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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…

…and late MayDSC_0806-2

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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Road trip to TX!


If you didn’t know… We LOVE family road trips! The 5 of us kids that are still at home and Mom and Dad drove down to San Antonio, TX to attend the Annual Christian Worldview Film Festival. We have gone in the past but only to attend the ending ceremonies on Saturday. This year we were super excited to be able to go for the whole weekend!

Snacks are a must on our family trips!

There were 10 films/projects that John-Clay had the privilege of being apart of, 6 of which won awards and 3 got runner-up! He also taught 4 sessions at the filmmaker’s guild earlier in the week.
This is part of the “Polycarp” team.
Supper at the pizza place.

We really enjoyed hangin out with the Ferraro girls that came down and their cousin Eliya Hurt who played “Anna” in the movie “Polycarp”.
Somehow ice-cream always sounds so good late at night when everyone’s tired!!

It was so refreshing to get away for the weekend and enjoy time together as family! We get so spread out and busy that just passing in the house sometimes we realize we haven’t seen someone ALL day! So driving 7hrs squished in the car together is very fun!

Randy and Susan Putz were so gracious to let us stay at their house again this year. After the ending ceremonies they treated us to Coldstone Creamery ice-cream!
I told ya ice-cream always sounds good!

Us with “Mr. and Mrs. Polycarp”.                                                                  

Several of the Tulls joined us too! After meeting part of the Tull family and wanting very badly to meet the rest, we finally got to! d
Mrs. Henline, Mom, and Mrs. Putz                        Joe H. and John-Clay            

Some highlights of the trip were… Just going on a trip, getting to support John-Clay, getting to see Beyond the Mask for the first time, meeting lots of John-Clay’s filmmaker friends, sharing the same house with the Henlines, watching “Polycarp” on “the big” screen, and having the Ferraros stay at our house on their way home!

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Birthday+Painting+Craft shopping= FALL!


I know, Hannah’s birthday was a month ago, but here are some pictures of their surprise visit down here!! I think our faces were priceless as they just walked in the front door! *absolute shock* But totally the best surprise ever! We had a great weekend with them!
A big ‘ol scoop of molassas/peanut butter/and chocolate chips served as her birthday cake!



Okay. These are some rather embarrassing pictures. But I guess I’ll post them anyway.
When we first moved into our house, our girls’ bedroom was painted a fresh coat of beautiful pinkish-mauve. maggie, carinna
After 8 yrs of that wonderful color we refreshed our room with a lovely yellow and textured blue with daisies to accent! Cute! For 9 yrs.

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Now ladies and gentlemen… the latest refresh…

The painting crew. We’re good. But don’t look too close to the walls, you might just see some writing that went on between primer and paint! =D
Silver walls with dark fuchsia bedspreads. I guess when I’m almost thirty it’ll be time to update again!  

It has been tradition for YEARS for Mom and Granny and our aunts to go craft shopping together in AR every year. Well this year some of us granddaughters got to join in and get the experience for ourselves!
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Super fun to run in to friends from 23yrs ago!
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We got to watch a guy paint these pictures using spray paint! Pretty impressive!
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pumpkin everything, hayrides, bright leaves, sweaters, hot chocolate, scarves, candy corn, boots, football and apple cider.
What would you add to the list?

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Trip Up North!


A trip with family, to see family! Oh yeah!
Our whole family (with the exception of Caleb who was working) piled in our van to drive a total of 32.5 hours over 6 days to visit friends in Illinois and Iowa, then to Minnesota to see Hannah and her family, then to see our next of kin, then back home!
First, our Aunt and Uncle were so sweet to let us crash at their house Monday night and leave early on Tuesday!

We visited the Ferraro family in Illinois and they served us a delicious lunch!

Then we drove to Iowa to spent two nights with the Bontrager family! We always come away so encouraged and refreshed!Charity and Maggie
We played some super fun games of Rapid Recall! Competitive.

We got a tour of their dairy farm for the first time! It was fun to see what life is like on their farm when they aren’t on the road singing!

We always like to sneak in a good game of volleyball when we can.

After an absolutely wonderful time with them…
Then we finally made it up to see this cute little guy!

We took advantage of the beautiful weather, soft grass, and our family being together and played a tournament of bean bag toss!

We played games, talked, ate homemade pizza, talked, snuggled Evan, you get the idea…just being family!!
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Grandparenting at it’s best!

Friday night we visited the Dorninks (aka-next of kin) and had a great time with them as usual! =D

We are so grateful for all the wonderful hospitality and encouraging fellowship!
We hope to see all these wonderful faces again soon!

Until next time…

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