got a chance to watch the dress rehearsal this week and it is going to be a really touching program that you won't want to miss. 7:00 pm on the 24th.

We had our family Christmas on Saturday since a few of the "kids" will be leaving for other family events elsewhere in the country. Arthur entertained the children with the story of the nine hats since waiting to open gifts was just about too much for them!

Sitting around listening to Arthur share a few words about Christmas.

Aaron and Naomi and Aimee and Isaac.

Karen helping Christy open her stocking. She really got into it!

Even Heidi picked up the idea that it was fun pulling things out of a stocking. The things in the stockings went straight into bags so they could take the bags home.

Have you ever seen anyone get excited about opening a toothbrush?!  Well, Samuel did!

I'm so thankful for the girls who helped me get our brunch ready that day and then for the married girls to bring afternoon snacks along. It was a super fun day together. This week we get together with my side of the family and next week with Arthur's.

Meanwhile, I just ordered Christmas cards so if you're wondering where yours is, I won't get them mailed for a while yet. :(

Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone, enjoying the birth of our Savior!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Decorating the House

I'm not sure what it is that is making us all eager for Christmas this year, but we couldn't wait to start decorating.  Maybe its the fact that the long fall is over, or maybe its because Arthur and Eli headed to the auction for the day to sell off our beef calves for the year, or maybe its just the thought of all the people that will be coming through our door in the next four weeks! Whatever the reason, we had a lot of fun today! We got a new fake tree this year.  It looks so "perfect" after having real trees for a few years! I like to put all my favorites on, the poinsettias and snowflakes, bulbs and sparkles, and then fill it in with treasured ornaments. That includes a variety of cow ornaments that the grandkids love finding!

Above the bookshelves in our living room I put the family picture the girls got us last year for Christmas along with garland and lights.

The buffet got a more woodland look with an adorable reindeer and the two trees. I'm pretty happy with the trees. They took all of about 15 minutes to make! We'll see how long the bowl of Hershey kisses last!

Miriam put up the giant snowflakes and garland on the kitchen shelf.

Hosanna put up our Bethlehem village on the piano.

Priscilla always sets the village up in the china cabinet. The kids love seeing who can find certain things first, as we ask "Where's the cat?" kind of questions. 

And then there was little Heidi who joined us today. She loved the lights!

Okay, I know that's a lot of decorations, and we haven't done our bedrooms yet. I get it from my mom who faithfully decorated our house from top to bottom each year growing up, as did her mom. It's just in my blood and brings back so many good memories!

My favorite thing about Christmas though, is not only how people tend to put aside the problems of the world, or the special times with family, but the real reason for the season - Baby Jesus! Most of the year people just forget Jesus even came, but Christmas is such a good reminder that we have a Savior that was born about 2,000 years ago, and is still alive today! I know December 25th isn't the exact date of Jesus' birthday, but does it even matter? I'm just so thankful for another day to remind me to be thankful for Him and what He's done for me.

Have a wonderful time remembering the real reason for the season as you decorate your home this Christmas!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

It's a Boy!

Isaac and Aimee are the thankful parents of an adorable little boy named Malachi! The labor went fairly good even though it was long. Aimee is doing great!

He was so wide awake when we went to visit him for the first time!

A bundle of sweetness!

The happy dad! Did I mention Malachi was 9# 2 oz.!

Heidi was pretty fascinated by this new little guy. She's been staying at our house and keeps us on our toes!

Very thankful to have a new grandchild before Thanksgiving! If I don't post again, you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving too enjoying the blessings God has given us!

Monday, October 23, 2017

End of Maze 2017 Review

Well, the 2017 maze has officially been over for over a week now. It went so fast!! One of the best things we did this year was to add a roof over the farm ball game and over the cornbox. It made it so people had someplace to go when it sprinkled or even rained and made it so they hung around till the rain stopped. Plus, it gave a lot of shade on hot sunny days. I'm so thankful to have a handy husband who can do this kind of thing along with the great help we had in the form of church boys, nephews, and sons!

My favorite thing in the store this year was the jars of candy. Not that I liked the candy so much but I loved the long row of jars. 

To show our workers how wonderful we think they are, we took them bowling. Caleb M. and Jessica J. had the top guy and girls scores!

