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snippets from the zellner family

Later in the Hall of Justice March 31, 2012

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This morning, the kids are making their own episode of “Super Friends”.  Lucy is in her Wonder Woman onesie.  Emma offered to make her the bracelets, crown and lasso that go with her costume.  There was a time many, many years ago that my own sister did the same for me.

   

She is busy fighting crime in this one.

Cord jumped in to the Hall of Justice as Batman.

  

They are breaking down the door to fight crime.

Emma dressed as a wonder twin and created an episode for them.  Big sisters are so awesome!

 

mother son event March 22, 2012

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I am hosting an event in May to celebrate the relationships that our youth group boys have with their moms.  It is very hard to find ideas- Activities that all the moms can do and all the boys will want to do 🙂

I have several ideas for friendly competitions, but would love your ideas as well! There are great ways for moms and daughters, dads and daughters, and dads and sons to interact, but  I am eager to do the same for moms and sons. These will be junior high and high school boys and their moms 🙂 thanks for your help!

 

Cord’s turn March 21, 2012

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Several months ago, Cord came home from school and was begging to play T-ball.  He had heard about it at school from his friends and he really wanted to play.  He asked me about it daily, and I would say,”We’ll see.” (very typical mom-phrase that I said I would never use)

We decided that it would be a great thing for him and we signed him up. He asked consistently,”Do I go today?” We would explain that T-ball would start in a few weeks.  After a couple of weeks of this, Cord and I are in the van driving around and he says,”Mom” and I say,”Yes” and he says,”What is T-ball?”  I about died! He had me convinced he knew what it was and that he couldn’t wait to play it.  Turns out, I think he really thought playing whatever this T-ball thing is sounded good if his friends were going to be there too!

We had our first practice last night. His little buddy William is on the same team and they were pumped about practice.

   

They ran the bases and learned how to bat.

   

The coaches were so good with them.  They ended in a big team huddle. He was so fired up afterward.  He LOVED it. He might just turn me into a baseball fan 🙂

 

moments March 20, 2012

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I got to soak in a good one this afternoon.  Our routine is that I pick the kids up from school and we come home and play for about 30 minutes before we head to our nap time.  Most the time, Lucy and Cord are eating a little more snack, playing in the driveway on their bikes, or playing with their toys in their rooms.  Lucy is still dressing up every day- waking up and putting on a costume, changing into several a day. Today she came home form school and put on one of my favorites.  She pretends to be “Womer woman” or wonder woman.  Several years ago, my sister gave the big girls superhero capes and Cord a superman onesie.  It was too big when he got it and we have kept it, but Cord never used it.  It is probably a size 2T.

Lucy wears it all the time right now.  They pretend to be superheroes and this is her costume.  As I snap the onesie, she puts her hands on her hips, already pretending to be a crime fighter. She pulls one leg up and her arms to the side and “Zooms off” like a cartoon character.

Today they had come in from school and played superhero. Cord had been Batman, but had already gotten too hot and changed into his football pants (that are toooo small :0 ) and they were playing superheroes with their figurines of batman, robin, and construction guy.

  

I think a big rig was in trouble and they were having to save it from a bad guy.

Lucy added to her look today with a great Strawberry Shortcake hat. Just right for a big day of crime fighting indoors 🙂

 

 

My my my my my boogie shoes March 8, 2012

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Dance picture time! The day the tornadoes hit up here we were scheduled to have three daughters take dance pictures and the first night of our missions conference was set for that night. The tornadoes cancelled all activities and the pictures were rescheduled throughout the weekend.

Olivia was up first.  We had gotten her ready for her tap many times. So that was an easy way to begin.

Her next costume is my favorite: they are the bluebirds in Cinderella.

Finally she put on her jazz which is to “Material Girl” by Madonna.  Livy cracks me up about this one. She loves the dance, but the song is about to kill her.  The line that says “Some boys kiss me. Some boys love me. I think that’s OK.” is making her sick to her stomach.  She only imagines little boys in her class, who might be in the audience watching their sisters, hearing this and making fun of her. I am thinking this is one of Madonna’s good songs!

Lucy was the next day. This was the first time that I curled her hair, ever! I loved it so much.  You can’t see it in the pictures because it is in a low ponytail, but it was too cute when it was all down.

   

Emma was the last to go. She is dancing to “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”.  I love her costumes. They are so cute on all the girls. This is the year when you see such a huge improvement in their skill level.  I am amazed at what they can accomplish because of their great teachers!

Her jazz dance is to “Life is a Highway”.  The movie Cars has made that a family-favorite for a long time.  Now the whole house sings this song all day long.

  

Love their studio- love their teachers. Thankful for the place God’s given us to dance.

 

to love

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“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” ― C.S. Lewis

Thanks to Marianna Peipon for the the reminder of this quote and for her beautiful ministry among the hurting and helpless in Ukrainian hospitals.

 

Missions 2012 March 7, 2012

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Elbert McGowan who is the RUF pastor at Jackson State in Jackson, Mississippi came and spoke for our 2012 Missions Conference. I can truly say that God used this man’s words to remind me of how any missions work, or evangelism, or really even pastoring begins with your own heart.  He looked at Jonah and started with his prayer in the belly of the big fish.  In this prayer we find Jonah’s reason for finally going to Nineveh after trying everything he could to flee from it.  It is when Jonah sees his own great need of a savior that he is willing to go to others and share that same news.  McGowan says,”If you don’t see your need, you won’t go.” and he is right. Why would we ever give money to others if we didn’t think there was a good reason for it? Why would we choose to give up summer vacations and go to orphanages in the Ukraine? Why would you sacrifice any comfort really unless the reason was so great that it demanded attention? When one has been forgiven much, he relishes being able to share that life-saving and life-transforming forgiveness wherever he is called.

In the beginning, Jonah has forgotten his need of a savior, how much he has benefitted from this gracious God who is abounding in steadfast love. He uses his own resources to hop on a boat going in the opposite direction of the call that God has given him.  God has called Jonah to attention and said,”Arise, Go to Nineveh and Call out their sin so that they may repent and be saved from my judgment.” Instead, Jonah runs and puts many people in danger. He puts himself, the sailors on the boat, and all of Nineveh in danger by ignoring God’s call on his life.

But God always accomplishes what He intends. God causes a storm to toss the boat, God causes the sailors to recognize that it is Jonah that is causing the storm, and once they realize it, they cast him into the sea. He is helpless and in great need. So God causes a great fish to swallow him and God then has him right where he wants him- in a place where he can see his great need, where he can repent and turn to God’s call.  And when he does all of these things, God causes the great fish to vomit him back on to the shore.

Jonah goes to a place that he does not want to go to tell them a message that he does not want them to hear. And amazingly they repent.  I imagine that Jonah was not trying to be impressive or catchy or culturally relevant to this group. He spoke the word of God and the people repented. God’s word is the turner of hearts.  God opens the eyes of the blind and ears of the deaf so that they understand.  Isaiah 55:11 says :

so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

There is great confidence in that.  Missions, evangelism, pastoring, and honestly just good conversations come from God’s word being looked at together.