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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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December/Christmas recap

Jan
17

Here’s a very belated update!

While some of the others went to The Hanging of the Green back in December…
Maggie, Benjamin, and I stayed back at John-Clay and Sarah’s.
We watched Eric, did dishes, and watched a movie. : )
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Some of us have been able to volunteer
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We had the Clay Christmas on the 17th.
Lot’s of food, family, little great-grands, presents, fun, and games!IMG_2219IMG_2223

Granny always gathers the little kids and tells an interactive Christmas story.
We’ve all had our turn as the kids gathered around Granny. : )
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We sang some Christmas carols.
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The kids did a gift exchange. Then we do a great big White Elephant bash…
…which we didn’t get any pictures of. :/
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Each year Granny blesses each of us with a gift. : ) She gets a few in return.
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We played a fun group game. The gist is to unwrap as much saran wrapped candy as you can before the next person rolls doubles! It was a hit. There was candy everywhere. It was an intense several minutes. : )IMG_2268IMG_2266

And of course good ‘ole 42 is always played.
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Everyone was here for our family Christmas again this year! We so easily take it for granted! We celebrated the Friday and Saturday before Christmas.
The theme was “Chalkboard”.
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Lots of prep goes into getting our “tea” ready. Basically it’s an appetizer night. : )
With it being a chalkboard theme…Maggie and I got put to work writing lots of 
chalk things (the Peace, Love, and Joy was pre-made). 
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John-Clay bought himself an early Christmas present…A Lego Christmas train
that goes around on a track. Some people have a little obsession with Lego
around here…although I have to admit, it was pretty cool! The nephews were
pretty enthralled with it too.
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Maggie is the wonderful-official-shrimp-fryer.
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Look at what was at this little guy’s eye level when he walked in the door. : D
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Is that a little too much temptation for you Evan?
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Mom is so creative! She did great on the decorations.
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Nephews are the best.
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And yes, there is an extra someone in the picture above…
…more on that some other time. : )

The food is always so fun and scrumptious. So much work goes into it.
It’s worth it though, ‘cause you get to eat on it all weekend. : )
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Each year we each draw a sibling’s (and in-laws) name. And give them a present at Christmas. Who you have is suppose to be kept a secret…but more often than not there’s some hashing out ideas, or something going on.
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It’s fun to see the gifts and thought behind them.
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Games, games, and more games.
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Dad got called in to work Saturday morning.
So we held off on the presents and such till he got back. We played games…IMG_2430

…and just hung out. : )
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Once Dad got back, we did our normal Christmas. Dad shared, we sang some
Christmas hymns…it’s so much fun to all sing together. 
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Then presents…
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Since we were home…a car load of us were able to sing and pass out cards
at a couple of nursing homes on Christmas afternoon!
It was a treat to be able to share the joy of Christ’s birth with them…
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“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

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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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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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A Summary of Our Summer

Aug
15

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

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

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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!

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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!

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

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Dad and Mom both celebrated birthdays in July!

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

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

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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

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

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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.

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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!

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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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