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“Lonely”

Oct
31

I was looking for another challenge a few years back. I wanted to draw something with lots of wrinkles. I looked around for pictures and chose this one because
of how sad, lonely, and without hope she looked.

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So many people smile when in front of a camera, or in front of other people…sometimes I wonder how many people are just putting on a front.
I know some can truly have joy in their trial, because they have hope!
But, so many don’t have the hope of eternal life! Of salvation in Christ Jesus! 
They have no purpose to live for greater than themselves and the pleasures of
the world. That’s where we each start. 

When I look at this picture it reminds me how God created the world perfect,
and how the consequences of our sin affect each and every one of us, aging, hurt, loneliness, pain, heartache, sadness, hopelessness…I’m reminded how Jesus took the wrath of the Father for our sin on Himself, of the price that He paid to ransom us, his enemies. How He became sin for us, so that we might have restored fellowship with God. There is hope, rest, peace, purpose…in CHRIST JESUS. It reminds me, go tell others the good news of the gospel!

I drew it with charcoal and graphite.
Here are some pictures I took of the progression.
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Ephesians 2:12-14 
“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;”

Matthew 11:28
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

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Set-Apart Girl Conference

Jun
22

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We had the wonderful opportunity to host the Set Apart girl simulcast at our house this month! It was a wonderful conference for girls/women held on the Ellerslie campus in CO, that we got to watch live in the comfort of our own home.

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It was so much fun planning fun food and snacks for the weekend, there were lots of willing helpers in the kitchen.

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All gathered around and cozy upstairs…we were so blessed to have some of our dear friends join us, along with some newly made friends – a mom and her daughter, who we’d never met, saw there was a Simulcast host near their location (us =) and were able to join in and even spend the night with us! We thoroughly enjoyed sweet fellowship and discussions together.

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Fun food and drinks. And there may or may not have even been a quick trip to Sonic just once – for fun ice-cream. =)

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Mom’s flower gardens are gorgeous this year! I went outside to pick some flowers and felt like I was at a flower buffet. =)

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Maggie was a tech-specialist for the weekend and Charity our coffee/hot drink connoisseur.

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We had our own time of worship Saturday evening.

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Our sessions were filled with many good messages reminding us that Jesus is faithful, encouraging us to be intentional in our relationship with him – including purging our schedules and lives from things that distract or hinder our fellowship with him, and to TRUST him fully, He will never fail!

He has called us to be IN the world but not OF the world. The world will reject the message of the cross, but we are not to live to please them, we are here to shine Jesus and live for His applause alone. LORD help us.

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Big Sandy Family Conference – 2016

Apr
27

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One of the biggest highlights every year for our family is attending the family conference down in Big Sandy, TX. It is a time of refreshment, conviction, encouragement and lots of good fellowship with like-minded believers. photo 1DSC_0014

Here are some of the highlights we were challenged by this year:

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Abbie – My favorite session this year was done by Gil Bates based out of the Bible story where Lot pitches his tent towards Sodom. Where we set our eyes will ultimately determine our destination. “You will end up where you are headed.” This is a huge warning to us to evaluate our hearts and lives to see what we’re fixing our eyes on and where we will end up if we keep on the path we’re on – it could be good, if our eyes are on Jesus, but if we’re focused on someone or something else we could be headed for destruction. This is not something to lightly brush off and hope everything will be okay, ignoring the warning signs flashing before us, take heed and turn your eyes upon Jesus.

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Charity – I enjoyed a lot of the speakers this year but there wasn’t a particular message that really stood out, it was more of a topic that several of the speakers briefly touched on… but something I knew was meant for me! And that was the very important and crucial practice of meditating. Everyone meditates on something. It’s what you think about, daydream about. All that says a lot about a person! Everything starts as just a thought. The passage I choose for myself this year is John 15, and a critical part of being connected to the Vine and abiding in Christ is meditating on scripture and prayer! To know Christ more, I’ve GOT to spend time with Him, and if that is truly my heart’s desire, I will choose Jesus above ALL else!

