Happy Birthday Caleb!


A few random facts about Caleb…

His favorite meal is Chicken fried steak and mashed potatoesCaleb

He was born in Arkansas

Caleb and Charity

He likes volleyball and running

He plays guitar


He is an avid hunter – deer, ducks, geese, quail, grouse, hogs, turtles, snakes…

He enjoys cheering on Oklahoma’s Thunder basketball team!

He’s our family comedian! =)


Personality traits…
Funny, hard worker, straight to the point, seeks God, flexible, loyal, protective, generous, and competitive.

Happy Birthday Caleb! May God richly bless you as you continue seeking Him with all your heart! We love you so much!

Comment ( 1 )

Bringin’ home the bacon…


…and venison, and rabbit, and duck, and coyote… Smile

“Where are you huntin’ in the morning?” I don’t know how many times I heard this question during the 3 weeks of gun season. Smile Huntin’ is quite a hot topic around our house during deer season! Hannah even bought a hunting license and is hunting this year. That makes 8 out of the 10 in our family, hunters. Smile

We didn’t know we had wild hogs on the land! Thankfully Caleb ridded us of this one. He even had it butchered, and it is mighty tasty! Smile

maggie's buck

Maggie harvested her first deer, after shooting this coyote like 7 minutes right before the buck walked through. She shot it straight through the heart. Nice one, Mag! She also shot a doe this year.

We got Peter Wabbit and the Ugly Duckling :)

Gotta love walking through the pasture with your sister hauling your shotguns and supper. SmileSmileSmile If you drown the duck in BBQ sauce, they DO make a really great meal!

Rise and shine girls =)

Oooo, look who got to come duck hunting with us. Winking smile Dustin was a life-saver when we had to get the ducks out of the pond. I think we’ll have to keep him around. =)

4 deer, 1 hog, 1 coyote, 1 rabbit, 13 ducks…Wonder what we’ll get next. Smile

Comments ( 5 )

Huntin’ in 2011


Three deer were harvested this year. Caleb killed two deer, a doe and a 93 pound, eight point buck, and I (Carinna) killed a 95 pound, eight point buck. My first buck! The difference was the size of the rack.: ) Unfortunately we didn’t get a picture of Caleb’s deer. Benjamin got a squirrel at my Grandparents on Thanksgiving. He’s pretty proud of it. We smoked it with the ham, and it was really good!

Carinna's first buck Benjamin's squirrel

Although deer season is over, duck season is in full swing.

Six ducks    Three ducks

Christmas duck.

As you can tell we like to hunt, and it makes for some good eatin’!

Happy New Year!

Comments ( 5 )

Christmas at our house


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!


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 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

Comments ( 3 )