miles to go…

snippets from the zellner family

oh so behind November 26, 2009

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There have been so many things going on this season- some good, some sad, some busy, some frustrating.  I’ve heard it from lots of people lately- busy beyond imagination, tired, and stressed.  I love the Thanksgiving holiday because it causes us to remember what matters most.

Here are a few pictures from the girls’ thanksgiving feasts.   Olivia’s class dressed up as Indians and sang songs.  Livy was named “Morning Glory”.  The girls in her class sang an Indian lullaby.  The boys sang a hunting song.  Then they stepped out one at a time and said what they were thankful for.  Livy was thankful for her teacher.

  Olivia and her teacher.

Emma had hers the next day.  They played games and sang songs.  Their class had studied legends and shared one with us as a group. 


I am so grateful for the people in my children’s lives that love them so well and teach them to love the Lord with all their hearts, soul, mind and strength and who model that for them on a daily basis.  



Auburn Homecoming November 9, 2009

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We were able to go to Auburn this past weekend.  It was a beautiful day. We took Olivia, Emma and Cord with us and met lots of friends at a tailgate before the game.  Cord got a new Auburn football and played all over the library lawn before the game.

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What an incredible day to see so many friends with their families.  I wish we had had more time to let the kids play together.  I could see the next generation of friendships begin to develop!

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We ate with everyone and were able to take a group shot.

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Look at all those Auburn Tigers!  I think so highly of these families- I know they are doing such a great job raising their children, working, serving in their churches.  Many of these friendships started in RUF (reformed university fellowship).  How amazing to know that we all sat side by side hearing God’s word preached- we thought about where we would work, what marriage should look like, how to parent, what the role of church is in a Christian’s life, how to glorify God in all that we do.  It was amazing to see it being lived out so many years later by these dear friends.  I wish I had more time to hear what God has been doing in these families’ lives. 


If you went to Auburn, you love its creed and after Saturday’s trip, I wanted to share it:

I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count
only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.
I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work
wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.
I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot
win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.
I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is
not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.
I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.
I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my
fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.
I believe in my country, because it is a land of freedom and
because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that
country by “doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly
with my God.”
And because Auburn men and women believe in these things,
I believe in Auburn and love it.
by George Petrie, Auburn professor and first coach of Auburn’s Football team




how ’bout them apples November 4, 2009

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My sweet grandaddy turned 90 last week.  We celebrated with a 90th birthday party in Birmingham and had a great time seeing old photos and reading memories that everyone shared about him.  One of his favorite sayings is,”How ’bout them apples?”  He uses it like,”How about that!”  Like when you say,”Guess what. I’m getting married!”  He might say,”How ’bout them apples!”  Or I might say,”Guess what.  I’m having a baby!” He would say,”How ’bout them apples!”

So when we entered the party, sweet Popo was sitting in a chair looking so handsome, and Olivia walked over and handed him an apple.

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He was so sweet-He said,”Oh, I love apples. Thank you.”  Then Emma walked over…

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Oh, another apple~ thanks Emma.  Then Cord…

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I think he is starting to catch on.  So I give him a bag that says “How ’bout them apples!” that he can put all his “presents” in.  Then Lucy showed up with her apple.

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She didn’t catch on to the plan and she TOOK HERS BACK and walked off eating it!  

It was a great day celebrating a man that loves his family, his work, his fun, and his church.  90! How ’bout them apples!


one fairy

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Olivia was Tinkerbell:


This was the last picture of the night on Halloween- Our friends stopped by to say hi while they were out trick or treating.  Thank goodness her mom took a picture since my camera won’t let me download them to my computer.



C Dub’s birthday November 2, 2009

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY C-DUB!  We wish we were with you today!

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My kids love to listen to C-dub’s stories.  They crawl up in his lap and beg him to tell the stories again and again.  He tells some good ones from when he was a little boy and caused trouble here and there. My girls laugh and laugh.  They can’t believe their grandaddy did some of the funny things that he did.  He has a heart for God’s Word- it’s tender and precious.  He loves his family- and it shows!  He is funny- I can tell just where my husband came from.  I am so glad he is out and about, enjoying his birthday.  We can’t wait until we get to be with him in person!


October 31st November 1, 2009

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We had a great time at the Reformation Day Festival at our church and trick or treating in our neighborhood.  The weather ended up co-operating with us and all the activities went on as scheduled!  The youth group did such an amazing job setting up, manning their stations, and cleaning up too.  I will post more pictures of that later (when my camera decides to let me download 🙂

Olivia and Emma helped us all day:


One of the big events at the festival was face painting:

corddog Cord ran over to me after this growling like a puppy~

The kids in costume:

cindemma Emma is Cinderella.  We never found ruby red shoes to be Dorothy.  But she already had this amazing costume that my sister gave her for her birthday.  She loved it!

reneeme I was Cat in the Hat and my friend Renee went as Pippi Longstockings.  Her hair was straight out! So cute!

thing2 But my favorite little costume was Lucy.  She and Cord were Thing one and Thing two.  Look at that baby!

thingseric  They loved their hats (my mom made out of a blue boa and hat.)

I’ll post livy’s costume later.  The day was so fun, so full of friends and families that we love so much, and so tiring! 🙂 I’m thankful that we gained an hour that night.  But it was worth it~ Hope yours was too 🙂