Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Day at the Zoo

A couple of weeks ago my three grandsons
~ my oldest daughters three boys ~
had the week off for Spring Break.
I had the joy and privilege  in joining up
with them and spending the day at the zoo.
It was a warm sunny day as we strolled
along the paths enjoying God's Creation
in the beauty of His Creatures.
"For every creature of God is good."
( 1 Timothy 4:4a) 
My favorite of God's creatures is the penguin ~
I love Penguins!
But I didn't get to see them as they were
hiding in their little caves,
all I could see was the belly of one in hiding.
Maybe next time?

"Even every one that is called by my name;
for I have created him for my glory.
I have formed him; yea,
I have made him."
(Isaiah 43:7) 
~ All creation was made by God
and we were created for His glory ~

My beautiful daughter ~ Dawn

"Lift up your eyes on high,
and behold who hath created these things."
( Isaiah 40:26)

" All things were made through Him,
and without Him nothing was made that was made."
(John 1:3)

Look at that precious face!

Yes, God made the snakes :)

If you look closely it looks like the fish is kissing my grandson

And the underwater life

And He made my precious grandsons :)
My handsome boy's!

"So God created man in His own image;
in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them."
(Genesis 1:27)


God's purposeful creation of the heavens and the earth
extends also to those He created in His image.
Our lives have purpose and meaning
because we are the handiwork of the creator - God who
"fearfully and wonderfully"
created us and fashioned our days before
they came to pass. (Psalm 139:14-16)
Not only are we physically created in God's image
to represent Him on the earth (Genesis 1:26-27)
we are spiritually created in Christ
when we are born again (John 3:3-8)
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation; old things have passed away;
behold all things have become new.
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

I have a feeling some sand went home with these boys :)

"For of Him and through Him and to Him
                                      are all things, to whom be glory for-ever. Amen."
(Romans 11:36) 

This Gamma had a delightful day!
Gamma loves you boys!


You O God, are the creator
 of the heavens and the earth.
Thank you for the life You have blessed us with,
and may we delight in You,
as You surround us with Your glory.

~ Debbie ~


J said...

I loved seeing this because I have enjoyed the same type of experience and it is priceless! Your grandsons are so handsome and look so happy and contented. I am so glad you mentioned the creation of animals as one of God's many gifts to us - ones that we must respect and care for humanely.
May our Risen Lord continue to bless your beautiful family!

Stephanie said...

It looks like ALL of you had a delightful day and I'm sure many memories were made...memories those dear boys will remember throughout the years.

They are blessed with a precious "Gamma" and you are blessed with three sweet boys :) I thoroughly enjoyed the photos and the image with the fish "kissing" my sister's sweetie is just too cute.

You and Sis look so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your wonderful time at the Zoo with us and for tying in God's Word...this was a lovely post. Enjoy your day! Love and hugs!

Debby Ray said...

Oh how fun! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Dawn is just as beautiful as her mother and her sister, Stephanie...and your grands are just precious! What a special day that must have been!

Home Meadows said...

What a fun day at the zoo. We have a pass to our zoo and try to go three or four times a year. Our next visit is coming up soon for my birthday to see the spring flowers in bloom. Have a blessed day. Heather

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Debbie- so loved seeing your wonderful pictures of your grandsons and you and your daughter. Looks like there was fun had by all. Hope you had a blessed Easter!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Precious boys! How blessed they are to have you as their Gamma!

Sylvia said...

What a fun day you must have had with those precious grandson's. There is nothing like spending time with the ones you love. God has blessed you, I could feel the Love in your post. Have a wonderful day,Debbie!

Love and hugs, Sylvia

Anonymous said...

It is fun to meet Dawn and her sons. What great photos of your precious time spent together enjoying the zoo. Looks like a lot of the animals were sleepy! Wishing you a lovely afternoon.

Sola Scriptura said...

You have been blessed with such a lovely family. I'm glad you could spend that time together at the zoo, looking at many animals God created.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Dear Debbie, what a special post and memories made with your sweet grandson's at the zoo. What handsome boys they are!! Love the pic of you and your beautiful daughter Dawn too. You are blessed with a beautiful family.

Thank you for sharing.
Hugs, Blessings and Joys, CM

Mehrll said...

Isn't it wonderful to be able to spend time with our grandchildren and enjoy God's creatures! You are blessed

Ashley~ said...

You all look so lovely! And the boys are so big! I'm so glad you got to spend time with them and time to reflect on the creator.
I was reading in Exodus 34:6-7 where God describes himself to Moses. I never realized those verses before; God tells us who he is from his own mouth.

Vee said...

Oh I had no idea that there were more beautiful daughters and more grandsons...how wonderful! Very glad that you all enjoyed a delightful day together.

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Ceil said...

Hi Debbie! I can't help but think that God made a great creation in your family life. What a beautiful bunch you are! (Love the longer hair by the way!)

What joy there is for you and for God to bask in the love of his creatures and his family. Blessings to you all!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

It looks like you all had a nice day out together. Thanks for sharing those nice photos of your day.
Julie xo

NanaDiana said...

What great, great pictures. Our SweetCheeks LOVES penguins, too. When she asked the balloon lady to make her a penguin I about fell over-the woman did a fantastic job on it...I couldn't believe it.

Your family is just beautiful, Debbie. What fun to be able to spend the time with them. You got some great pictures.

Love the one of the fish "kissing" your grandson. xo Diana

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a fun-filled day with your other beautiful daughter, and your cutie pie grandsons. I loved seeing the pictures of you, Dawn and the boys at the zoo. Don't you just love making memories with your loved ones?

Vicky Hunt said...

