I Love this Time of Year … =)

Dec
22

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It’s a rare but welcome happening to get all these ladies in the kitchen at once cookin’ up yummy stuff. =)

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Carinna wanted us to take a crazy picture to capture how we really felt and how we were actually acting. =) =) =) …which you could say happened to involve goofy and festive moods. =)

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As you can very well imagine, we’ve enjoyed having this little toot and his momma around our house for a few days while Dustin was away at a wedding…

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Among the goodies were mint cookies, the infamous puppy chow, honey chai roasted almonds, bear claw cookies, chocolate covered Oreos, toffee cookies …

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Granny was also whipping up some deliciousness at her place, so we hopped the back fence and helped make divinity, fudge, and cinnamon rolls… ya know, the good old fashioned candy that takes an expert…like Granny. =)

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Christmas really snuck up on me this year because I was so consumed with my CMA class. The afternoon I finished, Charity went to town with me so I could do some last minute shopping. We had a very fun and successful trip together. =)

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The past two nights we’ve made our annual Christmas caroling venture to friends, family and neighbors. We added a few extra stops this year including the generous couple who let us pick up peaches under their trees for free to use for the peach festival. =) I’m really not sure who enjoys it more, us or them – it’s a special tradition.

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Take time to enjoy all the special moments together, don’t take them for granted. Merry Christmas!

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Christmas at the B’s

Jan
04

Christmas at Grandpa’s house.

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On Christmas eve our whole family and every member of our extended family gathered at Grandpa’s house to celebrate together. This was the first time in 8 years we had ALL been together.

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A fun game of Balderdash.

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All the cousins with Grandpa. =)

JOhnny, Janis, Grandpa, Jolena, Jimmy
This year was different and hard without Grandma being with us for the first time. We missed her! But the Lord is so faithful to gave grace through it all.

Christmas Eve Candlelight service

dee, Maggie, Abbie

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We had a nice evening at church with lots of music and a thought provoking devotional by Dad.

Celebrating at Granny and Granddad’s house!

great grandchildren nativity 
With Benjamin being the youngest grandkid, it is so fun to have lots of great-grandkids coming now! There are now enough of them to re-enact the birth of Jesus!

Tracy and Hannah, both pregnant
Hannah and our cousin Tracy are due within one week of each other. Lots of baby-talk going around. =)

Benjamin, JC, Caleb

Abbie, Hannah, Charity

Johnny and Oliver

Dad loves babies and is getting warmed up to be a grandpa. =D

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Twins with the twins. =)

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We are definitely enjoying our new game of Rapid Recall that D&H got us for Christmas!

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Lovin’ on the little people. =)carols

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Grateful for all of our family!dsc00453(rev 0)

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Benj. should win the “most valuable player” award! The great-grands LOVE to play/wrestle/tackle all over him, he is a great sport! =)

Happy new year! May the Lord bless each of you. Give all to Jesus, hold nothing back, He is the only One worth living for!

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Decembrrrrr!

Dec
07


When it looks like this OUTside it sure makes me feel cozy staying INside! =) It’s pretty unusual for us to get this kind of weather in December and I LOVE it!!!


Yummy food to warm up the insides! =)


The curly kids on Thanksgiving day. =) We all went up to Granny’s house this year.


J-C is keeping really busy and is thankful for the work. He is currently helping on a documentary called “Wait Till It’s Free”. And yes, that is a picture of him interviewing THE Ron Paul. =)


Caleb and Charity enjoyed attending Kimray’s Christmas banquet together last night. Don’t they look like they’re having fun?! =)


Yeah about that mistletoe…some in our family don’t need it for an excuse,others may take advantage of it, and some of us…avoid it! =)


Happy Winter-time!!! =)

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Christmas in Review :)

Jan
10

Hannah’s piano studio, recital.

Caroling is a fun Christmas tradition. Sometimes I think we are just as blessed (if not more) by it, than the people we sing to. =)

Hannah did a great job organizing our annual church’s Christmas pageant.

Celebrating at Granny’s house: This year our aunt had the fabulous idea to have a dessert bakeoff! Several of us girls enjoyed searching for and making a special recipe. J-C was privileged to be one of the four judges. I’m surprised they were still able to eat lunch after tasting all those desserts. =)

Look who won the bake-off!! Charity beat everyone with her “ Cup of Hot Chocolate Cupcakes”. Way to go sis!

Christmas at Grandpa and Grandma’s house: As Dad mentioned in our Christmas letter post, Grandma has cancer. Right now she is in the middle of getting radiation treatments 5 days a week, but I’m so grateful she’s feeling so much stronger.

