Here's a photo of the Bartlett boys (and girl); the four on the left are the New Hampshire branch, and the ones on the right are farm fed North Dakotans.
I'm backtracking a bit, but wanted to show a few photos of our time with family. Jim's parents and brother and family flew into North Dakota to visit us, in honor of Grandpa and Grammy's 50th wedding anniversary. The rest of the family knew how difficult it would be for our family to leave the farm and all its gardens and animals, so they graciously left New Hampshire to come here for a little over a week.
We had a great time, and it had been 4 years since the family was all together. Back then our family took a trip to New Hampshire to visit.
Cousin Keara (9) was the only person willing to try her hand at milking Mustard Seed, and she did a very good job! Peter is also a very good teacher. We were also impressed that Keara was not afraid of bugs, animal excrement, turtles, etc., but fit right in with the guys. Maybe it helps that she is the youngest, with 3 brothers of her own!
The first day of their visit was the Bottineau Gospel Music Festival, and it was a special blessing for Jim and the boys to play to an audience that included grandparents, aunt and uncle, and cousins. The festival was held in the local high school auditorium.
We were thrilled to find a chalet at the local 7th Day Adventist camp to rent; it was perfect, since the chalet had 3 bedrooms and a loft, 2 bathrooms, living room and kitchen. The last photo is of the sunset over the lake. The beach at this camp is the best one on all of Lake Metigoshe, and everyone enjoyed using canoes, rafts, and peddleboats. What a treat for our boys to be able to jump right in and enjoy the coolness of the lake, when we were experiencing very hot weather.