Then our wonderful workers joined us for an afternoon of cleaning up the maze. It always amazes me how it takes weeks to set up, and just hours to take down! Maybe we need to have a workers set up party as well to make it go faster!! 

Last year my sisters decided I needed to get away after the maze so we went to Fargo to shop. We did it again this year and enjoyed a couple of days together not only shopping but laughing and talking. I love these ladies!! (Even if I do look the oldest with my grey hair, I'm really the youngest!)

Arthur loves this time of year and when he needs a break, he goes duck and goose hunting. There are always willing people to go along to make it easier to leave the work behind! Here Daniel and Jeriah enjoyed an early morning hunt with their grandpa.

Okay, this is out of order but when I downloaded pictures, I thought you might enjoy seeing Priscilla's table full of pretzel sticks decorated to sell at the maze.

Hunting with Eli, Will and Josh.

And one more early morning hunt with a bunch of ducks and a goose. Will, Eli, Josh and Arthur.

Meanwhile, Josh went home again and we will miss his wonderful help around the farm and his humor in the house. He is a wonderful young man with a heart to please God.

As far as the maze goes, it was our 9th year, and our biggest so far. We also had the biggest day we've ever had! If you know our area, you probably wonder where they come from.  A lot come from Canada and the rest from towns around here. It was a good year and no one got seriously hurt, we got a lot of tracts out, and pretty much had a problem free season. A big thank you to our workers and others who prayed for us. It is very emotionally and physically tiring but we survived! :)
Next on the list is finishing up a few fall things, like cleaning out our very messy garage and getting the rest of the carrots dug up. Priscilla wants us to do the Roseau craft show again so there's things to make for that. My winter "after the maze is done" project is to paint / fix up our stairs and hall upstairs. Maybe even this fall if I can get to it. Our office is also a disaster from not being cleaned during maze season. So there's all that paperwork and craft stuff to deal with.

So, that about sums up the last few weeks. I'll try to post more often now that the maze is done. God bless you all and don't forget to memorize a verse this week!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Late Summer!

It's been a busy season for babies.  This is little Grace, Naomi and Aaron's daughter.

Okay, these are really out of order.  Daniel has been helping me work in the concession stand on Fridays. One of the perks is getting a treat! A lady got him this one for helping her look for her lost car keys.

Two little toothless girls visited us! Esther and Anna, Aaron and Naomi's older girls.

Eli E. and Josh H. and Caleb M. all have been working overtime with hay, more hay, straw, and today flax straw. I will be so glad for snow!!
Aimee and little Heidi enjoying the maze.

Hosanna helped with the cake at the shower. Aimee and Naomi actually made it and Hosanna added the words and trim!

We had a churchwide baby shower for little Felicity, Amos and Rebekah's new little girl.  Miriam loves little children and enjoys these special moments!

Churchwide meant the guys came as well! Felicity's little brothers were thrilled to watch Rebekah open the gifts.

Miriam didn't get a post done about her summer so I'll show you just a couple of pictures. She helped out at Northland Camp again this year and worked in the kitchen again. This was at the 4th of July celebration where they sold burgers and hot dogs.

Miriam didn't get a post done about her summer so here's a picture of her helping out at Northland Camp again this year. She's quite at home in the kitchen and has really enjoyed her two summers working there.

This is Felicity shortly after she was born. Such a cutie!

Miriam has been my canner this year. One day she does spaghetti sauce, one day stewed tomatoes, the next salsa, or something like that. Anyone need tomatoes?
Sorry this is blurry. It's showing Arthur's bruised up leg from having a chain saw hitting it. And Josh's foot that he scrapped up by sliding barefoot while playing a game at church. (After church!)

Priscilla was pretty thrilled to have her Mission of a Lifetime book come out!! She did a book signing at Caribou Coffee in Warroad which is pictured above. If you like adventure stories, you will love this book!! She would love to sell you a copy or you can buy them on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles or CBD.

Back to Miriam, everyday we have a counter full of jars to put away. It's making the pantry look like one big tomato factory since we haven't canned a whole lot else this year.

Well, that about sums up the last few weeks. The maze has been going good. How could it not with the fabulous workers God sends our way!!! I appreciate my nieces and nephews and daughters friends so, so, SO MUCH!!! I can't wait to see how God is going to use them throughout their lives!

Have a wonderful week everyone enjoying the blessings God sends your way!
And please pray for America!