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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…




Fountain diet coke

Black nail polish


Banana cake


Doesn’t like

Diet coke in a can

Wearing a coat in the car

Fruity drinks or candy

Talking on the phone




Egg nog (whiskey optional)

Donut dates with the boys

Old Simpsons episodes


Doesn’t like

Gum chomping

Ice in drinks

Red turn arrows


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Our little Christmas bundle is going to be one!  I can’t believe it- time sure flies!

I found a picture I liked on pinterest with a baby holding Christmas lights, and I wanted to try it.  -Try- is the key word!  It wasn’t easy and my picture isn’t nearly as good as the original, but I sure do think my subject is cute. :)

Peanut Wilkie Zielke

Way to go Annette Boatright for finding this onesie for our little Wilkie. :)

Simon, you are 7 months old!  The last two months have been filled with new and exciting things in your world.  You have two teeth popping through, but they are taking their sweet time.  Which makes you very sad at times!  Your budding sense of humor is a riot.  I think you’re like Daddy…it is hard to make you laugh, you don’t think just anything is funny.  But when you do laugh it is our favorite thing!  The whole family gathers around to watch. :)  However, you think Elliott is absolutely hilarious.  You always laugh for him!

You recognize your name and your brothers’ names.  When we call Trevor or Elliott you look for them, and you have a huge beaming smile when they enter the room!  This warms my heart.  I love that the three of you love each other so much already.

You surprised us by crawling way earlier than we thought you would!  All of a sudden one night you were determined to get the iPhone and pulled yourself along on the floor to get to it!  Just like a little sea lion. :)  Now you’re all over the place.  My favorite is when I’m taking a shower and come out to find you in our closet.  Hahaha!  Boy do you love cords and electronics though!  You can always manage to find those in the room.  You’re giving me a run for my money at childproofing since I haven’t done it in 4 years!

You like all kinds of foods and you’re easily soothed when fussy if I just put a bunch of cheerios or fruit puffs in front of you.  Watching you use your chubby little fingers to grasp each tiny one and find its way into your mouth (or at least in the vicinity of your mouth) is amazing.  I could spend an hour just watching you do that! :)

My favorite thing is your joy is still very much alive.  Even when you’re crying in your crib, you manage a huge smile behind the tears when I come in to get you.  Your joy is contagious and I pray often that no one ever steals your joy from you.

I love you Peanut Wilkie Zielke,  Eyeball Smart, Simon Isaiah!  You are a joy and a blessing!

BSF review, Take two

(Take one: http://www.zielkehut.com/blog/2010/10/06/my-bsf-review/)

Trevor, Elliott, Simon, and I just completed our first BSF year: Isaiah.  Ah.May.Zing.  I highly recommend you try out a class in your area!  www.bsfinternational.org

God has taught me so much about Himself this past year.  Something that really stuck with me while studying Isaiah is that God will do everything necessary to dig out the “thorny” parts of me.  I remember often reading God’s words to Israel thinking “Man, these people just can’t get it right!”  But then realized God was showing me evidence of similar sin in my own life- arrogance and pride.  Each week He would bring me to my knees realizing He still has so much work to do in me!  He has really helped me to grasp that I need Him moment by moment, there is not one thing I can do on my own.

Another theme I feel like God has been working on in me is from Isaiah 14, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.”  I have always have had my “plans” for my life and really always just thought God would get in line with those plans. (Ughhh, Israelite right here!!)  But He has shown me that His ways are not my ways,  His plan is better, and He is making all things RIGHT!  There has been lots of discomfort in this process, but I trust He is sovereign and would not want to be any place but in the center of His will for my life.  “O Lord, you are my God!  I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.”  Isaiah 25:1

Lastly, I am so very thankful for the children’s program.  To think that my 5 year old, 3 year old, and my 6 week old (when he first started going to his class) are being taught truths about God and learning to praise Him, my heart swells.  I pray fervently for their salvation, to the point that I become very distressed over it.  God overwhelmed me in the notes one of the last weeks when it said, “The Word of God has enormous power to bring about what it announces, as it is communicated by the Holy Spirit.  Have you spoken His Word to your child and been met with indifference?  Will you believe God, that His Word will have effect?”  In that moment I was totally in awe of the LORD.  He knows my heart- my desires, my fears, my everything and meets me right where I am.  All of us women studying Isaiah all have different trials- but God still meets us each where we are.  God began to show me that just as He meets me right where I am- He is meeting each of my children right where they are as well.  When I think of that- my heart is at peace.  The burden that I was some mediator between God and them was lifted, and He showed me that He is their personal God too, and will bring about the truths He has planted.  I just need to encourage them and pray for them as they seek Him.

