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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.


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!


Mom’s gorgeous flower beds…


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!



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


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!


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.


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


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!


Sang lots of Christmas carols together.


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.


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


Acquire is…um…very intense!


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.


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

We played “Christmas Carols” Pictionary!


“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!



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



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


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


Cheesy bacon potato rounds – pine cone cheese ball


Bang-bang shrimp – Brown sugar bacon wrapped chicken bites


…and more!


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


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


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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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!




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

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Christmas in Oklahoma City!


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!!


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! ;)


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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Thanks Cori and Justin for the amazing evening in downtown OKC!20151212_200816

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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October Recap – Lot’s of fun memories!


No, it can’t be. October is gone. Done. Over. History. Wow!

Here’s a little glimpse into our lives during the month of pumpkins, chai tea, jackets, beginning of Thunder basketball season, hunting season… AKA October. 

This is Benjamin with a squirrel that he…I want to say accidentally hit with a rock…but he was trying to hit it, he just didn’t mean to hit her square on the nose and knock her senseless! But she did recover and continued to drive our dog crazy!


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Hunting season is looking good! Caleb has shot 2 deer and this is Benj’s first deer of the season! It was a doe…till he got up close to it then…oh…um…it has antlers! IMG_6938FullSizeRender

Lots of venison for the freezer!


Maggie and Mom got to go to the last pre-season OKC Thunder game. It was a first for Maggie and I think it’s safe to say she LOVED it!


Like last year, some of us drove to Arkansas for the annual craft shows there. But we didn’t just craft shop…we hit as many thrift stores as we could too! And boy did we find bargains! We were so happy Hannah and Evan got to come along for the fun.


Maggie has been working part time at a daycare for the past 2 months and just loves her little kids! And yep, they like her just a little bit too!


Our uncle had a “get together” at his house…We played lots of volleyball, rode 4-wheelers, roasted wieners, ate s’mores, held babies, played basketball, watched the OSU game…


Some of us went to OKC for a Protect Life and Marriage rally. It was really good!


And this little guy just continues to grow up so fast! If you get a chance, you’ve got to ask him his animal sounds! Especially a deer, frog, snake and monkey! :)



Phil 2:13-15

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world…”

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September–Early October Recap


Yes, I know, September feels like SO long ago, at least it does to us… But lots of fun things happened in that wonderful month.

On the 26th, we hosted a wedding reception in OKC for John-Clay and Sarah.
We spent many weeks before hand planning and cooking!


Mrs. Pate was such a blessing and helped us decorate and ironed ALL the table cloths!


The Ferraro family came down and helped us get everything ready on Saturday.


I frosted lots of mini cupcakes and brownies!


I thought this picture was funny! :)


Everyone ate, then we played a couple of games, one was the “shoe game”,
the dads spoke, then J&S shared their story!


-Beginning of October-

Because of our Granddad’s health, we were not able to take our annual family camping trip, so instead, we spent a weekend all together
at our house playing games, eating “camping” food, and even went out to the farm
for a wiener roast and “around the campfire songs”… break out the ukuleles
and…well…you’ll just have to try and imagine!





We even had a bean-bag toss tournament one afternoon!


Since we were all together, and it wasn’t raining, we took family pictures.
We will update our “meet the family” page here pretty soon with the real ones,
but for now here’s a little glimpse!


Until next time!

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

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