Monday, March 31, 2014

You Hear Those Drums?


Ya hear them? The drums she walks to?


It's a beat all her own.

Sometimes I hear it. Sometimes I don't.


But she always does.

And that's what matters.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Bike Talk


Oh that face...

I don't know if I'll ever be able to adequately put into words what God did for my soul, my heart, my life... when He brought this little girl into our lives. He changed me. Through her. And I'll forever, ever, ever be grateful.

Maybe one day she'll read all of this craziness on the blog and be able to discern just what she meant to me all these years.

It's not something you easily explain to a 6 year old - even though every single day you see more and more of God in her.


Today we went for a bike ride. Just me and her.


We rode all the way out to this bench here that overlooks the Air Force Academy and has an amazing backdrop of beauty.

We pulled the helmets off, cuddled up in the strong wind, shared some water and just chatted.

I talked to her about God, who He made her to be, about the incredible big sister she is and how big of a responsibility that was.

She smiled, nodded, snuggled in a little closer and talked to me about what was for dinner, whether or not she earned a Starbucks snack and the fact that spring break ended today and school starts back up tomorrow.


We even managed to have a passing hiker snap a pic of us before we saddled back up for the ride out...


As parents we often focus so hard on the influence we have and are supposed to have on our kids - and don't get me wrong - that is really important.

But sometimes I wonder how many of us miss the impact they have on us...

She doesn't have a clue about that right now. I pray one day God reveals it all to her.

Thank You God for this little girl of yours. I love you both so much.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Top Secret Hiking


Today was gorgeous so we decided to gather up the posse and head to the Cheyenne Mountain area to do some exploring...

And even though NORAD hides out up there in those mountains, we did not stumble upon this:


Or even this:


Yet...

But we did manage to find a really beautiful little trail.


It was icy still but we made it past it...


Kinda hooked together and clinging to the little dry area on the one side.


We made it pretty high up to a really neat bridge and even got passed by an Olympic athlete (we assume - she was all decked out in USA gear and came flying down the hill)


And these two here? They are loving this hiking thing.

So what I'm saying is this - watch out NORAD. We're gonna find ya...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Baths With Daddy


For some reason - that I cannot figure out - Z-Dogg absolutely HATES when I give him a bath.

I mean - it's not like I have done anything to deserve this - I am Captain Gentle in there - and it really boils down to me using the sprayer to spray him off...


I mean - seriously - you'd think it was something other than lukewarm, super comfy water coming outta that thing...


Come on Z! That face man! It's hard for daddy to empathize with ya little man when you're dropping a stink face of this caliber!

So... of course us being us - we like to ask him about who's gonna give the bath - cuz he cracks us up with it...

Check him out below telling me what he thinks:



We're gonna defeat this thing, you and me Zechie... we WILL defeat it and have a joyous bath at some point where daddy stays slightly dry.

That's our Q2 goal homie...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

We Love Us Some Ethiopia...


Man - we absolutely love us some Ethiopia around these parts...

Enough so that every now and then we'll jump up on tables to shout about it!

No table is safe people...

We love you Ethiopia!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Some Like It Hot...


And there's Z-Dogg.

No matter how cold, no matter how well we bundle his little booty up...

This is how I find him when I check on him (he was UNDER all of those to start with).

Do you Z... do you!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Growth


Holy moly.

Lately - I have been catching fleeting glimpses of Meron's childhood DIS-A-FREAKING-PPEARING.

Whether it's her wearing an Ethiopian scarf and looking all big girl or conversations I have with her - she is growing up so fast.

It's days like this when I am overly thankful for this blog that has captured a day in the life of our fam for the last 6 years...

Press pause Meron... PRESS PAUSE!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sometimes...


Sometimes the world just kinda starts to drive me nuts... with all of its selfish, self-centered, self-serving focus on self.

And truthfully - it'd be easy to give in to it at times.

But then... I look into the eyes of these guys...


and I'm reminded... GOD.

That's it. Just... GOD.

But it's enough.


It's MORE than enough.

GOD.

He's WAY MORE than I deserve and WAY MORE than enough.


So the next time the world tries to get at ya, to get ya down, to make ya think THIS is all there is...

Find you a kid. Any kid. And look deep into their eyes. Cuz God lives in there.

And then laugh at the world.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Living and Learning


I absolutely LOVE the experiences our kids are getting to have here...


It's like every time we bundle up and head outside, we come face to face with new adventures...


And new experiences!


And we're loving sharing them with our friends!

Thanks so much for coming out and being adventurous with us Heather!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Line 'Em Up!


Z-Dogg likes nothing more than lining up all his cars... all honking and buzzing and beeping at the same time...


It usually involves a good amount of steely determination...


And always ends in a smile!

Boys and their cars. Something I thought lost out on years ago.

Thank you God... for remembering.

Friday, March 21, 2014

All You Got To Do Now Is Express Yourself...


In the great words of one of hip hop's finest groups, N.W.A.:

"There's no fessin' and guessin'
While I'm expressin myself."
Zechariah has one of the most expressive little faces I've ever met.

See what I mean? No words needed.



























Keep it up Zechie - your faces tell a great story homey!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Come So Far


Today I had the privilege of going to school with this big girl for her first real deal parent-teacher conference...


I spent the morning kinda studying her report card... and at one point I messaged Laura and said:

"Man... I am so proud of this girl... she did GREAT in her new school..."
And I mean it - I couldn't be any more proud or any more lucky to be this little girl's daddy.

WARNING: bragging post. feel free to surf away...

The thing is - all these little milestones in life - they all mean something and as parents we SHOULD celebrate 'em and brag on our kids...

Ya know what it does to me every time we reach one of these little life milestones with our kids? It makes me think back... think back to the obstacles the world tried to place in front of them.

I think back to this day...


And how even at 8 months old - with so much change, fear and unknown set out before her - this little champion looked it right in the face with a smile. And hasn't stopped tackling the world yet.

I'd love to say we had something to do with it - but truth is - God built this little girl to be redeemed, restored, revived and to take on the world.

I'm just lucky to have a ring-side seat.


She's not that little tiny girl any more - but she still fits in my arms.

And she's still fearlessly taking on the world with a gigantic smile and a heart to match.


Meron - your mommy and daddy couldn't be more proud of you if we tried.

I can't wait to see the eternal mark you leave on the world.

WE LOVE YOU BABY GIRL!