miles to go…

snippets from the zellner family

sweet gifts in the Delta June 29, 2012

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I have much to catch up on about our move and the wonderful welcome we have received in the Delta, but I thought I would post one example from yesterday. The kids and I drove the mile to the downtown area of Indianola and “ran errands”. I stopped at Abraham’s first- an awesome clothing store filled with beautiful clothes for men and women, monogrammed gifts, and Vera Bradley bags.  We bought a gift for someone and had it monogrammed. We walked a couple of doors over to Paul’s jewelry and took my diamond and ring to get fixed.  The kids petted the dog that stays in the shop while I sat down with the jeweler. He is going to make it look great and it will be clean, just as pretty as the day Eric gave it to me!

The next stop was next door to the jeweler- The Carriage House. This store is filled with everything I love. China, stationery, monogrammed gifts, rugs, things from the market in Atlanta.  In the back they display the china patterns of the local brides- It made me want to choose all over again. One of my large oval platters broke during the move (the moving company will be replacing that) and I can pick up the replacement at this store.

While we were there, the owner of the store visited with us and was so kind. As we were leaving, she gave the kids their pick of a drink koozy from the clearance table.  We found a koozy monogrammed with an E for Emma Frances, a Z for Lucy Zellner, a G for Olivia (her middle name is Grace and my maiden name is Grainger) and Cord got a Christmas one that said “Ho Ho Ho”.  Our errands took 30 minutes and my children were having the time of their lives!

We went to Walmart after that and filled our new koozies with their favorite drinks!

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A ring is not the marriage June 22, 2012

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I lost the diamond out of my wedding ring and noticed today. Who knows how long ago or where I was. It was a beautiful ring, given to me by a wonderful man. I never took it off. 

But a ring is not a marriage. After we had been looking around for awhile today and we realized it was probably gone forever, one of my children asked me if I was still married to dad. Wedding rings are that significant- they show our covenant before God and others that we will be in this relationship for better or for worse, in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health, til death do us part. But they don’t actually keep the covenant for us. The Lord helps us be faithful to that promise and the covenant cannot be broken just because that ring is off my finger.

Tonight I know of a very special lady who has been fighting cancer and whose time on earth is coming to a close. I remember hospice being called on for Julie and my heart breaks for this family that will lose a mom and wife too soon. Here is a family who has been living the covenant out before our eyes. Who knows if there were rings on her finger or not.

Rings are so insignificant in light of real loss. Tonight I am still enjoying all that the ring symbolizes and it is so good. Hug your family a little tighter tonight and thank God for the time you have with them. 

 

The church- His bride June 10, 2012

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Today was our last day at our church before we move to our new home and our new church family. Our church had a very sweet presentation for us and then a beautiful reception that reminded me of my wedding~ A room filled with people I love, delicious food and flowers, amazing gifts for our whole family, and a reception line that I could have visited with all day long 🙂

As I was hugging and thanking this sweet congregation, it struck me how beautiful the church is. I had so many people to thank for their impact on our lives. I got to thank the children’s Sunday School teachers for their faithfulness to teach my children. I got to thank the elders and their wives who checked on us, prayed for us and encouraged us over the years. I got to thank the friends that I have walked with through raising children and loving our husbands. I thanked the deacons who served us and took care of our congregation. I thanked the amazing nursery staff that loved my children and helped me be a better pastor’s wife because they cared for my little ones.  On a day when people share with you all that you have done for the church, it really was more evident that the church has been a blessing to us!

When I talk to someone who avoids church and only sees his relationship with the Lord as an individual act, I have great sorrow. They have listened to a lie from Satan- who truly wants us isolated and separate. We were meant to be part of His church- the one He laid down His life for. I’ve heard it said that the church is not genuine or relevant- that church is difficult to enter into and more trouble than it’s worth- that younger generations are fleeing the institutions and breaking away from the church.  I believe that our culture is believing the lie.

