Oct 9, 2017

A September Highlight

It's always a great joy when our married sister and her family make the eight hour long trip down to see us. We always have a great time, and this time was definitely no exception! Especially because Andrea and the kids got to spend a few extra days with us. 
Here are a few pictures of our awesome week with them.

Playing tractors with Uncle Matthew.

Leana and Ethan, enjoying their time with their Aunt Laurissa.

This little girly loved helping her aunties with the tomato canning.

Sometimes the little nephew gets a little tuckered out from all the activity.

Ethan loved eating elderberries!

On Saturday a crew of us went canoeing and kayaking on the nearby river.

Sunday morning we had a concert a few hours southeast of us. So instead of getting up super early Sunday morning to leave for our engagement, we decided to head out Saturday evening. 

Andrea and Joel were delighted to have the night off from babysitting their kiddos by sending them with us. 

 We were all pretty excited about the trip. 

Our good friend Johanna Martin joined us for the weekend.

So happy!

We're heading out!

Our Sunday morning service was at the Bethel Baptist church near Camp Douglas, WI.

Morning smiles with this handsome little guy.

Getting ready for a sound check.

Leana was delighted to sing with her aunties.
Here we are rehearsing Jesus Loves Me.

Smiles from Laurissa.

In concert! 

Looks like we have the makings of a new fiddle player.

Allison on the Dobro

Naomi playing the fiddle.

Miranda on the mandolin. 

I think all that fiddle playing and singing wore this little girl out.

And this little man as well!

On Labor Day, for the first time ever, our family sang on a float in a local parade! 

Yes, that is us on the back of that trailer. 

I think this guy enjoyed the parade a little too much.

Bowling adventures happened during the extra time Andrea and the kids stayed with us.

Leana was one happy girl. 

Mom stayed back home with her little grandson while the others were out bowling. 
Ethan's mama was still gone by bedtime, which meant late night cuddles with Grandma.

Miranda and Mom ended up riding back home with Andrea and the kids because Joel drove one of our cars back to his place. They needed to drive it back home. 
Leana was absolutely thrilled with the arrangement!

Eating out at Culver's. 

These kiddos were a little sad when they left. And we were too! But we are thankful and rejoicing in the fact that we got to spend so much time with them. Almost a whole week, and it was so good!

"Every good gift and perfect gift is from above, 
and cometh down from the Father of lights, 
with whom is no variableness, 
neither shadow of turning." 
James 1:17

Sep 28, 2017

Bus Paint Job

One of the family's latest project was putting the decor and finishing touches on our bus. 
It was a big project and took a bit of time, but with lots of diligence and team work the job got done.

 First, we used a projector to project the design onto the bus, then we outlined it with a marker.
The next step was to go along with tape and tape over our outline.

All taped up and ready to go to the shop for some paint.

It was quite the process!

The new look! We are all pretty happy on how it turned out.

findeth to DO,
do it with thy 
Ecclesiastes 9:10

Sep 20, 2017

Harvest Season

Tis the season for canning! And lots of it! 
August was an extremely busy month for us with our annual picking, canning/freezing of various kinds of vegetables from our garden. Most of which has been the tomatoes, which included over 150 plants this year. There also included a bountiful harvest of beans, zucchini, carrots, beets, onions, peppers, potatoes and other yummy veggies. 
God has definitely blessed us with a fruitful garden this year. And for which we are thankful!

These tomatoes are looking like they need to be picked. 

The pickers are at work!

 The first two major pickings that were done the first week we harvested 7 full baskets of tomatoes, two crates of peppers, and a tub of onions. I think we are set to make some salsa!

Our washing, cooling, peeling setup. 

But first they need to be blanched. 
Naomi's ready to go at it!

Time for some peeling! 
Our sister and her family stayed with us for a few days. Leana, our fast growing niece and big helper, loved working beside her aunties. 

The chopping and deseeding station. 

Smiles in the kitchen.

The salsa is cooking away!

Over the span of a month of canning the four girls canned up around 200 quarts of tomato products, which included salsa, spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, a veggie sauce, and both chucked and juiced tomatoes. We're starting to feel ready for winter!

The girls found some wild grapes this summer. 

They're off the vine and ready to be cooked, then made into grape jelly.


Anyone want some zucchini?

Beans, beans, and more beans! 

It's a snapping party!

Now it's time to get them blanched and ready for the freezer.

We are so blessed to have our freezer chocked full of these homegrown green delicacies. Yummy!

Potato picking!

To throw in the mix of our craziness some of the girls were busy this summer working at a couple farms in the neighborhood.

 One day while babysitting we gave the kiddos a ride. They enjoyed it bunches!

"He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: 
but the hand of the diligent taketh rich.
He that gatherers in summer is a wise son: 
but he that sleepers in harvest is a son that causeth shame."
Proverbs 10:4-5