Saturday, January 28, 2012


(Sarah dear, this one is for you)

I once said in college (while I was taking an ichthyology class, still one of my all time favorite classes) “You know, you can learn a lot about God through fish.”  I still don’t know why so many people thought that was a strange statement.  Oh….yeah I do.


(I’m not advocating to eat sea jellies – ps that’s right, NOT jellyfish, the correct term is sea jellies – but I don’t have many pictures of fish!)

So with that…this is a total random post.  But, it’s been in my head as I haven’t closed a few web-pages as I’ve been reading quite a bit about where our fish comes from.  Nothing new – we’ve all heard to be extra careful about where our fish is sourced from / how it is grown.  Just consider this an encouragement as we all journey through loving food and loving our planet!  How very green and hippie of me.


(Our dinner from the other night…yummy tilapia in foil packets…easy clean-up, uses up veggies…win-win.) 

SO, here is a great website that is maintained through Monterey Bay Aquarium (need I say more?) – an easy place to check what you’re buying.

Happy Fishing!


This summer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium…goodness, you can really tell I was excited!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Celebrating MLK Day

It is a privilege of parenting to be reminded to review often.  Through teaching Abi, I am constantly working through my ideas at times reevaluating them.  There’s nothing like the questions of a three year old to make sure you really know what you believe!

When talking to Abi about MLK Jr. today – I was thankful.  Thankful for the different country that I live in than my parents grew up in.  Thankful that Abi’s eyes and mind couldn’t comprehend that we would ever treat someone poorly because they looked different than we did.

Yet, reminded of the great distance that we still have left as modern day abolitionists.  That there is still a whole-lotta ugly out in the world today.


"So, I conclude by saying again today that we have a task and let us go out with a "divine dissatisfaction." Let us be dissatisfied until America will no longer have a high blood pressure of creeds and an anemia of deeds.

Let us be dissatisfied until the tragic walls that separate the outer city of wealth and comfort and the inner city of poverty and despair shall be crushed by the battering rams of the forces of justice. [,et us be dissatisfied until those that live on the outskirts of hope are brought into the metropolis of daily security.

-- Martin Luther King Jr., Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Georgia 1967.

An excerpt from Heather’s post.  Please go read the entire post here.  Good stuff.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Working at a zoo…

There are OH so many reasons why I really love my once-a-week / occasionally-on-weekends gig.  It is a reminder and an outlet to a previous and current passion – it is amazing to have lunch out with friends once a week sans kiddos – I am thankful to keep in touch with former colleagues – and when you forget to wear make-up, it’s no big deal.

Yep – went to work yesterday in a bit of a tizzy because I knew I was running late for a meeting…and I didn’t wear make-up.  And no one cared.  And that was pretty nice.

Oh, and I love it for these reasons too…



*Cathy Burkey


*Cathy Burkey

Thursday, January 5, 2012

On this, the twelfth day of Christmas

What a beautiful holiday season it has been.  We have rejoiced much, laughed hard, celebrated exceedingly, and been thankful continually.  We are sad to see the season of anticipation and joy leaving; but as a friend was saying the other day – it is also refreshing to begin a new year.

So, here are twelve cherished memories of this most special season.  In no particular order…

(When you do recaps – you realize that although you think you take a lot of pictures – in actuality, you miss so many special moments!  New Years Eve & day / the complete Christmas Eve / moments in between – oh goodness.)

Christmas Lights!

Once done in tandem with an early evening park stop / Chocolate Shake / a darn good book…



Once done with some yummy Starbucks and the delightful Park Cities…

Science School Christmas Party!


I took shockingly few pictures…but Abi rocked the Cake Walk.  Probably her favorite part…


Christmas Eve

Note to self…take the picture before church next time.



Christmas Morning

Happy Birthday, Jesus!  What a special few hours.  Our hearts were full.






Crafting Time!

Cookies, Crafts…oh yummy.

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Oh right, and our elf, Elfiee…didn't know where else to stick him!





Such Special Family Time – Wallace Edition






Small Group Christmas Party

We are beyond thankful for this special group of people.  We love walking through life with them.  Jennings, you were missed!

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More Special Family Time – Zamzow Edition








The Heard Museum!

Not exactly “Christmas-ey” but it was a treat to go and we’ll definitely be back!  Before those dinosaurs go extinct for the  year…

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Park Time!

Oh my goodness, with the amazing Dallas weather, there were so many beautiful park days to be had.  Needless to say, we took advantage.





So many sweet times with cherished friends, new & old; it is such a privilege to live life and celebrate in beautiful community.  We are thankful for 2011 and greet 2012 with smiles on our faces and joy in our hearts!