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Benjamin’s 15th Birthday!



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A book that Benjamin has enjoyed and would recommend is:
The Crown and Covenant series by Douglas Bond

Happy Birthday, Benj!
You bring lots of joy, life and laughter to our family, we all love you very much!!

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We Don’t Know What a Day Will Bring Forth!


2014 was a year chock FULL of change, I thought it would be fun to do a little year in review -  picture style!!!

January, we got a call from Mom’s parents in Tulsa telling us that they’d called an appraiser to come look at their farm, and for us to start looking at houses in our town. This was a COMPLETE shock!!!

60th anniversary

We love to have company, and enjoyed a visit from our friends, the Bontragers.DSC_0216

Gotta have a little fun! =) =) =)Snowwoman

February, after much thought and preparation, Grandpa’s addition to our house got under way._DSC0408

Abbie had the exciting opportunity to play violin with some friends at the State Capitol.

Abbie playing for homeschool day at capitol

Celebrated G and G’s 60th wedding anniversary up in Tulsa.

Granny and Granddad

Had a fun visit from the Dorninks!IMG_3573

March, Abbie and the girls enjoyed babysitting for some friends who had a baby that stayed  in the hospital for 19 days.

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John-Clay got to do some teaching for a Christian Film Festival down in TX.

san antonio film

April, we took the annual trip down to Big Sandy, TX for our uplifting and encouraging homeschool conference.

Big Sandy

The Nakatsus stopped by on their way back from the conference…IMG_0086

Baby continued roasting in the oven…

Hannah and Dustin and June Bug

J-C took a trip up to Ohio to work on a Christian film.


In May, after a big sale at the farm, Granny and Granddad moved in right next door! We are spoiled having them right across the fence!!! =)

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Meanwhile, Gpa’s addition continued in the making.


Eating and sleeping on the second story. =)

Maggie, CArinna, Charitysilly kids

Abbie loved the opportunity to return to Nashville helping out in CI at conference.DSCN0285

Mother’s Day.

Mother's DAy

June, brought one of our biggest highlights from the year! Mr. Evan Trust Dornink. =) We love him to pieces.



July, Benjamin spent 4 weeks away from home at Quest.


…and of course we made homemade ice-cream at the Peach Festival.


Extracted honey…

honey extraction

Charity’s friend from MN came for a visit.

Tomato time

August, we said a sad goodbye to these guys who moved up to MN for 4 months.


Our family had a blast helping out with a friend’s wedding.

Brenna, Brooke, Abbie, Maggie

September, we had a fun visit from the ATI connection team, and Grandpa moved in to his addition.DSC_0174

We took a family (except Caleb) trip up North.


October, Abbie completed her CNA


These 4 took a road trip to AR to the craft shows.

Abbie, Cheryl, Maggie, Charity

We re-painted the girls room.

Abbie, Carinna, Maggie, Charity

girls room

Celebrated Granddad’s 80th birthday!

Granddad 80th


The Ferraros came down for a visit which we thoroughly enjoyed!!! =)


J-C and Abbie took a trip down to TX for a video project, and also Abbie started working at the nursing home.set up

December = CHRISTMAS!!! =)

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We DON’T know what a day will bring forth and are told in Scripture to redeem the time, because the days are evil. No one can deny that fact!

None of us know how long we have left here on this earth. It could be years, months, days… “What you do TODAY matters.”

I encourage you to live for Jesus, He lived/lives for you. Surrender to His will, He surrendered HIS will to the Father. Offer your body as a living sacrifice to Him, He sacrificed His body on the cross. Willingly obey His voice, He was in-tune and obedient to HIS Father’s voice. Lay down your life for Jesus to use however He chooses, He laid down His life for you.

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Matt. 16:24

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Burnetts’ 2014 Update!


