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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…
especially fun ON Christmas. Their smiles made our day!IMG_2280

“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 Little Bit of This and That

May
24

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.

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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!

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Mom’s gorgeous flower beds…

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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!

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

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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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Easter 2016

Mar
30

1 Corinthians 15:3-8
“…how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”

He is RISEN!!! What a wonderful reason to celebrate! For Easter dinner we had a few aunts, uncles, and cousins over after Church.

Mom pulled out all of her fancy china for the occasion. DSC_0879
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Charity and I made this lemon coconut cake. It took some time to make, but it was worth it! We also had a chocolate trifle and meringues.
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We got a few sibling/family pictures just for fun.DSC_0927DSC_0951DSC_1003

1 Corinthians 15:55-58
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 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.”

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