Saturday, December 1, 2018

Winter is Here!

Winter is finally here and with that all the things we have been waiting for, like a change of pace! From April through October its go, go, go. Now its just this event or that event. Quite nice! I also enjoy having more time to have my personal devotions instead of just doing what I "have" to do! I much prefer just reading my Bible till I feel like I've learned what God wants me to learn that day without time constraints! Also, there is no shortage of things that need prayer and so its nice to have a little extra time for that as well.
Today Priscilla had her book signing for The Fudged Up Murder book she wrote. She held it at Caribou Coffee and her table looked so pretty! She enjoyed visiting with family and friends that came, and a lot of strangers too. This is her "old-lady fiction book" as its something those more my age would read. People were actually brave enough to try out her fudge samples!

It gets dark so early! That makes for some really long nights to play games! We tried out an escape room game and loved it! No, I am not endorsing escape room table games. Most have themes that you probably don't want to waste your money on. This one had a little time travel in it, and was fun.

We do a lot of babysitting here at home and one thing the girls love to do is play dress up! Over the years we have collected quite an assortment of things so it's always fun to see what they come up with!

Every year when the maze is done I work on a room in the house and give it an update. This year Miriam was needing a dresser and I really wanted to give her my grandma's that I was using.  That led me to think I should give away Arthur's dresser too which was from his grandma and Amos and Rebekah took that. So, I got a new small dresser for my side of the bed, and we took Miriam's old dresser and cut it down to match mine. This dresser was made by my great grandpa with no screws or nails and has to be around 100 years old!

Miriam painted the room for me. Thank you!!! And we did some other fix it projects at the same time including some drywall work which I am starting to really enjoy after doing it so much over the years.

Last year we got Priscilla a wall jewelry armoire. It is really nice but I really wanted a bigger one. I looked all over online, and unless I wanted a $1,000+ one, there just wasn't one as big as I wanted. So, Arthur built me one! It looks like a picture on the wall except the trim which is a little crooked. That's my fault. I made the frame when he was gone one day to save him time!

The inside has room for all my jewelry and then some. Plus a couple of shelves for perfumes, and other stuff! The door has more necklace hooks along with earing hooks and storage. I've had the glass door knobs around for awhile for a different project and instead they worked great here. I really don't wear jewelry that much but sure enjoy having a place to put it all instead of trying to keep them all untangled in a drawer! I still would like to mount a mirror tile in it instead of the little mirror. If anyone has one laying around, let me know! If we have time this winter, we will work on our bathroom too. It really needs some tender loving care!


Our church is having their ladies Christmas party on the 15th. You're all invited!

On another "note", we have been singing through hymnbooks during our family devotion time. We finished two that we had, after a long time, and I just bought the Living Hymns hymnbooks to start on. It has around 900 songs in it so we can sing out of this one for a LONG time! We could use some other voices since our family is shrinking if anyone ever wants to join us!!

So that's about it for now. Have a great evening everyone and make sure to pray for your pastor tomorrow, tonight too!

Monday, October 29, 2018

2018 Corn Maze & Other Stuff!

Happy 18th Birthday, Ella! Enjoy the post!
I haven't done a maze post yet this year so here it is, all in one post plus a few other pictures thrown in! We had a dairy theme and gave out dairy treats a few weekends. Here's Miriam and our Pumpkin Princess Rachel giving out Root Beer Floats.

The flowers looked so pretty! I really need to plant these in my garden! Planted them so thick that we didn't even weed them!

Josh came up to help us in a couple of our busier weeks so Arthur took him and Mathias out goose and duck hunting.


Our church came out to the maze one night and there were a few trailers of hayrides given.

We also had a campfire service around the campfire and in the picnic shelter because of the cold.

Priscilla kinda ran the store again this year when she wasn't helping Hosanna with food. We also had a lot of other great workers!! I didn't get a lot of pictures of them this year though :(

One of our new activities was Footgolf. Kinda like a mini golf game but you kick a ball around to get it in the holes.

Marie?

This is the third year my sisters and I have headed down to Fargo for an after maze shopping trip! We stay at the gorgeous Staybridge Suites and shop and laugh, and talk serious, and laugh some more! Sisters are wonderful!! (I forgot, we eat at lots of fun restaurants too!)

Arthur found some willing hunters to go out goose hunting in the rain with him!


More goose hunting with the grandsons. They enjoyed putting on face camo!

After hunting they hunted for potatoes that Arthur dug up!


It snowed one weekend at the maze! It actually was quite nice and those that came out really enjoyed it!


The grandkids loved the escape room at the maze so we did an escape room / treasure hunt for them that they loved!

