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!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Northland Camp - Hosanna's Summer

This summer Priscilla and I(Hosanna) worked at Northland Camp in WI, and half way through Miriam joined us as well. It was a great summer and we had the opportunity to do a lot of different things and see God work. Several children got saved this summer and made other important decisions such as surrendering to do God's will for their lives. During family camp we do a carnival one night and in the picture above I'm making balloon animals at the carnival. Priscilla did her own post about camp so I don't have her pictures on this post. You can check out her blog on the sidebar to see her pictures.

Here I am in chapel with my campers. Each week we had a different speaker and we had chapel every morning and evening. The speakers were very good and I really enjoyed getting to hear them. I worked with the Juniors(3rd-6th graders), Priscilla worked with the teens and Miriam worked in the kitchen.


During family camp we also do family games and I got to help with them one week so they let us counselors that were helping jump in and play some of them.

Most of the pictures I have were taken during family camp or on weekends because I didn't have the camera with me while I was at junior camp.

This picture is from funny time (a skit night). The guys sang a funny song about duct tape. Priscilla got to help make the duct tape vests.

One Saturday they opened up the coffee shop for the staff so here we are. It was always good to catch up with Miriam on weekends because we hardly saw her during the week since she was always in the kitchen and we were always with our campers.

Jessica also came and helped out in the kitchen. She came at the same time that Miriam came and it was great having her there with us.

We had a staff party one day and so we played some games. Mr. Manor pitched for this game and he certainly had some interesting pitches.

And here we are after the game. This is pretty much the entire staff. 



I got to tell the missionary story for the kids at family camp. This year we told Hudson Taylor. We had a children's class for a few hours each day so it was like a VBS for the children that came. By the way, it's almost impossible to get a good picture of someone telling a story if they are being at all expressive. 

For funny time I got to play the accordion for one of the songs. It was fun to be part of it.


These pictures are not in any specific order. Anyways, this picture is from our staff talent show. I did a roping demonstration for it and Priscilla wrote a fun poem for it. This was before Miriam joined us at camp.

During junior camp we had what we call Nerdy Friday so I did my best to come up with something nerdy and this was the outcome.

So that was my summer. Miriam will share on the next post.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Next Week!

These three wonderful, and very missed, girls will be back home next weekend! Yeah!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

July is Almost Over!

My July file of pictures is pretty big as we've packed a lot into this month. It almost makes me glad to turn the page on the calendar on Tuesday! Here's a brief summary of the last couple of weeks!

This week Arthur had "Farm Camp" here on the farm with a great group of boys and other leaders! We're missing a few on the picture, but you get the idea!

They got a lot of work done, including putting up part of a fence at the maze. I can't wait for this project to be done! It will look so nice!!

Most people play capture the flag, but up here, we play "Capture the Bones" with old cow bones!!

The guys put up a ton, literally, of hay and stacked it in the shed, all in very hot weather!

Aimee, Ella and I did cabin inspection each morning and then gave a noon report. It's a good thing. I can't imagine how the bunkhouse would look if there wasn't a daily clean up!!

We all headed over to the maze one night so Silas could grill burgers. Mmm! Thanks, Silas!

And the roof for the farm ball game got a long ways done. This will be great for keeping balls from flying over and keeping out of the rain.  I'm told it's tall enough to back a trailer under if we need to store hay from the rain :)

Before farm camp, my wonderful sisters and I gave my mom a surprise 75th birthday party!
I was so glad to have Ella around to help since the girls are at camp. She came along to get things ready and to pour punch. Thanks, Aimee, for sharing her!!



My mom was really surprised! It was their wedding anniversary so my dad used that as an excuse to get her to town. She was really surprised that her brothers and their wives came up, er, down, from Winnipeg.

We also did the maze float for the Roseau Fair Parade. Between the two parades we passed out about 4,000 maze flyers! We feel so blessed to have such wonderful young people to help us when we get desperate!!! You too, Linda!! Roseau County Ford let us drive a brand new 2017 truck in the parade! Probably hoping that Arthur will take a hint when he test drives it ;) Maybe someday!

Well, I know I'm missing things, like how wonderful of time the girls are having at camp! Two weeks left and they'll be home. Yeah!!

Have a wonderful Lord's Day tomorrow!!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Last Week, Or So!


A lot of work has been done in the last week. The guys started the week, okay, this would be last week, with building some walls in our dirt basement and had cement delivered to shore up two sides that were starting to collapse. Arthur said it should be good now for another 100 years!

Over at the maze, the guys built a shelter to go over the corn box. I guess this was "practice" because they are going to do the same thing over the Farmball game, only a much higher roof.


Heidi was sitting in the cornbox watching!  Her smile always makes me smile!

Meanwhile, I spent my time working on our maze parade float. Isn't Farmer Bill adorable! The blocks turned out pretty good too. That's Eli under the float!! No, he's not hiding from work like some might think ;) he was painting the wheels a nice yellow color.

We had a 4th of July picnic over at Arthur's parents. Lots of people, lots of food, and lots of fun!

Then we headed to the parade. Here's some of the cousins just waiting for the parade to begin. It was hot!


And here it is! We actually won a parade award so that was fun. People loved the float, and enjoy all the orange shirted workers that pass out maze flyers.  A BIG thank you to them for bearing the heat to walk that far!!


We had to make a quick walk in the maze to see if the corn made it to the "Knee high by 4th of July"! Yup, it did!

Meanwhile, Miriam and Jessica headed off to camp to join Hosanna and Priscilla. I'm not sure I can run the house without her, but so far so good :) Miriam works so hard it might take three of me to do what she does!

Have a wonderful week enjoying the gorgeous weather God is sending our way!!

Monday, June 26, 2017

It's a Girl! & Happy Birthday, Miriam!

Little Grace Maria has some very excited sisters!! This little girl will be so loved!!

And the happy auntie! Miriam is wearing her birthday jewels made by Esther and Anna who have been staying at our house while their mom is in the hospital with the baby. Isn't she adorable!


Aimee and Ella got the idea to throw a birthday party for Miriam so that's what they did at their house yesterday. I am so thankful for Miriam. I don't think there are any girls out there who work as hard as she does with as sweet of an attitude. She radiates Christlikeness, and has a strong desire to know God's Word. Sorry, I couldn't find a husband for your gift ;) If anyone knows where he is, send him this way :) I hope you have a wonderful day, Miriam! 

Ella made sure there were lots of balloons and the kids were happy about that!

Amos and Shiloh at the party. 

And another sweet picture of little Grace.

Have a great week everyone!