Thursday, April 30, 2015

Mommy's Bed


These two right here man...

Yeah - they're typical siblings with jealousy and anger and frustration with each other at times... but that's all surface stuff.

Know what their foundation is built of? LOVE.

They love each other so stinking much.

And hanging out in Mommy's bed is the best way to round out the night...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Peace Keeper


Ya know what is more precious than Blue Bell Ice Cream coming back on the shelves?

I'll tell ya what... when somebody else highlights your kids for their awesomeness. Cuz let's be honest - i do it all the time. But when somebody else does it - unprovoked - man... that trumps Blue Bell Banana Split ice cream ALL day EVERY day.

That sleepy looking girl right there is holding up a "PeacePreferral" given to her by and signed by her teacher for her being a PeaceKeeper.

Here's what she wrote about her...


Mebski Love - I know all these splendid things about you - but it's super cool to see others learning it on their own..

Stay awesome girl!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Dear Birth Dad


It's not lost on me that my fatherhood is born out of some painful, painful places of hurt and difficult decisions.

The adoption community lifts up birth mothers highly - and rightfully so. I admire, love and respect each and every one of them. Birth fathers though - ya don't hear too much of them.

Today - i had thoughts of those guys just running through my mind. I posted this little rhyme on Facebook but wanted to put it here too - to come back to when I need a reminder of the pain that brought my joy to me.

Dear Birth Dads
I don't think about you always - but there's days when I really do,
I sit and ponder all the questions - the what, where, why and who;

I sit and try to put on your shoes but the truth is they never fit,
Cuz you let go of something precious so that I could grab hold of it;

You let go of lots of laughter and smiles and lots of giggles,
You let go of piggy backs and tickles that lead to wiggles;

You let go of kindergarten and dates and sports and games,
You let go of oh so much - but guess what? I kept their names;

You let go of discipline and learning filled with great love,
You let go of years of growth and seeing what they're made of;

You let go of hugging necks, kissing boo-boos and being there,
But I don't think I'll ever believe you let go of how much you care;

I imagine every day you count the cost of letting go,
So from where I sit today - there's some things that you should know;

Your little girls are great - their souls are filled with glee,
And they've been nothing short of miracles to both my wife and me;

They are healthy, they are strong, they're the lyrics to my theme song,
They are everything that's right on the days when things seem wrong;

They are loving, they are caring, they baffle with great behavior,
I like to think that we teamed up - ya know nurture mixed up with nature;

But the the biggest thing of all - and I need you to believe this,
Is that these girls - they both love God - they are warriors for Jesus;

And finally - you should know - there's something I WON'T let go,
It's the respect I have for you and the love your decision showed.

To the birth fathers out there - all over the planet - fist bumps and respect to you guys.

And lots of love...

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sometimes...


Sometimes... when I check on them before my own bedtime...


... I can't help but stay there and just pray over them.


I hope one day - they'll read this crazy blog - and understand just how much they are loved.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Guy Smiley


Z-Dogg had a rough discipline day today.

I'm talking from the time he got up to the time he went down tonight. Tough, tough day with lots of tough, tough talks.

So tonight - when I started browsing the SD card to see what I could rummage up for a blog post - this pic just jumped out at me.

I think God knew I needed it. My little smiley man. When he's not misbehaving - he's smiling. Actually - he's smiling WHEN he's misbehaving... just not when he gets busted.

I love him so much.

Hang in there Z-Dogg... we'll get through these 3 year old days and we'll both grow from it!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Women Are Scary


With a blog title like that - ripe with truth - I could just end this right here, couldn't I?

But there's more to it.

Our friend Melanie Dale wrote this book about "The totally awkward adventure of moms finding mom friends."

And she was gonna be in town signing her book - so of course we had to head over there!

Meron - who has been reading her little head off in the "Magic Treehouse Series" was so excited..

"Wait - we know a real, live author? We're gonna get to meet her? Will she sign the book I am reading?"

Hilarious - and I loved her enthusiasm - so totally worth asking.


And Melanie was more than happy to sign Meron's book...


and it totally made Meron's day!


Of course - we had to get a family edition signature book - made out to "Camp Hoffman" - as well. Meron couldn't have ALL the fun...


Melanie - we loved our brief visit today! We're wishing you all the best in this book - in your life - and in all you do to champion for those who need a voice...

Stay witty - stay silly - and stay chasing Him!


And - here's a little plug. Are you a mom wanting to know how to meet other moms? Me either. But if you are - here's the help you've been waiting for!

Go order one or a dozen and give them to your target mom friends so you can all be on the same page!

