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saying goodbye to dance in huntsville May 29, 2012

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We have been swimming through the days of saying goodbye to so many things and to so many people.  I am popping my head into the blog just to note how it feels.

Last weekend was our last dance recital at North Alabama Dance. I have been so blessed to have my girls under the leadership of the teachers at this studio. Every recital I am so thankful for the quality of the teaching and the commitment to honor the One who gives us the abilities to dance.


All three girls were in it this time and we had a lot on our plate to make happen. Rehearsal was Friday night.  So was the graduation from our school in which many of our youth group students were participating. My aunt came to the rescue! She jumped in with both feet to help the Zellners survive the weekend and we had a blast! All three girls had to be ready to practice in full makeup/costumes by 4:45 that afternoon. We watched Emma practice, then Lucy practice, then I went to WCA graduation, then I returned to see Olivia practice. Mary hung out with the Olivia the whole time and was such a blessing!  We finished up that night about 10:00.

Saturday was the actual recital. Lucy and Olivia danced in the matinee.


Mary took Olivia and I took Lucy!

We dashed to McDonald’s between recitals. Emma and Olivia danced in the evening performance- Mary took Olivia and I took Emma.


My mom came up for both shows, while my cousin Meredith, my aunt sallye and my uncle tom made it to the evening show. It was so much fun getting to visit and having them there made me so grateful for my family.

The finale was to “God of the City” by Chris Tomlin. The dancers wore all white and the studio sweetly let Olivia’s voice be used to read one of the verses that went along with the production.  It was the perfect verse to sum up this time in our lives and to hear her voice say it was a special reminder that He knows what we are doing right now.

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

 a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance.
Olivia’s verse was only part of this section, but to look back at the whole section reminds me there is a time for planting and a time to uproot. There is a time for us to weep and a time for us to laugh. There will be times for us to mourn and times for us to dance. And most of the time I feel all of these things at the same time. I am equally excited about our future as I am sad to leave our past.  The dancers ended by looking up- as if they were staring into the face of our God.

That is where I need to gaze right now as well because there is no one like our God and greater things have yet to be done in both Huntsville and Indianola.


mother’s day 2012 May 14, 2012

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We were able to see so many loved ones this mother’s day. Saturday started with a fun mother/son event at church. The sons served their moms lunch, played taboo and pictionary, and decorated cupcakes- the mother/son team with the highest score won a gift package for a manicure/pedicure for her and movie tickets for him. We had some top-notch cupcakes~ Turns out some of those engineer-minded sons have a good eye for detail and can build some impressive creations! I shared a quote that Abraham Lincoln said about his mom,”I remember my mother’s prayers and they have followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”  As mothers of children who are growing up so quickly, we see that they are rightly growing more independent and making more decisions alone- having more freedom.  Our best thing we can do is love them well, pray for them diligently.

“Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall, a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” oliver wendell holmes

Later that day Eric and the children were able to go see his mom in Nashville. They spent time with her and visited his dad in the hospital.  We are very aware that our upcoming move is taking us farther away from our families, and on future mother’s days we may not be able to visit the ladies that mean so much to us. The children were able to snuggle up with c-dub (grandaddy) and enjoy dot dot.

On Sunday, we went to church and then drove to Birmingham to see my mom.  We were able to spend a couple of hours with her, as well as my sister and my niece. Those days are so precious to us. There was a lot of dress up, singing, and wrestling.  Just like we like it!

I then took the kiddos to see my grandmother, Babe. She was at my aunt’s house, so we got to visit with lots of family for  an hour. I can’t think of something I enjoy more than seeing family on holidays.  I love catching up, kissing the littlest “grainger”, hearing how lives are changing and growing, getting in lots of good hugs, and planning for our next visits 🙂

My sweet husband bought me a bundt cake from “nothing bundt cakes”in Huntsville. It was beautiful! Red velvet with chocolate chips and cream cheese icing. It was wrapped so beautifully.  What a fun surprise- thoughtful and delicious.

I got to spend the weekend with friends and family. I tried to soak up every blessing.

This morning, Cord and I saw a commercial for Huggies wipes that showed a very messy baby eating. Cord said,”Babies sure are messy! Is that why you didn’t have a lot of children- because they are so messy?”  I thought,”What a wonder- that he doesn’t think we have a lot of children. He thinks there is room for more.”  I know I am blessed to have as many as I have- blessed to have healthy children, blessed to have money to raise them, blessed to have food to feed them, blessed to have family to love them, blessed to have pictures they drew of me, blessed to have a poster that listed why they love me, blessed to have 8 little eyes looking at me and 8 little ears listening to me.  May I be rightly grateful for the privilege and rightly aware of the responsibility.

“What you teach your children is what you really believe in” cathy warner weatherford


Cord is 5 May 5, 2012

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The Superhero Academy

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Cord and his fellow superheroes-in-training reported to the Superhero Academy today (and celebrated Cord’s 5th birthday).

The “trainees” started by looking like Superheroes. They either came dressed as one or we added some face paint to help them out.  Next, we worked on our Mighty Muscles.


After proving they were strong, the “trainees” had to vaporize the villains (with silly string).


Thank goodness we had lots of older siblings around to be our villains.

After defeating the bad guys, the trainees had to rescue a treasure (glow sticks) from a box full of “hot rocks” and then leap tall buildings in a single bound (or jump off a picnic table that was nearby).

After graduating from the Academy, they received a box that had a superhero medal and Superhero energy drink.

Since they officially graduated, they got to meet the special guest.




Batman chased the kids and took pictures 🙂 He might have been a little hot out there! He did end up having an admirer.

We had so much fun with our friends and Grammy and Bill. They all endured a hot day, bouts of rain, and moving to several locations.  They are “super friends”.

** All these ideas came from pinterest, specifically from