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The Gospel According to John, Chapter One:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world…10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Most people who read this Christmas letter will understand “The Word” in the above verses to be Jesus. Multiple other passages in the Bible would confirm this understanding. Jesus was with the Father in the beginning at creation (Colossians 1:15-19). Jesus is Life (John 14:6). Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12; 12:46). Jesus made a way for man to be born again, not of flesh, but of God, and have eternal life with Him (John 3). “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us,” (John 1:14). Jesus was God with skin on; "God in a body" as my generation would say. Jesus, God the Son, came in the flesh that He might live a perfect life and give His life on a cross, taking the punishment for our sin, that we might confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, that we might be saved (Romans 10: 9-10). The incarnation, Jesus, that little baby born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18-23), God come in the flesh, was God with skin on.
But that is not all. I skipped some of the verses in John 1:

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

When Jesus went back to heaven, He left His Holy Spirit to live inside of us (John 14:14-16). Wow, what a thought—the Spirit of Jesus living inside of our skin! Jesus, the Light of the world, said His disciples are to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). Jesus is to be in us, shining through us. The disciples were called “Christians,” Christlike—little Christs (Acts 11:26). We are to be Jesus with skin on today—Him living in and through us as we have His mind (Philippians 2:5) and walk in His steps (1Peter 2:21). Jesus was God with skin on to show us what the Father is like. We are to be Jesus with skin on so others can see what Jesus is like.

As we share the highlights of the family below, I will be sharing how I have seen “Jesus” in each one. I have also asked them to tell about someone in whom they have seen Jesus during the last year.

Generally, for the whole family at home (John-Clay and Caleb live in 45 min. away) Dustin, Hannah, and Evan also live 45 min. out), we have had an adventurous year building an addition to our house, my Dad moving in with us, and my sister Janis’s family moving from NC in to Dad’s old house to sort through the contents and get it ready to sell. Cheryl and I have also entered the ranks of grandparents (Grammie and Pops?) with the birth of Evan Trust Dornink to Dustin and Hannah in June of this year. And, Cheryl’s parents have moved to our town and live right across our back fence…WooHoo! We are blessed indeed.


Cheryl continues to keep this Burnett household organized and efficient. She is loving the Grammie role and treasures being close to her parents. Being willing to move my Dad in to the house is enough to say I see Jesus in her, but, she also forgives like Jesus. I so often fail in loving her like Christ loved the Church. Just a few weeks back, I was very insensitive in a comment that hurt her (again), but she was willing to forgive (again), just like Jesus.

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Abbie (22), after intense study and practice, became a CNA—Certified Nurse Aid—and is working part-time at a nursing home nearby. She finds it a very challenging, yet fulfilling job/ministry opportunity. She is  beginning to enjoy it more and is finding a Christlike love for the residents and their families. Travels took her to Minnesota (our family road trip), to Texas with John-Clay to help on a video project, and to Nashville again to play piano for the Children’s Institute. Assisting some of our family friends was a special joy as they had a new baby this year. A fun highlight was playing her ukulele in Lillie Elliott’s wedding. Abbie has followed the leading of the Lord to, just like Jesus, have great compassion for the afflicted, weak, and needy (Matthew 9:36) reflected in her opportunities at the nursing home and family.
"I’ve seen Jesus in a lady I got to visit with at a friend’s wedding. Even though her husband has been very unfaithful to her and her family, she has kept her eyes on Jesus and the love He’s shown to HER, and is seeking to let Jesus love through her instead of giving in to self pity and giving up on him. I was very
inspired by her humility, genuine love, and selflessness after talking with her!


Charity (20)-The first half of the year Charity spent LOTS of time with Grandpa at his house. And the last several months since Grandpa has moved in with us, she has been the primary care giver. What a blessing! Charity says she loves planting the garden with Carinna and did lots of canning, including 50 pints of Possum Grape Jelly. She’s been doing house cleaning (for others) and babysitting too. A special highlight was the trip the “girls” took to War Eagle crafting. Charity has started a new hobby (in her free time), metal stamped jewelry. Suffering and affliction are a part of life, but Charity has had extra opportunities to face physical challenges too this past year. We are not sure if it is lingering effects from our mission trip to Mexico a few years back or what; but, like Jesus, I have seen Charity suffer with joy, realizing Christ has left us an example to follow in His steps (1Peter 2:21).
Person like Jesus: Aunt Janis – She is a woman of prayer and has demonstrated such amazing selflessness, patience and joy as she has moved down here to help with Grandpa’s estate.