Figuring out codes.
Arthur had another birthday and a girl in our church made him a "beard" to keep warm this winter!
This is what our maze "Corn Cops" do when they aren't on duty!
Our workers took advantage of the snow to create a masterpiece! Notice the creative use of squash and mini pumpkins!

And the treasure! (out of order)

So that sums up maze season 2018. Now we are finally getting back to normal! Whatever that is!! Most of the maze stuff is put away, the garden is harvested, and the house is once again clean. Arthur is getting things ready for the fall calf shipping which means lots of vaccinations, and moving cattle with Isaac. Miriam is helping me with a painting project. Priscilla is back to book writing. Hosanna, well, lets just say she has someone else to keep her busy! So life goes on!
Meanwhile, don't forget to vote next week and pray for the elections. While we all know that the government can't change people's hearts, God does use the government in our lives, so it's worth praying about!! 

Proverbs 29:2
When the righteous are in authority,
the people rejoice:
but when the wicked beareth rule,
the people mourn.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Aimee's Bear!

Aimee had a bear license and got a bear tonight! I'm glad. There are so many around the area. Anyway, she wanted her family to see it so she asked me to post it!

25 Years!



We had our church's 25th anniversary on Sunday. It was such a special day from the beginning to the end. After the morning service, with a great message, we had a very nice banquet with a time to share memories and praise.

Each family made a quilt square and Jaime had it made into a quilt for our pastor and his wife. (Dad and Mom :)  The squares were so beautiful!

There was lots of special music including the guys who sang, "A Passion for Thee".

The young people sang the "Wonderful Jesus Medley" in the morning service and a variety of VBS songs in the afternoon service. I could listen to these guys and girls all day! I loved the beautiful smiles on their faces!

We are not a big church and we are certainly not a perfect church but I still love our church.  There is no need to try to impress each other, we are like one big family. I don't have children anymore but I appreciate how everyone is like an aunt or uncle or grandparent to the children and teens and how everyone looks out for each other. I appreciate how it feels like an escape from the world where we can put aside the problems of the week and just fellowship and worship God. I appreciate the heart for God this great group of people have. I especially enjoy seeing the young men or young ladies or even children voluntarily getting into groups some Sundays to have a special prayer time or to quote Bible memory to each other. I also enjoy seeing the kids playing after the service! I enjoy having heart to heart talks with the other ladies and how they challenge me to live for God. I appreciate how everyone takes care of each other. Bring meals to each other. Offer to help with projects if they need it. Give hugs when needed. Give money if need be. Share vehicles if someone is going on a trip and theirs isn't reliable or help get their's fixed.


I've enjoyed all the Vacation Bible Schools, the Christmas Programs, the ladies teas and brunches, the special speakers, the Bible memory programs, the baptism services, the share nights, and so much more!

We are a fairly young church for this area and have had our growing pains. But I also remember how the people of this little church wrapped us up in love when our Samuel died. I remember getting meals and prayers for weeks when Priscilla was born. I remember lots of prayer for Arthur when he hurt his back. I remember other families who have received great amounts of help at times. I appreciate it all. I appreciate getting challenged in the messages. I appreciate the missionaries we support and getting to know them.  I pray that God, if He tarries, will give us another 25 years!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

August 2018

Okay, just a warning, this post is really mixed up. I just downloaded the pictures as I found them. August was a crazy month. So far September is too. I find my myself too busy to answer text messages and phone calls let alone post on the blog. So, this is a humble, and quick attempt to catch up!

We had some help getting ready for the maze this year. Hosanna's dear friend Nate Bladine and his sister Marty came up to spend a few days right before we opened and we couldn't have done it without them!

Silas stopped by a few times to lend a hand and he helped Arthur finish up the bale mountain by throwing up a few square bales.

In August we also had Farm Camp. This was a fun group of guys! Not only did they work hard, they heard lots of great preaching from different men in our church. 

Miriam tried on our "Pumpkin Princess" outfit!




Hosanna and Priscilla were at camp all summer and we took a weekend off and headed east to go visit them and to check out Hosanna's "friend"! We actually know Nate's parents from college so we have a few alma mater ties and its where they were at camp. Nate is a great young man with a heart for God and serving. We look forward to seeing what God has planned for their lives! 

There were these pretty waterfalls along the road and stopped to get a picture of the girls. It's a man made waterfall and I think I'd like one in my yard! Arthur wasn't as excited!

