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End of Summer…

Oct
04

Happy Fall, Ya’ll!!!

Here’s the last of the pictures from our summer…Enjoy!

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We were blessed to attend the Family Connections event in OKC! And also to have the team come to our house for supper, games, fellowship, and fun stories from living in Mongolia!

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It’s always super fun to meet new families! We met this family through the blog and they drove all the way from Kansas!

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Carinna has fun coming up with new things to do with “her kids”. You can’t go wrong with making flubber…unless you play with it in the kitchen and get it everywhere!

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Dad and Mom took a Saturday go to an Amish auction together.

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Carinna, has been working hard brush hogging and getting things ready for deer season. She loves it!

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Our friend Barrie from Alaska came to visit for several days and helped Maggie and Carinna clear out shooting lanes at the deer stands.

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We helped out with a project at Abbie’s school gathering items to take down to the flood victims in Louisiana.

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We’ve had so much fun getting to babysit these 2 little guys quite a bit lately!

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And loving every minute with little Eric!

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“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

-  Colossians 3:1-3  –

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Happy 30th Birthday to John-Clay!!!

Aug
16

This post is a little late, his birthday was on the 14th, but who doesn’t like an extended birthday!!! =D

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Happiest of Birthdays, John-Clay!!! As the oldest in our family you are someone we all look up to and admire. You have set a great example for us to follow. We are thrilled with what the Lord has done for you this past year and we pray this next year of your life will be filled with His blessings as He proves Himself faithful to you every day and guides you and your family! We all love you very much!! 

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Peach Festival

Jul
25

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On Friday, we spent all afternoon getting all the ice-cream bases mixed up and putting “Think Jesus” stickers on cups. LOTS of prep goes into the festival, Mom does so much planning and calculating to make sure everything turns out just right!

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Saturday morning we finished setting up the booth and started selling at 8:00. Lots of folks love to talk to Dad about the “poppin’ johnny”. It sure draws a crowd!

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This little guy got to hang out for awhile!

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Our never ending line of faithful ice-cream lovers!

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At one point during the day we had our whole family out there helping! Babies and all! We are so happy we can still have everyone here to make this all happen.

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Carinna did some amazing artwork for our sign this year! Give her some chalk and a board and yep, she’s good!

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Keeping with tradition, we all went to the rodeo Saturday evening! You can’t beat small town rodeo!

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Festival always brings wonderful time with friends!!

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Not much keeps us from making homemade ice-cream!

Our 11th year was a success! We sold 102 gallons and sold out before 2:00.
I guess we’ll be making even more next year!

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Washington D.C.

Jul
14

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“Dad,” said one child to the parent at the supper table one night, “just thinking that, since you’re unemployed, we’d have a place to stay, Abbie’s not in school yet, and gas is cheap…we should take that trip to Washington D.C this summer that we’ve been talking about for years! Seriously! Why are we not packing our bags?”

The very NEXT morning, Mom and Dad left town for a business trip and we kids received a text from Mom stating to mark our calendars for June 25-July 3rd for WASHINGTON D.C. TRIP! To say we were floored would be an understatement!

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…and that’s what we did! Except we left one day earlier. Yay for a family roadtrip!

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Maggie and I held down the back seat for the trip, and I barely won the award for bringing the biggest book. Thank you nursing textbook. =)

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The first night we stayed with some friends in Russellville, AR which is where the first 5 of us kiddos were born.

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We thoroughly enjoyed lunch with friends of ours who moved from OK to TN a few years ago.

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Guess who won the award for buying the most snacks? =)

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Our first sightseeing stop was the American Cultural Museum in Virginia.

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It was neat to hear about the influence on America, from people who came over from places like Germany, Scotland, and Ireland.

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Well…we just THOUGHT school hadn’t started yet. =)

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Washington D.C.

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Sunday evening we happily arrived in D.C. and unloaded all our luggage at Mom’s cousin’s house, where we were staying. He and his wife graciously let us take over stay at their house on an Air Force base, then we took off to see the sights!

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It was really cool getting to see the monuments in real life! They’re not just a picture on a post-card. =)

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Thomas Jefferson monument.                              Washington monument.

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Mom especially wanted to see the monuments at night, so we sat around until it got dark. It was definitely worth the wait.

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The following day we got to tour Arlington Cemetery.

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General Robert E. Lee’s house

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This is the view from his house.

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We got to watch the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (in Arlington).

