Tennessee Visit

While in Tennessee last month, see were delighted with the opportunity to spend a day with our friends, the Vincents.  Our stay was short, but filled with sweet memories.
Our little ones enjoyed playing with the Vincent children.  I believe there were a total of 13 children under the age of thirteen!
Jordan and I greatly enjoyed several hours working together in the kitchen.  (We had the responsibility of making supper for all 23 of us.)
The boys helped Mr. Vincent plant pepper plants. 

Thank you, Vincent family, for your hospitality and friendship!

"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." Romans 15:13



Not every day is smooth sailing.  Sometimes there are tears, trials, and plain old hard times.  Has happiness slipped from our grasp for a time?  What, after all, is true happiness?

"Being HAPPY doesn't mean everything is perfect; it means you have decided to see beyond the imperfections." -Lisa Tatlock


A Day on the Road with the Bontrager Family

One of the most asked questions is "what does a day on the road look like?"  I will attempt to answer that question knowing full well that there is NO average day on the road.  There are also some days that we hope will never be repeated.  You ask why?  Well, can you imagine a family of 12 in a 45 foot bus  parked in a mechanic shop being worked on by  mechanics which our boys described as "looking like pirates"?  Unfortunately, the weather was cool and rainy, not a day for walking.  And there were no shopping malls in sight!  So we were stuck.  Now that was not so bad until the battery power started running low which meant the lights were quite dim.  No, we couldn't run the generator or the bus because we were in a closed building.  As I remember it we took naps, talked, and read books in the little light we had.  Okay, I'll get back to an average day.  Actually, first I'll tell you what some of the weekly/monthly activities are:  cutting hair, washing the bus, changing oil, grocery shopping, organizing the bays ( storage under the bus), doing laundry, changing sheets, changing instrument strings, and working up new music.   Since there is no average day, I'll tell you what my ideal day looks like. Though they don't happen very often, I treasure each one.  The highlights of an "ideal" day on the road are:  staying in one spot for an entire day (it is so much easier to write!!), eating meals together as a family, accomplishing the feat of 4-5 hours of piano practice in one day (currently 4 of our children are taking piano lessons), and teaching Phonics to the little ones.

~ Our faithful dobro player, Joshua~
 ~Violin practice~
~ Beautiful pickin'~
 ~On this winter tour Marlin spent hours and hours on the phone with farm & ministry business~
 ~The little ones love exploring in the church nurserys~
 ~The guys "work out"-unloading equipment~
~Allison helps with the haircuts~
~At the end of March Elizabeth's teacher, Chelsy, announced a piano practice contest for her students so there is great motivation for practicing these days~
~Bible time with little ones includes Bible stories, songs, Bible Memory, and History stories~

~Set up for the evening concert with We Care~

~posted by Becky