The month of December found us busy with abundant music practice, cutting and replacing last years maple sap spiles (taps), logging a new section of woods and just everyday life. It also seemed like a rough month for dad.
This December had us playing a Christmas concert that was a first for us. Usually we are too busy in the sugarbush to perform a concert so close to syrup season. Do to our bus being winterized and not wanting to get salt all over it we instead drove our faithful 15 passenger van to the event. It sure seemed that during the entire 6 hour trip someone was joking that 'there's no leg room', 'I cant sleep', or a 'I miss the bus'. Its not that we were ungrateful for having to ride in the van its just we got spoiled by the bus. As bad as we thought we had it, poor dad was battling the flu and a 103.5 degree fever though the entire trip and for almost two weeks afterwards.
The concert was very well attended affording us once again the opportunity to share the gospel though testimony and music!!
Just part of the huge spread! We probably ate a little too much considering that we had to play right after dinner. But hey, how could one turn all that great food down?
The sky's at home continue to amaze us.
After listening to our upcoming CD a few times, we realized we were missing a few parts, and yet others needed a little attention. The boys where able to utilize our recording gear and record small parts right here at home. The corrections were made then sent off to the recording engineer. Modern technology can be awesome! Once again the advantages of homeschooling are evident when you look at the skill set of the youngsters in this family.
A surprising treat this Christmas was a visit from some our closest friends that drove up all the way from Florida! After not seeing them for almost four years we saw them twice in 2018. Again dad found himself under the weather with a bad toothache that required a root canal! Ouch!
Every year we visit a local church and sing a song or two for their candle light church service. This year our friends from Florida joined us!
Playing spikeball in -32 degrees! Yup I'm sure that has to be some kind of record.
Bethany and her sweet friend Evie.
During the month of December and despite all the distractions, the boys can always be found with a steady and deliberate march toward preparing for maple syrup harvest .
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up."