Spring is here…

Mar
31

…and all of God’s AMAZING creation with it!

Thought we’d share a taste of the beauty,
with those of you who are still hibernating. ;D

This is an Eastern redbud, and is our state tree.

To free up space in the garden, we planted
onions and lettuce in buckets this year.

The tulips have just started blooming. God’s handiwork, is awesome!

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My Aunt gave Grandpa three chickens and a small chicken tractor,
they’ve been a really fun addition!

The bees have been hard at work on all the new blooms.

After Hannah got married, Charity took charge of the garden. 
We’re all indebted to the hard work she does every year
to get it started, and keep it going! Thanks Charity!

Planting potatoes. Ahhh…what a good feeling.

The peach trees have bloomed, they’re SO pretty.
I mean, who wouldn’t want some pink fluff in their back yard?

Charity and Maggie had the opportunity to take
a friend’s graduation pictures in one of the local peach orchards.

When the peach trees are in full bloom, against the golden evening sun,
with the green grass, and warm weather,
it is just, so…magnificent, striking, stunning…words just DON’T do it justice…

…and neither do pictures…
I guess you’ll just have to come down and see them for yourself sometime.

It is interesting to see how different the blooms are,
and the different timing of each tree.
Some of the blooms are light and fluffy, and some…

…well, not so much.

Around here if you have nice weather, pretty flowers, and green grass,
you’re also going to have tornadoes looming around. 
Hey, the clouds sure can be pretty though, and the rain is nice. : )

This was the other evening as the sun was setting. Just beautiful.

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Psalms 69:34 
“Let the heaven and earth praise HIM, the seas,
and every thing that moveth therein.”

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Change of Seasons

Apr
02

Spring is not the only new season in our lives right now, although it definitely is here! We are having a thunderstorm as I’m typing this, the peach trees have already blossomed, and the tulips are coming up. =)

Our family is entering a new season of life with Hannah getting married this weekend. Life in the Burnett family will be different. God brought Dad and Mom together, blessed them with eight children who they have taught and trained in the ways of God. We grew up together day in and day out. This was our family. Now, it is changing, not a bad change, just new, something very different, a new season.

These are some of the truths God has been teaching me through this time of adjusting to Dustin and Hannah’s relationship.

Even though everything in life might seem to be changing, shaken up, and turned upside down, Christ is my Rock and He does not change. He never leaves or forsakes us, never moves away, never dies, never forgets, NEVER changes, never stops loving. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever!  What a security this can bring!

Life is still all about Him no matter what we are going though.

He is Faithful! This is one of my favorite attributes of God. He has been so faithful during this time to give me just the right truth to cling to when I need it.  Every day He is so faithful. I don’t need to worry about how I will feel in 10 days or 50 days, He will be the same and continue to be faithful.

Christ must be my greatest Treasure. Anyone and anything else will not fully satisfy like He will. He is using this time to change my dependence on Hannah to dependence on Him.

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” Ecc. 3:1

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What Season Is It?

Nov
07

According to this picture, you would think it is spring…

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Yes, our lilacs are BLOOMING.
In NOVEMBER!!

At our house right now, you could be collecting colorful leaves off the ground with the rich perfume of lilacs floating through the air. Crazy! =D I guess the drought caused the lilacs to go into dormancy, and now the big rains woke them up and they think it is spring. =D

According to this picture, you would think it is summer…

ice cream
We made homemade oreo ice cream last week for a guest who we were trying to bribe to stay longer…it worked! :) It was a little strange to enjoy the treat on a chilly day instead of in the triple-digits, but delicious nonetheless!

According to THIS picture, you should know it’s fall!!

chai tea
Last winter, we became huge fans of chai tea. The other day, Mom brewed up this new recipe from Taste of Home which we heartily rated as a 5-star winner! We use sucanat in place of the sugar (sucanat is unrefined sugar that tastes more like brown sugar and gives a slight caramel flavor to the tea). Unfortunately, we haven’t tried it with whipped cream on top yet, but it would be delicious!

Chai Tea

2 cups water
2 individual tea bags
1 cinnamon stick
6 cardamom pods, crushed
1 whole clove
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
2-1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
Sweetened whipped cream, ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks, optional

In a small saucepan, combine the first six ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

Stir in milk. Return to a boil; boil for 1 minute, then strain. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Pour into mugs. Top each with whipped cream, cinnamon, and a cinnamon stick, if desired. Yield: 4 servings

“To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
Ecclesiastes 3:1

May our Unchanging God be your stay in whatever
season of life you find yourself in today!

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Spring Break

Mar
22

Happy spring!!!

plants

crocus

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!!

roasting

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

 

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

   cake  

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 

    cute!   

  The big… and the little.

Benjamin  

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

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!

 FIRE!

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!

Carinna

Carinna

moo

This is a called a bad hair day!

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

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Happy spring everyone!!!

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