I hope every one had a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Emily has been decorating the farm for Christmas for the past several years. In addition to adding lights to the hog buildings and another nativity, she also put lights on Grandma and Grandpa Van’s house (They live 1/4 mile down the road.) The Christmas lights remind us of the real reason for Christmas. They symbolize that Jesus is the light of the world.
One of the highlights of December on our farm included trying to finish up some fall field work when the ground was just right – not too soft and not too hard! The first week of December is a time to celebrate two birthdays at our house and the guys take a couple “days off” after chores are completed to do some deer hunting (or crop protection as it some times called).
Van Manen Cousin annual Christmas picture! See how they have grown in size and numbers the past 21 years!!
We were excited to have a night out to attend a performance by Mannheim Steamroller at the Civic Center in Des Moines. It was awesome!! (Thanks Emily!)
I think today is a good day to stay inside and clean house. It is sooo cold that Kevin ALMOST offered to clean house! (I really think he would rather be inside today!) However, livestock takes even extra care in this kind of weather. For example, I just heard the report that they have a frozen cattle water that needs thawed before dinner (noon). Have a great day! Stay warm!