Part Three – John-Clay and Sarah’s Wedding


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.

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!

The location for the reception was beautiful!


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.

J-C and Sarah’s reactions in these pictures are so fun!

Anna F. and a friend of their family made and decorated the wedding cakes

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…

…Sarah’s grandparents have been married for 55 years!

Signing the marriage license.

We had a great time visiting with friends!i-8Dwm7c8-X3

And off they went!

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



The Ferraro’s cousins played the prelude music and it was beautiful!

Lighting of the candles

Pastor Daniel read- Matthew 19:4-6
The Processional 

Guess who he sees walking in the door?! 

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.”

Sarah’s brothers and cousins sang “Not to us O Lord”


Sarah’s Uncle Jeff gave the sermon.

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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Lighting of the unity candlei-tZcHvF7-X3

One of Sarah’s uncles sang a song called “For the Glory”i-b2P6PJ3-XL

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!

He was so surprised!i-jJvNrgw-X3

Wayne Fagala blessed them and prayed over them.

Then their first kiss!

Ladies and Gentlemen…Mr. and Mrs. John-Clay Burnett!!!

As everyone was dismissed, they went through a receiving line to congratulate the new couple.

After the attendees went on to the barn for the reception, the families and relatives got some group pictures.

The Ferraros and Burnetts are officially “next-of-kin”!i-QpcDRBs-XL

Part three coming soon!

Photo credit – Rachel Leigh

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John-Clay and Sarah’s Wedding–Part One


Photo credit- Rachel Leigh

Here’s pictures from the start of the big day! I’m going to let the
pictures do most of the talking…so enjoy!

Maggie had fun doodling till everyone else showed up to get ready.

They used an old heirloom Bible to hold the rings…It was really cool! And…old.

Once everyone got to the Church, there was a whole lot of make up, curling irons, bobby pins, last minute ironing…etc.

The beautiful bride!

J-C and Sarah decided to wait till the ceremony to see each other…

…and because the guys were just down the hall getting ready there was always a bunch of guarding the halls and doors making sure they didn’t see
each other  :)


What a handsome groom!

The decorations were simple but elegant…

One last picture of each family before another wonderful change… : )

Siblings. We have so much fun together!!i-KGSJvgQ-X3
Our brother is…the GROOM!

The guys got pictures first…

The brother trio

So classy!

The guys left the park and then bride and bridesmaids got pictures taken.

So pretty.

Stay tuned for part two!

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A trip to CO… for me?!



Here’s how it started. We were pleasantly surprised to hear that 3 of our ‘next of kin’ were coming down for a visit “on their way to CO” for a conference, and to visit Melody (who is currently in CO)…


…that’s when the idea popped into my little head that perhaps I could ride up to CO with them, to visit Melody and a dear friend, Brianna. After a few phone calls, permission granted, and the purchase of a $49 plane ticket home, I started packing my bags!

We left out Thursday morning. These ladies are very fun to travel with… =)


…and they pack really good snacks! =)



Guess what? Colorado has mountains! That was a grand sight for this Okie. =) Once we arrived in CO, we spent some time in Col. Springs with their relatives. 


Spending time with Dianna and Michelle was a treat! We enjoyed some exciting adventures together – like tracking down Dutch Bros (on foot) to get some smoothies. =)


Their kind uncle took us on a tour of Colorado Springs, including a visit to ‘Garden of the gods’ a.k.a. what I prefer to call ‘God’s garden’. Pretty fascinating rocks!


The three adventurers. =)


On Saturday we attended a conference at Kevin Swanson’s house on “Caring for the Elderly”. It was excellent. I thought they did a very efficient job covering the topic in only one day! I’m super grateful I got to attend!


Saturday night we drove up to Windsor and surprised Melody who is attending Ellerslie there. She was completely shocked. =)

I was thrilled to be able to spend a few extra days in the Windsor area, thus getting to spend some quality one-on-one time with this girl! =) She is a key tool that the LORD uses in my life to draw me closer to Himself and spur me on in my Christian race.


Did I mention they know how to pack the snacks – oh yeah!!! =)


My friend Brianna was also in CO during the time I was there, and so we enjoyed lots of time together! “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Prov. 27:17


(MOUNTAINS!!!) On Tuesday Brianna and I drove to Estes Park and spent most of the day touring the fun shops. You know you have a good friend when they point you to Jesus, not to themselves, but to Jesus. I am so blessed to know her as my sister in Christ.

Honestly, I felt like this trip was a big present set in my lap from the heart of a loving heavenly Father. He arranged the details better than I ever could have. It wasn’t too long, and it wasn’t too short, it was so perfect, and I was ready to come home and happy to see my family by Wednesday night when I flew in! =)

This verse has been an encouragement to me today and I pray it will encourage you as well as you continue you to look unto Jesus!

Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” 1 Thess. 5:24

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Alaskan Cuisine


I’ll skip lamenting the fact that it has been __ days since we posted and get straight to fixing the problem…writing a blog post! :)

Our friend from Alaska, Barrie Greenfield, came up from Bible school in Texas the other weekend to fix some of her own Alaskan salmon for us! Some of the family were rather skeptical, since we hardly ever eat salmon (what can you expect when you live in OK?), but I think we all enjoyed it! I thought it was delicious. :)


We peppered her with all sorts of questions as she prepared it (pun intended…sort of), such as, what kind of salmon it was, how they fish for it, what other ways do they eat it, how do you know when it’s done, etc.


On the side – Garlic Knot Rolls

Roasted Asparagus – the best way to eat it in our opinion! (Thanks, Aunt Janis!)

and fresh flowers. :)

I experimented with a new dessert – puddingwiches. They’re like ice cream sandwiches, except they have a pudding type filling inside graham crackers (or Ritz, if you run out of graham). Pretty good stuff!

After listening to Barrie’s wild bear hunting stories (true Alaskan she is), we wound up playing Fishbowl for Friday Fun Night…lots of laughs. =D This was the charades round…any guesses?



The next morning, a few of us got in some target practice. Speaking only for myself, I think skeet shooting is more my forte. :)

The Sharpshooters – heh heh. ;)

More posts coming soon…right, Abbie? ;)

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