Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tractor Day

You can tell you're from the rural mid-west when the big event in town is the annual Tractor Day festival. Antique tractors of every kind were lined up for the noon parade in Castalia, IA. But we weren't in town to celebrate tractors. (Although the history of the American farmer is a fascinating study of heritage and technology.)

At the beginning of the parade, we were all gathered around a spiffy convertible where our grandparents were preparing to ride as the grand marshals of the event. We all rode in a covered wagon behind their car. Grandpa and Grandma have lived in this small town community all their lives, so it was a special day to honor them. 

All our married children (and the grandchildren, too!) had come along for this trip, so we thoroughly enjoyed a full weekend together. The more our family grows and dynamics change, the more we treasure our time together. Laughter. Music. Spiritual conversations. Friendly competition. 

Family: What a beautiful gift!

And here are a few pictures from our weekend: 

Getting ready to ride in the parade

The Grand Marshal car leads the parade. 

Enjoying our cousin's sweet baby. 
(Yes, we all had Tractor Day T-shirts to celebrate the event!)

Caden James is starting to be very interactive and smiley. 
Don't let his initial, serious gaze fool you.

His open-mouth grin is contagious! 

We were able to give two concerts in the afternoon, incorporating our older siblings. Here, Rachel, Ruth, Josiah, Bethany, and Matthias share an old favorite: "Praise God"

And the younger crew share some of their new repertoire. 

Meanwhile, on the front row, we enjoyed passing around the nieces and nephews. 

Have we introduced the newest member of our family?! Our younger children have never experienced having pets, due the amount of time we've spent on the road. Dad surprised us this spring with a puppy named "Duke". He joined us for this the delight of the kids!


And a family reunion concert isn't complete without a little friendly competition on the banjos.

Do we look alike?! 
Yes, people still get us confused from time to time. 

What a special weekend! 

Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
Ps 107:8


Cryslyn said...

Tractor Day was such fun!
It really was a privilege getting to see all of you again. :)
Warm blessings,

Anonymous said...

Duke is absolutely adorable :)

Anonymous said...

Aww, what precious times! So glad you could all be together. Even the new puppy... ;) And boy, is he cute! Enjoy the photos.
Smiles to all!

Anonymous said...

To answer your question...yes, you look alike. A LOT alike. :)

Lexi said...

Yes, Ms.Rachel and Hannah look a lot a like. Caden and the other baby look so adorable! That's kewl how all of the Wissmann's got to be together! I love family times! I've never heard if a tractor parade but it seems rly neat.
In Christ,

Abby said...

How lovely to have the whole family together and to have your grandparents as the grand marshals! Over here in SoCal we have Operation Appreciation where we appreciate our military. They bring some military vehicles on the beach for the civilians to explore them and they provide free meals for the military families. :)

Enjoyed all the photos!

Anonymous said...

Can u give more details about your upcoming songbook you mentioned in an earlier post?

Jessica said...

That looks like a lot of fun! :) Spending time with family is the best!

People tell me and my sisters that we look like twins all the time! And yes, Hannah and Rachel look a lot alike! :)