What a fun day out with your handsome grandsons and beautiful daughter. I'm sure lots of memoires were made for all of you. It's been many years since I went to the zoo. My children were small. Some day I will have grandchildren to take too! I look forward to that day...:)

Hugs, Vicky

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a beautiful family you have, Debbie! Your lovely daughter certainly has her hands full with three growing boys! How wonderful to be able to spend the day having fun with them all. I can't wait to be a Gramma - soon.....the end of May - a boy! You are a wonderful and beautiful role model for your family. I love all the scriptures you have chosen today. God has created a wonderful world. Hugs to you! xo Karen

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

Hello Debbie,
How lovely to see photos of your family and precious grandchildren! Our nearest zoo closed down years ago but it didn't end up that exciting a visit as it turned out we had most of the native wildlife on our own property and my children had already seen koalas, wallabies, monitor lizards and other reptiles. Yes, I have to remind myself often that God also made the snakes after more than my fair share of snake encounters over the years including several inside the house! Right now it seems we have a bird convention in the garden with the rainbow lorikeets producing lots of noise. They are not afraid of humans so you can get fairly close to watch them. I do love penguins too. We used to live near a penguin colony in New Zealand. Seeing them in the wild is something very special.

doodles n daydreams said...

It's great having a day out with the grandkids, isn't it? It looks like you all enjoyed your day.


Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Debbie, I couldn't think of a better day than spending it with the grands at the zoo. They are so cute and I love the "legend" shirt..Happy Tuesday..Judy

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Beautiful post Debbie, thanks so much for sharing, it's funny I have just made a penguin card at the weekend for a great nephew who has just turned two,
God made them so cute, too!!!!
Will post it soon, God willing.

We actaully have them just down the road from the marine park, five mins away, once a seal got out and came to our house to say hi, crossed the creek and all!!!

... his snout made a wet mark on on our front windows as he said hi to my mum :)
Hugs, Shaz in Oz,x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I love to see childrens'reactions to God's creatures. The joy of their laughter, I pray, will never leave their minds. Even my high schoolers coo and woo when they see an image of a cute animal! We all never ever grow up inside. Bless you, Debbie! Anita

Robyn said...

Dawn is beautiful, Debbie, and your grandsons so handsome! What a fun day you had with them. Isn't it great to view the world through young one's eyes? Such a treat and it looked like the weather was perfect for you.
Thanks for the big smiles, my friend. Have a beautiful day. xoxo

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, what a wonderful day at the zoo with your precious daughter and grandsons!! What handsome young men, and I love the photo of you and Dawn...so sweet! Precious memories you are building, sweet friend! And I know you are being a godly grandma to these boys who are growing in the knowledge of God's Word through your words and actions! Grandmas have a huge impact in our lives...to that I can attest...and for years to come! Hugs, precious friend!

Shoregirl said...

Looks like fun! We have a trip to the zoo planned with two little great-nephews!

Dee said...

I really enjoyed hearing about your day at the zoo with your family. That one picture really does look like the fish is kissing your grandson.

Ever since that movie March of the Penguins, I really love penguins, too. They are so fascinating. I'm glad you all have a fun day... :)

Jill said...

Looks like a wonderful day! What a beautiful family you have!!

Conniecrafter said...

looks like you all enjoyed a wonderful day together, what a blessing

Cranberry Morning said...

The kids are so cute! Bet they had a blast at the zoo. The penguin is my favorite too. I wonder if I still have my stuffed, satin penguin. Better go check. Have a lovely evening. You have such a wonderful family, Debbie. Always love seeing your posts loaded with Scripture.

The Gathering Place said...

Thanks for the blog visit. It looks like we have similar likes (mainly our families) and some of the same blog friends. I am assuming that you are also a fan of the "Anne of Green Gables" books/movies. The day at the zoo looked like a fun time!

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a beautiful family Debbie, and I love seeing the pretty picture of you. Hmm . . . I'd have to think of what my favorite animal is, there's so many. Lovely how you tied all the Scripture into your post. Your family has a wonderful example to look up to.
Blessings, xo Deborah

Ida said...

What a lovely time you had with your family. You all look very happy together and the zoo is a great place to enjoy God's creation.

Joyful said...

Wonderful post with lots of great pics of your handsome grandsons. I'm sure they have a fabulous time at the zoo. As a child and younger person I know I always enjoyed going to the zoo. In fact, I still would though I haven't been to one in many years. Have a great weekend Debbie. xx

Kim said...

How wonderful to spend such sweet times with your loved ones, wandering around the zoo and drinking in all of God's creatures. Special times indeed!

magnoliasntea said...

What fun it must have been to share in a trip to the zoo with those cool boys and your lovely daughter. We love taking our granddaughters to places like this, but they are getting older...teens so I'm cherishing those times while I can. :)
Have a great weekend, Debbie!

Christine said...

Thank you for such an uplifting and God glorifying post and for sharing the fun of a great family day together
Many thanks and welcome to my blog also!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

Debbie, what a lovely family you have. They sure looked like they had a wonderful time :0)

Kelly-Anne said...

Aww! What a very special day with your daughter and grandsons, dear Debbie! I enjoyed catching a glimpse of your day:)
Going to the zoo is such fun...I haven't been in ages! I love seeing all the animals - my favourite are the tigers and lions!
What a blessed thought that God made us so beautifully and perfectly! To Him be the glory forever!
Blessings and much dear love to you in Christ!

Linda Walker said...

What a beautiful family you have Debbie! Your grandsons are very handsome and it was nice to meet your lovely daughter. It looks like a wonderful day was had by all! Family time is the best!

indah nuria Savitri said...

Such a lovely day you had with your family...for sure everything was great and everyone was happy as well. Lover to see those faces and smiles...

M.K. said...

Sweet grand boys! I'm so glad you got to spend that lovely day with them. They all have different faces, different eyes and smiles, all handsome and friendly. Congrats on your lovely family!

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