Ps 19:14 – Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Ps 104:34 – My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

Phil 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Isa 26:3 – Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

2 Cor 10:5 – Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…

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Maggie – Like always, it’s hard to weed through all of the sessions and pick just one that meant the most! All of the sessions have such rich nuggets of truth that challenged or encouraged me, like:
Jobe Martin’s session on Creation Evangelism was super neat!
One of Mr. Bates sessions really encouraged me to take a step back and look at where my life will be 10 years from now if I continue on the same road I am now. If I am pursuing God to the depth I am now, will I wish I had strove for a deeper level?
One of Jamie Lash’s sessions really convicted me to re-discipline myself to daily meditation in God’s Word!
But I think I enjoyed Darren Myers sessions the most!!
His one on God, Morals, and Socialism has to be my favorite! I’d encourage you to check out their website here!
This past year I believe the Lord has opened my eyes (politics probably played a big part) to the situation our country is really in, where it is headed, and the evil that is creeping in to every part of our society! Darren Myers sessions were really informative and interesting! I felt like I could spend hours talking to him and listening to what he has to say! Maybe I just haven’t looked very far, but I was encouraged to hear someone speak on Socialism, Communism, what they are, and what God’s Word has to say about them, as well as how it would impact us, and how to stand up for truth! I also appreciated the statistics, surveys, and personal book recommendations that he shared! May God have mercy on us and may I/we not water down and ignore the way that Satan has snuck in and influenced so much of our culture! I pray that we will let God work through us to “…overcome evil with good.”  Rom. 12:17-21
~Psalms 2:1-12~

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Carinna – One of the topics that I was challenged by throughout the week was in the area of my words. The tongue is a small member that can cause big problems.
It has the power to dramatically alter my life, and those around me.
James 3:1-12 Prov. 26:28 Prov. 17:20 Prov.15:2 Ps 4:13 and there are many more.
The power of death is in the tongue. Prov. 18:21 “Death and life are in the
power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” 
 
Such a small thing can be a huge problem! It can be used by the devil to tear,
drag down, and hurt others. The tongue also has the power of life!
Maybe I’m not hurting others with with my words but am I pulling others down? 
If I am finding myself complaining and grumbling, I really need to look at my heart because…Luke 6:45 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”

Am I building others up with my words? Am I being an energy giver?
If not, where has my view of God gotten twisted? Where is my focus?
Where is my joy coming from? Is it rooted in Christ?
In humble gratitude for everything He is? Ps 35:28  Ps 37:30 John 15:5b…
When my perspective is where it should be, my attitude, words, and actions
will line up. Feelings follow actions. I have the tendency to say what I think when I think it. So I’ve been challenged to be wise in my conversations, to be grateful in everything, and to carefully choose my words…not just saying something, for the pleasure of saying really nothing, but being sensitive to the Holy Spirit on what needs to be said and when.

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Benjamin – The main thing that stood out to me was meditating on God’s word. I had heard people talk about it but didn’t really understand it. After one of the student sessions they had us practice it,  it finally made sense. I also enjoyed talking to some friends and playing lots of volleyball.

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We really enjoyed the opportunity to sing “Brighten the Corner Where You Are” as a special music.DSC_0016IMG_1150 …of course along with all that that all good fellowship I mentioned earlier, comes a lot of laughter…

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…homemade cookies and milk… =)

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… and a few rousing games =)

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“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

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End of the Year Family Newsletter and Pictures

