save the date! (8+01=09)

They didn’t have those nifty little cards back when Gabe and I tied the knot. We’re getting married! Three years from next Friday! SAVE THE DATE! I remember the first one I got a few years ago. It was actually a (really big) magnet with a picture of the happy couple. Too bad I didn’t know either of them. (I think the guy was some random acquaintance of Gabe’s.)


I’m sending you a virtual SAVE THE DATE! I might have maybe mentioned that we’re having a PARTY at the Columbus Zoo on August 1 (2009) to CELEBRATE the culmination of our 52 Zoos in 52 Weeks adventure! And you and your family are invited!

And you’re also invited to pray that everything works out.

Like I said, my faith is being tested. How in the world are we going to get these zoos done?? How in the world am I going to plan a party of this magnitude?? (I am very easily overwhelmed by stuff like this–to the point of tears and teeth-gnashing.)

I just want to crawl under my desk and quit. Quit.

I’m in over my head. But not over God’s head. And I’m taking deep breaths. And praying. Asking God to show me when He wants me to a.) dive in, take risks, go all out and when He wants me to b.) stop, pray, wait for Him to act.

Some little unexpected blessings came our way today. And one big one. We sold our first ad (on the zoo site)! Woohoo, God! Just 5 more to go, and we’re off to California! (well, as soon as we go to Michigan, et. al)

Anyway, if you can come on August 1 to celebrate with us, please mosey on over to and fill out our brand-spankin’-new RSVP form. (bless you, Gabe!)

There’ll be GAMES! And cool DOOR PRIZES! And CAKE! And lots of fun, laughs, friends and animals!

And for those of you who can’t come and are feeling left out, you can RSVP your regrets in the comments. Tell me you’d love to come, but… you live in Oregon. Or you’ll be on vacation. Or you have to wash your hair. Be creative. Be funny. Be kind.

Happy Thursday!

13 thoughts on “save the date! (8+01=09)

  1. Mavis

    Wish I could so be there! I’m jealous that you are doing the whole 52 zoos thing! I’m a zoo freak…

    I won’t be there…I’ll be busy coloring books and wiping poop off butts of 2 little boys, and cleaning up their messes

    would much rather be there with you

  2. Stephanie

    Oh, how I wish I could be there! I don’t live in Oregon, but I still live five states away. 🙁

    I love you!!!!!

  3. Peter P

    I’d love to come but I live in California and I’ve been banned from all zoos for life for trying to a crocodile.

    He looked hungry and the zoo keeper just looked like he wanted to be crocodile food.

    Some people get so touchy when you push them into a crocodile enclosure!

  4. Marla Taviano

    Gitz–I so wish you and Riley could come. 🙁

    Val–I would LOVE your help. I’ll be in touch!

    Tonia, Gail, Mary–I’ll miss you!

    Kelsie–I’m all over the book!

    Jamie–You rock.

    Sarah–Thank you! I’ll let you know!

    Jess–Any-sized cake. I’m hoping lots of people bring them. I have 3 so far. 🙂

  5. jess

    question: let’s pretend i check the “donate zoo-themed cake” box. will that box dissappear for anyone else? cuuuuuuz, while i’d love to do that, i’m pretty sure i couldn’t donate for an entire zoo party. but, i could donate a good sized cake that would feed some of the people, assuming others would donate a cake, too? (am i making sense?)

  6. Sarah

    Let me know when you will be at the Philadelphia zoo. If they arent able to give you free tickets, I can get 4 out of 5 of you in for free. My husband and I recently bought a family pass. I get 2 kids and 2 guests every time I go.

    If they give you free tickets, I can bring lunch anyway!

    (The only thing I cant offer is a place to stay. Sorry. Although I will try talking to a couple people. I might be able to get something. Let me know if you still need anything for Philly!)

  7. Jamie Nygaard

    Even if it pours down rain. I’ll be there. Even if our house is infested with termites. I’ll be there. Even if I have an ingrown toe nail. I’ll be there. Even if I have a bad case of head lice. I’ll be there. Even if I don’t get a wink of sleep the night before. I’ll be there. Get the point?

  8. Mary

    ah, i so wish we could come!! i will be very pregnant though 🙂 it will turn out perfectly…don’t worry for one second. praying for y’all!

  9. Gail

    Bah. You want witty, funny, creative excuses? All I want to do is cry! I wish I could be there on that day, but we’ll be on a trip that can’t be rescheduled. I know you’ll have such a fabulous time and God will provide in a big way to make it happen. Even if it means He equips you with a sudden Spirit-anointed ability to be a party planner!

  10. Kelsie

    Marla, have you ever read “God’s Smuggler” by Brother Andrew? I recently finished it, and I LOVED it! Over and over again he shared stories of God’s Perfect Provision – down to the last minute, the exact amount of money needed, etc. Perhaps this would serve as an encouragement to you. I’m praying! 🙂

  11. Tonia

    Marla, I would love to come but we will be at Mike’s niece’s wedding that day. I will be here on the praying end though. Sounds so fun.

  12. Valerie

    Filled out form… if you need help planning or organizing let me know….my college schedule won’t be near as crazy as this quarter’s!

    I’ll repeat what my Dr. told me yesterday during a checkup “Don’t give up, or lose faith, God will take care of you in the end”!! I love my doctor, and believe he’ll be an excellent choice for when I deliver future miracle child!!

  13. gitz

    I’d love to come, but I live in Iowa. And I can’t leave the house. And I’d have to bring my dog and he’d try to attack the elephants despite the fact that he’s the size of their toenails.

    But other than that, I’d love to be there. 🙂

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