1.26.2009

Preparations

    After spending 4 months at home, it is time to get ready for life on the road again.
    Chelsy has been sewing dresses for the little girls.
    Also on  the to do list before we head south, was Chelsy's project of putting together her first wedding album.
    Allison and Elizabeth, along with some friends, diligently cleaned our bus so we could take off in a clean "home".
    Doesn't Karley have a sweet smile?
    Emily scrubbed mirrors and sinks.
    We have spent many hours learning new songs and reviewing some of the old ones.  We have also given a few local programs at a church, a nursing home, and retirement home.

    With only 3 1/2 days until we go on our 5 week tour, there is still work to be done, but we are making headway.  We would appreciate your prayers for the following areas:  1.  That we could accomplish all that needs to be done before we head out. 2.  That our hearts would be prepared to serve and encourage the people that we meet on the road.  3.  For our safety as we travel.

    1.01.2009

    Relatives

    We have again been blessed with a visit from relatives from afar.  My sister, her husband, and their 6 children traveled 900 miles to spend 3 days at our house.  It has truly been a time of encouraging each other in the Lord, playing games, singing hymns together, conversing around the dining room table, doing projects, shopping, reading stories to the little ones, watching family movies, etc.  
    Rebecca was so happy to have her cousin, Wesley, read a book to her.
    Lawrence is expressive!
    Sarah, and her daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, sliced the sweet potatoes for our New Year's Eve meal.
    The older girls made treats for our New Year's Eve party.
    Chelsy's cream puffs are becoming a family favorite!  She fills them with homemade pudding.  m-m-m-m-m
    Cousins!!
    A serious chess game was played by Wesley and Mitchell.   I don't know who won....
    Sarah Elizabeth was in tears this morning when it was time for her to leave her best friend, Elizabeth.
    These boys spent many happy hours putting Fishertechnic and some solar projects together.
      
    Marissa is extra special because she spent 5 weeks with us last summer.
     
    Rebecca loved wrecking the towers that Jordan built for her.
    A highlight for Hudson was playing "Candy Land" with Wesley 3 times and beating him every time.  Maybe Wesley forgot how to play?!

    As we begin this New Year, I am so thankful for our many relatives and friends who have enriched our lives in so many ways.  Thanks to all of you for your friendship.   Wishing you all a year of God's grace as you seek His face.  

    "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."  Jeremiah 33:3

    Wishing You a Blessed New Year!

    Wishing you a blessed New Year!  At the Bontrager house we (the energetic young people and one slightly older but young at heart) welcomed the New Year in with singing and praying.  It was a sweet time of encouraging each other in the Lord.  
    There are many uncertainties in life and much darkness in America today, but I am so glad to be serving a God who knows the future. 
    Our New Year's Eve party consisted of the Bontrager and Youngman (my sister's family).  I will be posting more pictures later on today (after getting some sleep!!) of our party and the last few days.  
    Until then, may you be encouraged with the words of Fanny Crosby's hymn:
    "A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, A wonderful Savior to me; He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, Where rivers of pleasure I see.  He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, That shadows a dry, thirsty land; He hideth my life in the depths of His love, And covers me there with His hand, And covers me there with His hand."