Dec
30

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“Suddenly There Was…”
Do you ever feel like you wait, and wait, and wait for something then
suddenly, there it is, or it happens? A long winter that seems to drag
on, then “suddenly," it’s spring! The anticipation of a birth, then
“suddenly” we have a baby. The prolonged deterioration of a health
condition, like my father-in-law, then “suddenly,” he’s gone (how I
miss that man). The wonder when the Lord will bring a spouse for
your son, and “suddenly,” he is married (welcome Sarah)!You are in
the freezing outdoors for hours, carefully watching every slight
movement in the trees, then “suddenly,” there is a deer staring you
down!
Okay, so it doesn’t always happen that way, sometimes the suddenly
is just, sudden. Like a car accident, in Oklahoma a thunderstorm, a
knock on the door and unexpected company, a cut thumb, or a
phone call that “changes everything."
When a suddenly comes, it is easy to ask, “Why me?"
For Mary, the mother to be of Jesus, it came suddenly. Suddenly
Gabriel appeared to Mary and gave her "sudden” news that she
would bear a child who would be called the Son of God. The
Scriptures report the shepherds got the news of the Savior being
born, "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the
heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the
highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’"
Like Mary and the shepherds, when a suddenly comes, we want to
move from, “Why me?” to “What’s next?” Mary said, “…be it unto me
according to your word.” And the shepherds, “Let us now go and
see…"
Suddenly is not just for biblical times or biblical characters, it’s for us
too. God is still in the ‘suddenly’ business. I have asked the family as
they report the events of the last year, to include something that
happened they didn’t expect or something they anticipated a long
time, then suddenly it happened.
Of course “suddenlies” happen to us, but not to God. He is not
surprised or informed by anything. He has revealed Himself as, “I
Am that I Am.” So I will share an “I am” scripture that I pray will be
encouraging to each family member during the “suddenlies” of 2016.
The passing of Cheryl’s Dad in October has been a major event for
the whole family as his health continued to deteriorate and he
needed more and more care. We all were very conscious of final
days and opportunities to hear his stories, play another game of
“42," or seek his wise counsel. I had the privilege of presiding at his
graveside service. It was quite a testimony to the Lord as we
reflected on Harold’s salvation and journey here on earth. He
worked hard, played hard, and served others and the Lord with all
his might. We are so blessed to have Cheryl’s Mom, Gwynna, right
across the fence. She is such a godly influence for my girls, a lover
of God’s Word, and a great cook. The families we were
fellowshipping with as we gathered as the Church each Sunday
have moved or scattered and so we as a family are unsettled in
where the Lord would have us worship and serve. You can pray for
us about that. The “I AM” verse I pray to be encouraged by:
"When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man And He placed
His right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the
last." (Rev. 1:17)

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Cheryl: Not much catches Cheryl “suddenly”—by surprise. I know I
say this every year, but she continues to be the COO, Chief
Organizing Officer, in the home. A huge test of this was John-Clay
and Sarah’s wedding and Oklahoma reception. Of course it all came
off beautifully as everyone pitched in. With the passing of her dad,
Cheryl, her sisters and her mom are getting more time together. She
did squeeze in a trip with the girls to War Eagle and made it to a
couple of Thunder basketball games, but being “Grammie” is hard to
top. The “I AM” verse that I am praying will be an encouragement to
Cheryl: The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming (He
who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all
things to us. Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He.” (John
4:25-26)

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Abbie (23) really enjoys traveling, family, and work. Trips included:
War Eagle, MN, IL and Big Sandy. She was very intentional to plan
fun birthday outings with each of her siblings that still live at home;
those were special times. She is already making plans for the new
exciting babies being added to the family. Abbie still works part-time
as a CNA in the same nursing home and loves her residents.
Recently she completed CMA training allowing her to pass
medications.The goal behind getting her CNA and experience caring
for the elderly was to be able to help care for grandparents.
Assisting Granny (Cheryl’s Mom) in caring for Granddad, was very
rewarding. “A special relationship was built between he and I that
we’d never had before. I will always treasure the precious memories
we made and would not trade it for anything.” The passing of
Granddad was the primary “suddenly” for Abbie; she still feels the
loss. But she also mentioned that the Lord suddenly provided
another car for the family. It was a gift from a guy that was in the
Russellville, AR youth group! Quite a blessing when you have six
drivers in the family. The “I AM” verse that I am praying will be an
encouragement to Abbie: So Jesus said to them again, "Truly, truly, I
say to you, I am the door of the
sheep. “(John 10:7)