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Maggie (18)- The family trip up north to visit friends and family was a HUGE highlight, but “enjoying any time that I get to spend with my nephew…what can I say: He’s the biggest highlight of the year by far!”  The “girls” trip to the craft shows also included aunts and Granny which made for special memories. Maggie enjoys people and relationships so everyone getting together for Christmas and the opportunity to go with Caleb to the Kimray Christmas party make for cherished times. She also had fun helping and playing music at weddings.Whether it is someone “down and out,” someone who needs comfort, or someone who needs a friend, like Jesus, Maggie is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), but gives of herself to meet the needs of others.
"Grandpa’s trust and faith in God is still a big part of his life even with Alzheimer’s. His gentleness in frustrating circumstances reminds me of Jesus."


Carinna (18) says Granny and Granddad moving close and helping to get all that ready made for some great memories she would not trade for anything. She has been working with Charity cleaning houses and tending the garden. Whether canning tomatoes, green beans, jelly, or working bees and harvesting honey, Carinna enjoys seeing the fruit of hard work and the Lord’s blessing. She also finished school and got her driver’s license. Of course she can’t go without mentioning Evan as a highlight. Carinna has spent a lot of time working with Granddad: pouring concrete, using a blow torch, putting down base shoe, and other random projects. But she is especially thankful for his experience and advice when making a hay bale blind for deer hunting. Even as it was noticed of Jesus (Luke 9:51) that he was resolute to accomplish the task for which He came to earth, I have noticed Carinna’s Christlike determination in tasks and projects, but most importantly, when it comes to daily spending time in God’s Word.
"I have felt the love of Jesus through Granddad’s generosity of time, money, experience, patience…etc. even when he gets no personal gain. That is love and that is Christ’s love."


Benjamin (14)-Got a buck and a doe, but better yet, got a nephew-Evan. He has had an increase interest in movie making, inspired by his brother. This summer Benjamin attended Quest which was the longest time he has been away from home (4 weeks). The Scriptures say, “Jesus increased in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man" (Luke 2:52). Benjamin is in a time of growing, learning, and discovering the many aspects of becoming a man physically and spiritually. Even as we must constantly rely upon the Holy Spirit to be our Life and Helper, I have seen Benjamin be my ready helper in times of need.
Benjamin says, "A verse that recently become one of my favorites is 1 Tim. 4:12, ‘Let no man despise your youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.’ This year I took a step of faith that God answered by allowing me to earn enough money to go to a summer camp called Quest down at Big Sandy, Texas. It focuses on your walk with God and growing in manhood. One thing that I learned at Quest was to live in the moment in light of eternity. While I was down there I met a man by the name of Christopher Archibald that counseled me when I was struggling with many different things. He is someone that I have seen Christ in this year. I would definitely recommend this camp."

Evan and Grandpa

Jim Burnett, Dad-Dad has been adjusting pretty well. He misses the old house, but is comfortable, eating well, taking walks, picking up pecans, and helping out in any way every chance he gets. My Dad has been a picture of Jesus as long as I can remember. The love he shows, whether serving, giving, being kind, or expressing gratefulness continue to this day and I am grateful for his example and the privilege of having him live with us.

How I have seen Jesus in those out of the house:

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John-Clay (28)-Jesus was described as one who taught with authority (Matthew 7:29). I see in John-Clay a wise teacher of not just truth, but The Truth.


Caleb (24)-Jesus went about doing good (Acts 10:38). Whether at work, or in relationships, Caleb is one who really likes to see (and help) things work together for good.


Dustin & Hannah have had an eventful year celebrating their one year wedding anniversary. Evan’s birth was an adventure in learning to trust God. They moved back to Minnesota for four months working and having a refreshing time being close to Dustin’s family. They are excited about progress on their house in Bowlegs and the establishing of Dustin’s construction business.
Dustin: Jesus was intent on doing the will of the Father (John 5:30). I see this young man diligently seeking the will of God as he leads his precious family.
Hannah: With all the challenging events of the last year (emergency birth of Evan, moving to Minnesota, moving back to Oklahoma), I have seen amazing peace. Peace is a Person-Jesus (John 14:27).

Evan (6 months)- No, I didn’t leave Evan out. I saved him for last because seeing Evan and his infant, dependent ways, reminds me of all Jesus emptied Himself of to come to earth, not as a man, but as a baby (Philippians 2:5-12).

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

We hope you had a blessed celebration of God coming in the flesh. Now we have the opportunity to confess Jesus is Lord and be “Jesus with skin on” during the new year.

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