Archive for October, 2011

The Unforgettable Camping trip!


Here we go!

did we bring to much stuff? ;)

When you have this many people, I guess it takes ALOT of stuff. ;)

  CharityMom and Carinna

Hannah's joyful smile!


Lunch =)

Notice their big smiles? They REALLY enjoyed their lunch! (smirk ;)

J-C MaggieDad Supper

This is delish!

If ya’ll ever go camping, you HAVE to try this one! First, cut a big slit across the top of a banana, then fill it with butter, chocolate bar, nutella, peanut butter, and marshmellows, then roast it over the fire and consume.

Abbie and Hannah trying to come up with new roasted concoctions… :)

Roasted AppleRoasted banana



Gotta love singing your heart out around the campfire. =D

Singin' together 'side by side' :)


We enjoyed catching a lot of fish-perch, crappie, and bass.

       Fresh, fried, fish.

Now that is what I call FRESH fish! This stuff was amazing!

Granny, Hannah, and Granddad

Granny and Granddad (mom’s parents) joined us on Saturday, and greatly contributed to the loads of fun we had!

Hiking trails...

Storm clouds are rollin' in.

The hiking trail we went on was stunningly gorgeous! Near the end of the trail was this beautiful view of the lake.

…take notice of the storm clouds rollin’ in…

Happy trails

Climbing the water dam

There was a really cool water dam near the camp ground we climbed, it was pretty epic!

At the top of the dam

We sang from the top… :)


Playin' croquet



Hannah =)

Grannddad won this game, by the way...

The sun was in her eyes... :)

Go Granny!

On Saturday afternoon/evening/night :), the big adventure came – in the form of a STORM. Thank the Lord, those of us who were out hiking made it back in time before it hit. Knowing that a storm was coming, and that our big tent leaks (from past experience :) Mom, and others took out some stuff and piled it in the van, so it wouldn’t get all wet.  As the storm quickly approached, we snarfed down our supper, finished filleting the fresh catch of fish, Granny and Granddad headed back, and we all piled in the vehicles to take refuge, all except for J-C and Caleb who stayed in their tent to hold it down.


This is a 15 second video, of a 30 minute time lapse to show you how quick this thing came!

Waiting out the storm

As the rain poured, it lightening and thundered, we waited and waited, Dad checked the weather on his phone, we phoned called and walkie-talkied each other back and forth to give each other updates…and ate good comfort food like chips and cookies…:) As we watched the wind pick up, we started wondering if our big tent, which we’ve had since Charity was 6 weeks old,(17 1/2 years) was gonna survive, so we got out and put more stuff in the van, shortly after, the wind whisked it up, right in front of our eyes and blew it into a tree!!! …so glad we took that stuff out! We found out the wind probably got up to about 60 mph!

We were very thankful that the baseball size hail didn’t hit us! Meanwhile, Granny and Granddad were having a VERY difficult time getting home. With the Lord’s protection they finally made it.

 Bye bye tent!

Now that it was very dark (round 10:00) and 6 of our sleeping places were slightly unavailable   GONE, Mom and Dad decided that the girls should all sleep in the van and Mom sleep in the car.

Adventure is out there!!!A sister sleepover in the van. :)

A spur-of-the-moment sister sleep-over in the…VAN…of all places!!! What a night!


Hot Chocolate  These donuts are a camping tradition.

The ol’ tent gone kasplat. Guess it was time for a new tent anyway. =)


Sunday we attended this local church, did some more hiking and fishing, and a lot of rearranging and packing-up. Our stuff needed a lot of organizing after last night.

On our way home, those in the car barely missed having a head-on collision driving on a two-lane road. They topped a hill and saw a car coming from the other direction erratically drive in their lane, to the shoulder and grass, and back to their lane. Not knowing where the car was going to end up, mom didn’t know what to do. She stayed in her lane, and the car stayed on the shoulder coming the wrong way, passing within 6 inches of the car. They think they heard the other car scraping the guard rail, and then it zipped right back in with the line of cars that it came from.  We are praising the Lord for His hand of protection and guardian angels!

Needless to say, after such a dramatic weekend, it was a very good feeling to be home ALL TOGETHER, ALIVE, WELL, AND SAFE, and in our own beds again. :) I don’t think we’ll ever forget that memorable camping trip.

Until next time…

happy trails! =)

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An Exciting Adventure!


Last week, Abbie and I got the opportunity to go down to Big Sandy, TX with some friends and attend Family Camp. We rode down with the Mount family and during the week, Abbie helped baby-sit/big girl-sit ;) their younger girls (this was the whole reason we got to go). Also while we were down there, we were able to spend a lot of time and room with the Chatham family!

I love my sister!!! <3

Abbie and Brittney Chatham 
Abby Mount-this little girl is so sweet!

