Friday, October 21, 2011


I'm not quite sure how it all started, but about 4 or 5 years ago it did.

Brent and I had a Sunday School fall party at our house.

Word got around that Brent had a tractor, and there would be a hayride.  And for those of you who know my husband...well, him and tractors, they go hand in hand.  There is nothing that gives him quite as much excitement as a tractor.

The hayride the first year, was, well, a LITTLE LONG.  It was absolutely ridiculous, but everyone rolled with it, and Brent's smile covered his whole face from ear to ear.

So, each year we've hosted this little party, it's gotten more and more over the top.  Last year we had a "strongman" competition, farmer style.  There was tractor tire flipping, and pulling of the hay wagons with all the kids inside.

This year, there will be a little chicken and sheep catching/chasing.

I took the day off today to clean my house top to bottom.

This is a big deal.  We're taking about 50-60 people show up each year.

We provide soup and sandwiches, and everyone else brings food to share.  You know the Mennonites, any reason to have a carry-in...

After the hayride, there is a fire and smores and hot chocolate.

It's a blast.

It really is.  The kids play volleyball/football/basketball, and the adults actually get to carry on a conversation.

God is providing us with weather in the upper 50's tomorrow, with lots of sun.

It should be good.

Even Rudy is ready.  He doesn't know what to do with himself with all the attention he gets from all the kids.  He takes a nap the whole next day!

So while the rest of you are enjoying your Saturday, we'll be livin' it up down on the farm.

I'm already thinkin' about the nap I'll have to take Sunday afternoon!


  1. Sounds to me like a wonderful day! I hope you enjoy it and get to spend time visiting with everyone and then enjoy your nap on Sunday.

  2. So glad the weather cooperated for your long planned Fall Party! Hope no sheep, chickens or humans were hurt during the competition of the fittest! Yes, I bet the Brenster was in his element driving the tractor/hayride around the neighborhood. Good friends, good food & great fun...doesn't get any better than that!! Yes I do see a NAP for the Yoder clan tomorrow!!! Rest well............. :)

  3. Our last fall party ended with 2 shelves "falling" off Blaine's bedroom wall! lol We also found straw leftover from the hayride months later! Always a good time though! :)


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