zippity ZOO da!

I have a feeling I’ll be re-using that title a bunch in the weeks and months to come. Anybody mind?

Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. (Psalm 40:5)

Praise report time!

Well, I didn’t win the lottery or get 50 book orders or even a check in the mail. BUT I did get an e-mail from the fine folks at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo letting me know they’d have 5 free tickets waiting for us upon our arrival. Woohoo! (Now Nichole won’t have to pretend she’s married to Gabe and that I’m her daughter to try to get us into the zoo on her pass!)

AND I got a 3-book order from Illinois and one from Texas. Six books isn’t 50, but it’s an answered prayer nonetheless.

And Gabe talked to my uncle (CEO of WEEC and a client of Gabe’s), and there’s a check in the mail for us. It’s smallish, but if we keep getting free admission and I pack a lot of cheapo lunches (and I get BP to donate a gas card to the cause), it’s almost enough to get us through the trip. Woohoo!

Gabe originally told me he didn’t want to take another trip without putting much-needed new tires on our mini-van, but I think we’re just going to trust God to keep us safe. (they’re not dangerously bad, I don’t believe)

We sold some more stuff at Once Upon a Child (but they’re waaaaay overstocked right now, so we won’t be going for awhile). I take half of the $ and let Livi and Ava split the other half. We made $10. And I’m taking a box of books/magazines/DVDs to Half Price Books today.

God is sooo good! And I so want to praise Him even when it looks like He’s not providing. But He never gives me the chance. He always provides.

Took Ava to her school yesterday to pay her fees and find out her teacher’s name. I thought we’d get to tour the school a bit (we’ve already done that, but Livi really wanted to see it). They did everything outside though. Forking over $51.80 made me cringe. I couldn’t help but think how many carousel rides and gallons of gas I could buy with it. We’re skipping Livi’s school thing today. The paper said we can pay the fees anytime up until August 27th (when school starts). And if she can’t even go in the school, what’s the point of going?

So, I turned down the PTA. Anyone have any thoughts on this fine organization? Honestly, I didn’t want to pay the $5 fee to join. 🙂 And more honestly, PTA Moms intimidate me. I hate to be a stereotyper, but my goodness, their zest and zeal wears me out just thinking about it. I kind of think maybe I should join just to have a say in things like, “Please don’t tell my child that she must embrace sinful lifestyles and that she can’t talk about Jesus and so on and so forth.” But most of what they do is fund-raising. Ugh. And besides, I have 2 daughters in 2 different schools. The only thing worse than being a part of the PTA is being a part of TWO of them. I can tell that these Magnet School Moms are even more zealous than typical moms. I get nauseous just thinking about it.

Gabe’s photo session went really well last night. He met Joel Penton at Panera over on the west side, then they headed to some hotel where the team was meeting. Coach Tressel popped in for a few minutes at the end of the photo shoot. Gabe shook his hand and got to chat with him for a few seconds. He says he’s never going to wash his hand again. Um…okay. I’ll see if I can get him to post a picture for you Buckeye fans. (The guys were James Laurinaitis, Marcus Freeman, and Malcolm Jenkins, if anyone knows anything about OSU football.)

I read some very, very cool (convicting) verses in Galatians 3 this morning in The Message Bible. Here are some bits and pieces (tidbits, anyone?) from verses 1-6.

You crazy Galatians! … Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives…

 Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? …

 Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you?

Have a wonderful weekend, you lovely ladies!!

30 thoughts on “zippity ZOO da!

  1. GracefulKiki

    Maybe I can make your day better while attempting to brighten YOUR day. 

    I think this could easily fall under #2 (compliment someone) and #10 (think of the most encouraging person you know and call them)…You are truly an encouraging person, even though virtual.  I get far from God sometimes, but your blog really reels me back in and gets me psyched up to want more.  You share reality and truth and those are two things I sometimes purposely bypass.  SO, there you go.  Have an amazing night.  🙂

  2. Leenylou287

    I read the same passage in Galations in The Message Bible earlier this week…isn’t it great how we DON’T have to STRIVE…JUST TRUST!  I keep having to remind myself that I am a CHILD of God…not an ADULT.  Children JUST TRUST.  Thanks for sharing your life…so many times I laugh out loud over some of the “family” things you share…and sometimes I cry…and sometimes I pray for you as I realize that you are just as human as I am.  Keep blessing us with you blogs! 

    Have a blessed week, my friend!

  3. stephaniedawnbasham

    This is kind of random, but a friend of ours works for Michelin and can order tires super, super cheap online. We got really nice ones a month or so ago for less than $40 apiece (including shipping) and they were $180 apiece regularly. He said we could get tires through him anytime we wanted to. If you and Gabe are at all interested, let me know! They ship right to your doorstep! 🙂

    I love you and miss you and am so happy/jealous about your upcoming zoo excursions!

  4. jbnygaard

    Very jealous of Gabe. How did he get the connection? Can’t wait to see the photos. Did I mention I’m very jealous of Gabe?

    PTA? No way.

    Have I mentioned to you that I miss you? Now that I’m feeling a bit better, maybe I should plan a road trip to Columbus before Eden starts school……

  5. shannahhogue

    Joel Penton is a friend of mine…it’s amazing how committed the believers on the OSU football team are. And they’re really using their platform for God’s purposes. Very neat!

    Yay for free passes to the zoo! Yay for making money from selling the stuff we don’t actually use/need anyway!

    My mom never did PTA either…we all survived!

  6. gsowell

    Heck, no! We won’t go! … to PTA.
    I’m with you. No PTA for me. Ever. I hate fundraising for THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD to have cushier FREE PUBLIC EDUCATION (aside from ridiculous fees, which we have here in KY, too. Don’t know what rock Terri is under) when there are people in this world who need food, shelter, water, and the hope of Jesus Christ. Just can’t bring myself to invest too much time and effort into getting a faster computer for the writing station of a 3rd grade classroom.

  7. bethelaine

    ok so…. sometimes i skim long posts.  and…. sometimes i mis-read things when i do that.  so upon first reading this post, i was wondering why you were considering joining PETA.  i mean, not that there’s anything wrong with animal rights, i just didn’t know you were such a big proponent. 

  8. jennikim

    praise the Lord for His faithfulness in providing!!

    (i will be posting pics from our zoo visit in a little bit… maybe it will entice you to head out to some of the fun zoos in mi!!!)

  9. ergirl053

    Hooray for more free zoo tickets!! I was just sorting some strategy out in my mind last night re: getting the Taviano’s into the zoo. I wasn’t entirely convinced that anyone was going to believe you were my daughter 🙂

  10. ladymiss3739

    The question you ask at the end is exactly what I’ve been coming across in one of the books I’ve been reading on God’s grace and understanding it in our lives.  Glad for those verses this morning, thanks! 

  11. Anonymous

    This was my quote of the day on my google homepage:

    Zoo: An excellent place to study the habits of human beings.
    – Evan Esar

    It made me think of you!! Have fun at all the zoos.

  12. terriwright

    OK. Not to be a wet blanket, but – –  I MIND if you use that title for months. Really. I do.

    Fees for what????? Ohio’s school funding system is sooooo whacked out.

    You should be in 2 PTAs AND a teacher who has to go to the meetings of a third. So fulfilling. What teachers appreciate are parents who communicate, who volunteer to help with trips or stuff, and then stay the heck out of the way. Sorry. I.speak.the.truth.

    Now…what about investigating ‘jot and tittle’?????

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