Category Archives: family

a gift

Today truly felt like a gift from the Lord. Mr. Z is in the middle of tax season so life often seems like we are two ships passing in the night, but bring on a blizzard and bang, we get an entire day together! Granted I still worked from home, but in between answering emails and posting content on the web we shoveled out our cars, walked to the lake and to the grocery store. It was a wonderful and blessed day. Lots of laughter and love–grateful for both my earthly husband and my heavenly Husband. Here are some shots from our day.

the view out the balcony door from our living room

standing in the snow drift in the back alley of our home.

there was a fuzzy line between land and lake

people standing on the lake amidst the frozen waves

the path to home on our way back from the store


photo sharing

i’m running late this morning (not surprising, being late is my signature) but i didn’t want to neglect you. so i thought i’d share two photos i’ll be sending to my compassion chid today. i’m a HORRIBLE compassion sponsor and told myself i would be better this year. i have a sweet girl in honduras who has been asking for photos of me and my family for a loooong time and i’ve never sent her any. but that’s about to change. i’m picking up prints of these two photos for her to see who i am, who mr. z is as well as our sisters (one of his five and the four of mine). i hope she likes them :-)

i love my sisters

mr. z and i with one of my sisters-in-law

happy birthday

Happy Birthday to my new husband. This day 31 years ago, by the grace of God, your mother brought you into this world. Since the day you were born He has watched over you, cared for you and surrounded you with love. Through the ups and downs and the trials of these short 31 years, He has made you into the man I have the privilege of calling my husband. Happy Birthday to you my dear one. Second only to our Savior, you are the greatest gift the Lord could have ever given me.


trucks and toy story

a chef in the making

matching pj's for all : )

sisterly love

mr. and mrs. z's first christmas

a blessed christmas meal with lots of family

it was a blessed day of family, laughter and love. thank you Lord for the gift of your Son and the family we have been given : )

christmas eve

breakfast with great friends

mr. z put the lights on the tree

made cookies for santa

decorated the tree

moved the presents under the tree and went to bed with anticipation for christmas day

grateful for a very blessed christmas eve with family and friends : )


i’m sitting in the airport after an emotional 24 hours that ended in joy.

a dear friend of my husband’s since childhood unexpectedly lost his father sunday. last night was the wake and today was the funeral. we’re pretty wiped and all we did was show our support by being present. this death hit me hard. i think because it was so unexpected, because i just adore my husband’s friend and his entire family, because it’s the first tough thing we’ve experienced as a married couple and because it’s christmas.

i cried a lot today. i got pretty angry at points. and i watched. i watched this man’s family. i learned about this man’s legacy. and i left the day challenged to think about the legacy i’m making. the legacy we’ll make as a family.

i did not have the privilege of spending much time with him. and i’m rather saddened by that. i’m grateful for him though. for his family and what i got to witness today. his oldest son spoke about how you can tell a lot about a man by how he fathers. and i believe there is a lot of truth to that. he fathered well. he gave, he loved and he lived well with five incredible children and nine beautiful grandchildren to prove it.

his wake had a steady stream of people for six hours, at times the line was out the door. at the luncheon today his niece asked everyone to stand who had ever been helped by john, pretty much the entire room stood.

i’m challenged by his life and to really consider what i want to leave behind. what will our family look like? will we serve the Lord well and love people with the love of Christ so that one day it will be said that our lives glorified the Lord? they said john loved people like Christ loves people. i pray we love like that.



i’m totally behind the eight ball with getting us our “first christmas” ornament. and of course the one mr. z actually likes i can’t seem to find now. so we might settle on the one below–i actually really like it but would rather have one we both really like. so Lord willing the link i saved on my macbook is still live and active. otherwise this is the one (still a good deal).

A favorite