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


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


  1. Aha...I'm the first to comment! Cheers!
    ...but then sniffles...cuz I miss you all so much! Thank for the wonderful time! So many precious memories! I know without a shadow of a doubt that this was the best New Year's party of my life!
    The pictures made me smile. :-) (can't you see me grinning?!)
    sending my love,

  2. Looks like fun, cause I always with my relatives!

  3. The food you guys made looks delicious.
    Love, Ashlyn

  4. I LOVE SPEED STACKS! we should have a tournament. BONTRAGERS vs. CHMELARS. lol

  5. So...it's been a very long while since we blog readers have had a chance to devour another update.

    hint, hint!!!

  6. Oh, it's SO special to have cousins that one is close with!:) Looks like y'all had a special time!

  7. i know who the blog buggers are! haha

  8. when artest thouest goingest to posteth?!?!


Comments containing lies, hateful/unkind words, or profanity will not be posted.
Anyone is welcome to leave comments stating differing views/opinions to those expressed here, but if you wish to disagree, we request that you do so in honor by listing your first and last name along with your comment. We prefer to dialogue (about disagreements) with real people, instead of those hiding behind anonymous titles. Thank-you!