Christmas Greetings to all you readers; strangers and friends! I’m honored to have you read and follow my blog and love hearing from you !
Our family ushered the New Year in with a New Year’s Eve party, which included shrimp for the ‘special’ food! Shortly after 12, I was snuggled in bed and very ready to get some delightful sleep.
I started a blog after a friend suggested the idea to me! It wasn’t very hard to talk me into it and I’m so glad I did it! I love writing and enjoy writing the weekly post, altho sometimes it’s a bit frustrating when nothing exciting or extra-ordinary happens and I’m not sure what to blog about. 🙂
Kerek and I ,as well as most of the youth group helped serve lunch at a soup kitchen in the Cities. *
Austin, Logan ,and Amber went on their first plane ride ,which fueled the fires of Austin’s aviation dream.
As I listened to the Maranatha Bible School students give their Midterm program, I anticipated next year when I would be in the choir and not in the audience.
The 22nd marked my 17th birthday .*
Our family went to King Buffet, a Chinese buffet , in celebration of our fourth year in Minnesota!
Kerek was baptized at Prairie Mennonite Church.
Grandpa and Grandma Martin came to visit!
Logan turned 10 on the 30th.
The first week, 1-7, I spent in Montana with a friend! It was my first time to fly(can you imagine 2 17 yr-olds flying together? It was a blast and a great adventure! We were very well behaved 17 yr olds;). I loved the trip and scenery but was glad to be home again! *
Mom turned 39 on the 7th and celebrated by picking Krysta and I up at the airport !
Kerek bought his first group of 15 calves and raised them to 500 lbs before selling them.
School is out!!!!!! And I am finished with high school! Oh that feeling of freedom, accomplishment , and relief. *
The last week of May , 3 of my friends from NY came to visit me for 4 short days. There was much laughter and talking, many late nights and busy days! *
EAA(Experimental Aircraft Association) was giving free plane rides at the Austin Municiple Airport one Saturday, so Austin, Logan, Amber, and I (as well as MANY other people) took advantage of the offer. I only went because I was 17 and it was my last chance for a free ride and Austin was hoping it would spark a passion for aviation and we could fly together. Sorry ,bro. That didn’t happen. I’ll be a happy passenger ,especially if you give me bargains but I’ll let the flying to you! 😉
The long awaited day finally came (for me). The van died! It didn’t completely die then. After a couple visits to the shop it still didn’t run right and was no longer trustworthy.
My aunt and uncle visited for a couple days ! We really enjoyed their visit!
Mom’s sister and her family visited for a couple days. We enjoyed our time and made memories. *
I spent a couple days a week at our neighbor picking beans and other vegetables for market.
Kerek turned 16 on the 31st and also got his license that day! The only available vehicle that stood a chance to qualify was the noisy farm truck. Not everything worked or was in tip top condition , but he took it anyway and we all crossed our fingers. There was sigh of relief when I got the text that he passed 🙂
I spent 3 weeks in New York with friends and family. I enjoyed the challenge of flying by myself for the first time . *
While I was gone, Austin spent 3 days in the hospital with a burst appendix .
The rest of the family butchered 25 chickens. I didn’t mind missing out on that gory job !
The last weekend of Sept. our youth group went camping for a night and day. We were blessed with gorgeous weather which resulted in an afternoon of numerous games of volleyball .
The first weekend in October, I went with my aunt and uncle and 3 friends to a wedding in Michigan. It was a short but wonderful weekend!*
Kerek was in his glory when he got to help with chopping corn silage. He put in long hours hauling loads.
I was in my glory when I was asked to drive the grain cart . I spent a few weeks in the tractor hauling beans and then corn. I loved it! * I also drove the 8320R for many hours ,working ground.
One gorgeous fall day, I took some friends biking. The younger ones were soon tuckered out , but Laura, Kate, and I biked a total of 14 miles!
Thanksgiving day was spent at the Bible school with the church folk. We had a great feast and enjoyed playing volleyball afterwards.
WE GOT A CAR!! It’s by all means nothing fancy but definitely a wonderful thing to have 😉 It’s a Saturn Ion that now has tinted windows 😉
I bought some items in preparation for Bible School!
Grandpa and Grandma Zeiset , my aunt and uncle and 2 of their children flew out here to spend a couple days with us.
On the 11th, Amber and I cleaned our room. It. was. bad.
She was in no mood to clean and came into our room in a huff.” Everything is where it belongs “she said. Then she smiled as she realized the irony of the situation because our room looked like the above picture! We started putting stuff away , and lo and behold, I found my Indian dress that I forgot I had. To make cleaning a bit more exciting , I wore the dress. Amber was jealous she didn’t have a swooshy , Indian dress to wear ,but one of my dresses sufficed her. After much encouragement and persuasive talking, the room took on a much more appealing appearance and some of her ‘treasures’ landed in the trash (with her permission ,of course). “Why can’t we do this on Saturday?”was a complaint she came up with to try to push the task off as long as possible. I told her I would clean it up ,but then I would also throw things away. She knew that was too dangerous and slowly kept at it. Eventually our room looked great and I was so glad to have a neat room again.
December 6 ~Austin turned 15! He is excited to get his permit ,hopefully in January.
9th-Dad turned 40!!!
15th~ Amber is 8! Now that she is older, she is excited to be allowed to have more pets!
We youth girls and school- aged children gave a Christmas program one Sunday evening.
The Johnson’s hosted the annual youth Christmas Banquet. We had delicious Guatemalan food and a fun evening playing games!
We youth went Christmas caroling at Mayo. I enjoy walking the halls of the hospital and seeing the patients delighted reactions to the beautiful songs of hope and joy.
I spent the last two school days before Christmas vacation helping Miss Rachelle at school . I loved it! I took classes , checked lessons, answered questions AND helped Amber clean out her desk! 🙂
MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!