March 29, 2013
It’s a lovely early spring day here in Iowa.  In the back round I can hear sounds of the skid loader as someone does their chores…….the little kiddos are yelling as they work play outside.  There is soft music floating from another room of the house.  In fact, the house is unusually quiet.  Must be because everyone else is elsewhere.:)  Because it would. NOT. be quiet if we were all around.  
As you may have gathered, I am immensely enjoying being home.  I’d love to do a post with snippets of daily like around here at some point.  For now I’ve offered to help Chels catch up with posts left-over from the trip.  So, without further rambling……..
{S T U D I O   S H O T S}

 Mitchell worked super hard the first few days in studio.  He put in some LONG hours playing  guitar or banjo (or both) on every song but one!  
 Our faithful bass player.  Carson does such a great job as the backbone of our instruments.
 I love watching him play……he’s just so relaxed as he thumps out his notes.
 I love having Josh’s dobro on quite a few songs!  It adds so much interest and beauty.
 Chels alternated between mandolin and piano.  Of course she did a wonderful job at both!

 What a blessing to play instruments with my siblings!  It was so neat that the rooms had windows so we could see each other.  There were smiles, gestures, and jokes passed through those windows!
 One afternoon in the middle of recording instruments tracks, my dear mother showed up with the. MOST. a m a z i n g. green smoothies ever!!!!  I’m tellin you…they were incredible!  And what a wonderful boost to get us through the afternoon- I think that was the day I didn’t eat supper till something like 8pm.
The little people were troopers!  
 Here’s our baby.   And her voice is as sweet and little as she is.
 Him I call “my little man”.  He IS still little, although I know one day I’ll wake up and be his little sister, like has happened twice already.:)(in the case of Josh and Carson)
 Dear Elizabeth sings her heart out!  And she can sing high.
 I love Taylor’s grin in this picture.  That’s so “Taylor”!  Big grin, bigger heart.
 This is the room where we “spread out” while waiting to record. 
 Mother, Chels, and I recorded two songs together.  I love singing with them!  How grateful I am that my mother encouraged us to sing in the first place.  She used to get out her guitar at family devotions and play as the whole (then much smaller) family sang.  I have wonderful memories of her singing to us at bedtime.  She taught me (by example) to sing while working… the shower…..anywhere.  I am so grateful that she was patient when Chelsy and I started experimenting with singing parts.  We belted it out and thought we sounded like pros.  I don’t ever remember her trying to set us straight when we were horifically off-tune and singing mostly the wrong notes.  Thank you, mother dear!
 {please excuse the odd reflections caused by taking pictures through glass.  thank you.:}
 Chels relaxing……
 Sing, bro!
 Here are some of the amazing crew we were privileged to work with.  (Justin Kropf and Marti Funderburk)  Thanks to all the folks at Daywind who did so much for us!
 Sometimes we had waiting time in our spots while the others fixed their parts.  Here’s Chelsy’s collection of “chill time stuff”. {love how the water bottle says “chill”!}
 Josh- waiting.
Denver probably wins the prize for hugest grin in the family!  He’s our enthusiast and optimist extraordinaire!  

And there you have it!  There is still much work to be done before we hold the finished product in our hands……..mixing, photo shoot, graphic design, copyrights, etc.

{posted by Allison}


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  1. How nice to read that you all are home!:)Lovely pictures and cant wait to hear when the CD comes out1
    may GOD BLESS YOU ALL….hugs

  2. I would LOVE the recipe for the green smoothie! Could you share it with us? Can't wait to hear some of your music! You guys shine God's light so bright through your blog posts and music! Keep it up! 🙂

  3. Honestly, I love to cook but have few recipes but I will tell you (as close as I can remember) what I put in my green smoothies that day. I have to tell you that one of my own dear children looked at that lovely smoothie with mostly doubt that anything that GREEN could be yummy but after one sip he decided that he LOVED it. 🙂 RECIPE???
    Probably 4-6 cups of fresh spinach. Approximately 2 cups frozen pineapples. 1 or 2 bananas. About 1 tbs chia seeds. 4-6 drops liquid stevia. Maybe 2-3 cups of water? That is all I can remember. The key to a yummy green smoothie is lots of greens, some really sweet fruit, and something frozen to make it cold and a bit slushy.

  4. Hello to all of the Bontrager's!
    U all r such a Godly family and a blessing to others! I love to watch ur videos when I first wake, when I'm doing school, and when I'm drifting off to sleep. U all sing and play ur instruments very good! I would love to meet u all in person someday!!!!!!!!!!
    That green smoothie looks yummy!
    In Christ, Lexi

  5. Hello Sheri,

    My mother actually gave the {rough outline} of her smoothie recipe in the comments of this post. Check above for that!


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