9.03.2008

August

We are back to blogger land. Did anyone miss us?
I will try to share the month of August with you with a few pictures. So much has happened.........we sang 23 times at a total of 12 events in western and southern IA. We froze nearly 60 quarts of corn and 30 quarts of peaches; made 45 quarts of salsa; canned 20 quarts of tomato juice; froze 5 quarts of tomatoes; planted lettuce, radishes, kohlrabbi, spinach, and beets, and ate too many fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and melons to count! We also prepared for our 7th annual "Turning Hearts Celebration" which Chelsy will post about later this week. And there was the usual farm work-milking the cows, feeding the calves, etc.
We can say with David, "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. " Psalm 103:1-5

Freezing corn is usually a family project. Our friend, Ben Dorin, was helping out on the farm for a few days so he got in on the action, too.
Peeling tomatoes for salsa is also a group effort.

While we were in Scranton for the tent meetings, we spent some time with the Hoyt Family and helped them freeze corn. Work is so much more fun when it is done with friends.
I'm so glad God made flowers!
Allison's dream came true this summer when she finally had enough money saved to buy a horse.

Elizabeth and Allison having a "chocolate moment".

We enjoyed seeing many local friends at the "Kalona Gospel Sing".
Chelsy, Allison, and Elizabeth went to see our friend, Mrs. Hoppe, in North English one afternoon to wish her "Happy Birthday". Elizabeth isn't in the picture because she took it!
The boys had a silly moment on the trolley while we were at "Old Thresher's".
And that is the month of August in one post! We will look forward to reading your comments! :)







8 comments:

  1. yay for the bontragers!
    love you all!
    your groupie...

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  2. Thanks for the post!!! Sometimes I feel like I'm missing out on the fun when I see what your family has been up to. I'm having fun at home though...but you know that I left a piece of my heart there with you all! I'm looking forward to the post on Turning Hearts!
    Alli & Liz, I love the chocolate moment picture...smile... no more words are needed!
    I love you all! - Marissa

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  3. Reading my comment(s)?....I didn't think that they were that interesting=) Ya'll have been busy this month! Love, Mickey

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  4. yup, i'm da gwoopie! ;)

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  5. I was so glad to meet you at the Farm Progress Show and yet sooo disappointed to only have about 5 minutes to visit.

    My friends were glad I met you as well. One family is considering coming to the Family Camp this month. Maybe we can come another year. :)

    LauraLee

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  6. Congratulations on your new horse Allison!!!!
    Hope to hear from you soon!!!
    Charity

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  7. Congradulations Allison!!!! I'm so happy for you and your horse! God is a mighty God!! He is the reason why I have my Horse today and provides for it daily! May God bless you as you are able to have many hours of fun glorifying him and bringing joy to yourself and others with it! God Bless, Tabitha Ulmer

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  8. Thanks so much, Charity and Tabitha! Yes, God is soo good! My horse is probably going to have a colt in the next few weeks, and as we're gone right now, I hope and pray that she waits to have it 'till I get home.
    Blessings,
    Allison

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