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Hunting success


It’s a little bit easier to sit out in the woods all day if you have a
beautiful rustic view!20161125_154817

The look the neighbor’s cows give you when you’re walking to your stand.  : )
“Are you from a different planet?”

Wide open skies.

But even better than beautiful scenery is when you get to bring home some meat.
Benjamin got a doe and buck. Dad shot a buck. 20161123_081600

Carinna shot a hog that we didn’t butcher, and a small buck that was limping.

These three went looking for a hog Maggie had shot at when it was getting dark.
They didn’t find it. Each year more and more hogs are coming around.

A whole lot of team work goes into the process of field to freezer!

Carinna saw a buck on the side of the road on the way to work one morning.
It was below freezing, so she got permission from the game warden and we were able to salvage some of the meat off of him. It was a new experience for the Fenns. Homeschooling at its finest. : )

Yummy supper with fresh, never frozen deer meat!

We are so thankful to get the opportunity to hunt on Grandpa’s land.
And for a full freezer this year!

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air,
and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing
that creepeth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26


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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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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!


All the Christmas decorations are up!
Now it’s the exciting time for.. recipe searching, shopping, party planning, secret packages arriving in the mail, eggnog, and a new genre of music! Yay for Christmas!!!!

Here’s some pictures of the day we set up for the Christmas season! DSC_0755

Dad is the hero at fixing the ever finicky strings of lights! He patiently fiddles around with them, replacing the little lights one at a time until the just the right bulb magically lights up the whole row, or sometimes he might just go to the store and buy a  whole new string! Winking smile

All the ornaments are very random but have special meaning. Old and new!DSC_0771DSC_0772DSC_0775DSC_0777DSC_0774

Look closely… =D


Caleb’s wonderful onion soufflé… It’s pretty much amazing!!


Charity- Nativity scene organizer!

Of all of our decorations, I think this is my favorite!DSC_0733

Sometimes the very loud Christmas music (which can officially be played the Saturday after Thanksgiving), dozens of tubs and boxes everywhere, the excitement of a new joyful season, and the dazzling lights, make for some… happy.. ?? .. people!!!DSC_0742DSC_0745

How beautiful!
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Rifle season wasn’t all that exciting for us. For all of the hours and hours we spent in the woods, Benjamin was the only one that scored…  he got this nice doe!


Here are some pictures from a recent skeet shoot outing we had with one of our  awesome cousins.

He lets us drive his super epic truck around… which, of course, is SO much fun!


When the spring breaks on the clay pigeon thrower… you use a hand thrower!IMG_1792IMG_1796IMG_1794IMG_1802

The gangIMG_1798IMG_1799

We might have gotten a little happy with the tripod and timer.. haha!!

This month is always full of fun events, so hopefully we’ll be a little more faithful in our blogging.. Smile

Until then.. happy 16 days till Christmas!


"Without doubt the mightiest thought the mind can entertain is the thought of God."

– A. W. Tozer

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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!


Dad, Mom and Grandpa attended our cousin’s wedding.IMG_3094

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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Fall update


Okay ya’ll, time for a much needed update on what’s going on around here!
You probably thought we’d abandoned you for good.. but we are staying super busy!

Abbie is now officially a CNA, and she is working part-time at a nursing home nearby.


A couple weeks ago John-Clay and Abbie went down to TX for a video project that   J-C was in charge of. This fun group of folks spent all week videoing Andrew Pudewa so his sessions on writing will be up-to-date!set up
The set-up in the back.

One night they went to this amazing restaurant, you know
the moan-and-groan-and-can-hardly-walk-after-you’re-done-eating type of restaurant.
It was obviously good enough that it made it on the blog.
A rare occurrence. If ever.
So, if you need some great BBQ.. look ‘em up.


And speaking of great food… Thanksgiving always has LOTS of it! Winking smile

We had a fun time eating, playing games, and great fellowship with the relatives that came to our house this year for Thanksgiving!

Now to the thing that, for a few of us, has taken up the majority of our time…
(and money) =Phunting
Hunting… Oh. Yeah!

A little bored, Benj?

benj's doe
During Youth Season, Benj shot this nice doe.
This is his first deer, and also his first year to hunt (besides being nice and sitting with someone so that they can hunt).

mags buck
The first day that I was able to hunt rifle season, I shot this guy within 45 minutes of being out, and within 15 minutes of it being light enough to see!
Yeah, I kinda got a big break!

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After we had gutted my buck, Benj decided to stay out and hunt the same spot, hoping to catch a deer coming to check out the guts.

We got the call while skinning and quartering up my buck that Benj had shot this fella’…
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His first buck!!

Aaaand 3 days later Carinna shot this doe.

carinna's doe

With four deer harvested, there is a lot of meat to cut up and package for the freezer!
And hunting season is far from over! We are praising the Lord for His provision!
cutting up meat

cutting up meat
Yum… look at those beautiful butterfly steaks.
Well, okay.. they don’t exactly  look beautiful.. or yummy yet, but use your imagination.
Chicken fried steak coming right up! Now you can say yum.cutting up meat
When you spend hours, upon hours, cutting up raw meat.. and Christmas songs are playing.. and you’re hungry.. and/or a little tired… weird moods are just going to happen.

cutting up meat
There’s still work to be done.. I have jerky marinating, and we have burger to grind up, most of which, Carinna will make into some AMAZING summer sausage!

We are also super busy with grandpa’s estate sale that will be going on this weekend. 
Grandpa has been living with us for about two months.
It’s great having him live with us, not without it’s challenges.. but we are so grateful for him and the blessing he is to our family!!!!


Dustin, Hannah, and this cute little guy are on their way to move back down here!!
Smile We are SO excited!  (that’s an understatement!) Smile



“When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. 
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”


Praise the Lord, for He has done great things for us indeed!!

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