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Charity (21) – is the primary caregiver for my Dad who lives with us.
She faithfully rises early to cook, clean, and care for his daily needs
(others step in from time to time too). She also made some special
memories while getting to help take care of Granddad in his last
couple of weeks of life. Helping Mom plan and host the Oklahoma
wedding reception for JC and Sarah was a huge blessing, and
Charity enjoyed the challenge. She still loves doing the family
garden and we love the fruit of her labors. Somehow she also
squeezes into her schedule, cleaning houses with Carinna and
mowing lawns with Benjamin. Some of her favorite “suddenlies” that
happen are the unexpected opportunities that pop up to minister and
serve in different places! One of those this year was getting to
volunteer for a week serving and cooking for a ministry’s summer
camp training. The “I AM” verse that I am praying will be an
encouragement to Charity: Jesus said, "I am the true vine, and My
Father is the vinedresser." (John 15:1)

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Maggie (19) – was grateful to finally catch up with school (after being
sick with mono) and graduated this May. She says she is always
blessed by our homeschool conference at Big Sandy as well as all
the other trips that were taken! Maggie is super excited to have the
family expanding with JC and Sarah having got married and babies
on the way!Another highlight was some neat photography
opportunities that God brought her way. Both she and Carinna
enjoyed a fun trip to Frontier City (an amusement park), planned and
provided by Abbie for the twin’s birthday. Not so enjoyable, she
(along with Carinna and Benjamin) had all four wisdom teeth
removed this year. Maggie loves being an aunt; Evan is such a joy!
In August, Maggie started a part time job at a nearby home daycare.
"I really enjoy my kiddos!” As the others, she is thankful for the
Lord’s faithfulness and all-sufficient grace during Granddad’s death.
She was grateful to get to attend a CPR/First Aid class, and along
those lines, is excited about any “sudden” door the Lord might open
for the future. The “I AM” verse that I am praying will be an
encouragement to Maggie: Jesus said…"I am the way, and the truth,
and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." (John
14:6)

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Carinna (19) – Besides training our new dog Heidi, Carinna kept
herself busy with helping Granddad, bees, hunting, cleaning houses,
guitar, carving, garden, working at properties, and the list could go
on. Carinna’s comment on the trip to Frontier City: “One way to bond
with your siblings is being terrified for your life together on a roller
coaster, then doing it over and over again.” She got to go up to the
Dornink’s a couple of times with Dustin and Hannah where she gets
to spend time with friends who sharpen her spiritually. Another fun
opportunity was to go to Illinois early to help prepare for JC and
Sarah’s wedding. She says family has been a huge highlight—
babies coming, spending time to both work and play with Dustin,
Hannah, and Evan, getting to know Sarah and hanging out with JC
and Sarah. Caleb took her to a Thunder basketball game…what an
experience!Her “suddenly”: I really wasn’t looking for a job but God
suddenly laid in my lap the opportunity to help a family homeschool
a couple of their kids. I love the chance to invest in their lives
academically and spiritually, and watch them learn. The “I AM” verse
that I am praying will be an encouragement to Carinna: Jesus said
to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will
live even if he dies." (John 11:25)

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Benjamin (15) – is now the tallest member of the Burnett family! He
really enjoyed going to a film festival in Texas and especially the
opportunity to get advice from the Tull family about a movie he’s
working on. We had new neighbors move in next-door with 3
younger boys who Benjamin enjoyed playing basketball and many
other things with them. Due to Granddad’s health, we didn’t feel
comfortable going away for our annual family camping trip but took a
weekend and had a great time “camping out” at the house. Benjamin
appreciates getting to spend more time with Caleb and the
encouragement he receives from his older brother. Benjamin also
got to go up early to help the Ferraro’s with JC and Sarah’s wedding.
He had a lot of fun playing with Joel and Benny and helping with a
short fun movie for JC and Sarah. He was very honored JC asked
him to be a groomsman. Benjamin harvested two deer this year. “My
‘suddenly’ involved a significant discount price for the Christian
Worldview Film Festival and Guild I had been wanting to attend. This
was a turn of events I did not anticipate, but am excited by the
surprise provision.” The “I AM” verse that I am praying will be an
encouragement to Benjamin: Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of
life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me
will never thirst." (John 6:35)

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Jim Burnett, my dad is such a quiet blessing and encourager. He is
so grateful for the little things of life: a good meal, birds at the feeder,
the beauty of flowers, and the visit of a family member. The “I AM”
verse that I pray will be an encouragement to Dad is: "…I am the
Son of God." (John 10:36)

