Labor Day Weekend


To start the weekend off, on Saturday we were so blessed to be apart of a friend’s wedding.
Earlier in the week, we helped them bake 530 cupcakes!! We helped with the food for the wedding making sure everything stayed filled up and popcorn kept popping.

Abbie and Maggie, along with some dear friends of ours, played music for the wedding. Abbie played her ukulele and Maggie played the Mandolin! The evening of the wedding was just gorgeous! IMG_0008
They had fireworks during their first dance, that was pretty neat!

I was in charge of the photo booth and had a great time snapping pictures of everyone as they “signed the guest book” by getting their picture taken!

On Monday we had a party at our house! We took “labor day” seriously getting ready for everyone to come! We got some much needed clean up done!

Granny and Mary Ella were “neck and neck” the whole croquet game!

Dad grilled up the burgers for everyone! Yum.

And lots of homemade peach ice-cream! 1..2..3.. 4 bowls of ice-cream!?!?!

Once it got too dark to play volleyball we moved inside and played games! Rapid Recall, 2 different “story games”, Spoons and Nertz. =D We had fun.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 – … If any would not work, neither should he eat.

Proverbs 14:23 – In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.

What did ya’ll do for Labor Day?

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Another Celebration, in MN!



That’s right, our whole family traveled the 12 hours up north, to be a part of a wedding reception for Hannah and Dustin in MN. They had a great turn-out, Hannah and Dustin shared how God brought them together, we ate good food, met new people…


…and played volleyball in the church gym afterwards. =)


It was a very rare and special opportunity to have our WHOLE families (Dorninks and Burnetts) all together for just a couple of days – oh yeah!



After spending a couple of days up yonder, most of our family came back home, however Carinna and I got to stay, along with Dustin and Hannah, for a whole week longer!!!


We spent one beautiful afternoon hiking at Oxbow park.


I enjoyed walking with little miss Charity D., she has wisdom beyond her years. =)


We got to help celebrate Dustin’s birthday while we were up there! Some of us girls put together a photo scavenger hunt for us to play all together. If you’re looking for a fun group activity, I would come highly recommend this! Smile Enjoy a few of our categories…


“Think birthday”


“Act out an animal”


“I can’t believe we all fit in here!”


“Everybody’s feet off the ground”


“We’re rich!”


“Draw a green, Apples to Apples game card and act it out” This turned out pretty funny! The team on the left had the card EXCITED and the one on the right had SELFISH. Pretty classic! Smile


“Classic Hannah and Dustin” Winking smile


“Random” – they were random alright! Lol!



Planting the garden. Their planting season is a lot later than ours is. =)



Saturday afternoon we went bowling. Let’s just say I was not born to bowl! Everyone else did a great job and it was fun. =)



You know God’s blessed you with great friends when you come home after spending LOTS of time together, convicted, inspired, and with a hunger and passion to know God more! I can’t even begin to tell you about all the great, iron-sharpening-iron conversations we had! I am so grateful for the body of Christ who happen to be our ‘next of kin’. =)

Keep your eyes on Jesus!

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End of an Awesome Weekend {JR #4}


NWCC staff
The Northwoods staff with Eric Ludy – we had such a fun time fellowshipping with the staff there! They are a great team with a servant’s heart.

Wrestling Prayer session
On Saturday morning, Eric Ludy preached two more messages – Wrestling Prayer and Hero Training. The Lord especially used the one on prayer in a powerful way – we didn’t want to stop listening! Just imagine what would happen if each attendee got a true grasp on effectual, fervent prayer!

Eric Ludy
Eric graciously agreed to do Q & A during his last lunch with us before heading off to the airport. :)

Our family with Eric

More times of prayer…

By now ya’ll must realize, we played a lot of volleyball…on the very last night, we had 8 teams of speed volleyball going at once! It was a blast! =)



In Mrs. Fagala's "livingroom" :)
Saturday afternoon, we had break-out sessions. Mrs. Kathy Fagala shared with all the women…

…and Mr. Wayne Fagala shared with the guys. It was a blessing to be able to talk heart-to-heart and glean from their wisdom!

The hamburgers were DELICIOUS.
(Check out the convertible truck in the background. :)

That evening we all went down to the lake and had a cookout. I think the pictures will give you a nice idea of what a special and refreshing time we all had together.



Dennah and Lillie


 Sunset on the lake


Singing around the campfire was really special.

S’mores = YUM.

The NWCC director surprised us with fireworks at the end of the cookout! We just had to sing the Star Spangled Banner. :) We then moved to the Lodge to continue fellowship and … volleyball, of course!

Bob Norvell
Bob Norvell preached the final message on Sunday morning, encouraging us to live as the tabernacles of God.

Caleb did a great job managing the sound booth – thanks, bro. ;)

Hannah was very happy to have 2 of the young ladies from her Journey team there.

Pyramid of guys :)

Saying good-byes…

JR Group Picture

Journey Reunion 2011

To God be the glory!

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Friday {JR #3}


Journey Reunion continued…

Each day right after breakfast, we had “God & I Time”, when everyone would find a place alone to spent time with the Lord. Some rose extra early and were out on the lake at sunrise…

Sunrise on Wolf Lake - photo by Charity

And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

I wish you could have heard the singing!! Triumphant, whole-hearted, worshipful praise to God…

"All that thrills my soul is Jesus!"
Robert did a wonderful job leading the music. Our Journey Reunion theme song for the weekend was “Higher Ground”, which really expressed all of our hearts’ desires for being at the Reunion! We sang it at least once every day. :)

Dr. Gothard spoke on the holiness of God and what that means for us as His children, and the importance of feeding on the Word of God daily. His sessions were full of practical truth!

DR group DR 
Eating another de-LI-cious meal!!

Upon request, Mr. Gothard did Q & A during lunch. :)

Afterward, Wayne Fagala led us in a prayer time. We took the words from the hymn “Day By Day”, discussed them, and prayed. It was unique and powerful!

Each afternoon, two hours were set aside for recreation and fellowship! As you can see, volley ball was the favorite, although a few went kayaking/canoeing, took walks, or spent more time alone with God.

Numbering off for SPEED volley ball!

Go, Carinna!!

Those guys really had it going!! =D

Eric Ludy
Another one of our featured speakers, Eric Ludy, arrived that evening. He and his wife, Leslie, have authored many books for Christian young people and have a discipleship ministry based in Colorado called Ellerslie. Eric’s books and sermons have made a tremendous impact on our family over the last couple of years, and we were SOOOO excited that God miraculously made a way for him to come! If you haven’t checked out the Ludys’ ministry, I would strongly encourage you to do so.

His first message was on the Costly Gospel – how God takes us to deeper and deeper places of surrender that result in us finding our all in Him.

Fortune ladies’ quartet – “Holy, Holy, Holy/Holy is the Lord”

HQ guys’ quartet – “Are You Washed in the Blood”

In his second message, Eric explained how we can reckon our old man dead and let Christ live His victorious life IN us. I’ve heard those truths all my life, but that night gave me a new perspective. Oh, may we not just know these things in theory but in actuality!


Photo by Charity

“But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened
through the deceitfulness of sin.” -Heb. 3:13

“…exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the Day
approaching.” -Heb. 10:25

Can’t wait to tell you about the next day! Stay tuned…

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