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!

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!