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A Summary of Our Summer



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


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


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!


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!


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


Dad and Mom both celebrated birthdays in July!


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


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


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


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


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.


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!



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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A New Member of the Family…


Eric Steadfast Burnett

Born June 11, 2016, at 12:08 a.m.
He weighed 6 lb. 7 oz. and was 19 inches long.

Eric means – always ruler
Steadfast means – Resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering, faithful, constant, fixed, established.

– 1 Corinthians 15:58 –
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”


Congratulations, John-Clay and Sarah!!! He is a precious little boy!

– Psalm 127:3 –
“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

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January…usually a pretty quiet month


Well…quiet would not be the word to describe this January! Huntin’, emergency room visits, new baby, a birthday…and the list could go on! So here are a few pictures to recap the month.

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Abbie and Benj went duck hunting every opportunity they got…but the waterfowl are very few and far between this year.


Benjamin requested fried chicken for his birthday and Maggie makes it the best!


Pops, Grammie and Ransom

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“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

-Romans 12:1-2

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Project #1
A Christmas tradition of ours is to each draw a sibling’s name and give them something at Christmas.
Well, 3 1/2 years ago I started carving a gun rack to give to Caleb.
I didn’t have it done at Christmas, so I just showed him the little progress I had done and told him what I was planning on doing. : )


Let me back up a little…The reason I decided to carve a relief in the first place is… …Granddad designed and made a holder and a mallet for me to use to carve a relief.

(A relief carving is basically carving a picture into a solid panel of wood…if you want a more detailed explanation Wikipedia does a great job)

Here’s the holder without a carving in it…it adjusts for different sizes by moving the brass pin to different holes, then you make the step looking piece of wood as tight as you can, then tighten it up the rest of the way with the shim.
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It works like a dandy! Granddad cleverly came up with the whole design
and surprised me with it when I went up to their house one time.
So of course I had to try carving something with it!
It is essential to have some kind of way to hold your carving still when carving a relief.DSC_0147 -1

Okay, so back to the carving…I had found a picture of a buck I thought would work and traced it onto the wood. Then slowly took away the wood around the deer.
I penciled in some of the shadows/details on the deer off-and-on while carving to help me see where more wood needed removed. 
I really had no idea what I was doing. But slowly it started taking shape…
and I mean slowly. After 2 1/2 years of inconsistently working on it,
I made a goal for 2015 to work on it twice a month…I didn’t always make that goal, and sometimes I exceeded it, but I sure worked on it a whole lot more than before!

I was originally planning on him putting a rifle on it… but the rifle was really
heavy and completely covered the carving, so we scratched that idea
and made it to hold two of his pistols.

I painted the deer with acrylics to enhance it, then carved the mounts for the guns.FullSizeRender

I decided to experiment with a torching technique instead of staining it…it was definitely an experiment! It didn’t turn out quite like I wanted it to, but that’s because I messed up. I used Granddad’s cutting torch to burn the wood… DSC_0166-1

…then I sanded the charred wood off. When the wood burns a certain amount
it ends up being brown instead of gray when sanded.
I wasn’t trying for such a brown look but I burned a spot more than I wanted too
and it didn’t look right, so I had to burn the rest to make it match. : )DSC_0200

I cleaned up the soot off the carving.
Then I finished it all off with a couple coats of Tung oil.

Of course there’s lots of hidden mistakes…but hey, 3 1/2 years later it’s DONE!

Project #2 Is Charity’s project. Charity and Granny started a quilt a couple years ago but with Granny and Granddad moving down here and with Granddad’s health declining, it had to be put on hold for awhile. But last week they got it out again and finished it up! The top is done! All that’s left is to take it to a quilter! :) 

Project #3 was making skull mounts out of Caleb’s bucks he shot this year.
Benjamin wanted to learn how to do it and he sure helped a lot!
They take a little time to do, but I think it is all worth it when they’re on the wall.
If you want a step by step on how to make one, here’s a post Maggie wrote last year.

Project #4 was Maggie’s project. She crocheted a bear for Evan when he was born…
…so for the newest baby Dornink she crocheted a frog!
To give you some perspective it is about 10 inches long. Ain’t he cute!?
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Hopefully, the next post will be the arrival of baby Dornink!
…that is if he’ll hurry up and get here! He was due January 3rd!

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Happy December!


I’ve been helping homeschool these two cuties the past several months.
They came over for a fun afternoon the other day.DSC_0145

We did a lot of different fun things, but they really loved looking in
some of the bee hives. DSC_0164

Maggie and some of her kiddos from daycare. They sure love her a lot! 1215150950-001111151004-031208150849-00

Abbie made festive Rice Krispy treats with the Mounts. photo copy 2photo 2 copy 2-2 

This is the reason Abbie has been studying so hard lately…photo 1 copy 4DSC_0807

She is now a Certified Medication Aid (CMA)!
She has worked so hard the last few weeks to complete the course.

Abbie with a class mate practicing passing meds to copy-2

Caleb got a couple tickets from work to an OKC Thunder basketball game!
It was SO much fun, all the better because they won, in OT.IMG_7185

This little guy is going to be a big brother in just a few weeks…but also…

…he going to get a cousin next July!

We are all so excited for John-Clay and Sarah!

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