Sunday, December 8, 2013

1st Christmas snow at the Ranch!

Video of the 1st snow!

We are enjoying our 1st snow fall here at the new is a little video showing that! Hope you all are enjoying our festivities for the holidays that are fast approaching.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Acreage!

Well, it's been a while since I've posted...we've just been a little busy re-modeling the house! :)  Here are some pics from the "new" digs!

Thursday, March 7, 2013


So for those of you whom I haven't talked to recently or updated....


Most of you know that we have been looking on-and-off for the last 2 years.  It has been a big roller coaster and been a huge faith builder for us!  It's been very difficult to find something that is close to Lincoln that isn't outrageously priced due to the high-demand for acreages in the surrounding Lincoln area.  

We looked at the place that we ended up getting about a year ago when it first went into foreclosure.  It was still pretty high at the time and needed a lot of superficial work done so we decided it wasn't in God's timing for that place and left it alone.  About 2 months ago, I got a random e-mail from a listing site online and the house was re-listed through a government foreclosure (HUD) program.  Basically, they drop the price and it turns into a silent auction for 1 week.  You have no idea what other people are bidding, how many people are bidding etc.  You also can't have inspections (if you want your offer accepted) or warranties on the house's a leap of faith type thing and you just have to hope that everything is working! (For those of you that know Dan, that is a HUGE risk :)  We prayed about the decision A LOT over a 5 day window and one day Dan woke up with a number in his head and we went with it.  We really (OK, I really) didn't think we were going to get the house as over 25 people went through it the first 2 days that it was re-listed!  Anyway, the deadline for finding out if we had won or not was 5pm and we got a call 10 minutes before the deadline that we had won the bid!! :)  *Large amounts of excitement entered here* 

After finding out that we had won the bid, we listed our home the next day. (Super sad as we LOVE our little house and have so much emotionally and physically invested here)  We had a lot of interest in the first week and ended up with an offer that we accepted 11 days after we listed.  Needless to say we couldn't be happier with how smoothly things are moving and are very much seeing God's hand in all of it!

We closed on the acreage on the 15th last month and started demo and re-modeling about 1 hour into owning it...true Thornton/Bontrager style! :)  I am attaching a link to a FB album (for those of you that don't have FB) so you can see some of the beginning pictures of the place and I will periodically update the photos as more is completed.  We have already moved 95% of our stuff out of our Holland house and are moving in with my parents (bless them!) for about a month as we finish the re-model.  (our HOPEFUL date of getting in is the first week of April)  There thankfully weren't any "huge" things that were broken (heater, AC etc.) and were able to fix many of the "problems" within the first weekend. 

We have already had numerous friends and family members come over and help with many things and we are so thankful for all of the support and help!  My parents bible study came over the 2nd day we owned it and did the "demo" would have taken us weeks to do it ourselves and they got it done in about 7 hours!  We have been working non-stop (every day and evening!) with a lot of our family members on projects so that when our cabinets and new floors come in we will be ready for the installers to put them in so we can get our stuff moved over and move in! :)

Well that's the nutshell...just thought you might like to know!! :)

(link for pics is above)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Orecchiette with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Parmesan Cheese

OK, so this receipe sounds alot more complicated than it really is!! it is TO DIE FOR!! (great for vegetarians too!) the link above is where i got the recipe so you can follow the link to see the full thing but i will post the "411" below for you if you want to make it for dinner...i highly suggest it! :)

4 whole Red Bell Peppers
1 whole Small Sweet Onion, Diced
2 cloves Garlic, Minced {use Large Ones!}
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 ounces, weight Cream Cheese
¼ cups Heavy Cream
Salt And Pepper, to taste
¾ pounds Orecchiette Pasta
Good Quality Parmesan Cheese
Fresh Basil

Preparation Instructions
Roast red peppers either under a hot broiler pan or over the eye of a gas flame cooktop. You want to char the skin of the pepper without burning the flesh underneath. Turn as you go, keeping a close eye on them. Once all the peppers have blackened, place them into a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let them sit until cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes.
In the meantime, over medium heat, saute onions and garlic in butter. Season with salt and pepper.
Peel red peppers, remove stems and seeds, chop into large pieces and place into the skillet with the onions and garlic. Remove from heat. Place vegetables into a food processor bowl with cream cheese, cream, salt and pepper. Puree sauce until smooth, or to your preferred consistency.
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and coat with sauce. Top with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
Note: the sauce needs salt. I wrote on the recipe that you should season to taste, however, I have found that it needs a little bit of a heavy hand to make it reach the wonderful realm. So, heads up on that.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

From the Beaches of FL...

in october, dan and i went with my sister alys and my brother-in-law ben to Orlando FL. dan and i flew in a few days early and spent a few days with one of my best friends, Ali who was already down in FL. The trip was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! we had such a great time at the ocean, theme parks, the pool, shopping and the cigar bar. (OK, it was just ben and i at the cigar bar but still :) it went really fast and we're excited to do another sibling vac-a in the future! :)

rompin' the waves...

love this!!


sissies :)

our packed picnic was divine. :)

gator watchin'!!! we saw some really big ones!!

seeing Shrek 3-D at universal studios!!! ( oh, and dan even rode a ROLLER COASER there!! he didn't get sick AND he actually liked it!! the Thornton's are wearing off on him i think :)

my bestie Ali :)