Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fair and Balanced


Well... balanced at least.


This maniacal 3 and a half year old thinks NOTHING is fair!

Oh yeah... and HAPPY 4th OF JULY!


As Zechie was holding Laura's dad's flag - he said:

"It's so heavy daddy! What's in it?"
I said "That's the weight of freedom Z-dogg, that's the weight of freedom. It was never light..."

Happy 4th of July, America.

Let us never forget the weight of our freedom and may God help us not run it in to the ground...

Friday, July 3, 2015

Somewhere Over The...


I swear... God uses Colorado as His artistic playground. Often.

Tonight - this was taking place across the street.

While this dude tried to outshine it from the garage!


Lots and lots of real rainbows lately.

Love when God reminds us of who He is and what He promised...

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mini Metal Man


So... Brighton's grave in Ethiopia has seen better days. It has taken a beating from the elements.

One of the best parts of it - his picture - has all but disappeared.

So when my friend Craig told me about these metal prints you could get done - i was intrigued.

Brighton's metal print showed up in the mail today - and I love it. Here's to hoping it lasts a LONG, LONG time!

In a move that has simply humbled us to death - some friends of ours have started a little campaign to raise funds to have Brighton's grave completely re-done and include this picture in the process.

Check out their hearts at this page they started here called "Fix Brighton's Grave."

Thankful for this group and their hearts - more than they will ever, ever know.

Praying we'll see an updated grave as a family in the Fall!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Stitches Part II


On Saturday - I posted this blog post above about "Meron keeping me in stitches..."

My friend Sharon posted the comment up there - thankful that it was the silly kind of stitches.


Then today - I got this picture from Laura with the heads up that Z-Dogg had wiped out in the backyard and smacked his face against the concrete porch...

And she was afraid it might need stitches cuz it was crazy deep!

She headed off to urgent care with me being worried about little man.

I asked her how he was handling things at one point and she sent me this:


"He is good. He is silly!" she said.

3 stitches in his lip later and they were on their way home.


When I walked in he was quick to come hustling to show me his lip...

And I couldn't stop telling him how brave he was. He was semi-smiling - cuz "it hurt to smile daddy" he said...


Z-Dogg... daddy is proud of how tough ya were today buddy!

Here's to healing lips and your first real major boo-boo!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Diapers, Dogs and Bombs


That's "Dapper Diaper Dude" right there...

And his crazy photo-bombing older sister.

Oh yeah - and Cider dog peering under his armpit.

Just another normal night at the crib...

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sometimes...


Sometimes... ya have one of those nights where it feels like ALL you are doing is disciplining.

I mean - ya know it's needed - but man does it stink.

And sometimes - when ya choose to really sick to your guns - ya sneak back down after they are snoozing real hard and ya just look at them. And pray over 'em. And kiss 'em goodnight... again.


And sometimes ya leave 'em a note at their breakfast spot - asking them and their brother and sister on a "movie night date" the next night.

Raisinets and all...


Because discipline is important. It really is.

But sometimes... the memories you can make together can teach deeper, bigger lessons.

Hang in there girl - life as a kid is tough and full of learning - but some of the BEST years you'll ever have!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summer Reader Rewards


Today we got to cash in on some of the summer reader rewards being offered round these parts...

And these ice cream loving fools were LOVING IT.

Laura has been keeping a reading chart this summer and if the girls hit a certain amount of time spent reading or a certain number of chapter books finished... BOOM! Rewards...


And while the girls both love to read...

Let's just say the ice cream reward isn't doing anything to slow them down - that's for sure!


And then there's this dude. He ain't reading jack...

But he does a mean Gene Simmons!


And if mommy's mini-cone is any indicator - she needs to be reading some more!

Reading rocks girls - keep it up!