Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Love Of Friends

Look - consider yourself warned...

If you don't wanna be loved in a BIG way - then I would suggest trying NOT to become friends with Z-Dogg...

This little afro-d dude is a friend loving machine!

He adores his friends. He admires them.

He speaks of them often and almost always greets them with a gigantic bear hug.

He is SOOO Ethiopian in that sense. So relational. So loving.

Bottom line... HE LOVES HIS FRIENDS.

Your daddy has learned a lot from you Z... keep loving big!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Summer 'Do

3 more days of school and summer break will be upon us.

With summer break comes the pool - and with the pool comes a LOT of time spent on hair.

Laura is being proactive this year - so all the girls left the house at 9:00 AM this morning and didn't return until round 1:30...


A lady in the neighborhood does hair for an incredibly reasonable price... so we are all hooked up now!

Both girls were looking so different with their hair back and away from heir faces...

Had to warn Meron not whip her hair back and forth too - that could be seen as a weapon!

Looking good girls - now as soon as the Prodigal SUN returns and the snow goes away - go enjoy that pool!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Her Journal Entry: My Famlee

Laura messaged me at work and said "Come home... I gotta show you something..."

Curious and kinda worried - I was out the door quick. I got home and she met me in the hallway carrying that journal up there.

As school is coming up to an end - the kids are getting to bring stuff home. And that is Meron's journal that she had been writing in for the whole year.

Talk about a blessing... great stories written by Meron. I love it.

And with tears in her eyes - Laura turns to the second entry and hands it to me...

Early in the year she was struggling with spacing - so let me translate this one for ya:

"My Family

The Hoffman's Story. A little boy named Brighton, he had died. Then we made a ministry called Brighton Their World. It is a fun ministry.

We can feed babies all around the world. Our family is Christian and this is a true story. It's an emotional story. I know because I was in it.

I miss him sooooooooooo much. He was what made our family cool. He was the most loving boy on the earth.

Love Meron. To Brighton."
And - well now my eyes were filled with tears. A lot of them.

I called Meron in there and tried to talk to her... I barely got anything out.

It just showed us man... stuff we talk about. Stuff we care about. Stuff our family is all about. It is in there... in her heart. Our prayers for their hearts to be made like His are working.

Outside of our influence - on her own - she was thinking about Brighton.

Meron - this is SO MUCH MORE than a journal entry. This is a gift that mommy and daddy will cherish forever and ever...

Thank you, sweet girl. Thank you...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Do Something Bigger Than Yourself

We came home yesterday to find a box from our friends at Ekubo Ministries.

It had some awesome shirts and some really cool bracelets and earrings for the girls!

There was an incredibly encouraging note inside that was way too kind.

They even sent shirts for the big kids!

And I absolutely LOVE the saying on the front:

Do Something Bigger Than Yourself!

I mean... yes! We should all be doing that!

Of course the goofball gang had to get a little nutty with it all...

And even bust out some b-boy poses.

That's just how we roll people.

Seriously though - thank you guys so much. Your giving hearts made our day.

Wanna learn a bit more about what these guys are up to? Go check 'em out at Ekubo Ministries and see how you can do something bigger than yourself!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Queen of the Bomb

I didn't even see her slide in there.

Z-Dogg had absolutely no clue she was like a millimeter behind his 'fro.

The girl is - without a doubt - the Queen of the Photo Bombs.

On another note - I love that the backgrounds of our millions of pictures we take will start including random dog behinds and stuff again... just feels right.

The house is back in order.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Flock Of Seagulls

"Thanks mommy for the work on the hair..."

"Wait... why is daddy giggling?"

"What'd you do up there?"

"Oh man... did you do Flock of Seagulls again...???"

Looking fantabulous Z-Dogg! Don't change a thing...

Monday, May 18, 2015

Joy All Over

A certain somebody 'round here had been lobbying for some canine companionship for a LONG TIME...

The last two days - she has been ECSTATIC! ALIVE! BEAMING!

There's a whole lotta joy bursting outta this girl...

And it's contagious!