2017 Turning Hearts Celebration Cancellation

This is a somewhat sad announcement to make, but we are announcing (formally, finally-it has been so busy and I just now realized that we forgot to post about it) that we are canceling our annual Turning Hearts Celebration for this year.

Honestly, it takes something HUGE for us to cancel this event, as evidenced by prior years---we have done it year after year even with full schedules, a very pregnant mama (two different years) and many other conflicts.

But after considerable prayer and family discussion, it was decided that two weddings on the farm Friday, one wedding at the church Saturday, and a mini-reunion with our out-of-state family staying over for Sunday...would probably keep us fairly occupied this coming Labor Day weekend, and following all that up with the 16th Annual Turning Hearts Celebration on Monday would be...probably not the best idea. =) We are sad to cancel but at the same time extremely excited for the weddings and all that God is doing!  After all, the reason we originally started the Turning Hearts Celebration was as testimony and reminder each year to God's faithfulness and providence in my father turning his heart to his family all those years ago, and us turning our hearts to him. Although we will not be able to celebrate it this year with friends and strangers alike, as we have done for the past fifteen years, still we will be remembering and celebrating with something else that is definitely a direct result and culmination of that vision and heart change! And that is the grace-filled stories of three godly young men each marrying godly, beautiful young women, and preparing to start their own legacies for the next generation.

So really we will still be celebrating, just not in the annual public way we normally do. =)

Stay tuned-one or both weddings will possibly be live-streamed, so we may be able to share these days with you, our blog friends, in that way!

Thank-y'all SO much for understanding, and go ahead and mark your calendars for the continuation of the Turning Hearts Celebration for NEXT year, September 3rd, 2018!

"And He shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse."
Malachi 4:6


  1. Wow, I would LOVE to see one or both of the weddings live-streamed! :)

  2. You all have a lot going on this summer. It would be delightful to see one of the weddings streamed.

  3. Hello Bontragers!
    First of all, we just wanted to let you know how happy we were to hear about the engagements! We're grateful to God with you. We're praying for a sheild of protection as you travel so extensively to be faithful to the great commission. What a neat life God's given ya'll! We're encouraged by your example of constantly being a blessing and light others - especially as a "fellow large family" of 14. Thank you! We pray for protection from the devil as the more we endeavor to serve the Lord, the more he will endeavor to make us weak at times. May we all continue to be sanctified in His truth! You may not remember us (since you meet so many people!) but we enjoyed your family concert very much a few years ago in Lee County VA. May God continue to be gracious to your family! Keep serving Him! The Moore Family

  4. Would absolutely love seeing the weddings live streamed!!!!


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