B Team in Concert

 Last week, two days after we returned to home sweet home, our "B Team" debuted their new set of  songs at our local nursing home.
For the past several months, they have been practicing for the new cd we are going to record next week in Omaha. We are excited about this project---an all new set of songs featuring our little ones! (the boys would be quick to correct me-YOUNGER ones, NOT little =))
 "Jehovah Jireh"
"Books of the Bible"
 "Heaven Came Down"
 "Jesus Loves Even Me"
"Telling the Truth"
"This is My Father's World"
 "God Did"
Not sure what was going on here.....
 ....but now she's back to smiles again!
We'll blame it on those female emotions.
 "Obedience Song"
 "Anywhere With Jesus"
 "Soon and Very Soon"
Stay tuned for updates from the studio next week!


Home Sweet Home!!

How does one begin to describe the joys of home on the farm?  The anticipation was HIGH as we approached the hill just 1/2 mile from our home........we were waiting for the first glimpse of our "home sweet home" after being gone for 81 days.

Our 5 little ones spent most of the first hour unloading the bus while the older boys & Marlin went to work on the farm (after they unloaded the instruments and a few of the heavier items).  Chelsy went right to work on the mountains of dirty laundry while Allison worked in the kitchen-putting away items from the bus and making one of our favorite soups for lunch.  That left me (Becky) to supervise the unloading and putting away of everything from shoes to school books.

What a joy it was to sit around the dining room table for a lunch of black bean soup, toasted cheese bread, fresh veggies, and apple slices.

Here's a list of some of the items we accomplished today:
~setting rat traps~tilling the garden~planting radishes & spinach~repairing fence~cleaning out heifer pens~hauling manure~washing too many loads of laundry to count~dehorning calves~moving heifers to various pens~milking cows~feeding calves~mailing "Salt & Light"cds (we sold our cd inventory and had to take orders!)~going to town~saying hello to Grandma~weeding flower gardens~reading mail from the past 2 weeks~

Of the greatest interest to our younger children was the arrival of 6 baby kittens.  This was something they were hoping and praying for!

And that concludes our first day at home in 2012!


Three Days in PA

Our family was blessed by a much-needed three days off this week. We parked our bus at our dear friends/third cousins, the Grabers, and spent most of our time with them and a whole big group of various relatives from NY & PA. 
These are our memories in pictures.

Friends in PA

 We spent a few hours one morning with our friends from NY who drove up to see us.
Also while we were in PA, mom got to meet up with one of her old friends that she hadn't seen since they were 17! 


Things Change With Time

Its amazing, isn't it....how much people grow in four years. =)


A Bontrager Family Singers Concert......

..........in pictures.
This is what we do.
(photography credits to JohnClay Burnett/Reelcast Productions)