10.31.2012

October::Home

The last several weeks have been full of lots of projects and various work schedules.
Above, Allison painted chalkboard paint onto our laundryroom/kitchen door. Now we use the new chalkboard to write out our menus for the day! 
 Our white cat, Snowball, had another set of kittens in August. They are growing very rapidly.  
According to the picture...the kittens aren't the only ones who like to nurse. =) 
This mother cat is quite the animal. Twelve kittens in 4 months? Pretty crazy! 
 Its the birthday season! Here Hudson celebrates his 7th with his special request...apple dumplings.
 We baked three hundred muffins for the children in our church's bus ministry. It was so much fun---all day long the kitchen smelled so amazing with all the different kinds of muffin smells mixing together to create a wonderful aroma.
We enjoyed many visits from friends
 Hospitality has been a huge part of our lives this fall. We love being home and having the opportunity to once again play the host role to the many people that come over!
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We're currently scattered hither and yon, with Carson & Mitch working in Des Moines, Dad busy in the fields, Allison & me (Chelsy) in NY for a wk-long visit, and the rest of the family home on the farm. Once I arrive home and get the camera rolling again we'll be back with a full harvest/farm update! 
Happy October!

NY/September

Catch up time! =) I realized I never got these pictures posted from our time in NY last month.
My grandpa leading us in morning devotions.
 We hosted a very fun bridal shower for my cousin who is getting married in December. Afterwards, Alli & I helped her pack up all the gifts in preparation for her move to Manitoba.
We also spent some time helping with preparations for her wedding.
Liz & Sarah Liz packaged little bags of hot chocolate mix & mini marshmallows to be used for the wedding favors.
 Denver & Josh doing dishes with Grandma
 Hudson & Mom made applesauce for Grandpa & Grandma
 Liz helping Grandma clean lettuce
Mom & Grandpa working in the flower gardens. Mom definitely inherited her love of gardening from her father!!
 breakfast at Grandpas
A very enjoyable evening spent with family!

10.08.2012

Fall in Shipshewana

Our last tour of the year was a 5-day trip to Indiana & Michigan. 
We spent Thursday-Saturday in Shipshewana at the Crafters Fair & Bluegate Theater. This was our 3rd year there and once again was a busy time of waking up, eating, setting up, singing, tearing down, eating, setting up, singing, tearing down (all that outdoors)....and then moving all the equipment & instruments inside to the theater and doing the whole process over again. It was a crazy three days but a great time, as always. 
Following that we drove to Michigan on Sunday for our last concert of the year, hosted by dear friends. 
We drove home after the concert last night and arrived safe & sound this morning. 
Everyone is excited about being home for the fall, harvest, holidays, & lots of company!
The boys hit the fields today and we are back in the full swing of early mornings, packing lunches, & the sound of the combine & tractors as they bring in the harvest!
It is a great time of year!

Fall Harvest!

Denver with his record-sized red beet!!

10.02.2012

Family Camp Recap

Family Camp is always such a highlight, and continues to get better each year! 
This year we had around 26 households in attendance. There was lots of fun, learning, teaching, growing, & good food!
As always the week ended too soon....and we're already looking forward to next year!
Being a little short on time I'm not going to write about the week, but if you're interested in hearing the story behind the pictures visit the Wissmanns Blog where Hannah wrote about the infamous boat races & the week in general.