Thursday, November 23, 2017


This is a busy time of year for our family. Since the crops are out and it is still warm enough to install  the underground irrigation systems the guys have been putting in huge weeks trying to get as much done as they can! 

Everyone comes home tired and sore, but that makes us look forward to the weekend that much more! 

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might."
Ecclesiastes 9:10

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Trip To Florida

For Alaythia's 18th birthday she asked if we three girls could take a trip to Florida to visit Andrew and Kori. It took awhile to finally figure out a time that would work, but finally we were able to book the tickets and fly south.

We packed the 10 days full of adventures!

Enjoying the beautiful weather - playing games while eating chocolate chip cookie dough 
 - listening to street musicians - boating

- exploring fun restaurants - swimming 
- cooking s'mores over the stove - just talking together

- relaxing at the beach - laughing
- singing karaoke - shopping...

I'm pretty sure that was one birthday present that will never be forgotten!
Thank you Andrew and Kori for the incredible time together. 
We love you!

"Blessed be the name of the Lord
From this time forth and forevermore!"
Psalms 113:2

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Winter is coming!

There is just something special about sitting in front of a cozy fireplace when it is cold outside. The snow is gently falling. Christmas lights are sparkling around you, and music is playing softly. That is when you just want to stop time for a bit. 

But before you can enjoy that view you have to gather all the firewood! Last Saturday a bunch of us went to a friend's house to cut and load up the wood from some dead trees he cut down. We actually had a great time doing it!

Can you tell who is having fun with the wood shavings?

We made a 'bucket brigade' from the pile of wood Dad was cutting to the trailer where Nathanael was stacking. Not all of the logs were thrown and caught successfully, but no one was hurt and there were a lot of laughs in the process.

Now we have a beautiful stack of wood ready to keep us comfy and cozy all winter.

"The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace."
Psalms 29:11

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Then & Now

Exactly 10 years after taking this picture of Hannah, Susanna and Alaythia we unintentionally got another one at the exact same place with almost the exact same pose, with the exact same photographer. Wow, time flies!!

I guess we will have to put it on the calendar and see if we can get another one 10 years from now.

Blessed be the name of the LORD
From this time forth and forevermore!
Psalms 113:2

Saturday, October 28, 2017

His First Solo!

Today is full of milestones for this young man. Not only is he turning 16 today, but he also soloed for the first time!! We have another up and coming pilot in the family. 
Congratulations Nathanael!

"So I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest."
Psalms 55:6

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Grandkids

I haven't done the best job of taking pictures of what we've been up to lately. So while I quickly pull out the camera and capture some moments this week I thought you would enjoy something that always brings a smile to my face -- the faces of my 9 nieces and nephews!

It has been fun to watch them interact when we are all together and see the different personalities already coming out. Some of them definitely have traits that take after their parents and some remind us so much of a sibling that it can be pretty amusing!
- Autumn - 

- Caden -            -Everett -

- Lee -

- Jenifer -

- Arianna -

- Kendrick -

-Joanna -           -Asher -

"How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings."
Psalms 36:7

Saturday, October 21, 2017


Love is definitely in the air!
This happy couple is busy planning a December wedding!! Last weekend they were able to get their engagement photos taken and from the looks of the sneak peak that we got, the pictures turned out beautiful! I know they appreciate prayer as they make decisions for the wedding and prepare to set up their home.

We are looking forward to sharing more photos and details of their love story later.

*Photos by Eric Vest Photography

"Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
And let those who love Your salvation say continually,
"Let God be magnified!"
Psalms 70:4

Monday, October 16, 2017

These Days

The last few weeks have had a very similar schedule for us. We've spent most of the time at home which has been a fun change of pace from the previous month. Family devotions, school, building relationships, work, music, business meetings and working on personal projects have all had a part in making up our days.

// practicing music //

// working out // 
// canning applesauce and other food produce //

// Nathanael is working towards getting his pilots license so we will hopefully have another pilot in the family! //

// working in the fields //
// celebrating birthdays //

// making weekend trips up to MN to see a certain person //

// thoroughly enjoying this beautiful time of year and this beautiful season of life //

"See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
redeeming the time,
because the days are evil."
Ephesians 5:15-16

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Autumn Joy

Welcome to the world little 
Autumn Joy.

October 7, 2017 \\ 7 lbs 3 oz \\ 20 inches long

You have a bunch of aunts and uncles that can't wait to meet you.
Congratulations Alan, Rachel and big brother Kendrick!!

"Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!"
Psalms 32:11

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Sisters Trip

Taking time to invest into family relationships has always been really special to us. Since there is such a wide range of ages in our family and now a lot of miles separating us, we've learned that you have to be a bit more creative to do that since you can't always make memories face to face.

Several years ago most of the girls were able to get together for a "sisters' trip" and LOVED it! The late night conversations, exploring cute little shops, playing games, eating lots of yummy food and even taking time to work out together. It was a blast! Since then we've wanted to do it again, but it never happened. Until this fall!

A couple days before we all arrived in Iowa for the Old Threshers Reunion the girls were texting each other how excited we were to be together, and we were commenting on how fast the weekend was going to fly by. Then someone came up with the brilliant idea that since all of us were in one place this would be the perfect opportunity to do another sisters' trip! After figuring out some of the details (babysitters, travel plans, activities) the girls trip was scheduled!

Of course,  there were the last minute changes, and we ended up changing the location for this sisters' trip. But God made it all work, and it was such a fun couple of days!

We waved goodbye to all of the guys, and then the activities started! Some went grocery shopping, because good food makes everything fun! Some put the babies down for naps, others watched a horse pull, we all enjoyed a campfire, and interspersed in all that was a lot of talking and laughter.

The next day we ventured out to tour a cute little town.

Had lunch at a cute little bakery.

Went on a walking trail.

And just enjoyed being together!

The three little boys that joined our girls trip.


Now we are back to making the most of texting and face timing but the memories we made will last us forever. So treasure the relationships that God has given you now, because even though life gets busy and people are imperfect, family is one of the greatest blessings on earth!

"As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend."
Psalms 27:17