Friday, November 17, 2017

FLASHBACK: Z-Dogg In The House

Every now and then ya just gotta take a look back and see how far you've come!

God has been busy writing an amazing story in the life of this little dude... and I am blessed to be given a front row seat to it!

You're a priest and a prince in the Kingdom of God, Z-Dogg... don't ever forget it!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Polar Opposites

"Daddy - can I stay up to watch the rest of the Steelers game?"

She flashed her cute little eyes at me and PROMISED me morning would go smoothly...

So she was allowed to stay up for the last quarter.

"Daddy - I'd rather go read - can I go down to my bed and read?"

Uh... of course!

Three and a half minutes later - here's how football watching was progressing...

And reading was going GREAT - "I think I'm gonna finish this book tonight, Daddy!"

I love that their unique, God-given DNA is starting to shine - it's a true joy to see them burst into who they were made to be!

They couldn't be more different while being more alike.

I love it.

Stay true to you, girls! Never waiver!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wild Man

It's true... he is.

Stay wild, Z-Dogg!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Her People

With her "Bionic Elbow" surgery behind her - this super trooper just needed to be surrounded by her people to get her healing vibes kicking!

And I think it was working!

The goofballs were worried about her this morning - and Laura knew it...

So when we got home and got her settled - we made three of these little notes and I took them to the office at the school to be delivered to the kids.

After school they were happy to know mommy was okay and were super excited to see her!

This little guy even said that "even though we can't pray at school - I prayed for you all day in my head!"

And let's be honest - massive amounts of Iced Chai Tea from our favorite Starbucks crew didn't hurt either - but it was her little minions that brought her the most joy!

Rest and heal mommy - your crew has your back!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Chaser of Truth in His Word

You are looking at one special, special girl right here!

Daily I am in awe of and grateful for the joy, peace, love and Jesus she brings to the surface in our house.

Lately she has been digging HARD into her Bible and several of her daily devotionals she has...

And it is a beautiful thing to watch!

She has been watching for challenges or needs she sees around her and literally RUNNING for her Bible, leafing through it to find relevant scripture and reading it over us.

Tonight - before bedtime - Laura was anxious and nervous about her surgery in the morning.

Mebbie excused herself from the table and came back to read some scripture for Laura - words about clinging to Him when we need strength and courage.

I absolutely love it!

Girl... keep your nose in that book, Mebski Love!

It never grows old!

You honor Him so well, Mebrate Saidah!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Bringing Our "A Game"

This girl right here loves a good school project. We've done detailed slide shows, dressed up like famous folks of history and even produced videos.

And we ALWAYS try to bring our "A GAME" to everything we do.

Which is why I was caught off guard on her last one...

I heard the grade she received - WAY lower than we usually see from her.

Then at the school assembly for her to present it - I understood why on the grade (and actually thought her teacher was VERY gracious with it).

I was bummed - but it led to a good conversation with her and it allowed me to explain one of the Core Values and Beliefs I came up under while working at MindSpring:

"We insist on giving our best effort in everything we undertake. Furthermore, we see a huge difference between "good mistakes" (best effort, bad result) and "bad mistakes" (sloppiness or lack of effort)."
She took it well and finally admitted that she just didn't put the effort in and never even told us about it so we could help her out.

Which led us to where we were this weekend... her totally redoing her project.

Not for a grade. Not for extra points. Not for anything official...

But to prove to herself and her teacher that she wants to give BEST EFFORT in all she does.

And she was actually pretty stoked about the whole thing!

She worked super hard on her display board and even re-worked some of her report to be a little more accurate.

Then she insisted on presenting it again to our family.

I was so proud of her!

She could have taken my feedback any way she wanted to.

Been embarrassed. Angry. Irritated. Mad at me.

But she didn't!

She took it - grew from it - and channeled it!

Meron - I am super proud of you, girl!

You showed a maturity not seen in many this weekend. You worked hard when you could have been playing and you proved that you are really about best effort.

Thank you so much for hearing our feedback in the spirit it was intended!

Way to bring your "A GAME" girl!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Strong Family Bonds

This is one of my favorite places to go to squeeze a "field workout" in at.

So anytime I can get the whole crew out there - I get EXCITED!

Tonight we hit the field as a family to exercise away some of the stress that this week has brought us!

There was running.






Jumping rope.


There was also laughing.





We basically played like kids for an hour and a half!

And we're better for it!

And this maniac here wasn't letting no crushed elbow get in the way of some core and strength training!

The family that plays together, stays together!

And yes, Z-Dogg is kissing his muscles!

Stay strong, Camp Hoffman!