Another picture of Silas and his family at the maze. 
Some years the thought of doing the maze again is really depressing. It means months of the year with only one focus. It means forgetting the yard and garden after about mid July. It means no time for anything else. It means a lot of money going through our hands. But then there's these grandchildren of ours! They love the maze and beg to work there! They can play for hours there and beg us never to quit. So continue we do, year after year! Some year it will be our last. We always said if one of the girls gets married we will quit. So we'll see. Meanwhile, if God wants us to have the maze, having the maze we will do. If any of you have extra time to pray, please pray that it will be a blessing to the families that come. That no one will get hurt and that we will have the stamina it takes to finish the season. Pray that the tracts we give out will reach someone who needs it.

Meanwhile, Miriam did find time to can some tomatoes and pickles. No weeding though! Somehow God blesses it even when we are too busy to weed and the weeds grow tall! The girls are home from camp and busy with maze stuff. Hosanna pretty much takes care of the food and Priscilla runs the store. I keep everyone going with schedules, printing stuff, etc. Arthur runs the farm and gives never ending hayrides! Not having a herd of cows to milk has made it much easier for him this year! Miriam makes sure everyone eats, that the house stays somewhat clean and that we have clean clothes! We are busy but I'd rather be busy than bored!

Well, that is my catch up post. It gives you a little idea what we are up to anyway.  Take care everyone, and take some extra time to pray for our country too!


Monday, August 6, 2018

Great Idea!

I had a quick minute and did some blog reading which I haven't done in a long time. I loved the idea that they had over at www.titus2.com for buying things now for the Operation Child Christmas Shoe boxes. The idea? Buy school things now when they are really cheap! Pick up some colors, notebooks, pencils, etc. and put them away for assembling your boxes if you do those. Have you noticed how expensive they get after school starts! Have a wonderful day enjoying God's blessings! And pray for us this week if you think of it. We are having farm camp with a great bunch of guys. Pray that they will be spiritually challenged above all, and then for no injuries!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Little People

I had some great pictures of the younger grandchildren and thought you might enjoy them! They sure capture their personalities!
Felicity

Samuel & Christy

Christy

Heidi
Heidi was so enjoying eating fresh blueberries! She would put a big handful in her mouth and with her eyes shut eat them. So good! Sorry about the messy kitchen. That's what a busy life looks like :)

Malachi

Samuel

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Goodbye Cows!

The last couple of weeks have been pretty crazy around here. Two weeks ago we got word, through a neighbor farmer, that as of August 1st the truck would no longer be picking up our milk. What? We couldn't believe it! Arthur did some checking, and yes, it was true. Our local processor in Thief River Falls is closing. The next nearest processor had a quarrel or something with the other milk companies and decided that they would not pick up any milk except for Land O' Lakes. We don't sell to Land O' Lakes, and they are not picking up any new patrons, so that left us with no truck as of August 1st.

We did a lot of quick thinking, and praying, and decided to sell them at the next available dairy auction which is tomorrow. It was a difficult decision. We had to decide which cows to sell. Which ones were cull cows. Which calves we should keep and raise. Which bulls to sell. Can we live without a milk check? And all that kind of stuff.

Even though the decision was made for us, it has been difficult. We have been involved with milking since before we even got married. Back in high school Arthur borrowed money to buy his first milk cows! In some ways we feel like we are deserting the dairy industry in which the small farms are disappearing in favor of mega farms. We feel like the dairy industry has deserted us by weeding out the unimportant farms like us. We feel like we are giving up a business that we will never be able to pass on to our children or grandchildren. We feel like we are giving up a way of life that we really wanted our grandchildren to experience. It wasn't so much about the money, but giving up a way of life.

Tonight the truck came to get our cows. These are the spectators that watched. My Mother-in-law with a pile of her grand and great grandchildren!

It's pretty neat watching two layers of cows fill a truck!

Bye! You're a good lady! Keep on milking for the person who buys you!! (This is the cow that is pictured in the Wiktel phone book!)

Had to add a picture of my handsome farmer! I told him that now that he's not a dairy farmer, he can truly be a cowboy with just beef cows! (The girls insist that dairy farmers are farmers and not cowboys!)

Sarah, our niece, also has helped a lot with milking and we will miss her smile around here!

So the cows are gone and will be sold at the auction tomorrow. It's sad too because the prices are about as low as they can be for cows so we aren't going to make a lot on them.

It's okay though. God is in control! We have talked for so long about when the right time was to sell the cows and He made it easy for us! Arthur has a list a mile long of stuff to get done so I don't think he'll be missing them too bad. He needs some rest so a few mornings to sleep past six won't hurt him either. So that's how it goes. The pretty ladies are gone, the barn will be mostly empty, but life goes on. Now I gotta get to bed so I can make it to the auction!