Charity and Brooke Chatham

Brenna C., Abbie, and Brittney C. enjoying Lew Sterrett

Lew Sterrett

Sunday morning hike and devotional.

Lots of exciting volleyball games! The Mount guys did a wonderful job coaching us! It was very helpful.



Brenna C, Charity, and Abbie waiting in line to go rappelling!

Rappelling was one of our favorite activities! We went so many times. We would go back next year just for the rappelling…and volleyball! =D

Sophie Covey, Dennah E. and Abbie

Charity and Brooke

Brittney and Charity

Brenna, Charity, Brittney, and Brooke
We were blessed to be able to spend so much time with the Chatham girls! From staying up late talking and snacking, to rappelling from 44’, horse back riding, volleyball, and a trip to Wal-Mart in the rain…we are blessed to have ya’ll as friends! Thanks for all the fun memories. Hope to make more soon!


Family Camp 2011
Abbie enjoyed joining the Mounts and a few others on the “confidence course”.

Abbie and Abby. :)

Don’t fall off!!!

It was a blessing to spend time with the Mounts and get to know them a lot better! =D

A big thanks to Mrs. Mount and Brittney for contributing pictures to this post!

We are hoping to go next year with our WHOLE family! Right Dad?!?! =D

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Rain & Surrender


Rain drops

Surrender = {to give up into the power, control, or possession of another}

A probing question has been searching my heart of late. Why do I surrender to God?

Is it because He is sure to give me something better in return for what I’m giving up to Him? Because I have high hopes that He will eventually fulfill my desire? Because I want Him to make it all turn out perfectly good for ME?

Or, do I surrender unreservedly to Him, expecting nothing (not even one thing) in return, but give all to Him simply for the fact that He is WORTHY?

It’s a probing question.

What kind of a God is it who asks everything of us?

The same God who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all.

He gives all. He asks all.

-Elisabeth Elliot

May the LORD deepen your level of surrender and give you a fresh revelation of His worthiness!


P.S. Do you remember my thoughts on the drought this summer? Guess what! The LORD sent us 3 inches of rain last weekend. It’s true – the “hard places” don’t last forever. :) One more thought on surrender & rain: I think sometimes we picture the drought as our surrender, and the refreshing rain as when God brings fulfillment of the thing surrendered. It’s more like the drought is our process of struggling to surrender, but the refreshing rain is when we reach the point of real, complete surrender…because that’s when we truly find in sweet fullness of joy that Christ is all we need! Just a thought. :)

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Happy Birthday, Hannah!


What is your favorite snack? Grandpa’s chex mix and eggnog – can’t wait for Christmas! :)

What is one of the characteristics of God He has most made known to you this year? I am so grateful He is the Purifier and Refiner of my heart

Name five things on your happy list. Rainy days, hearing from a good friend, drinking chai tea on a chilly morning, late night talks with my family, the night sky

What is one thing you are really looking forward to the most this next year? The exciting adventure of walking one step at a time with Christ down uncharted paths in my life

If you could vacation anywhere you’ve never been.. for a week, where would it be? Either somewhere in Europe, like England or Scotland, or a cabin in the Rocky Mountains :)

Happy 23rd Birthday, Hannah! May the Lord reveal Himself to you in deeper ways this year as you seek Him with all of your heart and soul. Your passion for Jesus and servant’s heart are such an example and inspiration to us. We love you bunches!!!

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A Fall Party


Fall party









This past weekend, on the first day of fall, we celebrated! Boy has it been a hot, dry, Indian summer here, and the cool weather and rain the Lord has blessed us with have been wonderful! With the wonderful arrival of this season came a great excuse reason to cook up a bunch of fun food! ;) It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun too. I’ve included links for all the recipes we made, in case anyone is interested. :)

Fall party









Ya get a little bit of this and a little bit of that. =)

Pumpkin Pie dip pie crust dippers

Pumpkin pie dip with pie crust “dippers”

Chicken Veggie Appetizer Lettuce wraps

Chicken Veggie Appetizers

muffins Baked shrimp

Sweet Potato Cranberry muffins         Baked Coconut Shrimp

Meatballs Pesto Pinwheels

Saucy Meatballs                               Pesto Pinwheels

Caprese skewers Skewers

Caprese Skewers

Apple Dumplins Onion cheese spread

Apple Pot Stickers                                  Sweet Onion Cheese Spread Hannah made

                                                                this, and it was one of my favorites!!!

Bacon wrapped tator tots Tator tots

Bacon Wrapped Tator Tots Out of all the food, this one was a big hitter!

Along with the normal version of the Tator Tot recipe (cheese and tabasco), I also tried the variation with a pickle and dipped it in brown sugar, and those were REALLY good!

Harvest bark Corn balls

Holiday Bark                                             Fried Corn Balls

Turtle Tassies

Turtle Tassies

Abbie Hannah


The faithful dish-washers. :)

Happy Fall Ya’ll! =)

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