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snippets from the zellner family

Christmas morning December 25, 2012

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First thing in the morning.

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Each of them received one special gift from Santa.

Then Santa left arrows on the ground and instructions to find the gift he left the family.

DSC_0315 A trampoline!!! Notice Cord is mad we are all screaming.

Then it was time to open presents from us to the kids. What could it be? A Bag of Balloons?

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Breakfast. Emma Frances helped me make Christmas Tree Waffles.

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DSC_0352  Cord’s gator battery had died. He asked for a new gator AND a trailer. Well, Santa definitely thought that was too much. Eric and Cord spray painted his old gator with john deere green paint. But it still didn’t run. It was also an old gator and did not have a trailer hitch. But when Cord went outside this morning- in the rain, in the cold- his gator had a new battery!! AND a TRAILER HITCH. He drove around in the carport for a while so happy that Santa fixed his gator.

Such a good morning.




Twas the night before Christmas

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A present from Santa for each, A present from Santa to the family, and a BIG SURPRISE for the kids from us…

Here is a hint…



CAN.NOT. WAIT. for them to wake up!!!

Merry Christmas 🙂


Merry Christmas 2012 December 24, 2012

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We had our first Lessons and Carols service last night at our church. It was so beautiful to see that traditional dark wood church with stain glass windows lit up with candlelight and red poinsettias. Mrs. Adams organized a wonderful soup supper afterward. We visited with our church family and were reminded of the many blessings that we have been given by this congregation. In a short time, the Lord has knit our hearts to this place and to these people.

Eric reminded us Sunday morning that Mary believed God’s words and remembered His track record of faithfulness to His people. See, she was both extraordinary and completely average. Never again will there be a woman who had the blessing of carrying Her Lord and Savior- she was completely unique and blessed.  Yet, she was a sinner- with original sin from birth as we all have and who needed a savior as we all do. So we can look at her response to God’s call on her life and learn from her. We can imitate her confidence in Him; we can confess our thankfulness and awe of Him as she did. We can rehearses His goodness when we are thrown into circumstances that confound us. We can trust in His character when we face something we have not experienced and we do not know how it will end. Eric’s message was extremely relevant to me.

Good Christian men, rejoice,
With heart, and soul, and voice;
Now ye hear of endless bliss:
Joy! Joy!
Jesus Christ was born for this!
He hath ope’d the heav’nly door,
And man is blessed evermore.
Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this!

 Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart, and soul, and voice;
Now ye need not fear the grave:
Peace! Peace!
Jesus Christ was born to save!
Calls you one, and calls you all,
To gain His everlasting hall:
Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save!


deeper still December 17, 2012

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I was just reminded that Corrie Ten Boom once said,“There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.”


far as the curse is found

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No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

This week the impact of the curse on this world seems more easy to see than some weeks. Sickness, death, evil, destruction- grieving, letting go of a loved one, loneliness, confusion, fear…Thorns. Whether it was on a national scale such as the children and adults who were killed in Connecticut or on a local level such as the death of another church member this week, the evidence of the fall’s impact is obvious and real.

We need relief. We need restoration.  We need redemption. I am so thankful for this Advent season that constantly preaches that Immanuel is with us. He has come to make his blessings of salvation and peace flow as far as the curse is found. Are there effects of the fall still? Yes. Murder, death, illness, hurt, brokenness, cruelty, anger.  But He has come into this darkness and,”the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Mt 4:16

We think of this sweet baby in a manger, we think of a silent night in which the baby made no cry.  But that night in Bethlehem ushered in more than that childlike scene- something powerful, something offensive rather than defensive. He came in to this world to break the curse as far as it was found.