Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Lure of the Painted Face

I'm not sure I will ever understand it - that sneaky, strong draw of the painted face.

Strong enough to make a 6 year old break out her own money for a sitting...

And walk away with JOY radiating from her newly painted cheeks!

Strong enough to make a 5 year old sister follow suit with ZERO hesitation...

and matchable post-paint joy!

Face paint.

I may not understand it... but if it makes smiles like this come to life...


Saturday, August 30, 2014

So Thankful

Seriously, seriously thankful for these little lives tonight...

And this one too.

God - let me NEVER, EVER take these precious gifts for granted.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Lemonade Outta The Lemons

What do you do when you just changed into your swim gear for a Friday afternoon splashdown and a big, thunderous electric storm rolls in?

You make lemonade outta those lemons people.

And today that lemonade looked like a little girl in her bathing suit carrying an umbrella while circling the cul-de-sac in the rain...

They never took those suits off tonight - and around 7:00 pm it cleared enough for them to hit the pool... and we closed it down.

Persistence pays folk!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

School Girls

The girls got their school pictures back already - HOLY COW STOP GROWING UP!

There is simply no way that this is my little Mebski Love - rocking her some kindergarten!

What, what, WHAT??

And then there's this girl - holding down the fort in first grade.

Wow. I am so blessed and privileged to be on the front row watching these two smart, loving, gorgeous and funny Jesus followers grow up.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This Little Dude

Some days - ya just need a good reason to smile...


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Whiney Pants Award Winner

This dude right here? Yo.. he can WHINE!

And his sisters were never really like that so it's kinda uncharted territory for us...

I mean seriously... it's bad.

If the wind blows funny...?


Whine it out Z-Dogg... whine it out.

But it won't get ya far 'round these parts, homey!

Monday, August 25, 2014

That Was Tiring!

I was excited I made it home from work in time this afternoon to walk over and pick up the girls from their very first track practice with the Landsharks Running Club...

They were SO EXCITED about it this morning.

Afterwards, I asked them, "Tell me about it - how was it?"

Meron's response:

"That was tiring!"
And all God's parents said "AMEN!" We didn't tell them that we paid extra to ensure a very tiring practice!

I am super excited for them and can't wait for the first race.

Hang in there girls and show 'em what the "Ethiopian Fast Action Racing Team" (eFART) is made of!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Our Friends Are Gonna Eat!

Tonight - round these parts - we are all kinds of thankful.

We're crazy grateful.

We're incredibly humbled.

Ya know why? Cuz you guys did it - you funded the next FEED 'EM dinner and those 500+ kids and staff - people we call FRIENDS - at three different orphanages are gonna have some good food to celebrate with as they ring in the Ethiopian New Year next month.

In case you're new to our little spot on the web - Brighton Their World is our nonprofit organization that is focused on nutrition in Ethiopia. And one of our ongoing projects involves celebration dinners on New Years, Christmas and Easter for over 500 kids.

We don't talk about it a lot on here because we don't wanna be annoying - but we started fundraising a little late this year - and you guys are just crazy - because in 5 DAYS we were fully funded... and then some.

I can't tell you how pumped up I was to post this picture this morning:

Believe me - what you guys did - open up your wallets and give from your hearts - sometimes VERY sacrificially... man that act was not lost on us.

We cherish every penny given and we've prayed for every one of you. I know every single one of your names - the FEED 'EM campaigns are close to me - during the fundraising I carry a notebook with me and hand-write every name in it. You guys are prayed up.

Thank you simply doesn't seem enough for the big difference you guys are making.

So rather than babble on - how 'bout we just go feed those kids?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Little Z-Dogg

Man - I am pretty sure everybody could use a little Z-Dogg in their life...

Especially for those hard to reach spots!

This little dude was SO EXCITED to be included in this project today...

I'll take it while I can get it - thanks Z-Dogg!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Me, My Lil' Man and a Boonie

The girls went off and did a girl's thing tonight...

So I had the privilege of hanging with this cool kitty.

Love this dude so much...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Glimpsing God

Ya ever feel like ya catch a glimpse of God here on earth?

When I watch this precious, adorable creation of His at work and play - I see that sometimes.

She embodies Him.

Oh, don't get me wrong - she is a 5 year old by definition. Learning, pushing boundaries, being crazy...

But her heart. Wow. Her heart...

And little Z-Dogg... he knows it man. and he stays close by her side.

Mebski Love... I am a better me because you are you.

I love you big girl...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In The Pool After School

School uniforms and all - in the deep end...

Cuz that's just how we roll!

And... well - we also got challenged for that ice bucket thing - so there was that part too!

Good times... GOOD TIMES!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Guard Your Grill

I dunno who he was getting ready to tussle with - but my man was READY!

Shirt outta the way... knuckles popped... you are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge.

Pretty sure he was about to take on bedtime.

Guess what?


Monday, August 18, 2014

Fire Marshal Z

Recently Z-Dogg got to make a big phat visit to a local fire station... and my man was on top of the world!

Our neighbor Chris is like an EMS extraordinaire and he invited Zechie down for a visit and showed him around the place...

Z got to do a little bit of everything - like rock the communication headphones...

And fit his head into a helmet that was surprisingly larger than his noggin...

He got to take up shop in the cab...

and even pretend he was the driver!

He checked out the back of an ambulance to see where all the action goes down!

And "rode" the back bumper while sporting a gigantic badge...

before unrolling that firehose and striking a "firefighter" pose!

He even got to cry his eyes out when leaving!

Thanks Chris for giving Z-Dogg a super fun time while he explored future occupation choices!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Handy Manny Zechie

Z-Dogg has been watching a lot of Handy Manny lately...

And it shows!

I walked up on him the other day - tools in hand - underneath our bar stools - putting in work!

He knew right where to put the wrench and everything - he was getting it done!

Alright Z - it's on... you get to put together the next two stools!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Celebrate Good Times... Come On!

Kool and The Gang said it best when they said "We gonna celebrate and have a good time..."

And that's what today was - a celebration of Mebbie Day - the day our family grew in an amazing way!

Where'd we start?

Miniature Golf of course!

Mebbie was loving it!

As were her brother and sister - but how could you not when your backdrop includes those mountains!

Little Z-Dogg even scored a hole in one!

After that it was home - swimming for 3+ hours and then out to eat to do it up right for our girl...

Complete with her choice of dessert!

Mebbie - we LOVED celebrating with you!

This family is who we are because of the influence you have on us.

WE LOVE YOU GIRL and look forward to celebrating so many more of these with you!