So to conclude:  I heart BSF :)

A photo journal

Oh, well here it is nearly two months since my last post.  No idea how that happened!  Actually yes I do, three little reasons ages 5, 3, and <1!  But that is no surprise.  The life of a  mother is often less than flexible, not to mention to throw a blog in here and there.  That is why I’m so in awe of my friends that consistently push out posts, not to mention well thought out little devotionals in the making (HELLO Abbi!)  There were so many nights I thought of things I wanted to blog about, but when I turned on my laptop I felt that Grey’s Anatomy seasons 1-4 on Netflix were calling my name instead. :)  So I apologize to you my faithful readers and to myself looking at this printout in my scrapbook (that I have yet to make of course) years down the road.  Ahhh, life…

Let’s see, since April 4th…

We celebrated Papa Roger’s 90th birthday!  (Papa Roger married my Grandma Sharon 15 (?) years ago. )

We got to see some of our cousins in the Jost family and YES Justin is 13 and 6′ 5″!


Simon (like all our boys) love Uncle James.

And then (like all our boys) fell asleep on him.

We celebrated Sarah’s 28th birthday…


Then came Easter…


Then Mother’s Day… (LOVE Mother’s Day :) )

We even got Lily in a family photo :)

And that is a reality moment captured on camera :)

Papa Roger and Grandma Sharon always take everyone out to Lonestar Steakhouse on Mother’s Day…yummm!

And then to wrap up with these two sweet pictures.  Remember my grand idea to take pictures of Simon on the same green and brown blanket each month?  Yep, so that ended at month 3 apparently. (Sigh.)

In these pictures you range from 4-5 months old Simon.  Look at your sweet chubby legs!  I love your big, huge open mouthed smile.  Your eyes shine and you truly do radiate joy.  Your personality is still so sweet and easygoing.  You’ve started to squeel and you love when we respond to you with the same sounds you make- it quickly becomes a 5 minute little game…or conversation, I guess!  Just today you started reaching for me and I could have passed out in delight. :)  Your little arms were shaky, but you could tell you were trying so hard to coordinate your arms while you watched them intently.  LOVED it.

You also have started to study the pictures in your room.  You pay such close attention to details and you really stop and take it all in.  I have so much to learn from that, Simon!  Even as a sweet little baby you know exactly the right way to live- moment by moment, cherishing every.single.one.  God is using your little life to change me and pick out the thorny parts of my personality.  My rushed, extremely impatient, prideful personality.  I am trying to be more intentional about moment by moment life for life is fleeting. Pause more, rest more, and ENJOY more.  Just like you.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”   Matthew 11:28-30

We have hints that there is a way of life vastly richer and deeper than all this hurried existence, a life of unhurried serenity and peace and power.  If only we could slip over into that Center!  (Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion)


What month even is it!? Time flies…

So it’s only month 3, and I’ve already fallen behind on the Simon updates I wanted to do for him. Oh, goodness!

When Simon was two months old (Feb 15th) he experienced his first move!  We boxed everything up and unpacked everything, and are starting to actually feel settled in our new home!  I still have lots of “projects” I want to tackle (Michael rolls his eyes at my daily mentions of spray paint, sandpaper, and refinishing…)  But we are getting settled nonetheless. Simon, you are such a joy!  Your brothers think you are the greatest little ball of fun ever, and I love watching you smile back at them thinking they are just the most hilarious capsules of energy ever!  We like to watch you discover your hands too.  You get so excited about them and kick your legs excitedly.  You sure are packing on the pounds too!  Just like Trevor was, you’re close to the 100th percentile for weight!  Unlike your brothers though, you’re really tall too!  The boys were always in the 60th percentile for height, but you’re in the 80th! We love to “talk” with you and you sweetly coo and gurgle at us while smiling.  You have such a sweet spirit.

You started your first BSF  class this month too!  I walked by your 0-2 year old class on the way to my lecture and all the babies were in a circle in their carseats or in the teachers’ arms (my friend Becky was holding you) and they were telling you the about 4 sentence Bible story that was an abbreviated version of the one your brothers and I were hearing (Isaiah).  Then they started singing the hymns over you!  I cried.  How awesome that seeds of God’s truth are being planted in you so early.  2 Timothy 3:15 rings true! “and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus”!

