Friday, July 29, 2016

Hay Days

We have a red squirrel problem around here. So, when Cilla saw a red squirrel, laughing and daring her to get him, she did.

Raspberry pie. Blueberry pie, Peach pie. Or Blueberry peach pie? They are all so good this time of year!!

Arthur has really enjoyed having Eli and Josh here to help this summer. At least when they help :) 

Actually, they are very hard workers even when we're having long hot days in the field.

And so it goes at Green Pastures Farm. Have a great evening enjoying God's blessings, Everyone!
Miriam, we miss you!!!!!! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Yesterday's Parade

The first thing you'll notice is that this is not the float we used in the Warroad parade. First, it was the ugliest float you ever saw. Second, Arthur didn't want to take a tractor down to Roseau this year. So, we made it easy and dressed the car up for a "Road Trip" theme.

Some of our normal workers were gone and so we got some help from these young boys. Aren't they cute with those smiles!

Priscilla braved the heat and wore the cow costume and gave flyers out to the workers.

Arthur giving out directions. Don't go too slow. Don't faint from the heat. Etc.

And then we took this picture today to use as a facebook header.  I was surprised at how tall some of the corn is. Some is still pretty short, but most of it will get to a nice height. Even the short stuff will do better now that Eli is out there hand fertilizing it! The rest of the guys are out baling hay! Of course, what else would we do on the hottest day of summer!!

Stay cool everyone and have a wonderful day enjoying God's abundant sunshine!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Raspberry Pickin'

I thought Daniel and David might enjoy picking raspberries this morning, and they did!

You can't see it on the picture but there is a smile on that face whenever he found a berry to pick!

"My container's almost full!"

Of course, picking berries wouldn't be nearly so much fun if Grandpa wasn't out there!

And Josh too!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hats

I was over at the maze yesterday and saw Josh enjoying the "new" little tractor.  It's been great for cutting maze trails and mowing the maze yard.

Arthur, Eli and Josh all have their own cowboy hats they wear around here. After moving them here and there to keep them off the counters, I finally had my cowboy put up some hooks for the hats. Eli's actually wearing his so we put an old one of Arthur's up just so you could see it. I kinda like the look!

We miss you, Miriam!!!

Have a great day everyone!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Farm Camp 2016

Barn cleaning day at the farm camp. Normally not a fun job but when you get a group together, it makes it hardly a chore at all!

The most handsome man on earth!

The hardworking guys who filled a manure spreader to overflowing!

There were some fights out there! ;)

Some mud fights. And I won't tell you who did made Ethan look the way he does!

For Mathias, this is something he's done a lot of times. Notice the smile while he works!

The whole crew with their farm camp tee shirts.  It's been a fun week! A big thank you to those that came and did devotionals, helped with cooking, and for those that prayed for safety this week!
God is good!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Last Few Weeks in a Nutshell

(This post will be a little out of order.) Well, here's our 2016 parade float. Its  not the best float you've ever seen but the cow and Arthur made up for it! By the way, the theme for the 2016 maze is "Road Trip". Elizabeth was nice enough to wear the hot cow costume.

I'm so thankful for our great team that helps pass out flyers. Here's Eli. He and Josh are staying with us this summer to help with the never ending farm work.

And here's the great team! Thank you everyone for your help!!!!!

We spent one day up near Winnipeg at a Giesbrecht family reunion. Kids are kids no matter where they come from and this group had a lot of fun together!

Uncle Jim and my dad having a visit while grilling.

Aunty Lynn had a pinata for the kids. They took whacks from smallest to biggest and Daniel had no problem finishing it off!

And everyone visiting. It was enjoyable seeing relatives that I see very little.

The big family picture.

This week we are having Farm Camp 2016 at our house. There's about 12 boys and its pretty fun to watch them having fun and working together. Hosanna did room inspections and she's about ready to give the room report.

Silas took time today to grill burgers and hotdogs for the guys.

One project the boys had was to burn the leftover straw at the maze. Another thing they have done almost nonstop when not working is shooting soft air guns.

The fishing isn't going too good but most of the guys have really enjoyed it, excluding those that got "seasick"!

There's lots of time to study their Bibles and memorize scripture. A few different men have been doing devotionals three times a day.

Oops! That little fish almost slipped out of his hand!

We had our actual 4th of July picnic with Arthur's side of the family. Its always fun to see how the kids have grown from year to year and to see the cousins all playing together. The family all went to the parade, ate again, and went to the fireworks together.

That's it for now. I'll post more boys camp pictures later. Have a great week!

Friday, June 17, 2016

VBS 2016

Well, VBS is over for this year! It's been a long, hard week, but also a very good week. Having grandchildren to smile at every day helped :)
 
There were lots of great lessons, lots of great sword drill, and lots of great singing.
I was a little worried this year because we had a lot of young workers but they really did an excellent job! A few of them were in the daily theme skit and enjoyed being, princesses, knights, and a king.


Now that bigger sisters have moved on in life, Abby H. and Priscilla took over registration. They did a great job!

Josh H. was so realistically hurt that his mom got a little worried when she first glanced at him!  He was Sir Tripsalot in a skit.

Rachel M. was in charge of crafts and the children made banners.

Another reason VBS was so fun this year!

One day for snack time the guys had a devotional and roasted marshmallows and the girls had a princess party with Linda M. sharing a devotional for the girls.

We had about 80 children this week with quite a few helpers and teachers.  I am SO, SO, SO thankful for everyone that helped out!  Many hands definitely make light work! And the great thing is that several children trusted in Christ as their Savior!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Last Week

Last weekend we headed south to pick up Priscilla from the ACE convention, and on the way our van died. No tears on my part, but it was an inconvenience. On Memorial Day Weekend, late in the afternoon, there was only one place we could get to to get another vehicle that would take ours.

We headed for the row with the cheapest vehicles and came away with an adorable PT Cruiser. We'd love to sell it and get a van if anyone is interested. We were pretty packed in and surprised Priscilla when picking her up.

After getting Priscilla, we headed east to drop Miriam off at camp for the summer where she is working in the kitchen. Northland Camp is as pretty as ever, even more so than when we were there 12 years ago.

On Friday we started our "Basic Ministry Training". It's pretty much training for VBS, fair ministry, and to give those that come training in soulwinning. Arthur did most of the teaching with most of it being centered on learning the wordless book. Did you know that if you can tell the wordless book, you can share the gospel anywhere, anytime, even without the book. It's such a good basic way to learn how to share the gospel.

Little Samuel always ready to brighten your day with a smile!

We took time to work on the theme skit for VBS which is "Choosing to Serve the King" this year. I will admit I was a little nervous this year because we have a young VBS staff.  However, I was very please to see how good these young people are and I think it might be one of the best years we've ever had. If you think of it, this week and next, please pray for our VBS. Pray for the children, decision that are made, safety, the workers, etc. We need a lot of prayer!

To help with the fair ministry, Hosanna went over making balloon animals and balloon swords with the group. Elizabeth also taught some face painting.

Caleb demonstrating the wordless book. 

My father-in-law gave a challenging devotional.

Here's the final group picture. This was right after facepainting and some hadn't had time to wash their faces when we called them out for the picture. What a great group of young people!

Also, the petunias got planted along Highway 11.
The garden is in and growing.

Have a wonderful week enjoying God's blessings!