December/Christmas recap

by Carinna

Jan
17

Here’s a very belated update!

While some of the others went to The Hanging of the Green back in December…
Maggie, Benjamin, and I stayed back at John-Clay and Sarah’s.
We watched Eric, did dishes, and watched a movie. : )
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Some of us have been able to volunteer
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We had the Clay Christmas on the 17th.
Lot’s of food, family, little great-grands, presents, fun, and games!IMG_2219IMG_2223

Granny always gathers the little kids and tells an interactive Christmas story.
We’ve all had our turn as the kids gathered around Granny. : )
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We sang some Christmas carols.
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The kids did a gift exchange. Then we do a great big White Elephant bash…
…which we didn’t get any pictures of. :/
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Each year Granny blesses each of us with a gift. : ) She gets a few in return.
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We played a fun group game. The gist is to unwrap as much saran wrapped candy as you can before the next person rolls doubles! It was a hit. There was candy everywhere. It was an intense several minutes. : )IMG_2268IMG_2266

And of course good ‘ole 42 is always played.
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Everyone was here for our family Christmas again this year! We so easily take it for granted! We celebrated the Friday and Saturday before Christmas.
The theme was “Chalkboard”.
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Lots of prep goes into getting our “tea” ready. Basically it’s an appetizer night. : )
With it being a chalkboard theme…Maggie and I got put to work writing lots of 
chalk things (the Peace, Love, and Joy was pre-made). 
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John-Clay bought himself an early Christmas present…A Lego Christmas train
that goes around on a track. Some people have a little obsession with Lego
around here…although I have to admit, it was pretty cool! The nephews were
pretty enthralled with it too.
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Maggie is the wonderful-official-shrimp-fryer.
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Look at what was at this little guy’s eye level when he walked in the door. : D
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Is that a little too much temptation for you Evan?
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Mom is so creative! She did great on the decorations.
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Nephews are the best.
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And yes, there is an extra someone in the picture above…
…more on that some other time. : )

The food is always so fun and scrumptious. So much work goes into it.
It’s worth it though, ‘cause you get to eat on it all weekend. : )
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Each year we each draw a sibling’s (and in-laws) name. And give them a present at Christmas. Who you have is suppose to be kept a secret…but more often than not there’s some hashing out ideas, or something going on.
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It’s fun to see the gifts and thought behind them.
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Games, games, and more games.
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Dad got called in to work Saturday morning.
So we held off on the presents and such till he got back. We played games…IMG_2430

…and just hung out. : )
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Once Dad got back, we did our normal Christmas. Dad shared, we sang some
Christmas hymns…it’s so much fun to all sing together. 
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Then presents…
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Since we were home…a car load of us were able to sing and pass out cards
at a couple of nursing homes on Christmas afternoon!
It was a treat to be able to share the joy of Christ’s birth with them…
especially fun ON Christmas. Their smiles made our day!IMG_2280

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

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Family pictures 2016

by Burnett Family

Jan
07

Hey y’all! We updated our “Meet The Family” page.  Go on over and check it out. : )

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Hunting success

by Burnett Family

Dec
30

It’s a little bit easier to sit out in the woods all day if you have a
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The look the neighbor’s cows give you when you’re walking to your stand.  : )
“Are you from a different planet?”
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Wide open skies.
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But even better than beautiful scenery is when you get to bring home some meat.
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Carinna shot a hog that we didn’t butcher, and a small buck that was limping.
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These three went looking for a hog Maggie had shot at when it was getting dark.
They didn’t find it. Each year more and more hogs are coming around.
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A whole lot of team work goes into the process of field to freezer!
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Carinna saw a buck on the side of the road on the way to work one morning.
It was below freezing, so she got permission from the game warden and we were able to salvage some of the meat off of him. It was a new experience for the Fenns. Homeschooling at its finest. : )
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Yummy supper with fresh, never frozen deer meat!
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We are so thankful to get the opportunity to hunt on Grandpa’s land.
And for a full freezer this year!
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“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air,
and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing
that creepeth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26

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November recap and a glimpse of Christmas

by Carinna

Dec
16

These are some of the last things from our fall garden before we finally had a freeze on November 18th.20161118_172935_thumb2

Maggie is thoroughly enjoying studying to be an EMT.
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Most of us have been assessed more than once in the past month. The assessments are getting more fun though…the first time she told us what we could do.(boring)
Now we get to make up our own ailments! : ) (Poor Maggie)20161111_195130

Evan tagged along to work on sighting in a rifle. He was super excited
to get to ride on the tractor!
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November is “picking up pecans” season for Grandpa!
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I got to have a camp-over with my girls one night. They were a great help checking
on the bees and winterizing them. Then we got to sleep out in the camper.
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We had hot chocolate, colored adult coloring pages, laughed, talked, talked,
talked, and made memories. It was a whole lot of fun!
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We are always grateful to hangout with these 3 little guys. We babysat Evan and Ransom for a week when all the couples went to a marriage conference.
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Maggie was thrilled and honored to be a bridesmaid in a good friends wedding!
It is definitely a strange feeling to have your friends getting married…
…I mean, we aren’t that old, are we?
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We celebrated Thanksgiving at Aunt Jan’s house this year!
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Several of the fabulous cooks!
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Working hard on a Thanksgiving themed crossword puzzle.
I think Charity got it done in the fastest time. (that’s no surprise)
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We are so blessed!
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Moo-ing to the cows. : )
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There was no delay in bringing out the Christmas decorations this year.
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The day after Thanksgiving we started setting up stuff. Lots of stuff. : )IMG_207820161125_113452

Charity and Abbie scored on their Christmas shopping excursion. Lot’s of goodies hidden in those bags. : )
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and feel like Christmas…
it’s supposed to be 10°F with a 35mph N wind this weekend! That’s just plain cold.

“Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” Psalms 32:11

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Family Pictures Sneak Peak

by Benjamin

Dec
07

We took our annual family pictures this November. So here is a little sneak peak before we post our Christmas newsletter.

These prep pictures always seem so awkward. Blank stares, hair being fixed, nephews to make happy, diapers to be filled, etc.DSC_0089
These are some proud grandparents! It was quite the ordeal to get the little guys to look and smile at the camera. Lots of weird faces and strange sounds. I think that it was more entertaining to the adults then it was to them.
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I love my family! A LOT!
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Taking pictures went well…until it came to the brothers. I think we were harder to get to be serious than trying to get the nephews to smile at the camera.
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As the term goes, “boys will be boys”. I think we fulfilled that pretty well.
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At the end, I think we only got one good picture, but had a lot of laughs! I will say that I appreciate my brothers more than they probably know. They have impacted my life tremendously for Eternity! Love ya bros!DSC_0368

“A merry heart doeth good like medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
Proverbs 17:22

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