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A Summary of Our Summer

Aug
15

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For Memorial Day Abbie, Carinna, Mom, and Granny took a trip down to Sterling to visit Granddad’s grave and put some flowers out.

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Our garden has done pretty well this year…canning green beans is always
a group effort!

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It’s been awhile since we’ve pickled green beans…and I’m not sure why we’ve waited so long! These things disappear in a blink!

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I guess fishing with a storm approaching just makes it more exciting. Granddad used to say that it’s best to go fish in the rain ‘cause the fish will all be under the dock trying to stay dry! =D
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Working bees makes for a very long hot day! We are grateful for the hard work these two put in to maintain our apiaries!

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Maggie and Abbie took Benjamin to Frontier City for his birthday!

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Visiting the Oklahoma History Museum. When they came home and told us about it, it made us all wish we could have gone!

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Dad and Mom both celebrated birthdays in July!

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This precious little guy was born in June just one week before his baby shower!

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Maggie and Carinna celebrated their birthday with a 5 mile hike around the Sulphur park and springs!

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For 2 weeks in August we had 7 kids in their 20’s! Maybe we can take this picture every ten years as we all get old…Can’t you just imagine us all in our 80’s for 2 weeks right before John-Clay turns 90! =D

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We are so blessed to get to see these little guys a lot and we never get tired of them!! 

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Abbie started LPN school and is already swamped with learning tons of new medical terms. She comes to the supper table from studying and tells us some of the most random strange terms and what they mean.

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We were blessed with 43 gallons of honey this year!! One taste of this liquid gold and it makes all that hard work worth it!

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James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

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Peach Festival

Jul
25

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On Friday, we spent all afternoon getting all the ice-cream bases mixed up and putting “Think Jesus” stickers on cups. LOTS of prep goes into the festival, Mom does so much planning and calculating to make sure everything turns out just right!

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Saturday morning we finished setting up the booth and started selling at 8:00. Lots of folks love to talk to Dad about the “poppin’ johnny”. It sure draws a crowd!

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This little guy got to hang out for awhile!

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Our never ending line of faithful ice-cream lovers!

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At one point during the day we had our whole family out there helping! Babies and all! We are so happy we can still have everyone here to make this all happen.

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Carinna did some amazing artwork for our sign this year! Give her some chalk and a board and yep, she’s good!

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Keeping with tradition, we all went to the rodeo Saturday evening! You can’t beat small town rodeo!

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Festival always brings wonderful time with friends!!

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Not much keeps us from making homemade ice-cream!

Our 11th year was a success! We sold 102 gallons and sold out before 2:00.
I guess we’ll be making even more next year!

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A Little Bit of This and That

May
24

Hello friends! Yep, we are still alive and living life!

Here’s a little update of our past month or so…it’s pretty random so just hang in there.

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We celebrated Grandpa’s 82nd birthday! Even though his memory is failing, he is still a sweet, grateful, kind man! We have been blessed to have him living with us for the past year and a half!

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Mom’s gorgeous flower beds…

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We celebrated Mother’s day with our whole family! Abbie put together a wonderful meal and decorated the table with fresh flowers from our gardens!

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Maggie with some of her little kids at daycare taking advantage of the hot weather!

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Carinna took the kids she tutors fishing at one of their ponds and taught them how to filet fish! Fish-fry here we come!!

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Abbie’s co-workers threw her a very special going away party!

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This might be kind of confusing …a friend of a friend was competing in a qualifying round of a show we used to watch with Granddad called American Ninja Warrior and it was being filmed in front of the OKC capitol…so Caleb, Maggie, Abbie, and Benjamin got some free, hard to get tickets to attend! They had tons of fun and almost froze cause it was super windy!

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Yes, it’s May, and that means tornadoes for Oklahoma! This was a normal “watch the weather cause there are severe storms across Oklahoma” kind of day! None of these pictures captured the actual tornadoes but they were impressive and very destructive! The worst we got was our electricity out for several hours. Many others didn’t fair so well.

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Isaiah 43 – “But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour…”

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Celebrating here, there and everywhere!

Dec
27

We love to drag Christmas out as long as we can, starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving through December 31st. Lots of Christmas music, movies, food, parties, pictures, gifts, shopping, traditions…

Here are some pictures of our celebrations through-out December…

First, we celebrated with my Mom’s side of the family at Granny’s house! Uncle Damon brought a delicious brisket and everyone else contributed with fun-odd-yummy side dishes.