Those outside the house:

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Caleb (25) continues to live in Shawnee, work at Kimray, grow
deeper in his commitment to God’s purifying work in his life and stay
connected with his siblings. The “I AM” verse that I am praying will
be an encouragement to Caleb: “…I am the Light of the world.” (John
9:5)

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Hannah (27), Dustin and Evan are in Bowlegs, Ok, ministering to
their neighbors, active in their church, and expecting the delivery of
their second son…suddenly—any day!The “I AM” verse that I am
praying will be an encouragement to Hannah’s family: "I am the
Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was
and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev 1:8)

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John-Clay (29) God suddenly brought JC the love of his life, Sarah
Ferraro. They live in Shawnee, serve the Christian media industry
together, and are expecting our third grandchild mid-summer. The “I
AM” verse that I am praying will be an encouragement to JohnClay’s
family: "You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for
so I am." (John 13:13)

In the new year, don’t forget the suddenly of God and the God of
suddenlies! Suddenly can come suddenly.
When a suddenly comes, remember to move from "Why me?" to
"What’s next?"
And finally: Suddenly Jesus came. Suddenly He left. What’s next?
Suddenly Jesus will return. Will you be ready?

Johnny Burnett for the family

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Merry Christmas, Everyone!!! And a very happy New Year!

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Updated “Meet the Family” page

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We Don’t Know What a Day Will Bring Forth!

Jan
15

2014 was a year chock FULL of change, I thought it would be fun to do a little year in review -  picture style!!!

January, we got a call from Mom’s parents in Tulsa telling us that they’d called an appraiser to come look at their farm, and for us to start looking at houses in our town. This was a COMPLETE shock!!!

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Abbie had the exciting opportunity to play violin with some friends at the State Capitol.

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Celebrated G and G’s 60th wedding anniversary up in Tulsa.

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March, Abbie and the girls enjoyed babysitting for some friends who had a baby that stayed  in the hospital for 19 days.

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John-Clay got to do some teaching for a Christian Film Festival down in TX.

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April, we took the annual trip down to Big Sandy, TX for our uplifting and encouraging homeschool conference.

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The Nakatsus stopped by on their way back from the conference…IMG_0086

Baby continued roasting in the oven…

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J-C took a trip up to Ohio to work on a Christian film.

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In May, after a big sale at the farm, Granny and Granddad moved in right next door! We are spoiled having them right across the fence!!! =)

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Meanwhile, Gpa’s addition continued in the making.

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Eating and sleeping on the second story. =)

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Mother’s Day.

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June, brought one of our biggest highlights from the year! Mr. Evan Trust Dornink. =) We love him to pieces.

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July, Benjamin spent 4 weeks away from home at Quest.

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…and of course we made homemade ice-cream at the Peach Festival.

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Extracted honey…

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Charity’s friend from MN came for a visit.

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August, we said a sad goodbye to these guys who moved up to MN for 4 months.

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Our family had a blast helping out with a friend’s wedding.

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September, we had a fun visit from the ATI connection team, and Grandpa moved in to his addition.DSC_0174

We took a family (except Caleb) trip up North.

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October, Abbie completed her CNA

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These 4 took a road trip to AR to the craft shows.

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We re-painted the girls room.

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Celebrated Granddad’s 80th birthday!

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November

The Ferraros came down for a visit which we thoroughly enjoyed!!! =)

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J-C and Abbie took a trip down to TX for a video project, and also Abbie started working at the nursing home.set up

December = CHRISTMAS!!! =)

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We DON’T know what a day will bring forth and are told in Scripture to redeem the time, because the days are evil. No one can deny that fact!

None of us know how long we have left here on this earth. It could be years, months, days… “What you do TODAY matters.”

I encourage you to live for Jesus, He lived/lives for you. Surrender to His will, He surrendered HIS will to the Father. Offer your body as a living sacrifice to Him, He sacrificed His body on the cross. Willingly obey His voice, He was in-tune and obedient to HIS Father’s voice. Lay down your life for Jesus to use however He chooses, He laid down His life for you.

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Matt. 16:24

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