Yoder Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is quite the holiday in the Yoder clan. It’s our biggest get together of the year and is an occasion treasured by all of the family. It’s a time of much fellowship, food, and good times with family.

This is the abridged version.

Before all the family came from near and far, we helped cut up some wood for grandma. :)

It’s the woods men.

Fellowship and food. Oh my…the food.

Cute little Asher.


mmm pie!

Impromptu wedding shower / wisdom session.

Bible memory.

Talent show!

NY fashion professional and the precious Bek and Justin.


After the Thanksgiving festivities, we all hang out in the house some more, eat leftovers…

Have some tea..

Sometimes we have a rubber band fight. ;)

And I should probably never make that face again. Noted. Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Jon


Apple Cider

One of our thanksgiving traditions is to make apple cider. We don’t actually make it, but this cider wouldn’t have been made without our intervention so I think it’s close enough. :) It’s always a fun little thing to do with family. First we buy the apples from an orchard, then we bring it to the press and they do the juicing. There are some steps in between but that’s the short version.

Next up on the blog is our thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year because it’s the one where I get to see so many of my loving and sweet family. Sweet like cider. :)


This is the place!


We gots some apples!


Juggling skills. ahahaha.

Apple photographers. ;)


The little store!


Now onto the brewing(!?) process.


All the apples get cut into a pulp which goes in between these plates.


It’s then squeezed out, strained, and then pumped to be bottled!


Soon enough, you have close to 50 gallons of delicious cider! Mmm.

~ Jon


Thanksgiving Blessings

Thanksgiving. This term means so much to me. Thanksgiving day is a special occasion in my family. It’s the one time of the year most of my dad’s side of the family (40+) get together and have some of the best food around. It’s an experience that can’t really be explained through words. It’s a blessing.

The food is good, but quickly forgotten. What isn’t forgotten are the experiences and the conversations. In my family are mentors, forever friends, and role models. They’re a blessing from the Lord.

Here’s a taste. :-)

mmmmmm!

One of the reasons I love Thanksgiving so much is because this is a taste of what the Kingdom of Heaven looks like. Happy Thanksgiving! Every day is a blessing.

~ Jon


Pre-Thanksgiving Day Cider

A tradition that spans many years in the Yoder family is the making of apple cider.  Each year, we get a ton of apples from an orchard, bring them to a apple cider factory, have it go through the cider process, and then bottle it.

I’ve been gaining more appreciation for family traditions these past few years.  The making of apple cider is a neat fun thing to watch, brings a lot of the cousins together, and has become a thanksgiving day staple.  Delicious.

All the apples.

Putting together the apples to be crushed.

The juicing of the apples.

Bottling the cider.

Taste testing is always important.  :)

Happy thanksgiving!

~ Jon