Wishing you a Joyous New Year

We are excited to announce that the work on our latest cd is almost done! We have sent it to the producers and now have to wait for the that large box to arrive on our doorstep!

This cd, titled "In God We Still Trust", is a reminder of God's faithfulness in our lives. He is the only One who is worthy of our trust. Psalm 118:8 & 9 "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes."

Please pray with us that this cd will be an encouragement to God's people and a challenge to the unsaved. We have included songs about God's promises- "Standing On the Promises",about trusting- "When I Am Afraid" & "Trusting You", about salvation- "He Set Me Free, about heaven- "What A Day" and 8 more selections.


Snow, Snow, Snow

Winter has arrived! Chelsy took the little ones outside to play in the snow.
And did they play!
Our driveway slopes just enough for some great sledding.
These two looked like little marshmallows with all their snow clothes on but they stayed warm and had to be called in for lunch after more than an hour of fun sledding and playing in the snow.
Rebecca loves the snow!
Elizabeth is making a "snow angel".
"For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength." Job 37:6



We always enjoy when Grandma comes over to our house. The younger children love when she reads stories to them. Here they are gathered together for a reading of "Blueberries for Sal". Thank-you, Grandma!

A Day with the Bontrager Family in November`

Hello! This is just a quick glimpse into our lives in this season of harvest. On most days we (everyone except Marlin & Mitchell-they spend almost every waking hour in the field) spend the mornings doing the "book" part of school and the afternoons running errands, riding in the combine or tractor, and doing various other farm and household chores.

Elizabeth: Vacuuming

Chelsy & Rebecca: Wiping the kitchen floor

Taylor: Piano practice

Denver: Learning how to type

Joshua: Working in his Language Arts workbook

Carson: Tackling Algebra I with the help of a teacher on cd

Chelsy and Rebecca: Packing lunches for the men in the field

Marlin: Combining corn

Mitchell: Hauling the wagons full of corn to the grain elevator

Hudson: Riding in the tractor or combine, usually all day.

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." I Corinthians 10:31



It's that time of year........time to make doughnuts to eat with fresh, locally pressed apple cider. It was a family affair. Chelsy mixed the whole wheat dough and then began the rolling out process. Her siblings joined her to help with cutting out, frying, and dipping these hot doughnuts in powdered sugar. Okay, this is not what I would recommend as a health food, but it was a delicious treat.

Elizabeth loved this job of dipping the doughtnuts in sugar.



3rd Annual Family Camp Recap

Once again, we have returned from family camp refreshed, spiritually filled, and rejoicing at our Father's hand at work in the lives of each family unit that was present. Our theme for camp this year was Ephesians 5:15-20, "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
I will let the pictures tell the story.....



The fathers/sons made rockets as their hands-on activity. The first day they were completely on their own with no instructions. This resulted in rockets that didn't fly very far, due to not being properly made. The next time they made the rockets, they were given instructions. This is the same way it is with our lives. If we want to win this Spiritual Battle we are in, we have to understand our enemy and his tactics. If we don't understand and are not prepared, we will not be effective for the Kingdom of God and our "rockets" will not shoot far and straight. 




There are children everywhere at camp! What a blessing to enjoy fellowship with families who are obedient to the Word of God in regard to the blessing of children!


What a blessing it was to sit under powerful teaching from God's Word each night! Mr. Wissmann based his messages off our theme verses for the week, Eph. 5:15-20, and we were greatly  encouraged and blessed each evening as he expounded on what we had been talking about during the day during our father/son and mother/daughter times.

As some of you know, my brother Joshua is notorious for his ability to quietly sneak up on unsuspecting individuals and tie them to their chairs. :) Here a few of the other guys got back at him and tied him to the park bench.


Everyone needed their faces painted in team color (red or blue) for "the game". (see below) Rebecca thought she was missing out, so I painted her cheeks for fun. :)