Even though we gotta get up at like 4:15 AM to get laura to the airport on time as she heads out tomorrow for the Created For Care retreat/conference in Atlanta - look what this dedicated mommy was up late doing...
Making sure her big girl's hair was all set so daddy wouldn't have a nervous breakdown trying to get it right!
Her tireless dedication to all things hair is just one of a BILLION reasons we love this mommy!
So glad she gets to go to this get-away and SO THANKFUL for the people who bust their butts almost year round to make this event possible.
We'll miss you mommy - but thanks to you our hair will look good while we're doing it!
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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
One of Meron's nightly duties is to grab her books and read out loud to her brother and sister.
Gives her reading practice...
And these guys seem to LOVE it!
One of the things I have absolutely adored while watching Meron learn to read is the ways he says the word "Happy." It's not just two syllables to her - it's more like 10 with most of them being "EEEEEE" as she sings it out.
Every time she sees the word. Every. Single. Time.
And she knows I love it cuz I can't stop smiling when I hear it... so she drags it out a little extra long when I'm around...
Man... call me mushy or whatever - I love these moments.
They make me HAPPPP-EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Tonight came to a close kinda like this...
With Mebbie practicing her pretty pose...
Zechie did the same while prepping to...
ride his elephant down the hall while screaming maniacally.
And Meron did what Meron does best...
So there ya have it... pretty much a standard, normal night at Camp Hoffman.
Can't wait to wake up and do it all over again tomorrow - life with these guys never gets old!
Monday, March 3, 2014
Yesterday was Dr. Seuss's birthday. I mean... that alone right there should be enough for you to stop what you're doing and celebrate. We love that guy 'round these parts!
So when Meron came home from school with a note that they were celebrating by dressing up as Seuss character and signing an oath to read... uh, let's just say I may have been a bit more excited than she was.
Actually - that's not true. Meron has fully inherited my love for the great Doctor.
And seriously - i think she even embodies the personality and spirit of the Cat In The Hat. She was looking extra fly!
I was so excited to be able to walk her in to her class this morning... and when not too many of her classmates were dressed up I started to worry how she'd react...
Ha! Silly me. About halfway across the parking lot, she pulled her hat on tight and owned it as she walked right into class rocking it.
All day long I couldn't stop looking at her pic and smiling. I'm so happy she loves it like I do!
But it didn't stop there. it never does...
Cuz almost every night is a Seuss celebration around this camp.
So in honor of a fun, creative, mad smart (and somewhat crazy) guy - grab a book, an animal and do like we do around here...
GET YOUR SEUSS ON!
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Laura and I had our first date night in Colorado last night. And we actually went to a movie... this is a big deal because it's been seriously about 7 years since she and I went to see a movie in the theater together.
And I like to joke that it took Jesus to get her back in there because we the movie we went to see was Son of God.
10 years ago I sat in a theater watching The Passion of the Christ and my life was completely disrupted. I wasn't a Christian at the time (was simply there because Laura wanted to go) - but that film stirred something in my heart that was the start of something big in my life. it was slow at first and man did I fight it - but God can be relentless in His pursuit. And He caught me. And He did some downright unbelievable work in me.
Last night as I sat in the theater - 10 years almost to the DAY later (i think Passion released same weekend) - I couldn't help but get a bit emotional as I watched the story of my Savior (I can call Him that now!) played out on the big screen. A man I've come to love. To Honor. To worship. I said a silent prayer of thanks in it all - because if I wasn't living my life I almost wouldn't believe He could do what He's done in me. But He did. And continues to work...
Now I won't ruin anything for ya or give away the ending (HA!) - but go see it. And I know there will be people on both sides of the fence with this film - but here's one thing you simply can't debate.
Releasing children from poverty is a GOOD thing.
"What's that got to do with anything," you ask?
I'll tell ya.
Compassion International has partnered up with the makers of this film to give YOU a simple way to deal with that feeling you get inside when you are compelled to action. That feeling - you know - the one that rubs ya wrong, fires you up and makes you unable to concentrate on anything else until you have MOVED...
THAT'S the feeling that the writers of scripture were talking about when they talked about Jesus and His actions. His compassion always involved action. And yours can too... and should.
I know there are millions of causes to get behind in this world - and all are great I am sure. But if you're looking for an incredible way to release children from poverty in the name of Jesus - look no further than sponsoring a child through Compassion International.
And yes... I work there. But don't let this seem like some advertisement for them from me. I am six weeks into my work there and couldn't be MORE IMPRESSED by them as an organization. They are the real deal. Let's put it this way - I worked at another nonprofit for 5 years and never once challenged anybody to get involved with them.
But Compassion is different. And I do challenge you to consider investing in the life of a child... it will likely change you more than them.
So to recap... it's simple: go check out the new movie and then consider partnering up with Compassion International to make a HUGE difference in the life of a child.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
I was blessed to have this little dude for company on my run today.
This was right at the halfway point where I let him outta the B.O.B. to stretch a bit.
This is also right before the weather went bonkers on us and unfortunately my camera battery literally "froze to zero percent" so i got nothing else.
Thanks Z-dawg for keeping the run fun!
Friday, February 28, 2014
Laura took these two wanna-be fish out for a night of swimming tonight. And since we've been doing a lot of talking about "calories in - calories out" around here - we decided to give them a little treat after their hour-plus workout in the water.
Laura has fond memories of her mom taking her swimming and then treating her to a donut afterwards... so we decided to take it one step further... DONUTS FOR DINNER!
Ummm.... to say they were pumped up is an understatement.
I love that Laura wants to create special memories for these guys.
Good work tonight girls burning off those calories - daddy is already planning what dinner looks like next time!
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