October 25, 2014

We love “birthday season” around here!  In the fall/winter, we have 8 Bontrager birthdays in 5 months.  And we party, I’m tellin’ ya!
We have some pretty fun birthday traditions around here:
//birthday tradition #1: food//
 The food is always a yummy affair, with a menu planned by the birthday person.  Some of the “most requested” birthday menus are pizza, Mexican stacks, enchiladas, and fajitas (yes, we have a thing for Mexican:).  Dessert is usually chocolate cake and home-made ice-cream.
The little Hudson-man is growing up so fast.  I love to watch him live life with such zest!  He is such a little gentleman, always watching out for his sisters.  He throws himself wholeheartedly into whatever he is doing- schoolwork, chores on the farm, Bible memory, or football.:)  And he gives the best hugs and kisses!
My dear mother.  She is rather ageless, I believe, both in her youthful beauty, and in her lovely heart.  She is best friend, counselor, role model, and teacher to so many (all her children included).  We had a delightful time celebrating her birthday on a recent Sunday afternoon.
//birthday tradition #2: family activity//
The birthday person gets to choose an activity for the family to do together.  Mother chose a walk for her activity.  It was a perfect day, one of those last mild fall days in which you can feel the change to cold just beyond the horizon.
We walked back the woods lane, laughing, talking, enjoying the togetherness.  
Mother and Father
the siblings
having a bit of fun:)
Back in the woods, we sat at the picnic table and sang hymns in God’s cathedral.
walking home through fallen leaves
crimson color of fall
And one day, a little Miss turned 7!
putting candles on the cake
Oh Rebecca!  When did she get old enough to be loosing teeth?  Just yesterday we held her in our arms, in awe of this baby girl.  And now she is 7?!  
//birthday tradition #3: affirming words//
After enjoying the birthday meal, we sit around the table and share affirmation and blessing with the birthday person.  It is a precious time of celebrating their strengths, an opportunity to share with them the things we most admire in them.  
Ahh…..there’s nothin’ like a bowl of home-made ice-cream!
//birthday tradition #4: gifts//
 We wrap up all manner of wonderful things- books, clothes, tools, games, etc.  With a big family like ours, there are a lot of people giving gifts, so there does end up being quite the pile sometimes.:)
feeling the gift……what could it be?
A rousing game of Swat was enjoyed by all at Rebecca’s party.  Truly, this game can be downright dangerous in a ultra-competitive, high-energy family!  
I love these words from Ecclesiastes 3:1&11:
“To every things there is a season, and a time to every perpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die………….He hath made everything beautiful in His time.”

(posted by Allison)



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  1. I've been silently following your blogs for a while now :). All of your posts sound fun!
    I'm curious tho, how do you play swat? We are always looking for new games to play and swat sounds like a great game!

  2. All the birthday traditions are so neat! Happy birthday Ms.Becky, Husdon, Rebecca, and all the other ones to! Do ya all make different flavors of homemade icecream or is it just vanilla? Is the cake homemade to and the icing to?
    In Christ,

  3. What wonderful family times!! Birthday's are such delightful opportunities to celebrate! I loved the idea of sharing what makes that person special… Might have to implement that into our fall Birthday plans!
    Oh, and Rebecca's facial expressions are priceless. Pure joy and LOTS of excitement! 🙂
    Walking w/ Him,

  4. Love this 🙂 And you described Hudson so well, Alli – he does throw himself wholeheartedly into the task in front of him & I'm totally inspired by his example.:) And same about your dear mother – what an amazing, genuine blessing she is!! Haha, the sibling (& Ryker!) photos had us smiling. And Rebecca's joy/expressions are priceless.:) Love that girl! And to finish out this lengthy comment, I pretty much adore the picture/painted verse wall you designed in the last picture. So great. 🙂 All right, blessings! <3

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