I'm a dad - not really needing to make any mom friends - but I'm gonna read it for the simple fact that the title is SPOT ON and the cover art has 2 moms depicted as cake pops with one taking a big chunk out of the other's head.

As if that isn't enough - the very first printed words in chapter 1 are a quote from my all time favorite movie ever:

"At no point in your rambling, incoherent response was there anything that could even be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."
- - Billy Madison
If that ain't worth reading - I dunno what is...

Friday, April 24, 2015

Cul-De-Sac Push Car Polo


I pulled in from work yesterday to see these two goofballs engaged in some sort of bizzar-o cul-de-sac version of "push Z-Dogg in the car with a plastic golf club" polo...


Noah was zooming Zechie around the circle full speed...


While Z-Dogg was swinging that blub at... something...???


Rock on Zechie.

ROCK ON!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Back To The Future


In what could only be described as a "terrifying glimpse into the future" - Z-Dogg and his partner-in-crime Duncan from next door hopped in to Diggity Diggity Duncan's dad's '67 Mustang today and things got really real...


Z got straight to work trying to hotwire it...


While Duncan couldn't even resist getting his crazy on, hanging out the window trying to holler at the girlies!


Zechie did a pretty solid job...


Of pretending he knew exactly what he was doing!


Looking good Z!


Oh - and Z-Dogg? Get used to that helmet...


Pretty sure that's gonna be required when you turn 16 man!

Stay away, future!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Run, Forrest... RUN!


These two had so much fun at their track meet the other day that they wanted to get out and practice even on an off night...

Sounds easy enough, right?

Wrong. We searched everywhere for an open track and with soccer and track happening in high school now - we were outta luck.


But they were still jones-ing to run. So we settled for the big, giant field across the street from the house for some good stretching...


some good jogging...

And eventually some 100 yard sprints.

I love that they love it enough to wanna get out there and improve. They even told me they want to hold our own practices all through the summer after track is over to be ready for the fall season.


Stay at it girls!

Looking forward to getting on the track with ya for some workouts!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hiding Her Treasure


"Daddy - will you walk with me over to the school so I can find my treasure I buried?"

Uhhh.... okay...?


And with that she was off and running... and I was just trying to keep up.

She was OBVIOUSLY excited.


When we got there - she headed straight to where she had hidden it - looked down in - and then squealed with delight:

"It's still there! Nobody took it from me!"


She reached down in to her hiding place - the one she chose because she said she wasn't allowed to bring it into the school after recess - and she pulled out her "treasure"...


A SUPER SMOOTH ROCK!

She said she liked it so much because it was so smooth and that's why she hid it so she could come back and get it.

She was beaming.


Meron - as usual - daddy learned a little something from you tonight.

Hold our treasures close - find joy in the simple things of God - tuck them away somewhere safe - and go back for them!

Girl - may you NEVER lose the ability to find joy in the smoothness of a beautiful rock!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sleepy Toes


I couldn't resist taking a picture of these sleepy little toes hanging out from under the blanket during prayer time.


They belonged to these sleepy little girls.

Even when they're tired - they're oozing cuteness.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Leaving Tracks On The Track


Today was the first meet for the spring Land Sharks Running Club season.

And with temperatures hovering around 40-ish... it was a chilly one!

Last Fall was a cross country season - but the Spring was being held on a local high school track... so I was PUMPED.


We had told them to take their jackets off before the first sprint race - but the cold won out.

I really thought it would slow them down - running with like an open parachute around them...


But Meron didn't let that slow her down at all as she cruised across the finish line first and kinda by herself.


Mebbie decided to leave her jacket on too - AND come outta the start all starting block style!


No worries for her either as she easily won that heat of hers too!


Next race was the 400 meter. Meron decided to take it up a notch and lost the jacket and kicked up the seriousness and focus...


Much like she lives life - she came off that start line at full speed!


She managed to hold the lead for about 200 meters before falling back a bit.


I was SOOOO proud of her - she didn't stop at all and came across that line in a respectable third place!


Mebbie was up next - and I am really feeling like this might be her race.


After some lost time when she didn't merge in on time - she had a little ground to make up.


And did she ever!


She ran with such control and confidence...


And by the time she crossed that finish line - she was about 35 meters ahead of second place!

Not only did she win kindergarten girls in the open 400 - she had faster times than all kindergarten boys and first grade girls as well!


Girls - you know as well as I do that this was never about winning - it was about honoring Him, glorifying Him and praising Him for the talents He has given you.

And you did that so well. Daddy couldn't be any prouder of the two of you tonight...