Home Alone

 This week my parents left for their annual December "several-day-get-away-to-set-goals-for-the-coming-year". 
That left the ten of us children home alone, which we always love.
although we do miss them...
we figure that since they are having so much fun on their getaway we should do some special things as well.
They left the day before the little blizzard/windstorm that hit our area.
Thursday we didn't leave the farm at all (except for Carson who drove down the road to do the hog chores)
We had an awesome time....lots of Dutch Blitz & other games, hot chocolate, reading, special foods, listening to Christmas music, fun projects, working on our new tour outfits (can't wait to show the progress next week!!), and movies, among other things. 
Below are a few pictures of our little winter wonderland...


December Projects with Friends

Some dear friends of ours drove down from the Des Moines area to visit on Monday.
The ladies had a craft/sewing/projects afternoon, & the younger boys played together outside.


Live Animal Christmas Play Photos

The 2012 Marion Avenue Live Animal Christmas Play is now history.
It showed five times Dec 7-9th to packed out crowds.
(see above picture! we squeezed so many people in!)
 it seemed that every corner of our church was filled with either people or animals. =) 
Our entire family was involved in the play. Mom served hot chocolate/candy canes to attendees, dad was an usher, Allison & I helped with hair/makeup, and then all of us were actors except for Carson who worked backstage with switching out props and setting scenes. 
See if you can find the Bontrager/Bontragers in each picture. =)

(Rebecca was thrilled to have her kitten Frappe "acting" with her in the market scene)
Many thanks to our church photography, Mrs. Hoffert, for taking all the pictures and letting us post some of them! 
View the weekend's entire photo albums here.


2012 Live Animal Christmas Play Review 1

2012 Marion Avenue Baptist Church's Live Animal Christmas Play 
"Highlights & Behind-the-Scenes" Video Clip


Christmas Specials!!

Head on over to our website to check out our December/Christmas season specials!!

*We are offering FREE shipping for all of our music, the entire month of December!
*In addition, all December orders will be placed in a drawing to win a yummy package of Bontrager Cowboy Cookies!!



The Live Animal Christmas Play is a southeast Iowa Christmas tradition that is still going strong after thirty-seven years of performances.
The 2012 production will be presented Saturday, December 8th, at 11am, 2pm, & 5pm. 
It will also be presented Sunday, December 9th, at 10:30am.
The production tells the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus Christ and is unique among Christmas events, in that the play is performed INSIDE the church with the use of live animals in several scenes.
Shepherds are watching their flocks of sheep. Mary, riding a donkey, rides to Bethlehem with Joseph to be taxed. The manger scene depicts Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus in the stable amidst sheep, cows, goats, and other animals.
A camel comes right down the aisle!
Your children will love seeing a live camel and reindeer up close!
The play also features various state-of-the-art theater technologies. in addition to full artificial stage lighting, the crowd will be awed by special effects such as fog, confetti blasts, and a live flying angel hovering over the crowd.
Last year, thousands of people came to the town of Washington, Iowa to make this event their Christmas tradition.
Members of the Marion Avenue Baptist Church comprise the cast and crew; they spend hundreds of hours to plan, prepare, and perform the play each year. 
We invite you to attend any or all of the free performances. Seating is on a first come first served basis. Come early to get a good seat!

::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: THIS YEAR'S TV COMMERCIAL :::::::::::::::::::::: LAST YEAR'S PLAY "HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO CLIP" :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Our family has attended this incredible performance for years. This is our first year to be involved as cast & crew and we are SO excited to be joining in the production to tell thousands of people the TRUE meaning of Christmas! Please join us for one or all of the performances, and invite your friends! Also be sure to watch the video clip above from last years' play. contact us with any questions! info@bontragerfamilysingers.com


Thanksgiving Day

 Our family spent Thanksgiving Day with my dads side of the family, at my grandmas home.
It was a wonderful day and a full house with 40 Bontragers. =)
{we missed the 25 others that live out of state and were unable to join us}
"O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever."
Psalm 107:1


November Life

November thus far has been a whirlwind of activity on the Bontrager Farm!
Different members of our family have done quite a variety of projects....including
farm work/chores
the ever-present laundry
Hudson loosing his two top teeth...the same day
replacing our old kitchen sink
music practice
Bible Bee (practice, competition,etc)
celebrating Carson's 17th birthday
chasing & finally catching a very rambunctious calf
cleaning garden produce
making homemade pizza
there is always time for a little play and brotherly love...
above, a bonus scene I caught one day on my way in from the barn. =)