Tuesday, September 13, 2016

It's a Girl!

With special permission, I'd like to introduce you to:
"Heidi Camille"
8' 8oz and 23" long

I think this little girl has a proud grandpa!

So sweet.  She was born in the middle of the night so the parents are really tired. Although it was long, things went really good.

Aunty Hosanna getting to know little Heidi.  May God bless this little one and may she seek God with all her heart, all her life.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Today is the first day back to school for a lot of kids in the area.  We've been done with homeschooling, last year after 24 years or so, and I wonder how long this time of year will roll around before I will  not miss it.  I miss hunting for the right books and materials for the each child. I miss making out the yearly lesson planners. I miss watching the kids, especially when they were young, excited about fun projects we planned. I miss the good discussions we had when they were older around the dinner table about what they learned that day.  I miss the trips we took when they competed at different conventions. I miss assigning good books to my children to read.  I just miss the whole thing!  Oh well!  After today I won't think about it for another year!

So, if you home school, may I encourage you to continue on. There will be hard days, and yes, there are plenty of other things you could be doing with your time. But when its all over, you will be so happy with investing your time into your children. It is a freedom we have today that we may not always have and the best way to keep a freedom is to use that freedom! Even if it means living on one income, please consider the investment in your children's lives as more valuable than anything money can buy. If it is just too hard for you, consider other methods such as using computer classes or even simplify what you are doing. When it comes down to it, a 6th grade education is more valuable than a college degree if your child leaves home with a heart for God and a love of learning.

Meanwhile, here's a few pictures down memory lane of our school days.

Priscilla's graduation table.

My father-in-law giving Hosanna her graduation Bible.

Miriam graduated by herself at our church.

Isaac's graduation class at our church.

Taking CAT tests. Maybe our kids were strange, but they enjoyed doing these!

The lesson planners! I wrote up daily plans for the whole year. Usually we split up all their work into 130 days which gave us days off and able to quit early in the spring. If we had to take a day off for some reason, they just continued with the next day. We found it a lot easier than doing it by the week.

Going to ACE conventions were always a highlight!
Priscilla dissecting owl droppings.

Okay, this is a really old picture and the kids wanted to make it look like school was the worst thing in the world!

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Steinbach Trip

After all the hard work of getting the maze ready, we decided to take a day off and head up to Steinbach, Manitoba to visit the Mennonite Village Museum. Both Abby and Joshua were here so they got in on it too. Both Arthur and my family background are Mennonite, so this has special interest for us. 

Inside the building they go over the history of the Mennonites with displays.

Outside, there's buildings that were used years ago. This is a sod house. (I'm sure you knew that!) Some days they have everything up and running with people acting the parts. Today wasn't one of those days so we almost had the place to ourselves. 

Inside one of the churches: Priscilla, Miriam, Hosanna, Josh and Abby.

The biggest attraction at the museum is the windmill.  Originally the mill was brought over from Europe but someone burned it down a few years back. It was rebuilt to look like the first.

The windmill was up and running and Arthur had a good visit with the man running it.

We missed this on previous visits so we made a point of finding it. It's a piece of the Berlin Wall.

Abby was a bad student in the schoolhouse and drew a mean picture of the teacher!

Arthur and Josh enjoyed the animals and barns.

Since getting back, the guys have been busy putting up hay.
Meanwhile, we are getting ready for another weekend. Have a great weekend enjoying the blessings God has given you!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Miriam's Summer

Hi! Miriam here, as some of you may know, I spent most of my summer in Wisconsin working at Northland Camp, so here are a few pictures from my summer. This is "Camp Lake".

I worked in the kitchen all summer which I really enjoyed! Augie was the camp cook and told us all what to do. We had a bunch of volunteers help throughout the summer so I got to work with a few new people most weeks.

Mr. Jon (Bladine) was the Program Director and did a lot of the staff training.

Dr. Ollila spoke  during staff training and during the family camp weeks. I really enjoyed all the preaching and was really encouraged in my walk with the Lord.

Here I am in front of the Timberside dorm, you can see a part of the dining hall on the right for those that have been here.

I went to Northwood's Chapel for church all summer. One of the pastors there taught dad when he was in collage, so that was neat.

I had my birthday while I was there and Lisa, one of the girls I worked with, took me out for ice cream. 

A rainbow over the chapel one evening after we had a rain storm.

One Saturday they took all the staff to an iron mine and that was really fun.

Our family went to the mine one time about 18 years ago and I have a picture of me here then too. 

We always served buffet style. This is on a weekend when it was just the staff.

The junior campers stayed at Pioneer Village across Camp Lake. I got to share my testimony with one of the girl cabins up there for their evening devotions.

At Pioneer Village they had one tepee set up and every day the cabin that said the most verses got to sleep in it. I had a great summer and learned a lot, and would love to do it again! I'd go into more detail, but we're kinda busy so I gotta go.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Maze Update

Well, here it is. It didn't look as good as I had imagined it to look, but we'll live with it!

We've been so thankful to have Josh, our nephew, helping out this summer. He is an awesome worker!  This was taken a couple of weeks ago. Now the corn has already tasseled.

Eli has also been helping out this summer. Eli's strong point is he has unlimited energy! He can work, and work, and work from sunup till sundown and wonders why everyone is tired!

Arthur had a boys workday at the maze so the boys got a good workout. Actually, we have so much to do that if there's any men out there that have a few free hours, Arthur wouldn't turn you away! And I'd probably feed you and give you a family season pass!

Another boys work day photo. Arthur likes to pay his helpers in fun, and fun they had!

This is on a fence post by our house. I keep moving it away, but it keeps showing back up!

Arthur is the hardest worker I know! Here he's working on a farmball game at the maze with Mathias' help. A big thank you to Mathias, too, for all his hard work on the farm this summer.

Meanwhile, Miriam is home!!!!!  We missed her so much! She jumped right in and did some painting over at the maze. The other girls have been cleaning out buildings and I've been doing paperwork - season passes, game cards, contest cards, signs, etc.  We open next Friday so there's lots to get done.  We would appreciate people praying for us!

Have a wonderful week everyone! Oh, did you see the gorgeous sunset clouds God gave us this evening!

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!