Monday, September 15, 2014

Shower / Maze / Isaac

Our church hosted a bridal shower for Karen this weekend.  Karen's sisters and our girls did the planning and it had the theme, "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." Here's Karen sitting with her mom.  For those of you that have prayed for Pam, she's doing so good!!  What an answer to prayer!  After spending about six weeks at Mayo, Pam is seeing great improvement in her mobility which is so wonderful!!!  I'm sure she'd want everyone to keep praying for her because she still has a ways to go and would love to swallow again!

It was one of our Wild West weekends at the maze and Arthur took time to teach some boys how to lasso a cow head. For those wondering how the maze is going, I would say it is a very average year.  Not our busiest but not our slowest either.  Just right!  Miriam can hardly keep up with popcorn balls!

Yesterday we did something spontaneous and headed for a nearby hotel for the night.  Everyone enjoyed swimming, we played Rook, ate lots of pizza and ice cream, stayed up late visiting, and watched videos.  When we came home early this morning we all felt so refreshed.  I'm afraid with the maze and the farm the stress gets pretty high this time of year and we just needed a few hours away from it all.  Plus, we so seldom do anything together as a family anymore with everyone's schedules so different. I'm so thankful that God gave us even the few hours we had together as a family!

Isaac was happy to get his bear this week!  The DNR has bear hunters send a tooth to them, for research I suppose, and they send back a letter telling how old the bear was.  He brought it over to the maze to show us before skinning it and a lot of people really enjoyed seeing it and checking out its fur, teeth and claws!  Isaac has been busy working for another farmer and if the soybean harvest is done by October, he would like to do sugarbeets again.

This is out of order but I thought it was such a nice picture of Karen taken at the shower that I wanted to add it.  She's holding a dozen roses that Silas bought to surprise her and they used it as a table decoration.  We played a getting-to-know Karen game and another game that Rebekah led.  Naomi and Mae did devotionals.  The other sisters helped with decorating and food. Silas is getting a "Far above rubies" girl!

I also realize I forgot to mention that Priscilla placed in the local Bible Bees and is eligible to go on to nationals in Florida in November!  We are so proud of her and all the hard work she did to commit the verses to memory and for the scriptures she studied.  However, we did decline the trip to nationals because of another thing Priscilla is preparing for.  Maybe next year!  Rachel M. is going and we are VERY excited for her!

We're counting down the days till Hosanna comes home.
We're counting down the days till the wedding.

Have a great week everyone and remember with us, that perfect peace and rest only comes from God!


  1. Congratulations to Silas and you all. Loved the videos!
    Hope all goes well in the maze this year!!!
    God bless

  2. Wow a bear!?! That's awesome. And it looks huge.
    I know what you mean about having little time for fun things as a family. Even living on a small farm, it's hard to find time for stress-free relaxing things to do.
    It was nice to catch up on your blog!


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