Another Grandbaby Is On The Way!

We are excited to announce that another grand baby is on the way! Mitchell and Bryn 
are expecting grandchild #4 in mid March!

Mitchell made the "announcement" while praying before one of our family get-togethers. In 
that prayer, not only did he bless the food, he also thanked God for another Bontrager to come 
next year, at which point happy tears and shouts of joy erupted from all sides of the table!
We are thrilled with them and can't wait to meet the little man or lady!
Here is one of the first pictures.
"Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate." -Psalm 127:3-5


Turning Hearts Recap!

On September 3rd, we hosted the 16th Annual Turning Hearts Celebration at our family farm.
The week before saw us busily preparing.
Before the event, we enjoyed fellowship with friends and the speaker.
We enjoyed getting to know our speaker, Flip Benham.
Carson oversaw the hay rides.
In the afternoon, people enjoyed conversation, football, hay rides, and the Iowa farm.
Flip Benham gave two stirring challenges.
We ended out the evening with a concert.
"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



A few weeks ago, we made salsa.
The Lord blessed us with a bumper crop of tomatoes.
Every team member has their own unique responsibility.
Allison cutting up cilantro.
Rebecca pressing garlic.
Taylor cutting peppers.
"O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." --Psalm 34:8


Work Night!

On Monday evening, we had a family work night in preparation for the 16th Annual Turning Hearts Celebration. If you've not yet decided to come, we hope you won't miss this highlight, on Labor Day, September 3! You can learn more about the event here.

Denver, our project manager, delegated specific tasks beforehand, so as to keep our energies 
focused on always doing instead of deciding what to do next.

Mitchell and Bryn working on shop windows.
Denver and Hudson are the two most energetic, enthusiastic, 
and efficient potato diggers you'll find!
Joshua and Taylor tag-teamed to tackle the project of garden edging.
Rebecca, always diligent.
Allison, cleaning cobwebs in the basement.
Mother and Liz hosted an onion stringing-up party.
Carson and Dad organized the shop work bench.

Looking forward to seeing some of you on Monday, September 3!

"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