2011 in review (and behind the scenes)

Behind the scenes:

I asked Michael to help the boys write their current likes and dislikes for our Christmas card this year.  We laughed and laughed at their final picks.  I love each of their unique personalities! :)

Note Trevor’s “don’t like” number 9…haha, oh Trevor.

Trevor’s List:

Elliott’s List:

 

Final product:

Merry Christmas! :)

 

I have worn a lot of black nail polish this year. This dawned on me while staring at my severely neglected toes.  I have a six-year-old navigating life as a full time student, a four-year-old constantly flexing his strong will, and one-year-old that eats Glade scented plug-ins.  Who has time for primping toenails?

 

Living with our bundle of boys may limit my free time, but there remains an abundance of joy.  One of my favorite events of the day is when Michael and I sit on the ground and just laugh with our boys.  Even if just for a moment, we climb down off the hamster wheel of the daily grind and enjoy each other’s presence.  We have experienced birth and death this year, and more than ever we realize that life is fleeting. We are finding that whatever life brings, God draws us closer to Him and closer to each other.  Life can be black, but God steadily chips away at the darkness in us, and we discover our joy is in Him, not in life’s circumstances.

 

“In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

 

This Christmas I am thankful for a God who came 2,000 years ago to meet us right where we were, and continues to meet us right where we are today.  It is in Him alone that our Hope and our Joy are found!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy 2012!

 

And in case you were wondering…

 

Jenni

Likes

Fountain diet coke

Black nail polish

Smiling

Banana cake

 

Doesn’t like

Diet coke in a can

Wearing a coat in the car

Fruity drinks or candy

Talking on the phone

 

Michael

Likes

Egg nog (whiskey optional)

Donut dates with the boys

Old Simpsons episodes

 

Doesn’t like

Gum chomping

Ice in drinks

Red turn arrows

 

Follow us at www.zielkehut.com and www.beautifythehut.blogspot.com

 

4 thoughts on “2011 in review (and behind the scenes)”

  1. Jenni and Michael…what wonderful happenings! I’m so happy to hear about your year and the list from the two older boys…and yours of course! (I will always see you as smiling, Jenni!)
    Is this picture in Bliss Woods? So many pretty places for pics there in the fall…but I don’t ever want to go back to IL to live. I can’t tell you how much I LOVE living in the warm Phoenix area. Please pass on my greetings and hugs to both of the Birkeneder and Zielke families!

  2. What a nice greeting, I love it! I thoroughly enjoy keeping up with the family on Facebook. At my age it is refreshing to share the happy times of young families as so many of my friends are having “memory” problems – or no longer around. Enjoy every day and year as they are so precious. They grow up unbelievably fast, and you’ll soon wonder where the years have gone. God Bless!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.