We have been blessed many times over these past couple weeks, since Jims heart attack. It came at a time of the year when we are gearing up for the Christmas season and when you own a Christmas tree farm, that means there is lots to do. Tom drove up to Clam Lake for us to get my trailer of boughs for wreath making and Dave made a trip down to Westfield to pick up the baler. Butch, Dave and Mike helped Jim put his processor back together. And many others including our girls and their husbands have stepped in to help us out when we've needed it. Every one of you have blessed us and we thank you.

This past weekend we needed to cut and bale 300 trees to fill orders we've received. On Saturday morning about 15 people showed up to get the job done for us.

Tom and Andy started out by cutting trees down.

Mark ran the other saw and Jim helped for awhile until he tired out.

Joni and Jacob helped pull trees from the field.

Tyler helps Becky pull a tree to the clearing.

These three were real troopers. They hung in there both days and although it looks like they're goofing off, they really worked hard. Don't you love the jackets Tabby and Joni are wearing?

Of course we had Tyler and Alex out there with us. They helped as much as kindergarten boys can help which consisted mainly of falling down and laying on the trees.

And we can't forget about Taylor. What would we do without the chatterbox?
Teamwork was the best way to get the job done.

Of course an occasional 4-wheeler ride made the day more enjoyable.

Time to get the baler running. These guys were a great help. We needed their mechanical skills along with their manpower because the baler broke down several times.

Todd ran the baler all weekend.

Matt and Nick were fascinated with how the baler worked. After that they were off to pretend they were bears hiding in the trees.

Ahhhhhhhhhh lunch time. All you have to do is ask our moms to take charge of the food and nobody goes hungry! Chicken dumpling soup, BBQ's and lots of goodies.

The boys filling up.

Andy Tabby and Jacob are ready for another round of work after lunch.

Joni and Sandy ate their lunch surrounded by kissing balls.

Tabby helped Todd on the baler. She tied all the knots for him.

These five boys loved playing on the big dirt piles in the yard. They were so dirty when the day was over but they had fun.

Taking a break at yet another baler breakdown.

Tyler and Alex loved the John Deere tractor.

Jon came after he was done with work. It was nice to get some fresh help. We were all getting pretty tired. Here Jon and Tom help pull a really big tree thru the baler.

Tyler's Daddy is so strong. He can lift trees all by himself.

Wagon rides are great too!

Alex says "Dont worry I'll hang onto Hannah on the wagon".

Getting the baler going again.

The little boys loved helping hold the trees up to feed them into the baler.

Trees lined up to bale.

We're almost done!

Mark drove the tractor and loaded trees onto the wagon.

The job is done and it is so good to see them all piled up.
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Joni rae said…
Paul Bunyon and the blue ox... aka Joni and Tabby