Saturday, August 1, 2015

Almost All The Way Back

A certain somebody has been ANTSY to get back to exercising and being active.

Telling this girl to sit still is a fairly impossible task.

But when God decides to let ya keep your entire intestine and erase all indications of cancer or other abnormalities - ya tend to heal quicker than everybody thought!

So today, Laura and the girls decided to take a short walk - just to get her moving again and get her outside in some sun.

Operation: Walk With Mommy was successful! And it sounds like they may try again tomorrow.

For all you prayer warriors out there - THANK YOU!

You have no idea the relief our family has felt - and to see her getting back on her feet has been AWESOME!

We love you mommy! Now don't overdo it.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Bangs and Beards

"Normal" has never been a word we've used to describe this goofball.

Tonight she was running around with a swimming skirt on her head talking about:

"Look at my bangs and beard!"
See what I mean?

Then she asked... "Can I do a sassy photo?"

And... voila.

Sassy bangs and beard.

Stay nutty Meron... STAY NUTTY!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bow Wow Wow

When we decided it was time to get some canine companions back in the camp - and we prayed about it long and hard - we knew it was right...

I just didn't know or expect it to be THIS right.

I mean first - we get the most amazing dogs from the most amazing family to join the fam.

Then - the kids bond immediately and actually do things like play with them every day, feed them, pick up after them, etc.

It's actually a little fairy tale dreamy...

Meron saw me snapping a pic of Mebbie and Cider and said:

"Oh no! That's my baby! That's my BAY-BEE!!"
and then insisted on some pictures with her too...

Those two right there are one and the same man...

Of course Meron tries to equally spread the love so our elder stateswomen, Autumn, got some loving and some pictures as well...

Bow wow wow.

Thanks God for bringing us the dopest two dogs anybody could've asked for!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Well... That Was Fast!

Wave goodbye - because guess what?

Summer is on the way out the door!

Not the season itself - that actually hangs around for a bit more - but the days of:

"What are we gonna do?"
"I'm bored..."
"Can we watch TV?"
are DONE in 4 days.

That's right folks - the female portion of the goofball gang heads back to school on Monday - and today we got to go meet their teachers, sign 100 forms and drop off some supplies.

We're so stoked that Mebbie got Meron's teacher from last year because Mrs. Cole is dope and we love her. And from what we hear - Meron's new second grade teacher is awesome as well!

And I know of another little goofball who would give anything to be going with his sisters...

And while his hair may look like it belongs in the 5th grade... my man Z-Dogg is 2 years away from kindergarten.

Back to home-school with Mommy on Monday for you Zechie!

"Back to school... back to school...
to prove to dad that I'm not a fool.

I got my lunch packed up. My boots tied tight,
I hope I don't get in a fight!

Ohhhh! Back to school. Back to school..."

[P.S. Meron's ankle is fine up there. It was a sleep injury. Don't ask...]

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

From The Same Mold

These two right here - are the very best of friends...

And I swear - when God made them - he popped them outta the same mold made for twins - just forgot to make one a human or one a dog.

They're crazy friendly, full of energy and neither likes to wear shoes.

They both go full bore and play hard and crash even harder.

And they both have a TON OF LOVE for each other...

That's right Meron - your twin is a canine.

You be her opposable thumbs and she'll be your wagging booty!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Captain Sudsy Budsy Head

Sometimes... all you need is a good laugh from Captain Sudsy Budsy Head - our bath-time super hero.

Because the dude can keep ya in stitches - no matter what kind of day ya had!

Heck - sometimes I think he even keeps himself in stitches...

Who knows... but I do know this...

With Captain Sudsy Budsy Head around - it's smiles for everybody!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Why Do You Do That?

Every now and then we get the question...

""Why do you guys do that? Live life so openly on that blog of yours?"
And hey - look - I get it. For the record - it wasn't gonna be like this.

When we started blogging back in like 2007 - I remember telling Laura "I am not gonna be one of those crazy bloggers..."

The plan was to keep friends and family updated on the adoption. That was really it.

But over the years - as our family has grown and been challenged in particular areas and we've chosen to write about it here - we've watched the blog morph in to this neat and effective extension of our family ministry.

We've met people we consider great friends for no other reason than this blog. We've seen our daily ongoing prayer of "being a family that can impact the world for HIS glory" come to life several times as we hear from random unknown people about something on the blog that just clicked with them and how they relate to God.

And honestly - those times alone make the blogging effort worth it.

And maybe - just maybe - I've turned into one of those crazy bloggers.

Just a little bit...

But truthfully... I'm okay with it.

Yes - we live our lives wide open. I mean... come on - we're SAFE about it. We're not nutty and stupid (in our minds at least).

And at times it can be odd - like the time I was in an elevator in a hotel in Washington D.C. and the person kept staring at me only to say:
"Do you have a daughter with really big hair? I think I read your blog..."
Or the time that Laura and I were chased down by woman in the Atlanta Airport yelling:
"Excuse me! Excuse me! Are you Meron's mom?"
Sure - those times can feel a little odd (okay a LOT odd)...

But we believe the most compelling stories are the ones that are thrown out there in all their gory detail. Be it movies, music or any other form of storytelling - I think as humans we are most drawn to the ones that feel the realest.

And the past 2 weeks or so have just driven that truth home to me.

On July 9th - after we had heard from some doctors about some scary stuff and things were starting to look a little unknown, scary and unpredictable... I remember looking at Laura and saying "You know we have to write about all of this, don't you?"

She didn't miss a beat when she said "Yep!" and thus was born the post that kinda started it all - "Our Warriorship."

And the reaction to that post is what has had me just in awe and thinking about what compels people to pray and read and be concerned.

I mean - SO MANY PEOPLE reached out to us with encouraging words, kind thoughts and actions and heartfelt prayers lifted to Him on our behalf.

It was stunning, humbling and remarkable.

And they didn't stop over the next couple weeks - rather they just increased!

And then there was the outcome of it all which just solidified what we already knew and believed about prayer and His people coming to Him.

Prayer works.

Real stories compel people to relate - and once you relate it's hard to not want to be involved - and a LOT of times that involvement looks like prayer.

And - Christian brother and sister to Christian brother and sister type of influence is one thing... but we heard from several people over the past few weeks who flat out admitted they struggle with Jesus (or don't know Him at all), they struggle with faith and they were finding something about our situation (or the way we shared the whole story) compelling to them.

Wait... what?

Well... THAT makes writing this stuff - the big and the small of our lives and how we handle it, how we seek Him in it and how we try with everything we got to bring Him glory in it - THAT makes it absolutely worth it by itself.

When Jesus climbed up on that cross, died a bloody death for you and me and then filled our hearts with Himself in the form of the Holy Spirit - He didn't do it so we could take our bright light of Him and hide it under a bushel...


He wanted us to go and make some noise in His name!

So come on!

As much as we love sharing the good, the bad and the ugly... the big, the small and the nonsensical... I think we like HEARING a good authentic and real story even more.

So don't leave us hanging... WHAT'S YOUR STORY?