Finding Joy in Him

Through Every Season

The Zoo

Mike and I went to the zoo a few months ago and purchased family passes.  Its a smallish zoo (we were spoiled by the world class Saint Louis zoo) but it’s nice.
I’ve been wanting to take the kids to see what it’s like before it got too hot.  I would go everyday just to walk and enjoy the scenery if I could only learn to make the time.  It’s only a 10 minute drive but the zoo opens at 9 am which is right in the middle of school.
I had a rough couple of days this week and decided that Thursday would be the perfect day to take off, go to the zoo and take some pictures for myself for Mother’s Day.  Friday went much better.. God’s grace was there to do all I needed to do.  

Do I look like I had a rough couple of days?
My mathematician made me promise to make calzones to take with us.  When we lived in San Antonio, I would often make these spinage and turkey pepperoni calzones and take visiting friends out for a picnic and a walk through a park.  We wrap them in foil and pack them in an ice chest; we’re always surprised when they are still warm.  The one thing I forgot was to first wrap them in a paper towel to help absorb the moisture.  The red sauce is our spaghetti sauce for dipping.  My Hungry Howie’s Pizza employee said I could put a thin layer of sauce in the calzone before baking them.  I like a lot of sauce and when I put it all in it oozes out and makes a mess while it’s baking.
Although I love giraffes, I’ve learned that happiness in life comes when I am content like this zebra.  Why does grass look greener in the neighboring lions den?  I think I’d prefer to be too short to even see over the boundaries that the Lord has laid out for me.  Since I am not, I try to keep focused on Him and on where I am at and enjoy the life He has given me.  

God is good!
We thought this monkey with the handle bar mustache was really interesting.
Gifts from God.
The highlight of the show was this baby elephant and a baby rhino born this winter at the zoo.  I was so stunned at how much the rhino had grown that I forgot to take any pictures of him.

It was starting to warm up.  Baby is cooling down in the pile of dirt while dad is taking a splash.
Smile for the camera.
Finally a perfect pose.
Love you all,
Happy Mother’s Day!

3 Comments

  1. You need to post your calzone recipe.

  2. Take your favorite bread dough recipe and make a batch. Divide into balls about the size of your fist. Roll out one ball at a time. Put in a pretty good fist full of fresh spinage a few pepperonis and a pinch full of cheese. If you want to do it pizza boy’s way spread sauce on the dough first. Fold “pizza” in half and pinch edges togther. Lay on baking pan. Cut vents in the top to let out steam. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 min.

  3. enjoyed your zoo photos! Thanks for the card…sorry I missed your calls!

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