…two love birds…

An exciting newer event for our church has been a formal candle-light service on Christmas Eve. It was a very enjoyable evening filled with lovely carols.

We broke a record in the Burnett house-hold this year…we were home all day on Christmas! …I could…get used to it! =) AND…much to my delight, God sent us snow on Christmas DAY! …I could definitely get used to that!!!

Love spending time with the big bros. =)

…two more love birds… =)

Mom whipped up another one of her famous Christmas teas for us. The food was excellent and fellowship priceless.

I just felt SO blessed this year to have my whole family under one roof (a new one at that =), and grateful because we know Jesus and have Hope.

We serve one amazing GOD who, created the universe, breathed the stars into being, holds us together, and gives us each breath we take. Yet, even though He does all these amazing things, He chose to humble himself, reveal God’s love to us, offer up His own life to bear our sins on the cross and free us from sin and a life consumed with ourselves (which doesn’t satisfy), and give us purpose-filled abundant life. I encourage you to take some time, and if you are saved, think about where you’d be and what your life would be like without God’s amazing love and grace…then take some time and give thanks to Him for Who He is and what He’s given. To God be the glory great things He hath done!

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Christmas at our house

Dec
31

photo by Charity

Christmas is definitely one of my favorite times of year! We have some really fun traditions, I love being with family, plus I get to bake … A LOT! :) No, really, I think you’ll be able to see why it’s so special to me after you look at all these pictures – enjoy!

Silver Dollar City

 

The twins and I got to accompany some friends to Branson earlier this month. There’s a lot I could say, but to sum it all up, we had a VERY good time! A big highlight was that we unexpectedly all got free tickets to Silver Dollar City-it was so pretty all decorated up for Christmas, and the roller-coasters were terrifying  great!

 

Caroling at the Senior Citizen Center

When we got back home, most of our family got to sing and play for the sweet folks down at the Senior Citizen Center here in town.

Caroling at the Senior Citizen Center

Wrapping up goodies

Tradition: We always go Christmas caroling to our neighbors, and around town. (including the local police station and sometimes to random folks we’ve never met =) Our list is getting bigger. It seems to be a real blessing to others, but sometimes I think we are the ones who feel the most blessed by it.

As I said earlier, we did LOTS of Christmas baking. =)

"We wish you a merry Christmas"

Christmas caroling.

 

Tradition: For several years now, mom has put together a themed Christmas tea for just our family. This year the theme was ornaments. She did an AMAZING job with spazzy decorations and lots of good food – we all really enjoyed it!

 

After the tea, Dad read from a Christmas devotional, then we opened stockings and presents. With both the older boys working, and well, I guess some us girls have taken plenty of trips this year, it makes me appreciate even more when we can all be together – I love my family.

Benjamin and Caleb 

Candlelight service

For the first time, our little church group held a Christmas Eve candlelight service, complete with beautiful carols and formal dresses. It was lovely.

Luke 2  

We were encouraged to memorize Luke 2:1-20, this was a blessing to me.

 

Tradition: Daddy writes up our annual Christmas letter. We sent out 106 copies this year! :)

We had a special time celebrating at Grandma’s house on Christmas day after church. We are so blessed to have godly grandparents who live close and love the Lord.

Christmas Day duck hunting

A few of us did some duck hunting, we got…one. :) (Carinna didn’t hunt, she brought our dog to retrieve the ducks, and Dad carried a rifle hoping we’d spook a doe.)

Some special things we do at Grandma’s on Christmas is: Eat Grandpa’s amazing chex-mix and open stockings.

Grandpa and Charity

  

We taught and learned some new games this time. It was fun and we had some pretty good laughs! =)

 

On the 26th, we drove up north a little ways to welcome the Paine family to Oklahoma. They are moving here from Chicago. We had a great time fellowshipping, playing volley- ball, and playing games. We are glad they live “close” and are definitely looking forward to the next time we can get together with them!

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On the 27th we celebrated with mom’s side of the family at Granny’s house.

Yay! We remembered to sing carols this year! :)

It’s pretty fun, there are 5 great-grandkids now, which means there are little people around again! =)

 

The winners of a game with their prizes. :)

Twins!

Twins holding twins. Carinna has Nickolas Patrick and Maggie has Natalie Shae.

 

Special traditions at Granny’s are: Eating her delicious homemade cinnamon rolls and playing white elephant.

“ And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto YOU is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

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