//Camping 2016

Nov
11

Our annual family camping trip was going to be canceled again this year. : (
This time it was because Dad couldn’t get off work. We were going to settle for all being together at the house for the weekend like last year…but, Dustin and Hannah wanted to go camping…so, they made a plan, and those who could,
went camping earlier in the week. : )

The start of the camping crew.
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It was 80° on Wednesday. Perfect for getting a little wet in the lake.
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It’s so much fun to watch Evan take in and learn all the little things of life.
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Everyone came for the wiener roast on Wednesday night. : )
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Benjamin bought donuts for the next morning. By his drawings on the box
I think he was just a little excited. : D
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Thursday we started the day off with hiking.
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There are all kinds of unique creatures, if we’ll just take the time
to stop and enjoy God’s amazing detailed creation.
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How many people does it take to figure out a plan?
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Dustin and Maggie took an unbeaten path adventure. : )
They had fun climbing up crumbling rocks and ended up with a good view of the lake.
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Playing Dominion in the back of the truck.
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As you can tell, we went for EASY on the food for the trip.
We had just started eating, when it began to rain, again…
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…So, we ended up piling inside the biggest tent to finish eating, and then
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Mmmmm! Nothing like food cooked over an open fire!
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My packing buddy. : )20161014_103423

On Friday we packed up, went home, unloaded, and then some of us started the weekend party with a good game of Power Grid.
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Caleb’s shirt he was wearing says, “I never dreamed I would be a super cool uncle,
but here I am killing it”. Yep, you sure are.
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A group game of Catch Phrase. Then a movie.
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The late night partiers. (if that is even a word.)
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Mom and Charity did most of the cooking for the weekend. It was a fabulous spread.
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Saturday we had a two team obstacle course/relay race…
…over the picnic table, under the bars, jump rope 5 times, get a bean bag in the bucket, balance backwards down the board, fill the lower bucket up from the top bucket, then ring the bell for the next person to go.
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Once your whole team made it through, your team had to make it to the finish line by working together to always be standing on a rug. This is the team that won!
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Next event was the Burnett Family Bean Bag Toss Tournament.IMG_1957IMG_1948IMG_1986

It was so much fun to just BE with the whole family for the weekend. : )
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Now that’s one cool dude!
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The winners of the tournament! IMG_2008

More games, food, movies, and fun!
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We are so blessed in our family to not only be brothers and sisters,
but to be brothers and sisters in Christ!

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“Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to
be the will of God.”
-Jim Elliot

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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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Compilation of pictures…

Mar
25

As we update, we somehow, always end up with a few pictures
that for some reason or another aren’t privileged enough
to have their own post, so…you get ‘em all together. : )

The snow/ice stuck around for a few days. We okie wimps got tired
of being inside, so we got out and enjoyed a walk together.

With all the snow melting and refreezing, a huge icicle
formed on the edge of the house. Benjamin claimed the prize.

Caleb took Maggie to a Tim Hawkins concert. VIP tickets! : ) They enjoyed it.
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Seven years ago, the Cabreras hosted our family in Mexico. 
To say the least, we were super excited when they stopped by for a short visit!

We had a blast catching up, and hearing what God is doing in Mexico!

We had a grand time with two of the Linzey girls!
It had been 8 years since they had been to our house…yikes!!!

The weather has been perfect for Model T rides!Model T rides are a must!

We all enjoyed Elisabeth’s intriguing stories/pictures
from her 4 month stay overseas!

The time was filled with talking, laughing, recommending books,
sharing spiritual struggles/victories, talking, a Model T ride, 
talking about how to relate with siblings, a tour of our changed house,
talking…you get the idea. It was a blessing.

Dad and Mom went to a belated western themed Valentines dinner
with the couples from church, and a few long time friends.

With spring here we’ve been really enjoying the lovely weather!
( More on that in a future post : D)

Oh, and for those of you who don’t know…
getting to share life with a twin, is amazing!

Grandpa, Maggie, and I went fishing at one of Grandpa’s ponds.
We had fun even if we didn’t catch anything!

Heidi also got to test out the water for the first time. 
Lets say, she definitely got her paws wet! ; )

Speaking of Heidi…she’s just over 4 months old now.
She is learning fast, and in my opinion…has gotten a whole lot cuter.

 

 

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Jeremiah 9:23-24 
“Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me,
that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness,
in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.”

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All Under One Roof for a Weekend!

Aug
07

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This weekend was half celebration and half good-byes. Smiles and tears.
Our WHOLE family was together for the twins’ birthday so we made the most of it and went swimming, shot skeet, played games, sibling talks and held little Evan!
The good-byes were because Hannah, Dustin and Evan are moving back to MN temporarily. Kind of a test move for them, but they are planning on coming back the beginning of December sometime. We are excited for them…but at the same time it’s so hard to see them leave.
So here’s lots of pictures from our time together. We had so much fun =)

Our group picture kept getting bigger! =)

Caleb ran the slinger for us and would shoot the clay pigeons we missed! He’s just that good!

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For 7min. Maggie is older than Carinna and LOVES to rub it in! Just because she can.

Part of the swimming group.

Lots of nephew, son, grandson and great-grandson lovin!! He’s a sweet, cuddly, smiley baby.

We had a great conversation!

Make memories. Family is a treasure.

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Rom 8:38-39

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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. =)

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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

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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!

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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

Twins, Maggie and Natalie, Carinna, and Nick
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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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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