Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Homework... Library Style!


Our crew has always been pretty darn good at doing their homework... with as much as they got going on - they kinda have to!

But today Laura decided to try a new tactic - and right after picking them up at school they drove straight to our local library to camp out and do their homework.

And they LOVED it!

Z-Dogg pointed at his head and then tapped his temple while saying:

"It was so much easier to concentrate there..."
They all got all their work done and had time to walk around and each pick out a book to check out!

And Laura even checked out this massive reading program for Zechie.. a literal suitcase full of reading help!

Guys... Aunt Wendy the Librarian would be super proud!

We gotta remember this great resource exists right down the road from us!

Local library for the win!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

He Makes Beautiful Things...


Our God knows how to make some incredibly beautiful things...

there is no doubt about it!


And those mountain are pretty nice looking too!

Meron - you are a BEAUTIFUL daughter of THE King!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Me and My Homie


God is so sovereign... so in control.

When He breathed life into me 45 years ago this past Friday... and then - 38 years later - ON THE SAME DAY - decided to breathe life into Z-Dogg...

He knew exactly what He was doing!


And what an amazing gift He gave me.

We both LOVE the fact that we share the same birthday - that God had foreseen our lives together and gave us this day to share.


I love this little dude with every fiber of my being... and I am so thankful for the gift of his life and the gift that he is to me.

Being a daddy to Z-Dogg is one of my truest joys in life!

Lord... hold him close and keep him safe so that we can celebrate a bunch more birthdays together!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Smiley Faces, Hearts and World Adoption Day


I know I'm a hair late to this - but I had to process it a bit.

World Adoption Day was this past Friday (November 9th) - a day set aside to celebrate family and raise awareness for adoption.

And anybody who knows me knows I am ALL about that!

But the movement calls for folks to rally on social media with a smiley face drawn on their hand and to spread awareness through that and a hash tag.

And that had me feeling some sort of way...


Because if I'm honest - the smiley face is just a piece of the bigger picture.

In reality... it kinda starts right here.


Adoption starts with loss. With trauma. With pain.

With tears. With lost identity and hard questions.

It starts with separation...

It starts with HEARTBREAK.


And as much as we like to romanticize it and make it seem like love fixes it all... the fact is - it doesn't always work that way.

Matter of fact...

It rarely works that way.


What comes next is definitely loving...

And talking. And sharing. And crying.

And praying. And understanding. And listening. And trusting.

And learning. And unlearning. And growing. And strengthening.

And eventually... maybe... some HEALING.


And then... THEN comes some smiley faces!


And laughter. And joy. And hugging.

And loving. And continual learning. And more trusting.

And answers. And comfort. And found identities.

And SMILEY FACES galore!


See... I KNOW my kids' stories.

I know them well... and they're not ALL smiles.

And I have far too many friends who said "Okay, God..." and jumped in only to find themselves walking really hard, really painful, really challenging paths for me to be able to reduce the awareness and celebration to a single SMILEY FACE.

Nope - I think it is ALL THREE things that make up the awareness we need to be pushing.

The brokenness, the healing and the eventual redemption that can lead to smiles.


I've always said - from day one - that God intended for us to be with our original families - but a fallen world full of fallen circumstances often gets in the way of that... and that's where God steps in with His solution.

Adoption to me is God's Holy and Redeeming Solution to a fallen world's problematic transgressions.

I know this much for sure... it hasn't always been easy around here - it certainly hasn't always been smiles... but to know He is smack in the middle of it with us has been nothing short of amazing and He has grown us ALL in the process.

ADOPTION... hard, painful, overwhelming at times... but SO SO worth it!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Pop, Pop Goes The Ankle... The Ankle


I was about two thirds of the way up the Incline (a steep set of steps I like to scoot up)... when my phone rang.

"Laura Hoffman Is Calling"

She never calls when I'm on the Incline... we text a lot but she never calls... kinda freaked me out!

A quick phone call later and then she sends me this picture up there of Meron looking pitiful!

She had been at a Gymnastics Birthday Party and had jacked up ankle pretty bad and even heard a "Pop!"


Now they were at an urgent care and that sucker was looking pretty swollen and they were going to X-Ray it to rule out any breaks or fractures (we hoped!)


About 2 hours after arriving she headed out with a professionally wrapped, slightly sprained ankle with NO BREAKS!

Woo Hoo!

So now we elevate, rest, miss one week of P.E. at school and start bearing weight on it tomorrow to get her back in the game!

She had to miss a church event tonight where she was supposed to be working the Family Movie Night - and she was bummed - but we're all pretty grateful right now for no breaks!


So tonight - she chills in the guest room to avoid the steps as we all say some prayers of praise and thanks for things like "sprains only!"

Heal up quick big girl!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Seven and Sixteen


Super busy day and I may have caught a little of what Meron was wrestling with - but I couldn't let the day end without wishing a SUPER HAPPY BIRTHDAY to this guy!

Happy 7th Birthday, Z-Dogg!


And it's not just Z-Dogg's birthday today... it's also our anniversary!

Sixteen years of putting up with me!

Laura deserves some sort of award for that!

More to come on all that God decided to pack into November 9th - but for now... I go sleep!

Thankful for both of these blessings in my life!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

And... She's Back!


The Meronator has been under the weather the last few days.

Fever, dizziness, chills, body aches...

But a couple days of straight sleeping... and she is almost all the way back!

The house just isn't the same when Meron isn't feeling great... so welcome back to the land of the living girl!

Rock on with your goofy, healthy self, Meron!