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A New Member of the Family…

Jun
14

Eric Steadfast Burnett

Born June 11, 2016, at 12:08 a.m.
He weighed 6 lb. 7 oz. and was 19 inches long.

Eric means – always ruler
Steadfast means – Resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering, faithful, constant, fixed, established.

– 1 Corinthians 15:58 –
“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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Congratulations, John-Clay and Sarah!!! He is a precious little boy!

– Psalm 127:3 –
“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

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Share a Little Love…Spread a Little Sunshine!

Feb
11

Back when we were all young kids (such a long time ago), our family used to visit elderly relatives, sing, and play instruments at nursing homes! We have some very special memories of doing that together and some rather interesting ones! :)

But we are grateful that our parents took us and gave us the opportunity to minister, even though it wasn’t always “fun”! It taught us lots of things…but mainly it taught us how to love and communicate with the elderly and gave us a heart of compassion for the lonely and neglected!

Most residents at a nursing home seldom have visitors and are sad, neglected, and forgotten.
So, for Valentines we recruited some little friends of ours to come help us
make cards and little “love bug” creations! (Some of them look more like monsters,
but they do make you smile!) Then we took them to the nursing home that Abbie works at as a CNA/CMA. We had some very sweet pictures of the residents receiving
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Creativity was really flowing and, wow, there were some very interesting creations.
: )

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The cards and bugs were made with…

-Colored pipe cleaners
-Variety of Pom-Poms (glitter ones are great)
-Googly eyes
-Chocolates for the base
-Heart shaped decorations (also can use as the base)
-Hot glue gun
-Something to cut the pipe cleaners with
-Card stock
-Markers

…Lots of love went into making these cards! One of the little girls kept saying, “I’m going to make someone happy.” “I’m going to make somebody smile!” 
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If you’re feeling a little single this Valentine’s Day…don’t think about yourself.
Look for someone who needs to know that JESUS loves them! And do something special for them. Bring a smile to someone’s face!

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Instead of wishing to receive, look for ways to give.
You’ll be surprised how much love you will receive in return!

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By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have
love one to another.”  -John 13:35

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.”
–Mark 10:45

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September–Early October Recap

Oct
26

Yes, I know, September feels like SO long ago, at least it does to us… But lots of fun things happened in that wonderful month.

On the 26th, we hosted a wedding reception in OKC for John-Clay and Sarah.
We spent many weeks before hand planning and cooking!

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Mrs. Pate was such a blessing and helped us decorate and ironed ALL the table cloths!

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The Ferraro family came down and helped us get everything ready on Saturday.

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I frosted lots of mini cupcakes and brownies!

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I thought this picture was funny! :)

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Everyone ate, then we played a couple of games, one was the “shoe game”,
the dads spoke, then J&S shared their story!

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-Beginning of October-

Because of our Granddad’s health, we were not able to take our annual family camping trip, so instead, we spent a weekend all together
at our house playing games, eating “camping” food, and even went out to the farm
for a wiener roast and “around the campfire songs”… break out the ukuleles
and…well…you’ll just have to try and imagine!

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We even had a bean-bag toss tournament one afternoon!

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Since we were all together, and it wasn’t raining, we took family pictures.
We will update our “meet the family” page here pretty soon with the real ones,
but for now here’s a little glimpse!

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Until next time!

Philippians 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.”

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Part Three – John-Clay and Sarah’s Wedding

Oct
01

Before joining everyone at the reception, the wedding party went back
to the park to have pictures taken…

L to R – Elena F., Abbie, Hannah, Maria F., Grace F., Bethany F., Anna F., Sarah,
John-Clay, Caleb, Benjamin, Josiah F., Dustin, Alex L., Wayne Fagala,
Benjamin F. and Joel F.
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While these two love-birds were smiling/kissing/looking at one another…
the wedding party was having fun passing the time by 
jammin’ with Joel on the ukulele and singing! That boy can PLAY!
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The location for the reception was beautiful!

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Everyone ate a delicious meal of Smoked BBQ pork sandwiches!

Caleb(best man) and Anna (maid of honor) started off the speeches and then several of the wedding party and some family and friends also spoke and shared stories.
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J-C and Sarah’s reactions in these pictures are so fun!
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Anna F. and a friend of their family made and decorated the wedding cakes
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Instead of the traditional “bride throws the bouquet”
thing and all the single girls awkwardly get out there to try and catch it… : ) 
they made up a big bouquet out of the extra flowers and presented it to the
couple who had been married the longest…
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…Sarah’s grandparents have been married for 55 years!
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Signing the marriage license.
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We had a great time visiting with friends!i-8Dwm7c8-X3

And off they went!
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That was the last we saw of them for three weeks…their honeymoon destination was the beautiful mountains and cabins of Colorado!

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Part Two of John-Clay and Sarah’s Wedding

Sep
27

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The Ferraro’s cousins played the prelude music and it was beautiful!
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Lighting of the candles
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Pastor Daniel read- Matthew 19:4-6
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The Processional 
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Guess who he sees walking in the door?! 
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Mr. Ferraro gave a charge to John-Clay – But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called. Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit ye like men, be strong. And wield the shield of faith and the sword of the spirit with the honor due the princess you are about to receive and the King whom ye serve. And may He say unto you one day, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
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Sarah’s brothers and cousins sang “Not to us O Lord”

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Sarah’s Uncle Jeff gave the sermon.
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The congregation sang “All Hail the Power” togetheri-kdFqcjj-X3i-VvNccPn-X3i-KV3Z6D9-X3

Dad gave a charge before they said their vows 
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One of Sarah’s uncles sang a song called “For the Glory”i-b2P6PJ3-XL
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Sarah planned for the bridal party and siblings to sing Dennis Jernigan’s song “The Blessing Song” and was somehow able to keep it a secret from John-Clay!

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Wayne Fagala blessed them and prayed over them.

Then their first kiss!
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Ladies and Gentlemen…Mr. and Mrs. John-Clay Burnett!!!
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As everyone was dismissed, they went through a receiving line to congratulate the new couple.
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After the attendees went on to the barn for the reception, the families and relatives got some group pictures.
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The Ferraros and Burnetts are officially “next-of-kin”!i-QpcDRBs-XL
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Part three coming soon!

Photo credit – Rachel Leigh

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