Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Celebrating the Goofballs

Had these guys on my mind all day long!

Rough week at school for the girls and I just wanted to celebrate these three goofballs and the amount of joy they bring this household!

Like this bold, confident and strong leader here!

Always ready and willing to stand up for what's right and defend those in need of defense!

Or this girl here - with enough empathy to go around for everybody!

Her ability (and willingness) to connect with people and their feelings and emotions is incredible!

And of course there is this guy...

Crazy as he is (and trust me... he's CRAZY) - he knows how to love well and brings humor to every situation!

They bring joy to my every single day that simply cannot be replicated or replaced!

Daddy loves ya, guys... never stop being the YOU that you are!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Handsome and Silly

Real talk... we're in trouble with this little dude.

I mean seriously... he is like the cutest, most handsome little dude around.

We get it homie... you're cute!

But on top of that - he's the goofiest, silliest, funniest little man around!

And honestly - it feels like a lethal combo as he grows up!

Dear God... help us all.

Z-Dogg... tone down your cuteness and silliness, partner!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Why We Have Our Hope

Easter Sunday... what an absolute "chill day" today was for us!

And we LOVED it!

Since we attended service at church last night - we had options for the day and we exercised them!

We slept in (if 8:00 AM counts as sleeping in).

We had a big, fat fairly whole30 compliant breakfast that mommy whipped up!

These three goofballs dug in on some coloring of some eggs...

And their patience paid off with some deep, gorgeous colored eggs!

I shall remember their patience as I eat them this week!

There was some fun to be had in their easter baskets... not to mention some NOT whole30 compliant goodies!

We headed out as a group to enjoy some game time at Starbucks - and I read them some stuff about today from the bible on the way.

See - today is super special for disciples of Jesus.

It's THE day really.

It's why we have the hope we have!

And all week I have focused on the things leading up to the holiest weekend ever... sharing with the goofballs all that went down.

And while this day is super special for sure... here's the deal: we try to live EVERY SINGLE DAY remembering this stuff.

We don't always get it right... but we certainly try!

After our game time was over - we headed out for a short hike in a local area around here to just admire some of God's handiwork...

And then it was:

Annual Family Photo time!

Of course we had to get out our seats and jump around!

And it wouldn't be a "Camp Hoffman Photo Shoot" without someone yelling "BBoy poses - go gangsta!"

But this one here - this did it for me.

We were all laughing and smiling and it just feels like we captured the reality of the moment.

And tonight - I can't stop looking at it.

I think about today - and what we celebrated - and the hope His sacrifice gives us - and I look at my crew - and darn it - I get stupid emotional.

Cuz I don't deserve them - and I don't deserve this hope... both of them a HUGE gift to me.

This hope is real. And while I won't beat anybody about the head and shoulders over it - I wish EVERYBODY had it.

If you're curious about why we celebrated what we did today - or what it has looked like in our lives to receive this gift of hope - and wanna talk about it - PLEASE holler at any member of our crew - and we'd love to tell ya about it.

Happy Easter - from our crew to yours!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

She Caught Me!

I was running a hair behind to Mebbie's soccer game tonight and when I got there - I started snapping pics of my beautiful long-legged athlete out there on the field...

It was funny - as I watched her through the viewfinder - way across the field - something alerted her to me taking pics i guess - as she looked my way...

And then - as she realized I was there - that Mebbie-Smile spread across her face...

Until she was beaming!

I love watching this girl play! Her athleticism is fun to watch - but what tops it all is her love and joy for the sport and for others.

Always smile out there Mebbie - NOBODY can take that from ya!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Money Saved For Car

I saw this envelope hanging on the refrigerator and I needed some answers!

So I identified that handwriting and went straight to the source:

The Meronator, of course!

She quickly opened it up to show me what she had... and went on to explain her plan of saving as much money over the next 5 years as she could so she could buy a car when she got her drivers license!

I ain't fighting that plan!

I absolutely adore this girl's ambitious spirit!

Good luck Meron... can't wait to see what kinda whip you're riding in!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Growing Up Zechie...

Dear Zechie...

I see you, bro bro. I just want you to know that.

I know it might seem like life is all about rules and authority and listening and learning right now... and it certainly doesn't seem very fun at times.

But I need you to know this... I see you.

I was your age once. Shocking... I know.

But I was. And I know how tough growing up can be for a fiercely independent, strong-willed, defiant little dude.

I may not have had your ridiculously dope haircut and seriously cute looks - but I knew the struggle of growing up.

And hear me buddy... we got you. We got your back.

We are in your corner. We WANT you to win!

So please... know that I see you.

I see how hard you're working and you're trying.

And I'm proud of you... and proud to be your daddy.

Always here for you, brother!

Love always ~

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Siblings AND Friends

I had two accompanying walkers on my quick walk tonight...

And as we cruised the 'hood... I was struck with just how much these two love each other!

They're more than siblings... they're actually friends too!

Mebbie puts up with a LOT - there's no denying that...

But this I can assure you... Z-Dogg looks up to her SO MUCH!

I hope this relationship only grows stronger and they NEVER lose it!