October 14, 2017

This past Sunday night, we wrapped up our ten-day tour through Indiana/Michigan/Ohio. This tour marked the completion of five and half months of touring in 2017 for our family band. We are definitely excited about spending the rest of the year off the road and close to home!

It was quite the trip, with a number of firsts and lasts.
We got to sing at a few of our favorite venues, that are yearly traditions…
And we sang at about half a dozen new venues that we had never been at before!
It was Cassidy’s first tour on board as a Bontrager, and it was Chelsy’s last tour with us.
The weather ranged from COLD to HOT. And a little of everything in between!
We met some dear new souls, and saw many old friends as well.

Such a treat for Allison to get to play with her fellow fiddler + hero! This guy was her inspiration to play violin, all the way back when she was three, and it is pretty cool to hear them play together now, twenty years later!

Supper in the parking lot with Shipshe friends. We sat on chairs and the backs of vehicles and whatever worked! Love these impromptu meetings we get to have across the miles.

With these four at the helm, it is pretty much a sure thing that the comedy aspect will only be increasing. =) They had the crowd in stitches!

We were blessed with a quick stop at the Ark Encounter! What an AMAZING place!

Inside the Ark.
Making music together…doing what we love.
Time with the cousins, uncles, and aunts is always the biggest treat! We loved spending a little time one afternoon with moms nephew and his wife and son. Can’t wait to meet their baby twin girls next time, Lord willing! =)
Rebecca reading stories to little cousin Jackson.
Morning devotions during a quick visit with some dear friends.
Loved the opportunity to do dinner together with these friends! The guy running the salad bar told me, “You all must never have a quiet moment with this family!” I didn’t know which one of our three families he was referring to but I figured I was quite justified in saying “you’re right!!” for all of us. =) We had one loud and lovely table! Such good memories!


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