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Double the Fun!


Family at Hill's Farm

Guess whose birthdays are today?! =)


A few random facts about the twins : )

Their birthplace is Nashville, TN

Big Sandy

Carinna sings soprano and Maggie sings alto 

Family at Hill's Farm

Maggie is older than Carinna by 7 minutes


Carinna has always been taller than Maggie

Carinna, Maggie

When they were babies mom had all of Maggie’s things (clothes, blankets, sippy cups…) in purple and Carinna’s things in pink. To this day those remain their favorite colors. =)


Maggie plays the mandolin and piano. She’s even been rotating with Hannah as our church pianist every other week and she does a great job!


Carinna also plays piano and is teaching herself guitar

maggie and carinna

You wouldn’t know by this picture, but both girls love to hunt!


Maggie eagerly tries new weird food…like mussel at Chinese restaurants =)


Carinna on the other hand is more of a steak and potato type girl =)Granddad, Maggie, CArinna

Both girls are hoping to get their drivers permits very soon…

Mt. Scott, Maggie

Maggie is a people person and easily makes friends


Carinna really enjoys working with animals and has done an excellent job training our dog, Calli!

Maggie, Carinna, Dianna

Both girls are excellent artists and have even sold some of their drawings. Maggie does more sketchy, cartoon, cute pictures and Carinna’s are very detailed and true to life type.


Maggie takes after mom in that she loves to thrift store shop!

Carinna and Johnny

Carinna enjoys working alongside and assisting Dad and Granddad on their projects

Maggie and Carinna

A few personality traits:

Maggie – caring, friendly, enthusiastic, spunky, ornery, and adventurous

Carinna – creative, organized, scheduled, detailed, confident, and competitive

Happy birthday ladies! What a treasure you are in our family. It is very exciting to see a lot of spiritual growth and hunger for God in you both this past year of your life. May He reveal Himself to you as you seek Him with an undivided heart.

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Happy Birthday Mom!



Random facts about Mom…

favorite candy bar – Butterfinger

Countries – has visited or landed in eight different countries.

Johnny and Cheryl

college – Oklahoma State University majored in math

favorite store to shop – thrift stores

Ruina Convento de Capuchinas

lived – has lived in 13 different homes and in 4 different states.

favorite vacation spot – Maine, “I just loved it!”

Mt. Scott, DAmonda, Cheryl, Dad, Deanna

favorite restaurant – Chili’s

height 5’ 2” now officially the shortest in the family.

Glen Ellis Falls

instrument – Played the clarinet in junior high and in high school.

favorite breakfast – Her own concocted fruit smoothie.


favorite Bible character – Peter the disciple.

personality traits – she is selfless, hard working, practical, straight to the point, hospitable, a good listener, a memory maker, family focused, ready to laugh, and an amazing organizer.

Happy Birthday Mom!!! Thank you so much for the millions of selfless sacrifices you have made for us and continue to make! We love you so much!

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Peach Festival 2013!


Last Saturday was the 37th annual Peach! This is our 8th year to sell homemade peach ice-cream, vanilla ice-cream, and peach tea at the festival. We’ve been getting ready for it for about a month, cutting up tons of peaches and freezing them, and then on Friday, Mom and I fixed up the 52 gallons of ice-cream mixings, we got all the Think Jesus stickers put on the cups, freezers washed, and peach tea made.

Caleb and Josh ran the 5k Saturday morning before the festival. Way to go, guys!!! =D

We got the booth set up and started the ice-cream cranking. The festival doesn’t officially start till 9:00 but we had folks asking for ice-cream at 7:20!


People come from all over for the festival and our homemade peach ice-cream! It’s really neat to hear where they’re from and how they heard about it. The line gets super long and because we just can’t keep up with everyone, they end up waiting for over 30 min. in the burnin hot sun for a cup of delicious cold peach ice-cream!

Maggie sold some honey we got this year that had a peachy flavor to it. It’s really good. She also won 1st place in the teen category of the baking contest with Peach Crisp Cookie bars!

We were so grateful to have Dustin and Caleb to serve up all the ice-cream!
We started serving at 8:00 and sold out by 1:00. Next year we’ll have to make 65 gallons. Winking smile

We got everything cleaned up and washed all the buckets and coolers, then we all crashed and slept for several hours! But of course we had to end the day with the 77th annual rodeo.



Bring on the bull riding!
The home town cowboys do it the best!

Hope to see ya’ll next year for the 2014 Peach Festival!

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Gutter ball……..


Isn’t that fun to hear!?? I heard it plenty this last Saturday. Dad took mom, and us kiddo’s that were at home to the nearest bowling alley,we had a blast humiliating ourselves… right guys? Smile Naaww, we had a ton of fun!!!
Granted that we have surprising accuracy for the gutters, we did manage to knock a few pins down. Be pre-warned, I’m a lots-of-pictures-fanatic, so please feel free to scroll through the following pictures as fast as you desire. Also, please pardon our very “non-pro” bowling stance/poses, we just did whatever we felt that it took to get the ball to hit a few pins. I’m sure that someone, somewhere, has a great tutorial on how to bowl correctly, but it’s much more fun to just “go with the flow” don’t ya think?! _DSC0181
Lazer Zone, where the bowling fun begins!

