Thanksgiving Day

 Our family spent Thanksgiving Day with my dads side of the family, at my grandmas home.
It was a wonderful day and a full house with 40 Bontragers. =)
{we missed the 25 others that live out of state and were unable to join us}
"O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever."

Psalm 107:1


November Life

November thus far has been a whirlwind of activity on the Bontrager Farm!
Different members of our family have done quite a variety of projects....including
farm work/chores
the ever-present laundry
Hudson loosing his two top teeth...the same day
replacing our old kitchen sink
music practice
Bible Bee (practice, competition,etc)
celebrating Carson's 17th birthday
chasing & finally catching a very rambunctious calf
cleaning garden produce
making homemade pizza
there is always time for a little play and brotherly love...
above, a bonus scene I caught one day on my way in from the barn. =)


From The National Bible Bee...

Taylor on main stage...
The primary division 2nd place winner 
 signing autographs for people @ the National Bible Bee.

2nd Place Winner!!!!

We are very excited to announce that Taylor won 2nd place this morning in the Primary Division of the National Bible Bee!!
Below are a few more screenshots a friend sent from earlier this morning, during the competition.
The five finalists, waiting to be called upon to recite.
Taylor reciting!
(focused and serious as always =))
"Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to Thy Word. With my whole heart have I sought Thee: O let me not wander from Thy commandments. 
They Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee. 
Blessed art Thou, O Lord: teach my Thy statutes. 
With my lips have I declared all Thy judgements of Thy mouth. 
I have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. 
I will meditate in Thy precepts and have respect unto Thy ways.
 I will delight myself in Thy statutes: I will not forget Thy Word."
Psalm 119:9-16


Veterans Day Banquet

(Allison & I at church on Friday, marinating the steaks)
This past Sunday, Veterans Day, our church had a special service to honor veterans. Everyone at our church was encouraged to invite veterans to come to church that day. 
Our family was privileged to help others in our church with preparing & serving a steak dinner to the veterans and their families/friends.
Mitchell & Carson got home from Des Moines early Sunday morning after having been gone the entire previous week. We really enjoyed having them back & working together as a family on Sunday!
 The kitchen was quite a sight on Saturday.
 Mixing the bread dough in our trusty Bosch mixer
From this (times 5).....
 ...to this! (240 dinner rolls)
 Party Potatoes
(easy recipe: potatoes, cream cheese, sour cream, butter, salt, & pepper)
 In the church kitchen, Sunday morning. From L to R: Joshua cutting apples, mom & Allison washing lettuce, & Denver slicing pears
Denver & his ever-present smile. =)
 Mom with her salad crew of Liz & Hudson, preparing individual salad plates for each person.
yummy winter garden salad
 The assembly line: Carson put on steak, I added potatoes, & dad finished with the green beans. 
(bread & salad were already on the tables)
We had a great time working together with friends from church.
Dad, Mitchell, Carson, & Joshua-serving & talking to people
 Allison made the cheesecakes and they were INCREDIBLE. 
Brownie-bottom chocolate & blueberry almond
Everything---from seeing the color guard, to reciting together the Pledge of Allegiance, to singing the national anthem with the choir---combined with the special opportunity to honor our veterans, reminded us again how thankful we are for the countless men & women who have given so much for our freedom. We are so grateful for their service to our country and it was a blessing to spend Sunday honoring them in just a small way, to say thank-you.
{For more photos of the day, visit the album taken by our church photographer, Mrs. Hoffert.}