Zoo: Part 1

Our favorite zoo in the area is in Omaha, approximately three hours from here. It has been a desire on Mom’s heart to go to the zoo with the little girls. With all of our schedules and other items, it just wasn’t working out. A week ago Friday, Mary had the idea to go to the zoo as a special Mother’s Day outing. She talked to family members, planned, worked on schedules, and planned some more. In the meantime, she was able to keep it a complete secret.

Nathan wasn’t able to come due to his work, and Melanie, with being careful of her activity level, couldn’t join us, but they said Abby and Bethany could.

Thursday was a beautiful day. The drive was uneventful, and we had a picnic in the van as we approached Omaha. After we unloaded and tickets were purchased, we were ready.

First stop: orangutans!

Looking at the orangutans.

These cute little guys were a definite mischievous duo. They took turns threading part of their rope out of the cage, as if they were fishing for the zoo spectators.

We moved on. We were glad the gorilla was on the other side of the glass. He was huge!


Abby had hoped to be able to pet a goat, and she did! Children definitely love the petting zoo.

One special treat was the train. It was an old-fashioned, train engine, with several open passenger “cars.” We had a nice ride around the zoo and observed prairie dogs, rhinos, giraffes, and other animals.

We visited the desert which was an interesting, dome-covered building.

The main reason we took the zoo trip!

Sweet Abby.

Aunt and Niece.

The giraffes were a special part of our visit.

Anna took the camera to grab this picture.

Anna was taking a cell phone picture, so I took this shot.

This concludes Part 1, about half of the pictures we chose. Part 2 will follow in the next day or two!


“I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.”

–Psalms 50:11-12

Update on Melanie’s Baby

It’s time for an update on Nathan and Melanie’s little one. Melanie is now almost 36 weeks and doing well. A huge praise has been she is not on bed rest! Thank you so much for praying for her and Baby. Please continue to do so. Nathan and Melanie are very grateful.


“Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings” (Psalms 17:8).

A Special Mother’s Day Outing

It was originally planned for Monday, but long story, today is the day! Mom was very surprised and excited when we told her this morning. We’ll post a few pictures tonight, and the rest will come later.


“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalms 118:24)

Will Baby Come This Week?

Anna Marie’s due date is this Saturday! Contractions are kicking in and become more consistent. Last night, when she and Christopher were over, contractions were coming at a steady clip for awhile. Anticipation and excitement is really building as we realize Baby will be making his/her appearance hopefully soon. Of course, contractions slowed down, but we know that this is part of the process.

Aunt Sarah

Anna Marie made us a delicious coffee cake for breakfast yesterday.

Daddy, Mommy, and Aunt feeling Baby and monitoring contractions.

“Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself.”

–Isaiah 44:23-24

Happy Mother’s Day!

We are so grateful for the blessing Mom is in our lives. She has truly poured out herself “a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1) on our behalf. Although the years of raising us children were long and sometimes difficult, she is now reaping rewards through the fruit of our walk with the Lord Jesus and how we live our lives.

Romans 12:1: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Mom does this daily. She delights in growing and strengthening her walk with the Lord by spending time in God’s Word, prayer, and memorization; she helps my grandparents; she is an incredible Titus 2 homemaker; she blesses Dad in whatever ways she can; she grocery shops for three households every week; she keeps our family calendar updated; she is an awesome planner; she delights in the Titus2 ministry; she faithfully prays for many people; she encourages ladies in the vein of Titus 2; she loves her family; and I’ll stop there.

Happy Mother’s Day to an incredible Mom! We can honestly rise up and call Mom blessed, as Proverbs 31 describes a woman who fears the Lord. In addition, a special Happy Mother’s Day to my two very pregnant sister-in-laws.

A special hug to those who have lost a child. Mrs. Deana, I think of you, losing your only son about a year ago. How my heart aches with yours. I think of three families who have lost babies in the past few months. Amy E.’s testimony was featured in this month’s May Corner, which if you haven’t read it, please do so. It is a powerful, moving testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness.

My heart aches for the wives who have never been able to bear a child and who desire for their empty arms to be filled. May you be like Hannah, who cried out to the Lord. “For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him.” 1 Samuel 1:27