Happy Birthday, John-Clay!!



Well this is our birthday season and today is J-C’s 29th! Happy birthday John-Clay!!! We are glad you paved the way for all the rest of us kiddos. =) Your godly example, faithfulness, trust in the Lord, and fun-loving personality are all things we love and appreciate about you!

So exciting to see God bring you to this new season of life with Sarah, and can’t wait for you to get married next week!!!

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Happy Birthday, John-Clay!!


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A book that has influenced John-Clay this past year, and one that he would recommend is: 7 Men by Eric Metaxas

We love you J-C, and appreciate your loyalty to the LORD, passion for Truth, and the love you have for family! Happy Birthday!

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What in the World Are We Up To?


That’s probably what you’re wondering these days seeing how 3 weeks between posts is becoming a regular occurrence! Here goes for an update on the Burnett clan…

After several of us kids traveled like crazy this summer, I guess Mom and Dad decided it was their turn to take off for a change.

First, Mom went with her mom and two sisters to the Northeast on their own autumn foliage tour last month. It was BEAUTIFUL.

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Mom has tons more beautiful pictures and stories about their wonderful trip. If you leave her a comment, maybe she’ll be convinced to write a post!

After just one day at home, Mom took off again, with Dad this time, on a business trip to Guatemala! They saw and experienced so many interesting things…

Headed to retreat center from golf course
Santiago (Peter), across the lakeVolcano of Fire
…including a puffing volcano. :-/
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Awww, now aren’t they cute together. Smile (You’ll want to see more pictures of this trip, too.)

Of course, with Mom and Dad gone, we kids had to make sure we had a good time and didn’t miss them too bad. ;) Things can get interesting sometimes…

Playing “Lunch Bucket Joe” with some friends after playing volleyball!

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We decided that since we had the week to ourselves, we should do something specific to work on our sibling relationships. Our sibling project for the week was to draw each others’ names every day and make an effort to show that sibling love and make them feel special. All kinds of fun surprises were going around…special snacks, chores mysteriously getting done, fun little gifts, extra time spent one-on-one, and meaningful notes found on pillows. Very worthwhile project!

John-Clay is currently finishing up a 2-month shoot on a film set. Check out the Beyond the Mask website to see more pictures of the exciting project. J-C is running second camera and enjoying the challenge that comes with that. He is exhausted by now, though, so pray for strength for him to finish the shoot well. We can’t wait to see him!!

‘Tis the season!
For deer hunting, that is. Two have been harvested, so far, but I’ll let Maggie tell you that exciting story herself.

Well, I’m off to prep and pack now for the Burnetts’ annual family camping trip this weekend!! For those of you who might remember our unforgettable trip from last year, we are hoping not to top that trip in terms of weather experience, but we are sure to have a super fun family time. Smile

Until next time (sooner than 3 weeks, I hope) – may you and your family be blessed with unity and steadfast hope in the LORD!

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John-Clays’ most recent film project, Captivated, is contending as a finalist this weekend at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival! He served as the Director of Photography, Editor, and Assistant Director on the project.

Everywhere we go we are surrounded by screens.
Have we entered a techno utopia or a virtual prison?

Should we be celebrating unreservedly
or should we be cautious and skeptical?

Is it the greatest leap in productivity
or the biggest setback from the things most meaningful in life?

Has today’s connectivity drawn us closer to one another
or strangely more disjointed?

Is our social experience richer and deeper
or more shallow and artificial?

Is it all of these things or none of them?

Discover insightful answers to these questions from media experts, church leaders, and inspiring individuals and families from across the country.

Most importantly you’ll discover how God’s word addresses the unique media challenges we face today.

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John-Clay is in San Antonio right now attending the Film Academy and is giving us reports of great feedback on the film.
Lord-willing, most of us will be heading down to join him on Saturday for the closing ceremonies! Very exciting. :)

Besides the anticipation of the film possibly winning an award,
we are really looking forward to meeting all the great people he has worked with on recent projects.

So, stay tuned for more exciting updates in the very near future. :)

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A quarter of a century! =)


John-Clay's 25th party 


J-C’s fun facts :)

What is your favorite snack?

– Twix Candy Bars or Coconut covered mini-doughnuts!

What is one of the characteristics of God He has most made known to you for this year?

– That He is the only One who can completely satisfy, and fulfill the deepest cares and desires of my heart.

Name three things on your happy

– Digging into God’s Word

– Spending time with family

– Editing Christian films

What is one thing you are really looking forward the most this next year?

– Every year I look forward to all the new and unexpected things that God allows in my life. But specifically, I’m really excited about how God will use the documentary project I am currently working on!! www.captivatedthemovie.com

If you could vacation anywhere you’ve never been.. for a week, where would it be?

Israel or Scotland

Happy 25th birthday John-Clay! We are grateful for the godly example you’ve shown of seeking to love God with ALL of your heart. We sure love you and look forward to the exciting things God has for you this next year!

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