You turned 3 months old (March 15th) this month!  I cannot believe how fast the time is flying.  We received devastating news that Dr. Chuck died suddenly, and we flew down to Texas right away to be with Nana Nu and family.  It was precious to see your sweet smile bring joy to people though even in the midst of tragedy.  Auntie Laura (Musfeldt/Walker) carried you all around one afternoon because she said you were helping her cope with the loss of her amazing dad, even if it was just for a few hours.  You sure are a blessing.

I tried putting you in your room overnight a few days ago, but around 11 pm, I went and picked you up- sound asleep- and brought you into our room!  My heart is having a REALLY hard time with you growing up!  Last night I decided I was going to try again, and I seriously had to talk to God about it for a good ten minutes, asking Him to enable me to hold you with open hands- for I know it is GOD who sustains you and carries you, not me.  I asked Him to help me to embrace the next stage of life with you and not hold on so tightly to the past.  He is helping me because sure enough, I put you down in your crib at 9 pm with great peace, and did not go back to get you until 7 am!  He’s growing me Simon! :)  Thanks for being His instrument in that!

I captured a few of your smiles (but, Lord help me to figure out my camera settings better so they aren’t so fuzzy!)  Love you little dumpling! (Thanks for the nickname Charlene Hoadley!)

Two Months
Three Months

Loving on our sweet friend Oliver!
No joke, I found Elliott asleep on afternoon like this! He loves Lily!

It moves

Woah.  Blog drought again!  I go through my day and “write” blogs in my head all the time…but then getting around to posting them is a whole other story!  I love having my blog.  I’ve started to print out my posts to make a scrapbook for the boys, so they can read about what their mom was like in their early years. :)  And lets be honest, I’m not going to get around to making scrapbooks by hand anytime soon- I only have up to Trevor’s 4 month pictures done thus far…hahaha!  My blog is a way for me to share what is on my heart, which is such a great outlet for me since most of my daily conversation is with kids age 5 and under.  And it is such a blessing to hear from people that they like to read my pondering thoughts and are encouraged in some way…or that one of our escapades gave them a good laugh! :)  So Blog, I’m glad to be back on you! :)

Simon has stolen my heart.  It’s so funny because each time I’m pregnant I think I can’t possible love the next child as much as I love the previous ones.  How amazing how your heart immediately triples in size and you can’t imagine life without this new little bundle!!  Little Simon is my chubby, cuddly lovebug. Every time we reach a new milestone it makes me even more teary than before!  Putting away the 0-3 month clothes sent me into hyseterics, and don’t even get me started on thinking about moving him to his room!  With Trevor and Elliott I anticipated each new stage (to my dismay now, I even rushed it sometimes), and they were sleeping in their own rooms by 6 weeks!  So what is it?  Could it be that I feel that Simon is the last piece of our family unit, so I cling to the baby part?  Am I afraid of the unknown- the next stage of life as a family, goodbye newborn childbearing years?  I don’t know.  But I’ve found myself dwelling so much on the sadness of saying goodbye to one thing to move on to the next that I’m missing all the JOY in this moment!

I’m still studying Isaiah at BSF (and I still LOVE IT!) and got stuck on this verse one day.  I had just finished a little sob session with God (they’re quite frequent these days) and no joke, this was the passage I started to read to open my study for the day.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past . See I am doing a new thing!”  Isaiah 43: 18-19a

A few years ago, I was too focused on rushing the future.  Now I’m clinging with clenched fingers to the past.  God, help me to get it right! :)  What have I missed in the here and now- the new things God is doing??

So Lord, help me to be thankful for the past, excited for the future, but joyful in where you have me right now.  I’ll give Simon an extra cuddle and smooch to soak up that baby scent, but each time he reaches a new milestone I’ll look at it with new eyes.  You are growing him and forming him to bring You glory.  I am going to laugh with Elliott when he asks me the never ending circle of “why?” questions, and I won’t burst into tears thinking, “oh, I miss the sound of his little baby voice.  Why can’t I remember his little baby voice???”  And Trevor.  Oh my where did the years go with Trevor??  And why does he write books about his new love Meara instead of his beloved mommy??? God, help me to embrace the independence you have given him in this season of life and help him to have confidence in who You have created him to be.  Help me to cherish my boys and pour my love all over their little hearts…but help me to hold them with open hands.  For they are yours- may their lives bring you glory!

So what God has shown me is that life is designed to move!  We aren’t meant to stay in the same place forever (how boring and mundane would that be?!)  So I need to embrace the movement and the “new thing”! :)