Camp fires, marshmallows, wind, and family…

Nov
05

We went to Okmulgee again this year for our traditional family camping trip. We were so glad everyone got to come and be there! We had a total of 5 tents and 6 vehicles. So here’s lots of pictures from the trip for ya…DSC_0017
“How do we put this tent up?” 1 tent up, 4 more to go.
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Benj brought along his blow-up boat and took some pretty exciting trips out in the lake! Let’s just say the wind really picked up and wasn’t blowing towards shore like normal. =/
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Maggie was excited to be there but didn’t get to do alot because of having mono. She is a trooper! 
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We thoroughly enjoyed having Granny and Granddad come down on Friday to spend the day with us.
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Telling big stories!
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Friday afternoon we played lots of baseball, catch, and croquet in the field by our camp site cause it was a lot less windy over there! =D
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Playing out-field.
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*whack*…HOMERUN!!!
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We brought Calli along for the first time! She went crazy over the waves, I guess she thought they were alive!
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Playing 42 at night by the light of the lantern, oh yeah!
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We took the games to the tent so we the cards wouldn’t blow away. =) The wind blew so hard that the lake was white-capping 3 days in a row. =)
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Saturday evening we went on a hike, it was gorgeous!
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It was beautiful to sit and watch the sunsets and stars every night.
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Jammin it up and singing silly songs is one of our highlights! =)
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Abbie and her “pet”. =)
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While we were packing up on Sunday, we saw 2 bald eagles across the lake!
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Happy Fall from the Burnett family!
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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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Revival Time!

Sep
11

Sunday was the beginning of a 4-day revival at our grandparents’ church. Our family is leading the music (congregational singing, specials, offertories) for all the services, and we would appreciate your prayers!

Our best singing happens while doing dishes or driving down the road with the windows rolled down, so being on stage with microphones and the whole deal is a different experience for us. :)

Here are some pictures from Sunday morning and Monday evening…

   
“I Will Praise Him”


“I Love You, Lord” medley


“Spirit of the Living God, Fall Fresh on Me”

It’s been a good stretch for us to actually put together something that is more prepared and polished instead of throwing stuff together last minute. Most of our pieces are either bluegrass style (guitar, ukulele, mandolin, and fiddle) or all of us girls singing a cappella. We’re having fun!!

Pray that we will be in unity and not forget Who this is all about. We are also praying that our neighbors we invited will come and hear the Gospel. May He be lifted up and draw many to Himself!

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Christmas At Our House…

Dec
10

The Christmas season is in full swing at the Burnett household! Multiple mysterious packages in the mail, baked goodies, LOTS of Christmas music, daily Christmas family devotionals, Braums eggnog :), and plenty of red toenails. ;)


Assembling our nine-foot Christmas tree! We won’t say how long it took Charity and Hannah to figure it out without Dad. :)

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Some dear neighbors of ours, who we carol to every Christmas, moved to an assisted living facility this past year, so we took our caroling down to them!


Abbie has worked up some lovely violin solos to play this month.


It’s so fulfilling to reach out as Jesus would to the widows, the forgotten, and the lonely! We were just as blessed as the residents were.

 
Girls’ quintet – “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”


Carinna worked really hard to be able to play a duet arrangement of “Silent Night” with Hannah. They are planning to perform it at least 3 times this month.


In a couple weeks, we’ll be doing our annual caroling around the neighborhood, which is always a highlight for us…not because of our singing ;), but because we have seen God use it over and over again to demonstrate His love to the individuals around us who are hurting, spiritually hungry, and hard to reach.

 

Look around – who does Jesus want you to reach out to this Christmas? Sometimes the best opportunities are right under your nose.

God is working in unseen ways, everywhere, ALL the time. Don’t miss the privilege He offers you of joining Him in that work!

“…because as He is, so are WE in this world.”
1 John 4:17b

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Having fun with music

Jan
27

We have a lot of fun getting together with our neighbor, Billy Don, and doing a little jammin’ around. =) Here are some pictures from the fun we had Sunday night.

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Billy Don, Dad
Billy Don and Dad

Maggie

Maggie on the mandolin

Carinna
Carinna, an up-and-comin’ fiddler

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Caleb and John-Clay (it took awhile to get a picture where they weren’t making goofy faces).

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Now, here’s a clip of “This Train is Bound for Glory”. Listen carefully for the train whistle in the background, played by Benj. ;)

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/19227584[/vimeo]

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