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Kraig (mom’s cousin) took us to the Air Force Memorial. He currently serves as a chaplain in the Air Force.

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Due to the lack of “close parking”, if you ever go to D.C. be prepared to walk, and walk, …and walk some more!

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Monday night, we made an impromptu decision to go to a Washington Nationals professional baseball game. This included a ride on the underground metro system which was a first for a few in our family.

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I’m sure they won because we were in the stands chanting with the crowd: N-A-T-S Nats, Nats, Nats WHOOO! =)

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On Wednesday, we went to the National Archives. You just don’t see immaculate buildings like this out your window everyday back home!

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This is the place where the Star Spangled Banner was first sung. Unfortunately fortunately, Dad and Mom didn’t try to relive this moment in the middle of D.C.  on the street corner. =)photo 4 copy 3
This was a common sight. “Now WHERE and WHICH way do we walk from here??” We’re small town Okies what can we say. In our normal life, it does NOT take 25 minutes driving around in a parking garage to find a place to park! Oh wait, what parking garage? Our town doesn’t even have  a stop light. =) =) =)

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Grabbing a quick picture in front of the “Newseum” by the Daily Oklahoman, a little taste of home. photo 3aphoto 5a
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During our tour of the Capitol, we happened to be in the right place at the right time and unexpectedly got to see Senator John McCain and Senator Ted Cruz and quite a few more senators who were passing by. Our tour guide, who works in Senator Inhofe’s office, thought that was just pretty amazing. =)

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Tuesday night, we attended a silent drill done by the Marines. Although it wasn’t completely silent because they had an impressive band that played.

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Last, but not least, we visited the 911 Pentagon Memorial after dark.

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On Wednesday, we went to the National History and Air & Space Museums (Smithsonians). On our way we breezed through the Smithsonian Castle and later ate our lunch here. 

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Orville and Wilbur Wrights’ first plane

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Wednesday evening we went to a Twilight Tattoo. Basically it was a presentation done by the Army on their involvement in each of the wars…IMG_0864
…starting with the Revolutionary all the way through the War on Terror. It was very well done and enjoyable to watch.

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After the presentation was over, we grabbed a picture with a General, Revolutionary re-enactor, and present day soldier. This is one of my favorite photos from the whole trip. =)

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Kraig took us “out-on-the-town” for coffee and frozen yogurt on Wednesday night.

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And lastly, to see the White House, from a distance.

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Thursday, we went back to see the monuments – in the daytime =) and toured the Holocaust Museum.

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Lincoln Memorial

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Vietnam War Memorial

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World War 2 Memorial

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Probably the biggest highlight for most of us came on Friday when we got to have a private tour of the Pentagon.

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General Vander Ham is a friend of a friend, and was our “connection” to being able to get in on short notice, PLUS his executive assistant gave us a tour that we’ll never forget. =) 

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A few facts about the Pentagon. There are 20,000 people who work there – that’s a pretty overwhelming number for a family who lives in a small town comprised of less then 2,000 residents. They make 35,000 cups of coffee everyday and distribute 1,700 cartons of milk a day.

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This place isn’t just a “walk-in-the-park”. We took on the challenge of finding the General’s office on this map. You go mom!

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On our way home we spent the night with our friends in Ohio and went to the Creation museum on Saturday.

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Some of us like have a strong passion to shop at Goodwill. Needless to say, her petition was granted. =)

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We are home again after a fun, memorable, and exciting trip. It sure was nice to spend some quality time together as a family and make precious memories.

Now we are in full gear getting ready to make 100 gallons of ice-cream at the Peach Festival this weekend, ya’ll come!!!

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It’s Peach Festival Time!

Jul
03

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In just less than 2 weeks it’s the 40th annual Stratford Peach Festival! This event is hosted by the Stratford Little League Foundation and features fun activities for the entire family. Starting off with a 5k fun run/walk and free pancake breakfast, followed by live local entertainment, local food and several retail vendors, the Peach Idol singing contest, and much much more! 

Time:   Saturday, July 16 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

                        Location:   Stratford City Park
                                          8th St. and Hyden
                                          Stratford, OK 74872

                           Pricing:   FREE!!!

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We will be making homemade peach and vanilla ice-cream again. We usually sell out by 1:00 so come early!!

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When you come, you should stop by McGee’s café and enjoy an amazing hamburger!

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Also, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 will be the 81st annual Stratford Round Up Club IPRA-ACRA Rodeo!

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We hope to see you all there!! It’s going to be a great day!

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