Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Helmet vs. Hair

I dunno - I am thinking the hair might provide more safety!

Thanks Allison for letting Meron hang out on your big girl bike!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Time For Your Close Up

All right.... line up! Time for your close ups...

Monday, March 29, 2010

Meron and Her Buddy...

While i logged some mileage tonght - Meron drug mommy outside in the beautiful weather and they ended up next door asking Ryan to come out and play...

Meron loves her some Ryan! So do we... it's pretty cool watching them run around and play together. Thanks Ryan for making Meron's afternoon!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Serious or Grumpy?

She's very rarely serious... I'd place my money on grumpy!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

You Look Adorable Clay...

We have two dogs at Camp Hoffman - Clay and Peanut. Clay is a purebred Golden and Peanut is part Lab, part Rhodesian Ridgeback, part Chow and part Deer. Meron loves both of them to death.

Since Clay isn't entering any fancy-pants dog shows any time soon - we usually get him cut real short in the spring/summer for comfort and convenience and today was their day to hit the "doggie salon."

Meron was SO excited to go pick them up with me. She kept saying "they at the salon?" and telling me how much she missed them. When Clay came marching throught he doors - Meron ran straight to him, hugged him, and without missing a beat said:

"You look adorable Clay. Adorable!"
I love that she loves these guys so much!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring Has Sprung

And even though the allergies are attacking me with a vengeance - it means more time outside playing with Meron.

I'll suffer through the pollen for that!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Love, Love, Love Them...

This is what I get to see every single day... and I still can't get enough!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Here Comes Meron-Cottontail...

Easter is coming. And if I didn't know this from the Peeps-stacked store aisles, the beautiful spring weather or the increasingly more crowded rows at church...

... then Meron coming out of school rocking these would have finally clued me in!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Running For Brighton - Race #17

This past Tuesday I got an email from our good friend Mark asking if I wanted to buy his number and run the ING GA Half Marathon. Now - there's a reason I didn't sign up for this one. I have been PATHETIC as far as training goes. But with Nashville about a month away I figured - let's give it a shot and see where I'm at.

About halfway in I started mentally griping about my lack of training, my lack of preparation, my lack of energy, just about everything I was lacking... and that's when God showed up. And like He does in these races - He set my mind back on why I wanna run 76 of these things. I immediately started thinking about Brighton and all the orphans out there who were really, truly lacking. I felt ashamed for even thinking I lacked anything.

I ended up finishing strong in slightly rainy 50 degree weather (perfect!) in a time I can live with (have had better and worse). But best of all - I had renewed my mind and soul and felt my heart being freshly crushed yet again for what crushes God's heart. And for that - I am very thankful.

You wanna help out an orphan or two (or a million)? It's real easy - just ask us. Or stay tuned for some exciting news and opportunities to get involved with us as we try to "Brighton Their World".

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Meron Birthday-gram for Amelia

This past weekend Meron's youngest cousin celebrated her first birthday! We wish we could have been there to celebrate with you Amelia - but the next best thing we could do is have Meron sing to ya!

Hope you had a WONDERFUL day!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Running For Brighton - Race #16


Saturday March 6, I headed to Rome, Georgia with my good friend and neighbor Kerry for our half marathon.

This winter has been super wet and cold, so my weekday runs have been few and far between. As we left the house at 5:15 AM, I was feeling weak, tired, cranky and questioning how I could ever finish 13.1 miles without collapsing.

As we started the race, temperatures were in the 20's and our fingertips, noses and toes were numb. I started warming up and by mile 1 I was ready to be in shorts.

We were feeling good...then mile 9 hit. My right knee had a strange shooting pain that I have never experienced before. I was wearing a band on it that Tymm had given me, but it just wasn't cutting it.

The pain was awful. By mile 11, I had serious doubts about the next 2.1 miles. By this point, the sun was shining and the temps were warmer. With each painful step, I let my mind drift to the pain of the orphan. God, not so gently, reminded me of their daily struggles, not just the pain and struggle that lasted me all of 2 hours...but theirs, that can last a lifetime if no one steps in to help.

I want to be one of those that steps in and helps. I want to not be so wrapped up in my own pain that I forget about the pain of all the "Brightons" out there that are dying each day because no one cares.

I am going to Ethiopia and Uganda this summer for 2 weeks, in an effort to help...the fact that God can use little ole me to help Him with His children is both breathtaking and an honor.

