Archive for August, 2011

Happy Birthday Caleb! =)





Caleb’s fun facts :)

What is your favorite snack? Ice cream sandwiches

What is one of the characteristics of God He has most made known to you for this year? My Everything

Name three things on your happy list. Hunting, Mudding, Big Ford Trucks

What is one thing you are really looking forward the most this next year? Growing more in Christ

If you could vacation anywhere you’ve never been.. for a week, where would it be? Alaska or Scotland

Happy 21st birthday, Caleb!!!!!! You are a very special and vital part of our family, and we love you SOOOOO much! May God strengthen you mightily in your inner man this next year, as you stand for righteousness in every part of your life.

*Hey ya’ll, since Caleb isn’t home to celebrate today, why don’t we all leave him a happy comment to brighten his day!!!* =D

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Grilled Pizza!


Saturday night is homemade pizza night in the Burnett household. But when it’s over 100 degrees outside, who wants to heat the oven up? Mom found a recipe online for GRILLED Pizza, and let me tell ya, this stuff is delish! So here’s how you do it:

Preheat your outdoor grill to medium heat for about 10-15 minutes. While the grill preheats, grease a large baking sheet and press each piece of dough into an oval/rectangle shape.


Also, gather your pizza toppings and place them on another tray.Pizza toppings


Once outside, place the tray of dough on one side of the grill (if you don’t have overhangs on your grill, find a close flat surface or bring out a small table). Place the tray of toppings on the other side of the grill (or on the table/flat surface).


Lightly brush the pizza with oil. Open the grill (very important step!) and gently grab two edges of the dough and in one smooth motion lift the dough and place it on the hot grill oil side down.

Brush with oil


It is ok if the dough flaps out into an irregular shape. That’s what gives it character. Now close the grill and let the dough cook for about 2-4 minutes, depending on the heat of your grill.


The dough will be ready to flip when it has lightly bubbled on the surface and the bottom has lovely grill marks but isn’t burned. Using a pair of tongs, gently flip the dough over. Through-out this process, keep an eye on the grill temperature, adjusting up or down as needed. The worst is burned pizza so be careful!

nice and bubbly! Nice grill marks


Now working quickly, spread sauce over the crust.



Layer with desired toppings…


Once all the toppings are on the pizza (remember to work quickly!), close the grill and let the pizza cook for another 2-3 minutes to melt the cheese and finish cooking the crust.


Carefully remove the pizza with a pair of tongs to another baking pan or cutting board. Slice and serve! Don’t be afraid to try this, it’s not as hard as it sounds. ;)

So to sum it up, here’s what you’ll need:

1) A grill

2) Pizza dough

3) Pizza sauce

4) Toppings

5) Oil/Brush

6) Hungry People  =)

Ya’ll enjoy!

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Friends and More Friends


With summer comes fun times with family, homemade ice cream, hot weather, travel, and…lots and lots of FRIENDS! This summer has been no exception, as we have gotten many chances to get together with old friends and meet new ones.

Fun memories
When we traveled to Indy, Joe and Jerica Henline met us at Skyline – a Cincinnati restaurant that serves a signature chili. We had a great time catching up with Joe and Jerica and talking about their newest project – a short film entitled, The Forgotten Martyr: Lady Jane Grey.

Note: This isn’t your typical chili…it contains chocolate and cinnamon! I made it a little more Oklahoma-ish by eating it over fries instead of spaghetti noodles. :)

Cimarron Steakhouse
Next – Abbie’s good friend, Laura, was in OK for a week, so we drove up to the City and went to Cimarron for chicken fried steak!

Laura and Abbie spent a lot of time together coordinating the CI’s this summer and became great friends…with the specialty of solving all the world’s problems late at night. ;)

Jason giving an illustration on surrender.
A few weeks ago, all of us girls attended a 2-day youth conference called Ultimate Quest. UQ began in Australia and is touring the States for the first time this summer. We came away thoroughly blessed and challenged!! This team does an incredible job of presenting Truth in an interesting and impacting way. Just the fact that you get to sit and listen to an amazing Australian accent the whole time makes it easy and fun to listen to! :) Each leader has a passionate desire to help young people make wise choices and follow God’s ways…because His ways WORK. UQ is highly recommended by our family. :)

Maggie and Carinna’s team

Mine and Abbie’s team  – we didn’t get a picture of Charity’s team. :(

What would you think if a total stranger from Alaska (blog reader) contacted you about stopping for a visit on their way to Texas?? Well, after asking a few questions :), we were happy to host Barrie for a visit, admiring her bravery to STAY with total strangers! But actually, I don’t think there are any such things as “strangers” when you’re talking about brothers and sisters in Christ, even if you have never met each other before. We had a grand time learning about her family, beating her in Dutch Blitz playing lots of fun games =D, listening to her crazy adventures of missionary life overseas, and talking about the amazing way God leads us when we give all to Him.

