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Happy Birthday, Mom!!!




We are so blessed by Mom. Our life can be pretty crazy at times with all of us going in different directions but somehow our dear mother remains organized, flexible and patient! She faithfully takes care of all of us and her parents that live next door, she scrapbooks on the rare free afternoons of lull in our lives, she is our go-to seamstress when we need help on a project, she is a very resourceful shopper and bargain finder, she has also worked hard on getting our flower beds filled with beautiful flowers (and personally, I think this spring we had the prettiest flower beds in Stratford!)
Yup, she’s pretty much the best ever!

We love you very much, Mom! Thank you for being there for us each and everyday!


Please leave a comment to bless Mom and wish her a very happy birthday!!!

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The Festival!


Before I tell you how the festival went, we had a couple days of fun before the real deal. First of all, our friends, the Nakatsus, who are from Arizona are responsible for making most of this happen! Mr. N owns a Poppin’ Johnny ice-cream maker and also restored an identical one and gave it to Dad!!

Well the question was how to get it all the way down here… So being the amazing family they are, they drove 15 hours and brought the ice-cream makers to help us at the Peach Festival!!! They were a huge blessing ALL weekend… mixing ice-cream, washing dishes, playing games, helping cook, and being moral support! =D

So here goes…


Thursday night was the rodeo parade so here’s our Model T riders. Don’t they look excited!

Thursday night was also the first night of the rodeo!


Friday was prep day. We got a system down and mixed up the base for 75 gallons of ice-cream! That included 37 dozen eggs and 112.5 cups of sugar!


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Friday night we all went to the best hamburger joint in town… McGee’s Café!


Saturday morning started bright and early and what a whirlwind day it was!


These folks are our dedicated ice-cream lovers!

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These my friends are the 5 gallon Poppin’ Johnny ice-cream makers. DSC_4149

75 gallons made and sold. For the past 10 years we make more ice-cream than the year before. And each year we sell out by 1:00. It never fails.

So next year… who knows, maybe 100 or 125 gallons! 

Saturday night we had about 36 people at our house for supper and homemade ice-cream then we all went to the rodeo!

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-The End-

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This is the team!

Except me(Charity), I was driving back to the house and store getting things we left behind.


It was a great weekend! Come see us next year!

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About to Go Crazy?!


You might could say that. About all we’re doing around here is seeing, hearing, smelling, talking and thinking about homemade peach ice-cream!
But we’re REALLY looking forward to this weekend!

Pray for us as we use this opportunity to be a light and witness to the hundreds of people we will be coming in contact with!


And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”

Col 3:23

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Heads up Ladies and Gentlemen…



The 39th annual Stratford Peach Festival is just around the corner!

Join us July 18th for this super fun small-town festival and rodeo!

Visit this link for details.


This will be our tenth year to make homemade peach ice-cream and we plan to go all out! But for it to be a success, we need lots of folks in Stratford on July 18th! It’s going to be fun.


Let us know if you plan to come down so we can look forward to seeing you!
It’s always great fun to see familiar faces and meet new people!

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Rutina, routinemäßig, sleur, mara kwa mara…


No. This is not a spam blog post! I just tried to make what could be a boring title… interesting :)

Spanish, German, Dutch and Swahili.
In English it’s known as routine, typical, ordinary everyday life.
Hang in there, this post really has no order to it, it’s just happenings from
April and May. Enjoy!

These are newly hatched baby birds from a robin family who made a little nest in one of our peach trees!  

Our garden in early May…

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We just got our first batch of green beans picked and canned! DSC_0231

For those of you who don’t know, we’ve had SO much rain this past month!
We’ve hardly had any sunshine for more than a couple hours, that’s why the okra is so severely stunted! It thrives in hot weather. 
We decided… we know God won’t flood the earth again, but he might try Oklahoma and Texas!
No, we didn’t fill the rain gauge up with the water hose, this is from just a couple days of rain!!

Great fun comes with our little pond in the back yard!

Our flower beds have looked beautiful this year thanks to Mom’s wonderful touch!DSC_0835

With the month of May came rain, but also with rain came severe storms that brought tornadoes with them. We only had to go to the cellar once, but other parts of Oklahoma didn’t fair so well!DSC_0150

This is Heidi in January… and Heidi this May. She has changed a lot and is so full of energy, but she is very sweet too! Carinna has been doing lots of training with her.
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The nursing home that Abbie works at celebrated National Nursing Home Week by having a different theme each day like “hillbilly day”, the ‘70’s’ (you should have seen Abbie’s hippie style!!) and Hawaiian day! This is the only picture she approved for the blog. :)
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The love birds.
What else can I say. They’re in love! And diligently working on wedding plans.jc-sarah-12 DSC_0377DSC_0351

Carinna and I took Grandpa out fishing and we caught a fish nearly every time we cast out (big or small) and came home with 9 keepers! That’s fun fishing. DSC_0610

If you want to see some beautiful Oklahoma country and have a blast doing it, come on down! We’ve been having so much fun taking Granddad’s Model T out on gorgeous Sunday evenings and discovering “new” territory and routes to take. The fun has included… trying to drive it only on paved roads (hard to do around here), taking a 40 mi. drive round trip, Dad treating us to ice-cream, taking our little neighbor buddies on a ride and realizing how absolutely gorgeous Oklahoma is! Just sayin’.photo 2 copy 2photo 2-2photo 2

Did I say we’ve had LOTS of rain?!
No, we didn’t take the Model T over that!! (although we probably could have made it).   :)photo 5-2

It’s not often Dad sits in the back seat, he’s either driving or riding shotgun, but somehow this past trip when Carinna was driving, that’s where he landed!
He got the full experience of the wind in the back seat!photo 2aphoto 2bphoto 5bphoto 3

The apiary
Our bees are doing well. We have 20 hives… at the moment, I say that because one hive just swarmed and we have a couple of hives that are kind of struggling.
But it looks like the honey flow will be really good this year!photo 4 copy 2photo 4 copyphoto 4photo 3-2photo 5

He is so fun! This little guy bring so much joy to our lives! He’s not walking yet but he’s  getting braver! He’ll “give hugs”, blow kisses, sign “please” “more” and “thank you”, he’ll say “bah” and wave when ever someone leaves, and he’s got this adorable growl that comes from way deep in his throat! His birthday is coming up so we’ll post more about him later!


Col 1:9-11
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and
spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.”

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