October 5, 2017
Meet Hudson Reed, the ninth born in the Bontrager Family! At eleven-almost twelve-years of age, Hudson is the “teddy bear” of the family and is always full of hugs and smiles for anyone in need of them. 
Hudson is at that stage where he is growing out of a little boy into a little man. He loves doing all in his power to keep up with his older brothers and being right there with them, chipping right in with whatever they are doing. He might still be the smallest of all the guys but he still gives it 100% in work and sports to make up for the size difference with extra determination and grit. =) He is all boy and loves guns, knives, wrestling, and sports, to name a few. The biggest highlight of his fall thus far has been the doe that he shot all by himself last week! After quite a number of disappointing hunts, his excitement over his first deer of the season was pretty great to watch! We all rejoiced with him. The hunting thing seems to be in his blood.:)
Hudson’s main jurisdiction on the farm is feeding the calves and he does an excellent job with that. Nearly every afternoon that we are home finds him out on the farm for around an hour, mixing bottles, scooping grain, and bedding down the calves. He is in 6th grade in school and told me that if math was the only subject he had to do, then he would really like school. =) He definitely is motivated to get studies finished quickly and move on with his day! Quality time is his thing and he lights up when he hears about an opportunity to spend one-on-one time with a family member. This is his fifth year to do The Bible Bee, and he has made it to the national competition every year. Hudson absolutely loves everything about nationals and he thrives on the diligence, dedication, and competitiveness required to compete well! He has taken violin + piano lessons faithfully for the past four years, but quit piano the beginning of this year to pursue a new instrument-the bass guitar! With some shifting in the family band, the position for “second bass” became available, and Hudson jumped on it. Hours and hours and HOURS of practice later…he now plays bass on about eight of our songs and does a great job of it. Hudson is also known as our most energetic band member on stage-he likes to keep things peppy!
Hudson’s cheerful personality and tender heart are a big blessing to our family, and we couldn’t do without him! 


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