God calls us ALL, not just some, but ALL of us to step up and be the voice for those that cannot speak for themselves.

You can help, too...stay tuned for some exciting news and opportunities to get involved with us as we try to "Brighton Their World".

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Dinner Time...

Meron gets a significant amount of joy from just about everything she does - and dinner is no exception!

We love her tiny little heart!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Bounce With Me, Bounce With Me...

Sunday is "Bring Your Church Bulletin, Get Half Off" day at Jump 4 Joey. So this Sunday we hit it - bulletin in hand.

Meron had a blast. Shhhh.... so did daddy!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

For the Babies in Africa...

I bet every parent has wondered it at one point... "am I doing this right?" I know I have. I mean - God brought one of His least to us and chose us to parent her... a little bit intimidating at times!

So I sometimes wonder - are we planting anything of worth in her? Anything at all? I mean, I know that I think her digging "No Sleep Til Brooklyn" is worth it... but what does God think?

Just when you might let the feelings of worthlessness drown you - God comes through with a little glimpse of what's going on in their tiny little heads.

Like Meron getting SOOO excited over the mounds of formula in our basement and wanting to point it out to everybody and anybody and let them know who it's for.

Or the checkout clerk at the grocery store trying to make small talk with Meron and asking her "Who are these strawberries for?" and Meron responding with:

"The babies in Africa."
The clerks face was showing confusion - mine was beaming with pride!

Or tonight - when Laura and Meron were heading back to the house and Laura asked Meron where she was going and she said "To my house." And then Laura said "Where is mommy going?" - fully looking for the same answer and yet Meron says:
"To Africa to feed and love the babies."
God - thank you for the incredible heart you lovingly built and placed inside our daughter. And thank you for these little glimpses into her soul... it is both refreshing and reassuring to know, believe and understand that her growth in body, mind and soul has very LITTLE to do with us and EVERYTHING to do with you.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Chilling? Relaxing? Or zoning out?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Yellow Guy, Magic Hat and Mister Tony

The weather was WAY too nice to not run tonight so we headed out to meet our friend Tony at the trails. Meron insisted on bringing Yellow Guy and her Magic Princess Hat to show Mister Tony. The whole way there that's all she talked about.

Of course she was Miss Shy at first but after talking about pickle pants and chicken pot chicken pot chicken pot pie - she was all smiles!

Thanks Meron for making an otherwise tedious maintenance run fun!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Daddy's Little Girl!

Meron has become something of a little music aficionado lately - requesting songs, telling us which ones she likes, which ones we should like, etc. It's been fun.

Yesterday - Laura and Meron were in the car and Laura was just flipping through channels - Meron wasn't really saying much but then they hit one channel and she yelled out:

"That one! I like that one mommy!"
Lo and behold - it was "No Sleep Til Brooklyn" by the Beastie Boys!

She couldn't have made her daddy prouder! Now - to find a Fisher Price turntable!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I Like Milk

Saturday, March 13, 2010

No Sitting on the Table...

It makes you look too grown up!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Abe!

Abe is one of Meron's best buddy's that she has never met. Heck... he is one of ALL of our best buddies! Well - yesterday was Abe's second birthday and Meron wanted to sing to him...


We've been following Abe and his incredible family for a long time - if you don't know them - go here to check them out - these guys are awesome and we can't wait to actually meet them!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Introducing Pink head...

Yellow Guy was really getting bored hanging out all day waiting for Meron to get home from school.

So enter... PINK HEAD... Yellow Guy's new buddy...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Emebet Reunion

When she walked in the door I was surprised at how hard the emotions hit me. I looked at her, slightly overwhelmed by all of the families waiting to greet her. I looked at Laura - tears welling in her eyes.

There in the flesh was Emebet - one of the only connections to our son. One of the few who held him for us when we couldn't. One who mourned with us when he went home.

She also played a pivotal role in bringing Meron home. Caring for her, holding her and helping us navigate the sometimes muddy legal waters of an international adoption!

Suffices to say Emebet was a gigantic influence on our family growth and we love her! She is the one and only reason we stayed with the agency we used and it was a huge blessing and privilege to go hang out and enjoy some Ethiopian food with her while she was in Atlanta.

Meron got to hang out with some of her buddies and old crib-mates and I'm pretty sure she had a blast!

Emebet - we love you and are forever grateful for the special care and handling you gave us as our family grew. Can't wait to see you again!