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snippets from the zellner family

lucy 19 mo January 31, 2010

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Lucy has changed so much over the past couple of months.  She is full of energy, talks (but I have no idea what she saying), and runs all over our house creating lots of messes.  For a girl who used to worry me about her eating, she has devoured almost every meal I have served her lately. And she is very messy about it!


Messy, but Happy!

She also loves to play with all of her brother’s toys.  His tool bench is a big hit. She loves to put on these goggles and go to work.  It cracks me up everytime!

Love that girl-

still saying CHEESE!


The green burb update January 29, 2010

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Last week, a good friend Erle came to visit while he was in Huntsville.  He worked with us at the JH Ranch for many years.  He was in town for business and called to see if he could come by.  He told Eric that he was coming to see (in this order) 1) me 2) our kids 3) the green suburban and then 4) eric.  But I know better :).  Everyone wants to check out how the old suburban is doing.  It was the vehicle that carried Erle, Eric and the other river guides to the river.  They slept in the back and hauled all the gear in it.  I am sure there were many good stories told in that car.  After a great visit with Erle, the guys headed out to check out the car.  I had to take pictures 🙂

Erle noticed the new seat covers and some other “improvements” that Eric had made.  Erle may be the only one who knows that the suburban has gotten better since we owned it, rather than worse!

I wish I had a picture from the Ranch with the two of these guys.  How handsome they looked this time in their suits- like adults! 🙂

**Notice that Eric has grown a beard this January.  He hasn’t done that since seminary. I am sure that he will shave it soon.  That will be another round of pictures.  He likes to shave it in stages and see all the ways he can make it look.  His biggest critics have been the Crown Club, his Friday biblestudy of older friends at our church 🙂


The Hiding Place January 28, 2010

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I finished The Hiding Place last night.  It is a beautiful story of God’s faithfulness to His people during the most unimaginable horrors.  I had forgotten that Corrie ten Boom is middle aged when she begins her work to help those who are hiding from the Nazis.  A woman whose main occupations have been a watch repairer, bookkeeper and housekeeper ends up being the head of an organized underground resistance that saved hundreds and hundreds of lives.  She is arrested, beaten, and starved- the prison cells that she lives in are bare and cold, the concentration camps are crowded, flea and lice infested and unbelievably cold.  And yet she and her sister take their faith into these places, into these circumstances, and they still know that God is good. Some of the most beautiful passages are those that describe how Corrie is able to keep her Bible with her.  She finds a way to hide it or a guard misses it.  That Bible is used to minister to the lonely, frightened, hurting people everywhere the two sisters go. The truth of God’s word pushes out the darkness that surrounds them on every side. 

While in a concentration camp in Germany, Corrie’s sister, Betsie, is very ill and is close to death.  She tells Corrie they,”…must tell people what we have learned here. We must tell them that there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still.  They will listen to us, Corrie, because we have been here.”  And that is exactly what Corrie does.  She spends the rest of her lilfe taking care of those that are released at the end of the war and who are broken and hurting, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  She talks to thousands about her experience and shares with them how God was faithful and how He still is.  How small seem the problems in my comfortable home when I read such a powerful book.  How good to know a God who is so faithful- come what may!


Next January 27, 2010

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Today I picked up The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom.  I have read it a couple of times before, but it has been a long time and I am so happy to be reading it again.  Just tonight, I came across one of my favorite quotes.

When we were in seminary, a wise lady who lived below us and who had two older daughters than ours shared with me how she explained tough things in her daughters’ lives.  Sometimes children ask questions that are very difficult to explain.  Sometimes the answer would include topics that they are just too young to understand.  She said that she quoted Corrie ten Boom’s father from The Hiding Place. 

Corrie and her father were traveling by train and in the precious moments of alone time with her father, Corrie asks for an explanation of a term that she had heard in school.  She had already tried to ask her mother, who “blushed scarlet” when Corrie asked her.  Her father answers her by asking her to carry his traveling case for him off the train.  Corrie tried and after tugging and pushing, she admits it is too heavy for her.  Her father answers,”And it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load.  It’s the same way, Corrie, with knowledge.  Some knowledge is too heavy for children.  When you are older and stronger you can bear it.  For now you must trust me to carry it for you.”  Corrie’s response to this answer- Was it anger at not being told the definition? Was it pouting that she couldn’t know all that her parents did? No, she says,”And I was satisfied.  More than satisfied-wonderfully at peace. There were answers to this and all my hard questions- for now I was content to leave them in my father’s keeping.”

I have used this ever since my friend shared this with me and it has helped so much when I cannot answer my children fully just yet.  They have started asking hard questions with the preface,”This may be one of those questions that is too hard for us to hold, but…”

I am so eager to finish reading The Hiding Place.  I know I will be inspired by the ten Booms and their self sacrificing love for those they hid and helped during the Nazi invasion of Holland, but today I am thankful for the beautiful parenting that I get to read about as well.


Finished January 21, 2010

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I just finished Anne of Green Gables and wish that I already had Anne of Avonlea in my hands.  Such a wonderful story.  There were so many quotes that I wanted to read out loud to Eric as I read.  I literally did wake him up when I was reading last night to share a section I thought was so well written. (He sweetly listened and then fell back to sleep)  I love Anne’s passion and her genuine response to life.  She is so grateful for all that she has and she tries so very hard to do her best, and yet makes so many mistakes.  I love her confessions and her repentance.  I love the relationships that develop- the beauty of her friendship with Diana, the support and admiration that she has in her relationships with her adopted parents, and the tension that she has with her number one nemesis, Gilbert.  I have found myself wishing that we could see what life was like- that we could visit just for a little while and see the White Way of Delight, the Lake of Shining Waters, the Haunted Woods, and all the other places that are described so thoroughly.  As soon as I get a chance, I am going to watch the movie too.  So good.


Anne of Green Gables January 16, 2010

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I am well into Anne of Green Gables and loving every minute of it!  I know I read this a long time ago and watched the movie once with a good friend- but I have a terrbile memory, and it is like it is a new story to me again.  So if you are out there and want to read along, please do and let me know if you want to go to coffee after we finish or have a fun movie night to watch it together.  Happy Reading!


Air Mattress January 14, 2010

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Eric and I have decided we need two twin air mattresses.  We have borrowed from a sweet family in the church too many times.  Our own children have taken over the guest room and we need some options!

I am nervous about buying one because I always think it will just pop or not last long and they are expensive.   Any suggestions out there? Do you have one that you like and it has lasted AND it has a great air pump?