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snippets from the zellner family

End of year May 15, 2013

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So many fun end of year moments.


Emma Frances dressed up as Harriet Tubman for her school book report. She worked hard on it. But what I loved most was the fact that she got to use her TOMS that had a hole in the toe. She only owned them for a few weeks and her toe made a hole in the left shoe. I was not happy about that- but now I see she was just preparing for a future costume need šŸ™‚

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Lucy’s end of year school event was a circus- literally, not just metaphorically šŸ™‚ there were ring masters, strong men, clowns, and tight rope walkers. Lucy was a tumbler. At the end of the performance, each group sang a couple of songs, with motions. Lucy rocked her motions so hard that a couple of people told me after the show that she would make a good headbanger at a rock concert šŸ™‚ She gets those moves from her mother’s side.



It was also Mother’s Day weekend. Dot Dot came and we had lots of fun. She planted and weeded and watered and planted and weeded some more šŸ™‚ I know that doesn’t sound like a very sweet way to celebrate your mother-in-law:her doing all the work, but she honestly thrives on being outside and digging in the dirt. We took a long walk together; she took the kids on a bike ride to the park; we shopped in the next town and ate out here in our town. She was able to go to a tball game and Lucy’s circus. We ate at the country club on Sunday. That was a treat for the both of us. Good food, already made, and no clean up!

It was a beautiful weekend- the weather is finally starting to feel like May! I’m glad to be wrapping up the school year, but not in that exhausted way that I am some years. It will just be nice to do summer things with the kids, and I won’t mind not making school lunches either šŸ™‚


Refuge of my weary soul May 8, 2013

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I was introduced to Anne Steele by Kevin Twit and his work to write modern tunes for established hymns. How thankful I am for his work that brought me such deep words and beautiful music. Ā He shared Anne’s lifestory at a conference I was at years ago and it never left me.Ā Anne was the daughĀ­ter of William Steele, a timĀ­ber merĀ­chant who was alĀ­so a lay preachĀ­er at the BapĀ­tist church in Broughton, HampĀ­shire, EngĀ­land. She lost her moĀ­ther at age 3. At age 19, a seĀ­vere hip inĀ­jury made her a lifeĀ­long inĀ­valĀ­id. At age 21, her fiĀ­anĀ­cĆ© drowned the day beĀ­fore they were to be marĀ­ried.Ā From this serĀ­ies of traĀ­geĀ­dies rose 144 hymns and 34 verĀ­siĀ­fied Psalms, which were enorĀ­mousĀ­ly popĀ­uĀ­lar. ( Ā You can hear the depth of her suffering and the depth of her trust in the Lord’s ways in her hymns. Here are the words for one of my favorites:

Dear Refuge of my weary soulĀ (performed by Indelible Grace and featuring Sandra McCracken)

1. Dear refuge of my weary soul,
On Thee, when sorrows rise
On Thee, when waves of trouble roll,
My fainting hope relies
To Thee I tell each rising grief,
For Thou alone canst heal
Thy Word can bring a sweet relief,
For every pain I feel

2. But oh! When gloomy doubts prevail,
I fear to call Thee mine
The springs of comfort seem to fail,
And all my hopes decline
Yet gracious God, where shall I flee?
Thou art my only trust
And still my soul would cleave to Thee
Though prostrate in the dust

3. Hast Thou not bid me seek Thy face,
And shall I seek in vain?
And can the ear of sovereign grace,
Be deaf when I complain?
No still the ear of sovereign grace,
Attends the mourner’s prayer
Oh may I ever find access,
To breathe my sorrows there

4. Thy mercy seat is open still,
Here let my soul retreat
With humble hope attend Thy will,
And wait beneath Thy feet,
Thy mercy seat is open still,
Here let my soul retreat
With humble hope attend Thy will,
And wait beneath Thy feet