January Life at the B’s


Nineteen days since our last blog post???? Please kindly ignore that fact. Actually, it doesn’t seem like we have had much of anything to post about – just normal life. :) So enjoy this random conglomeration of an update!

During Christmas and New Year’s, Dad re-did our kitchen floor using vinyl tiles.

Before (can you tell where our chairs have been? :)Kitchen floor redo


I’m so proud of my dad. Almost 15 years ago, he began remodeling this house that wasn’t even live-able. You wouldn’t be able to tell that if you walked in today! He has poured so much time, energy, and money into making it a HOME for us. Matter of fact, our house turned 100 years old in 2011! (We thought about having a celebration, but never got around to it. ;) Sure, there is always something more to fix and lots of “character” to the old place, but hey – that’s the fun of living in an old house, right? ;)

Delish with milk and coffee
More of Abbie’s delectable delights – homemade strawberry, butter cream, & chocolate donuts…YUM. Strawberry was the best. :)

Uncle Chris and Aunt Janis were at Grandma’s over the weekend, and we really enjoyed spending time with them!
Scrabble is a tradition with Uncle Chris
J-C and I competing with the Scrabble expert (aka: Uncle Chris).

Conclusion: I need to study more vocabulary words. :)

Aunt Janis, me, Carinna, Abbie, & Charity waiting a turn for one of our favorite Okie things to do…shoot guns. ;)

Charity and Carinna

Well, that’s all the randomness for now. Lord-willing, it WON’T be 19 days before we post again! :-/ God’s got some things stirring in my heart that I hope to write about soon.

Until then, keep loving Jesus!!

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Granny’s and Gratefulness


A couple weekends ago, we had a family get-together at Granny and Granddad’s for a cousin who was visiting from Florida. Family is such a special, God-given blessing!!

The Ridge
This has been the most beautiful Oklahoma fall that we can remember having in a long time!

Catching up on life...

Granddad’s dogs have always been a special part of the farm.

Chillin' out with a hot dog
You can’t really tell from this picture, but the metal chair Benj is sitting in just decided it was tired of holding people up and kind of gave way, bending back nearly to the ground! Benj decided it made a great, natural recliner. :)

Take your pick! 
Shooting skeet was a blast. Of course, Granddad showed us all up! He’s a pro.

Cousin-in-law and cousin :) – Les and Julie are so much fun!

All of us girls love to shoot. I’m the only one left who hasn’t hunted yet, but I hope to remedy that in the near future. ;) Deer season is in full swing right now around here – one doe down and hopefully more to come!

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, we find our hearts full of awe and gratefulness to the Lord for His work in our lives this year! He is so good!!

Ten things we are thankful for…
1. Open doors for many of us to travel and serve the Lord.

2. The gentle way that God prepares our hearts for unexpected turns in the path of life.

3. Our WHOLE family was able to make the trip to Michigan and host the Journey Reunion.

4. All the special people that came through our humble abode this year. :)

5. Growing relationships with our neighbors.

6. Deepening unity in our family.

7. Provision of the Lord for our family’s needs.

8. Protection in many, many ways…I have been on 8 trips this year, not to mention everyone else in the family!

9. Good health – Abbie has been well from mono for about one year now. Praise God!!

10. The privilege of being a part of the work God is doing in the hearts of people!

What are YOU praising God for today?

“From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same
the LORD’s name is to be praised.”
Psalm 113:3

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Spring Break


Happy spring!!!



Be prepared for LOTS of pictures from this past week!

Last Monday, most of the family went up to my Granny and Granddad’s house till Wednesday, then everyone went home except Carinna, Benjamin and I. We hauled lots of hay, hauled and split wood, and had a fantastic time!


2nd cousin

 2nd cousin
The cutest 2nd cousins EVER!!


Because of the fire-ban, we roasted our wieners in the fireplace.


cousin cooking chilli
    Cousin makin’ chili for the hot dogs. 


We ate four 9×13 pans of different desserts, plus root beer floats and ice-cream!!!!!!

Abbie at the top 

This is Abbie at the top of the windmill. (We’ve done this many, many times!)

playing fun games

Fun fellowship and games!!

the bull 


  The big… and the little.


Benjamin petting Penny.

 mandy and maggie

kisses (wink) 

Charity, Carinna, and I have all “tamed/claimed” a cow from my Granddad’s herd. This is “mine” – I call her Mandy. Isn’t she pretty? I love her to death. I’m not really touching her with my mouth, it’s just the angle, though I do kiss her. (just not on her nose/mouth =)

Mandy's brother cute! 

The most adorable calves in the world! The left picture is of is Mandy’s little brother.


Nesting at the fullest.
(The calf in the background is Mandy’s)

 feed time

    You have to watch your back when you’ve got a bucket of feed!


There was a small fire in one of the pastures, but the fire was burning against the wind, Praise the Lord!

 no fire

We are so thankful for the firefighters coming so quickly, and the fire was put out with little work!




This is a called a bad hair day!

We had such a fun time on our spring break, hope ya’ll did to!


Happy spring everyone!!!

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