Saturday, June 24, 2017

Once Again We're One Again


After what was a painful, long journey thanks to a migraine that had her super ill - Laura finally made it home!

Thanks to an unbelievable amount of people praying for her - she was feeling a TON better when she hit the ground in Washington DC this morning.

We have the best prayer warriors on the planet... I believe that without a doubt!

You guys dropped what you were doing and man I think Heaven shook at the force of your prayers...

And they were FELT!


I know a few little goofballs who were SO READY to lay some hugs on their mommy!

We've done this so many times now - one of us heading over to our home away from home - that I've lost track of the count.

But each time - no matter how long or short - its tough being apart cuz we were built to be together!

We're proud of you and the heart ya carry around in that chest, Laura!

Welcome home, Mommy... WELCOME HOME!

Friday, June 23, 2017

They Wish They Were a Little Bit Taller...


"... they wish they were some ballers..."

Wait - hold up - they don't wish that... because after this week - they ARE that!

Laura made the brilliant call of getting these guys into a week long, 5 hour a day basketball camp while she was in Ethiopia...

Total lifesaver!


And they were stoked and beyond ready to go learn, play and get their bball game stronger!


Towards the end of the week - they asked me if they could cut the sleeves off their shirts and draw on them...


Ummm... let me think about that for a second...

OF COURSE!


I'm so proud of these guys.

Not for their crossover dribble, their three pointers, their layups from both sides or their impenetrable defense...

More for this. When I picked them up today and signed 'em out for the final time - one of their coaches said:

"These three were three of the most well behaved kids in the entire camp!"
Boom!

I tell them all the time to go out there and "be a bright light for Him" and I also stress that while I KNOW how awesome they are - it means so much more to hear a perfect stranger see and acknowledge their awesomeness!

And that's exactly what went down!

This week was a success in so many ways for these three. They worked hard, played hard and loved hard...

Proud of my little ballers right now!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

This Crew Right Here...


Rolling solo with the kids, two dogs, a full time job and just "summer life" is WICKED challenging!

Much respect and love to the single parents who do that grind 365 days a year.

WOW.

But if I gotta do it - I couldn't pick a better squad to do it with than this crew right here!

Oh - we're FAR from perfect... but the love they have poured out every day this week in the form of help, listening, loving, being nice, caring, respecting and just being all around awesome is simply immeasurable.

Goofballs... I salute each one of ya for your amazing awesomeness!

I'd roll into any battle with this crew!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Girl


My shirt.

My boxers.

My slippers.


My CRAZY mini-me!

She is usually Laura's mini-me... but when Mommy is out of the country - she has to fall in line with somebody!

I love this little model of me!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Float Faces


That right there is the face of a girl who KNOWS WELL the joy a good old fashioned root beer float can bring her and her siblings!


Sometimes ya just gotta end the day with Blue Bell Ice Cream and Root Beer!


It brings out a smile every time!


Way worth the calories!

Float faces looking good guys!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Spontaneous Evening Soaking


Sometimes - ya head out for a little post-dinner walk through the neighborhood to catch a bit of this beauty...

But before ya get there - this happens in the big field across from your house!


It was a spontaneous sprinkler bash!


The shoes came off and the hollering began!


It never isn't fun to watch kids take a high pressure sprinkler to the face... AND LOVE IT!


Z-Dogg got chilly fast (it's Colorado - that sun dropping means cooler temps QUICKLY)...


But the hijinks were in high gear by this ringleader!


And the smiles at the very end said it all!


They must have said "Thank You, Daddy!" like a hundred times as we made our way home!

Their joy is infectious... they fill my heart to overflowing every single day!

Goofballs... stay spontaneous and joyful FOREVER!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

They Made Me


This little guy's 76 days made me a daddy...


This little divine prescription slid right into a place in my heart that was void, empty, broken and left aching when Brighton went home.


This amazing little God-breathed soul came in and rounded things out and we thought we might be a complete family!


God thought otherwise because He brought this little guy to us and we can't imagine life without him!


Today... they celebrated me so hard.

Breakfast in bed.

A fun hike together.

Dinner out - where Meron paid for my meal with her own money.

And lots and lots of laughs and hugs!

I do not deserve even an ounce of this love... but...