Does anybody recall our gingerbread house competition with the Fortune family last Christmas? :) We’re still friends even after that (haha), and were soooo excited to see them on their singing tour here in Oklahoma!
His Name shall be praised!
Our grandparents’ church hosted them here in town for a Sunday night service. Once again, we were so blessed by their testimony and music. The Lord speaks through them in a powerful way!

Eating burgers and ice cream!
Keeping up the tradition of fellowshipping at Braum’s. :) Lots of talking, pictures, teasing, sharing, and encouragement!

Fortune and Burnett girls
Fortune and Burnett girls – we outnumber the guys 2 to 1. :)

So, there’s a much-needed update on what’s been going on around here in the month of August! We have more things to tell you soon…so stay tuned. Until then, thank the Lord for the wonderful FRIEND that He is to you and the special friends He has put in your life. :)

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A quarter of a century! =)


John-Clay's 25th party 


J-C’s fun facts :)

What is your favorite snack?

– Twix Candy Bars or Coconut covered mini-doughnuts!

What is one of the characteristics of God He has most made known to you for this year?

– That He is the only One who can completely satisfy, and fulfill the deepest cares and desires of my heart.

Name three things on your happy

– Digging into God’s Word

– Spending time with family

– Editing Christian films

What is one thing you are really looking forward the most this next year?

– Every year I look forward to all the new and unexpected things that God allows in my life. But specifically, I’m really excited about how God will use the documentary project I am currently working on!!

If you could vacation anywhere you’ve never been.. for a week, where would it be?

Israel or Scotland

Happy 25th birthday John-Clay! We are grateful for the godly example you’ve shown of seeking to love God with ALL of your heart. We sure love you and look forward to the exciting things God has for you this next year!

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Children are a blessing


Kids are great, and this summer the Lord opened the door for me to travel to 3 of the ATI regional home-school conferences and help out with the Children’s Institute (CI) -  a program for kids ages 4-7.

The first conference was in Nashville, TN. I was thrilled with the opportunity to go and help lead a team, but I had no idea that the Lord had a huge lesson for me on this trip!

10 days before the conference began, I was asked if I could or would want to play the piano for the CI. Now you need to understand something. I am not “the pianist” in our family – Hannah is, and she does a great job! =) I can play, but reading music isn’t my “forte”. ;) Well even in spite of that, I decided to give it a try…and back out if I couldn’t get the songs down good enough in time. =) …so I practiced and practiced the next week, and got really stressed about playing. So stressed, I even started losing my appetite, which by the way is VERY UNUSUAL! =) I was so consumed with trying to get these songs down.

One morning, 4 days before we were planning to leave for the conference, something really cool happened. I was still in bed, and felt prompted to go back and read Joshua 1 which I kind of set as ‘my chapter for the year’. So I did. Listen to this: “…I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: …Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever(even Nashville :) thou goest.” The verses spoke directly to me about my fear of playing! Isn’t God awesome!

So we went, and I played the piano. It wasn’t always ‘perfect’, but over-all it went well. And guess what? It was a blast! I loved it! Praise the Lord!

Now for some pictures. :D

Abbie and Olivia

This is Olivia, she was a very special girl in my group. :)

Abbie at Nashville

I helped lead a team of 16 kids (when they were all there) along with 2 other teachers. The Lord really blessed me with patience that week – it is fascinating how far your brain can stretch! =)  The theme we taught through the week was about The Armor of God, which is what I learned about 13 years ago when I first attended CI! :)

 Abbie, Victoria, and Grace

Yay team!

Getting ready to load the kids on a bus/van, to do a parent presentation.

Abbie and Amanda

Guess we worked her too hard. :)

Nashville CI

Praise the Lord for an awesome week!


The next conference was in Sacramento, CA. Hannah and I both went, but were on different flights, as she had already booked hers when I found out I was going. Needless to say, I had some great opportunities to share with the people I sat by on the plane, going there and on the way home…but that is a whole other story. ;)

Hannah E. and Abbie

Helping with CI registration.

Abbie and Andrew 

At this conference I helped do prep work for the CI, get together crafts for the teachers leading teams, helped with Scripture during large group, and helped with some kids who needed some “extra attention.”

Lana, Abbie, and Eden

Even though I didn’t actually lead a team here, I still made some great little friends. =)

Abbie and Zechariah

Abbie in Sac. 

  The little guy in the red shirt was so sweet! He would give me a great energy-giving smile! =)


And last but not least, was the conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mom and 3 of us girls drove out there and had a great time together! =)

Hannah, Charity, Abbie, and Mom

  Abbie and Matthew

This was my little buddy Matthew, and he has Down’s Syndrome. It was a new experience to work with him, but I am glad I got to. =) Doesn’t he have a great smile!?

 Abbie at Indy

I got to be the pianist again! It is so cool how the Lord blessed me with the opportunity to play the piano. It’s not like something I dreamed about doing, but God knew how much I would enjoy it. I count it as a special blessing from Him. =)

Abbie at Indy

And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9

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