I looked lots of people in the face today and remembered years of authentic and deep conversations. I laughed with so many about our weaknesses and our joys.  I thanked God over the friendships that He developed in a short period of time that encouraged me to trust my God and believe His promises in some of my most difficult days. The very thing that this culture wants is found in the place it wouldn’t expect it- the church. You must let yourself jump in to see it and experience it.  You must participate to be known there. You have to actively lay down your life to see the Lord fill yours with His best. Oh if there were ever a chance to encourage people to love the church, I am taking it now. Be where God’s people are worshiping him, be where His word is preached, be where His praises are sung, and be where you can grow and mature in your faith. Don’t believe the lie.

One of the dear ladies who have kept my children over the years wrote us a note that said,”If we don’t see you again at this familiar place, please look for me around the Great White Throne!” It still brings tears to my eyes. I will see these people again- if not at this familiar place, then when we meet again…

 

How’s it going? June 9, 2012

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I have probably been asked this question a thousand times over the past few weeks. Friends wondering how the house selling is going. Family wanting to know how we are with so many things to do before the move. Church buddies asking how we have been preparing.  The crazy thing is that I feel very unsure about my answer. We have not been doing anything to get ready. 

When we put the house on the market, we worked hard (with the help of dear friends) to get the house ready for being shown. Since then, we have continued doing life. We celebrated Easter and my birthday, we threw parties for Cord’s and Lucy’s birthday. We went to dance recitals, graduations, senior music recitals, baby showers, wedding showers, and end of year parties. I celebrated with Olivia for her birthday.

The past two weeks we have visited with friends daily, shuttled our children to playdates, eaten dinner with many families, tied up loose ends and packed eric’s office.

But the packers come tomorrow and I am sitting in my chair wondering if I am supposed to have done ALOT more than I have. The answer to the question “How’s it going?” is “It’s fine!”  and I cannot believe it. We have soaked up our last moments in Huntsville. I just hope that tomorrow morning I don’t realize that I should have been doing a little bit more in this house!

 

double digits June 5, 2012

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Olivia is turning 10 next week. We have been planning for at least three years to have her ears pierced for her 10th birthday. We’ve talked about it for so long~ I can’t believe that the time has finally arrived. Since we are moving next week, we decided to celebrate her birthday earlier. All along, I planned to take her myself and spend the day with her somewhere special, spend the night in a hotel, have lots of time to share our hearts and do things that she may like. We did exactly that and it was wonderful!

 (getting ready to go in )

Livy usually gets sick at the sight of blood or when she gets hurt. I was a little nervous what she would do when they pierced her ears. She was a little nervous, but much better than I thought she would feel.

    (ready, set, pierce!)

 I knew we were OK when she let them do her other ear. 🙂

We drove to Birmingham and checked into the Winfrey. They were so sweet to her when we arrived. They gave us two tokens to use at the carousel in the mall and a “Happy Birthday” balloon.

   

We shopped and I realized that I don’t have a little girl anymore. We had a great time trying on clothes and I loved watching her choose wisely what she wanted to spend her birthday money on.

 We ate at Lovoy’s- one of my favorite places to eat in Birmingham. This girl loves spaghetti and garlic bread, so she was happy and full when we left.

 We ate breakfast at IHOP the next morning, and I think her eyes were bigger than her stomach. We shopped for Lucy’s birthday and I got to use up a gift card from Christmas. We ended the trip by riding the carousel together.

When you look at a calendar, you see 365 days and think there is tons of time- so many days in the week, so many hours in the day, so many minutes to fill.  But somehow that big number shrinks the older I get. I feel like there are not enough- I want more days with these kids, more hours like these, more minutes to make memories and listen to them and enjoy them. I know it gets harder the older they get- I hear parents lament the attitudes of their teenagers- and I long for these kids to be different than that. I want sweet days with them; I want easy relationships with them. What will the future hold for these children? How will our relationships change?  This season is sweet and I have enjoyed olivia so much. I pray that each season is sweeter than the one before. How thankful I am for the privilege of parenting.

 

 

Lucybug turns 4 June 2, 2012

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4 years of the silliest, spunkiest, most charming little life.

  

    

then she began the dress up…

 

  

And more dress up…

    

I never know what is going to be on your body or come out of your mouth 🙂 You have been a true joy and I cannot wait to see what the next year holds for you! Happy Birthday Lucybug.