Today we’re taking a break from the standard Tuesday fare. Instead, we thought we’d give you all an update on our lives this fall. As I type, roughly 12 inches of snow cover the ground, as witnessed by the above picture

The photos below provide brief snapshots into life for our family of three. Fall has seen us harvesting corn and soybeans, milking cows, practicing music, brainstorming, creating family memories, and building a family culture.

In this Thanksgiving season, with Christmas approaching, we’re reminded of God’s goodness to us in the ordinary moments of life.

Wallace getting his first guitar lesson from Daddy! Someone once told us that “more is caught than taught.”

Another epic game of Ticket to Ride, with a few modifications. Bontragers can’t leave games by themselves; they have to improvise the rules in order to add spice.

In October, we took a family trip down to Tennessee for a friend’s wedding.

The family meal table our favorite place to gather for food and fellowship! It is the locus for physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental nourishment.

Little boys just love Daddy time!

We helped organize the Live Animal Christmas Play Pie Auction for our church this year. God blessed to raise money for this incredible event.

Cass & Wallace stopping by the field to deliver lunch.

Recently got our first big snow!

All bundled up for a walk and nap!

Reading time in the evening is a favorite for all of us.

We enjoyed a great Thanksgiving feast and day! First, we celebrated Thanksgiving day with my grandma, my family, and most of our aunts and uncles. Then, we had another Thanksgiving feast with the ever expanding Bontrager family.

For my brothers and I, Risk combines four critical elements– diplomacy, strategy, luck, and emotion.

Epic tackle football in the snow!

In this season of Thanksgiving, may our hearts and minds be uplifted towards Christ, and His goodness to us. We deserve none of His benefits.

How should we respond to His goodness? We should serve Him from a heart of love.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” –Psalm 103:1-2

Categories: Family


Anonymous · November 28, 2018 at 6:27 am

Great pics!!!!

Ken · November 28, 2018 at 7:30 am

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    Joshua Bontrager · November 29, 2018 at 7:36 pm


Ann · November 28, 2018 at 10:15 am

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family. The snow pictures make the landscape into a winter wonderland.

    Joshua Bontrager · November 29, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Snow is one of my favorite Iowa experiences.

Eva · November 28, 2018 at 2:47 pm

Thanks for the update and great pictures. Wallace is such a cutie!

Would you also consider writing a post about how it has been for you both since little Wallace arrived? (any changes / struggles and how did you adapt/ overcome them, how do you find time for your marriage,..)


    Joshua Bontrager · November 29, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Eva, we definitely agree that Wallace is cute! He’s the most handsome little man I’ve ever seen!

    Great question. We’ll definitely cover that in the future. It’s been an adjustment in many ways. First, Wallace is now a part of all of our family memories. Second, we’ve had to allow more extra time in our schedule. Third, we’ve had to say no to a lot more things. Last, Wallace has given us a greater long-term perspective as we realize that everything we do with him is profoundly impacting generations to come.

ChelsyRenee · November 28, 2018 at 7:59 pm

Love this post! Especially the pictures of the lil man….=)

    Joshua Bontrager · November 29, 2018 at 7:41 pm


Marion · November 29, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Thank You for the update on the family and activities. Wallace is a cutie. he is so alert. it is nice to see your family giving thanks together.
Wishing all the Bontragers a Merry and Blessed holiday season.
God Bless
Marilyn,Joan and Marion

Stacey Kao · November 29, 2018 at 6:43 pm

Thanks for the update! It seems that your little family has been enjoying life to the full! Enjoy Wallace before he grows more! Has he bonded well with Jubilee?
Looking forward to more “standard fare!”

    Joshua Bontrager · November 29, 2018 at 7:43 pm


    Life has been both full and blessed. Wallace and Jubilee have differing personalities. For example, Wallace is much more active and Jubilee doesn’t move around as much. I think they enjoy each other, but it’s hard to tell at this stage.

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