|After 9 weeks of AGENDA events we had a wonderful break |
in Upper Peninsula Michigan helping in our friends' sugarbush.
|Kicked off our time with a jam session, where it became quite apparent that Cass needed new strings. |
They were kindly replaced (all of them) and the strumming and singing continued!
|18 of us all piled in for a happy trip to incredible Bond Falls!|
|Absolutely beautiful and so peaceful.|
|Hmmm. A picture's worth 1000 words?|
|Sisters having a lovely chat.|
|Brothers. Still have too much energy!|
|A most lovely spot for a date with 16 other people!|
|Tallest to smallest. Way too cute.|
|World Famous Mac N' Cheese|
|Worth the trip and the border crossing (ha) just to smell this cooking: three sticks of butter, |
bacon, half+half, heavy whipping cream, cheese, cheese, cheese, panko and pasta.
The return to our leafy green smoothies was abrupt. And painful. :)
|Yummy food + hard working hungry boys. Perfect!|
|Wild rounds of "Ruckus" and "Catan" after a busy day.|
|Very fun...marshmallows, fire, sticks, s'mores. Love it!!|
|Family devotions each morning. So blessed to share time in God's Word.|
|Keeping track of the family businesses. Love the walkie-talkie. :)|
|Crosby and Bethany. Way too much fun.|
|Out in the sugarbush. Harvest ended because of the warm weather just before we got there. |
7500 taps to remove. Quite the family project!!
|260 beautiful acres of this!!|
|And...a snake. Thankfully the snakes in |
UP are safe so Christian adopted this one for the picture.
|One shift of tap pullers heading home. Sweaty, dirty and happy after 7 hours out in the bush.|
|Where the sap gets boiled.|
|Some of the syrup heading to maple sugar.|
|Bottles ready to be filled!|
|The other team: bottling newly harvested maple syrup.|
|If you need the world's best Maple Syrup, go to: PaulFamilySugarbush|
|Maple Barbecue Rub and Seasoning Salt, Maple Sugar and Maple Coated Pecans. YUM!|
|Lina and Cass took photos for their family band. |
Bowers boys got be cool musicians for one brief moment.
|Frisbee. Sweat, run, yell, threaten, score. Such a loving game. :) |
Incredibly beautiful in the middle of nowhere!!
|You know you're loved when...folks wash your dirty bus!!|
|Climbing around ice covered steps is no small thing. |
Happy everyone made it down. And back!
Most grateful for the Lord's goodness to us through these very adventurous friends!