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::January recap::

Feb
04

One more year and Mom will have all “adult” children!…First things first, Benjamin turned 17 this last month! Happy Birthday Benjamin! You bring laughter and thoughtfulness wherever you are! We are so grateful you are in our family!

For his birthday dessert mom made him a Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake…Boy howdy, that was some GOOD stuff!
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Benjamin has a weakness (maybe it’s a strength) for fried chicken…and Maggie definitely makes the best around! 
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Does this not make your mouth water just looking at it?! It was scrumptious!
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Carinna and Dad smoked some homemade summer sausage again this year!
It sure is yummy! 
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Look who got to go to an OKC Thunder game!
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Eric is growing so fast, and his personality is showing more and more. Carinna has been helping Dustin and Hannah flip a house they bought. She comes home tired and just a little dirty. But you can’t beat good ‘ole hard work! : )
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We sure love that Granny lives so close!
Granny will beat you in most games…but at least you get an ice cream bar. ; )
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Abbie and Maggie do a whole lot of this when they’re home!
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It’s hard to get quality time with people when everyone is going different places and doing different things…so, sometimes to spend time with them you just have to go along. : D Like, Abbie went with Hannah and Evan to Hannah’s midwifery appointment for a check up on the baby boy who is due in one month!…
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…Carinna went thrift store shopping with Mom!…20170130_172222

…and Maggie went with Carinna to do some animal chores for some friends. Sometimes in a big family the best place to catch up with someone and talk about  life is in a vehicle!
It happens ALL the time around here…
"I thought so and so were back?  They are, but they’re still out in the car talking.” : D
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Abbie and Benjamin started a tradition several years back…if it snows enough they build a funny snowman. You can find their other one’s here and here. : D : D
Even though Abbie had tons of homework, she still made time to go have some fun with Benjamin. : )
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I think spring is a little early this year y’all!
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There’s almost always a warm front that comes in in January, and I didn’t hear anyone complaining about the 70-80° weather!
One week we had 0° with snow, several days later it was 80° with short sleeves! : D
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More time in the car…on the way to a wedding up by the panhandle of Oklahoma.
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The sunset was gorgeous on the way back!!!
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“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3 

Sometimes in the busyness of life it takes a whole lot of intentional actions to keep your mind stayed on Him and trust God! But if you will, you will have perfect peace in the middle of all the chaos.
And that pretty much sums up the Burnett’s first month of the year!

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November recap and a glimpse of Christmas

Dec
16

These are some of the last things from our fall garden before we finally had a freeze on November 18th.20161118_172935_thumb2

Maggie is thoroughly enjoying studying to be an EMT.
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Most of us have been assessed more than once in the past month. The assessments are getting more fun though…the first time she told us what we could do.(boring)
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Evan tagged along to work on sighting in a rifle. He was super excited
to get to ride on the tractor!
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November is “picking up pecans” season for Grandpa!
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I got to have a camp-over with my girls one night. They were a great help checking
on the bees and winterizing them. Then we got to sleep out in the camper.
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We had hot chocolate, colored adult coloring pages, laughed, talked, talked,
talked, and made memories. It was a whole lot of fun!
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We are always grateful to hangout with these 3 little guys. We babysat Evan and Ransom for a week when all the couples went to a marriage conference.
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Maggie was thrilled and honored to be a bridesmaid in a good friends wedding!
It is definitely a strange feeling to have your friends getting married…
…I mean, we aren’t that old, are we?
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We celebrated Thanksgiving at Aunt Jan’s house this year!
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Several of the fabulous cooks!
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Working hard on a Thanksgiving themed crossword puzzle.
I think Charity got it done in the fastest time. (that’s no surprise)
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We are so blessed!
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Moo-ing to the cows. : )
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There was no delay in bringing out the Christmas decorations this year.
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The day after Thanksgiving we started setting up stuff. Lots of stuff. : )IMG_207820161125_113452

Charity and Abbie scored on their Christmas shopping excursion. Lot’s of goodies hidden in those bags. : )
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and feel like Christmas…
it’s supposed to be 10°F with a 35mph N wind this weekend! That’s just plain cold.

“Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” Psalms 32:11

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Guns, Airshow, and Possum grapes

Oct
17

A couple weeks ago, our cousins from out of state were in the area. So, we all went shooting. They provided the ammo and clays, and we brought the guns.
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Gun season for deer is just around the corner,
so we also took the opportunity to sight in some rifles.
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Heidi joined us for the fun too. : )
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Grandpa still knows how to knock ‘em down.
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While we were out shooting, some old airplanes flew over in formation. They were flying in for an airshow some of our family went to the next day.14517383_10154249263268110_8406116354922543762_n
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With fall comes the annual possum grape picking expedition. Well, almost annual, 
two years ago they were SO plentiful that we skipped picking them last year. 
If you have never heard of possum grapes…here are a few posts we’ve done
in the past about them.  1, 2, and 3.

Why is that bush moving? Oh, that’s where Dad went… : )
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The picking crew was a bit smaller this year than normal, but that’s the way it goes when people have to study for school and are very allergic to poison ivy. : /

Do we need the trailer or not?                      The answer would be yes. : )
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We picked at the place where Grandpa used to live, and a little on the
county roads one evening. Then the next evening we went back out
to pick at the best possum grape vines around.
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There’s nothing quite like being with your family out on a county road at dusk,
a cool fall wind blowing, standing up on an old rickety wooden ladder “balanced”
on the trailer, trying to miss the poison ivy while picking possum grapes.
It’s a special experience.
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Then came the time consuming, purple finger staining, picking process. ; )
We got a total of three batches of jelly this year! 
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Hebrews 13:15 
“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually,
that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

Remember in what ever circumstance, (even itchy poison ivy) praise God continually!

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End of Summer…

Oct
04

Happy Fall, Ya’ll!!!

Here’s the last of the pictures from our summer…Enjoy!

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We were blessed to attend the Family Connections event in OKC! And also to have the team come to our house for supper, games, fellowship, and fun stories from living in Mongolia!

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It’s always super fun to meet new families! We met this family through the blog and they drove all the way from Kansas!

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Carinna has fun coming up with new things to do with “her kids”. You can’t go wrong with making flubber…unless you play with it in the kitchen and get it everywhere!

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Dad and Mom took a Saturday go to an Amish auction together.

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Carinna, has been working hard brush hogging and getting things ready for deer season. She loves it!

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Our friend Barrie from Alaska came to visit for several days and helped Maggie and Carinna clear out shooting lanes at the deer stands.

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We helped out with a project at Abbie’s school gathering items to take down to the flood victims in Louisiana.

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We’ve had so much fun getting to babysit these 2 little guys quite a bit lately!

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And loving every minute with little Eric!

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“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

-  Colossians 3:1-3  –

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Labor Day…

Sep
13

 

Did you know the first Labor Day holiday was
celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City?
Well, 134 years later, we celebrated it again.

Getting in some SMASHING games of Catch Phrase. SmileIMG_1476

Psalm 128:2  “For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands:
happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.”

We didn’t grow this watermelon, but someone worked for the money that bought it!
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Almost everyone got in on some bean bag tossing.
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We are so blessed to have family so close!
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Abbie and our Cousin-In-Law.
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Uncle-In-Law, Charity, and a random bunny Winking smile
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We mixed up some good ole’ Butterfinger ice cream. This stuff is amazing.
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Awww! Such sweet sisters! (until they’re playing a game against each other Smile)
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Like I said, we’re all sweet…until we’re playing a game.
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Dad is extra thankful this year, because he has a job again!
He just started working as a chaplain at a nearby hospital! God is so GOOD!
He does things in His own PERFECT timing.
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How blessed we are to be able to get out of bed each day!
Blessed to breathe, have energy, and purpose to live!
That gives us reason to smile while in the middle of any job!

Colossians 3:23 
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”

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