Some of us had fun on our name titles. Winking smile

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Sometimes a good bowl deserves a *cheer*.


I did try to warn you about our poses didn’t I? ‘Winking smile



Way to go mom!
Then they turned the black-lights on, cool.

first game 
Scores of the first game we played. Hold it, don’t choke too hard! Winking smile

Now ladies and gents, let me introduce you properly to the 2 teams.
In lane 15: (as you will see in the top left corner of the screen, and our names are in order from top to bottom)
Charity, Me, Benjamin and Carinna! Speaking of Carinna, she obviously won the first match, by a long shot. She took bowling pretty seriously. You can always count on her giving it her very best!
And in Lane 16 we have: Mom, Abbie and Dad!  (*round of applause*)

Boom! Good aim Benj.!
STRIKE! Oh yeah!

Yes, she knocked the pin down, I just didn’t get it on camera. Smile

last game 
Here are the scores from the last game we all played! A little better score don’t ya say?_DSC0389
Carinna and Benj. got to play a game by themselves. Smile spare.spare.spare. Pretty intense stuff! Winking smile Anyway, we had a blast!

We’ve got the annual Peach Festival coming up this Saturday, lots of homemade ice-cream, please be praying for us as we seek to share Christ’s love to those we get to serve, we are looking forward to it and hope to see ya’ll there! (It’s from 9:00-3:00ish we are normally sold out by 1:00.) 
Have a great weekend!

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Back yard Bible club report



Usually our theme for Bible club is based off of a character quality, this year we switched it up and it was based on the Gospel and sharing it with others.


Carinna and I taught the children a song in both English and in Spanish! It’s pretty cute to hear a bunch of Okie kids trying to roll their R’s like Mexicans do. ;)


I started off the first morning laying a foundation by sharing the Gospel with the children. Using several objects, I tried to illustrate how big and holy our God is, how each person is sinful and will be guilty before God on judgment day, God owes us nothing, yet ‘demonstrated his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us’ Rom. 5:8. Does this make every person saved because God took the punishment we deserve? No, we must repent and believe in Jesus….


Charity told the story of Stephen in the Bible, who was bold to share his faith, even if that meant being stoned to death.


Maggie read a captivating, 3-part story about a young girl named Ti-Fam, who was from Haiti.


DAY 2:


Charity and Maggie were our Scripture memory team for the week. The children learned Romans 5:8 and Romans 1:16.


The first two days, Charity introduced the children to missionaries that our family knows.



On the second day, I talked about eternity. We imagined that this rope was eternity and goes on forever and ever. The red part on the end of the rope represents the few years we spend here on earth. Each of us will die and spend eternity in heaven or hell.

The challenge was to know where you will spend eternity and not waste the few short years you have here on earth, but use them to tell others about the gospel who may have never heard about Jesus.


Benjamin and Maggie scripted a skit on boldness. “Benjamin” was out with his friends and felt prompted to tell one of them about Jesus. He chickened out and found out later that the same friend had died in a car accident. At his friend’s funeral God gave him the opportunity to share the gospel with his other friend…


Benjamin did an excellent job sharing the gospel with 3 eggs! :) The first egg didn’t believe there was a God and when he died (exited the plane), he went splat on the ground and ‘went to hell’. Egg number two, believed there is a God, but he thinks he can get to heaven by his good works, looking good on the outside, he also went splat. The third egg knew that he could not save himself and unless he put on the parachute (salvation) and believed in it to save him, he would also go splat. He put it on and was saved.


Day 3:


On the last day, we had a missionary friend come speak to the kids live! She showed them pictures and told stories of the work she does in Belize.


Our granny told us about a really cool object lesson that she did in VBS this year and it fit perfectly with our Bible club theme.  I sent one of the children to the porch so they couldn’t hear what we were doing. While they were gone, I told the kids I had free candy in my bag for everyone. Now they knew and believed what I said, and they came and got some.

I explained that we can KNOW about Jesus and believe that He came, but if we don’t repent and believe, it doesn’t do much good.

Then, as an analogy to witnessing, I reminded them that the girl who was on the porch didn’t have a clue that I had free candy for everyone, how was she going to find out? Obviously we needed to tell her! Just like some people have never heard the good news of the gospel and we need to tell them.



Here, Carinna is telling the story of a boy who lived in Africa, when he learned the gospel he was very passionate about going back to his village to tell his family.


We divided into groups and made bracelets that the children can use as a witnessing tool. Each bracelet has 5 beads, 

yellow – representing God who is Light and who has no darkness (sin) at all…

black – representing our sin against God…

red – representing the blood of Jesus…

white – representing what happens when Jesus cleanses us from all sin if we repent and believe in Him…

green – representing growing in Christ after salvation…


Parent presentation:


On Thursday night, we had a cook-out and got to say our verses and sing the songs for the parents who came.


“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

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