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Evan, Caleb, Abbie, Daniel, Me(Charity) and Gabriel

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Granny enjoyed getting to love on all the Great Grandbabies – I think, in every family there is almost always that one cousin that the little cousins gang up on and wrestle and pick on… well, on this side of the family it used to be Daniel, bless his heart, we were probably so annoying…then we all got older and now it’s the great-grandkids with Benjamin as the victim! :) They love playing with Benj!

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Sang lots of Christmas carols together.

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Lots of 42 was played, it made the reality of Granddad not being there even more real, he was almost always at the table shaking the dominoes for another game. He was very missed.

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Oh yes, Catch Phrase is must-play game too!

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Acquire is…um…very intense!

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Granny, Mom, my aunt and I worked on sewing little ornament birds for everyone made from Granddad’s flannel shirts and striped overalls! They turned out really cute. In this picture you can kind of see them hanging all over the tree.

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Somehow, Uncle Joe managed to take a nap even with all the noise around!

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We always play the dirty santa/white elephant game… strange things were brought everything from a selfie stick, and an octopus mug with hot chocolate, to tannerite exploding targets, and the infamous round-cat bird house!

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And that, folks, was the Clay Christmas.

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On the 22nd and 23rd, we celebrated Christmas together with our family.

We played “Christmas Carols” Pictionary!

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“Haha, Aunt Sarah, I got your seat!” One of Evan’s favorite things to do is to steal anyone’s seat right after they get up!

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Grandpa always reads Luke 2 for us before we open gifts.

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This year, the theme for our family tea was “Woodsy”…think red plaid, cedar, pine cones, and moose… it was really fun!

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We had a fancy cheese platter with meat and crackers – Bear-claw cookies and buck-eyes.

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Cheesy bacon potato rounds – pine cone cheese ball

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Bang-bang shrimp – Brown sugar bacon wrapped chicken bites

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…and more!

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Due to lots of sickness going around our house, Carinna as not able to participate :(

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The Elliott’s hosted a fun Christmas Eve party at their house!

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For years, Grandpa has brought his delicious chex-mix to the Burnett Christmas. So Dad and I helped him keep the tradition going! We made 5 gallons of chex-mix…it took us all day!

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-Christmas with Dad’s side of the family-

Well, this is Oklahoma right? So of course, why not have severe storms! They got blizzards in NW Oklahoma, but the storms over us weren’t carrying beautiful snow and ice… but tornadoes! This is NOT April!!! It’s the day after Christmas!!

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Aunt Janis was gracious to host everyone at her house this year! She had us play some really fun group games! One of them was called backwards charades! Each charade was a Christmas song title, so all but one person on the team would read the card, then at the same time everyone acted it for the one person guessing from your team! It was hilarious!

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Qwirkle!

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What are some of ya’ll’s favorite Christmas traditions?

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Christmas in Oklahoma City!

Dec
16

Our day was off to a good start with our hometown Stratford Bulldogs winning the Class A State Championship football game! If you were to read the newspapers or hear talk around town, you’d know that this has been a special group of guys and their coaches. They have been very outspoken about their faith, importance of family, and sportsmanship and they have given glory to God all throughout the season…they’re also undefeated!

So we proudly cheered on our home team that was made up of friends, distant relatives, guys we go to church with, and neighbors… They won 67-28! GO DAWGS!!

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Abbie came too, but she stayed in the van to do some studying…more on that in a later post.

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Afterwards, we met up with some of our cousins who live in downtown OKC. They served us a delicious spread of fancy cheeses, sausages, crackers and pickles!

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They had a really fun chalkboard wall so Maggie, Carinna, and Benjamin left some artwork for them to remember us by! ;)

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We walked down to the Devon ice rink and went skating… well, as much as you can skate in 65 degree weather with the ice melting! But hey, it’s skating…and Christmas time, and fun with cousins…you just can’t beat that!

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The Devon tower has this ginormous red ornament and several “little” ones that look like they fell right out of the sky and landed in one piece! They are really pretty, sparkly and festive!

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Meanwhile, at home, I think Dad and Mom felt a little left out of the OKC fun…so they invited JC&Sarah, Dustin&Hannah and Sam (Dustin’s friend who was visiting from TX) over for pizza and games! And they sent us this picture!

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