Friday, February 15, 2019

Creative and Generous Friend!

Man... not only do we have some of the most creative friends around - they are also some of the most generous!

Our friend Shannon paints as part of her art therapy - to work through some of the very challenging hurdles she has been confronted with in life...

And we love her work!

So we were super stoked to get a package from her with paintings for each of the goofballs!

I absolutely love the colors and look and message she gave to each of the gang!

They were incredibly fitting for each goofball...

and we can't wait to get them hung up in their rooms!

Shannon has been such a selfless, relentless, generous supporter of Brighton Their World over the years - even supporting people she doesn't even know for trips through her artwork... and we couldn't be more grateful for people like her in our lives!

You honor Him so well, Shannon - thank you for the love you've showered on our crew time and time again!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

These Two

Man... these two right here...

Jet lag is starting to wear off and we're having such great conversations about their time in Ethiopia.

Still processing all that God did - with stories yet to come hopefully...

So grateful for their lives!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Friends Like This

The girls were in Ethiopia when the package came for them - and the sender of it was bummed that it didn't get here before they left... but ya know what?

I think the timing was PERFECT.

Recovering from jet lag and the emotional and spiritual heaviness of their trip - they opened this package to find the most awesome hand-lettered cards and a handmade bracelet - made especially for them.

The card to Mebbie read:

"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." - Ephesians 2:10

Oh, what a handiwork God did in creating you! Our wonderful creator has big plans for you and your big smile. Your story is a beautiful thing which God has planned in advance for good - no, not just good - GREAT things!

Who you are - who you are meant to be - is God's jeweled princess, beloved and cared for!
Uh... WOW!... Just WOW...

And the Meronator got a card too... and it said:
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." - 1 Peter 4:10

What wonderful gifts you have been given! You will move mountains in the name of Christ and for His kingdom with your voice, your passion and your bravery.

Who you are meant to be us gloriously wonderful - the daughter of the Almighty King! A true princess!
I mean... seriously?

Who does this? Who takes the time to hand-letter a card, make gorgeous bracelets and most of all - speak incredible words of truth and encouragement over kids who aren't even theirs?

Our friends - that's who.

We are humbled beyond belief by the effort of these friends. We certainly don't deserve this but we are so, so grateful for it.

I hope and pray you have people in your world like this - people who care, who selflessly put in effort to make it know that they see you, they know who you are and they believe in you.

I know for me - I was encouraged to e better in this space for sure.

Thank you seems tiny... but thank you friends - for seeing our girls in the light of truth He built them in!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Forever Goofy

No words even needed...

Dude is FOREVER goofy!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Positive Call Home

Today was first day back at school for the girls after their trip.

Playing catch up with their class... slowed way down from jet lag and the emotional weight of the trip they just finished... excited to share with friends...

But what does Meron go and do?

Get recognized by her teacher as a student not goofing off and paying attention in class.

She earned what they call a "Positive Call Home" where her teacher calls us - and with Meron standing right there to hear - basically tells us all kinds of amazing and good things about our girl!

Then she sent us an email with this adorable picture of the Meronator and a quick note that said:

"Love this girl!!!! So blessed to have her in my class!!

I gotta say it - what a HUGE DIFFERENCE we have seen with her second semester teachers and how she is getting on in class.

Seriously, Mrs. H. - we are blessed to have YOU in Meron's world! Thank you so much for the way you love on and guide our girl through these rough years of growing up!

It matters - and we see you and how intentional you are!

And Meron!!! Girl... on a day that you could have EASILY been excused for fatigue, lack of attention, no focus, etc...

You CHOSE to be different than that!

I see you too, girl - and the incredible choices you're making!

Mommy and Daddy love ya girl - and we are super dooper proud of you!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Putting In The Work

Last week Z-Dogg put in a pretty miserable effort on his spelling test - walked out with a measly 50% on there...

I was determined to make this week different!

So what's that mess up there ya ask?

Oh that's the daily effort (sometimes 2x a day) that Zechie was putting in for this new week's spelling words.

We were determined.

He wrote them out - multiple times - spelling them as he went.

Then he'd come to me - we'd do a drill - and he'd be off to re-write any words he missed.

Then... Friday morning after breakfast - the day of the test - we did a little PRE-TEST at home!

Honestly - he didn't nail it... and I was nervous.

The whole walk to school we went over the ones he missed - we worked on the sounds - the words that were "-ai" and the words that were "-ay"

We prayed it up - and we let it rip!

So at 3:25 PM - when I walked up to get him - guess who was SUPER DOOPER STOKED?

You got it - Z-Dogg got a 100% on his spelling test!

He was so so so excited to tell me all about it - how he almost got "paint" wrong but then remembered me stressing the "T" sound at the end.

He was super proud... and he should be!

Help a kid learn to spell - and you'll see just how darn confusing the English language is!

Way to work hard and see that payoff, Z-Dogg!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

All Is (Silently) Well!

My three roses are back home...

Three of my favorite human beings are back in place!

This past week - I looked at Z-Dogg during dinner one night and said, "Dude... it's so quiet around here without the ladies!"

And while jet-lag has put a damper on any loud parties around here tonight...

The fact remains that... my ladies are home!

And sure... they may be passed out on the couches and chairs... but they're here!

They had an amazing week and I couldn't be any more proud them - but I am one happy dude tonight - thanking God for delivering them back here safely!

Welcome home, ladies!