I am so grateful He chose me to be their daddy!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Ambitions as a Rider!


Seems these guys are absolute naturals and just waiting to be legal age so they too can hop on the steel horse...


I mean... look at this dude representing the Ethiopian charter!


And Mebski Love... quiet as she may seem...

she's hiding a REBEL SOUL in that quiet little body of hers!

I love that my crew is always down for some fun!

Stay gangster goofballs... STAY GANGSTER!

Friday, June 16, 2017

And... She's Off!


It's always hard saying goodbye to mommy - even if for just 9 days...

But we are always so proud of her willingness to go no matter what!

Godspeed Mommy - go love on everybody ya see!

Watch out Ethiopia - here comes Mommy!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Every Single Thing


Outside of God - and trying to live my life in a way that honors Him...

These guys are my EVERY. SINGLE. THING.

We're just missing our main man Brighton here - but this crew is why i wake up every day and try to hustle out another 24 hours just to turn around and do it again!

I'm so thankful for the way God built our crew.

I love you guys!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Meron-est Day of the Year!


This beautiful child of God woke up ALL SMILES this morning!

Truthfully - she does that most mornings - but today was special... because today was:

MERON DAY 2017!

Meron Day is the day that Meron came into our family and we celebrate those kind of days with LOTS of love!


9 years ago.... that's right - NINE YEARS AGO - God saw it fit to place this unbelievable creation of His into our care.

I'm still in awe He would choose us - two scared, tired, wanna-be parents - that He would choose to entrust us with this most amazing gift from Him...

Well - it floors me to even think about it.

But He did it.

That picture up there is just simple proof that He went before us and prepared her heart for us - she seemed to be saying:

"Well it's about time you two! Let's get this whole parenting thing going!"

And boy has she changed us for the better and shaped how we see the world and how we see Him and how we want to live.

She was a prescription for two weary and broken hearts at the time...


And she continues to be a cornerstone of this family - one that we all look to.

She keeps us smiling, she keeps us loving and she keeps us BUSY!

If you were around us 10 years ago when this all started - you are a HUGE part of Meron Day!

You prayed for us - prayed for her - and your prayers were heard!

On this day we don't just celebrate Meron and her life - we celebrate YOU GUYS who walked with us!

We always take the time each year to watch her homecoming video... and tonight was no different.

All of us piled on our bed before prayer time and we loaded it up and watched...



And the tears flowed.

I have no idea why God would choose a weak, fallen guy like me to be her daddy - but He did.

I don't deserve it - but I really do thank Him every single day for this undeserved and unbelievable gift He gave us.


And this is one time when I know I can speak for her mommy...

I know her oldest girl literally owns her heart and keeps her smiling, grounded, laughing and looking to Him.


And Meron... ever since you hung on my chest like this right here - you have held a piece of my heart captive.

You will likely never have any idea just how big of a deal your life has been in my life...

Girl... I pray that one day in your life God allows you to feel the joy, the love, the redemption, the grace, the mercy, the HIM that you have brought into my life on a daily basis.


Meron... your old daddy is a trainwreck and I may not know much girl... but I do know how to love you - and that love grows every single day.

You're a daughter of a Heavenly King on loan to me on this earth and I love you more than you can imagine.

Happy Meron Day, Meron!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Never Not Nutty!


Always smiling... always crazy... always silly...

These guys keep me cracking up!

Thanks goofballs - for the way you live your lives!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Honorary Staff Members!


Check out some of my favorite little honorary Brighton Academy staff members rocking our new t-shirt color!


Love that we got these done in time to get over to the best staff around when Laura heads over there next week!

Thanks so much Cole's Promo for working with us and loving us like ya do!

Represent, represent...

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Granny and the Fam!


We almost forgot to bust out the camera and get some pics of Granny in town - but today we got out there and fought the wind (see also: sideways beard) to remember her visit!


Laura is blessed with one of the good ones for sure!


And here's Granny with some of her favorite little people around!

Thanks for coming to visit Granny! We love you!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hippie Chicks!


My two favorite hippie chicks rocking their new tie-dyed t-shirts that they made with Granny!


I snapped these pics late - and when sleepiness kicks in - goofy just happens!


I love the fun these girls have with their Granny... and I KNOW they do too!

Looking good ya hippies!

Friday, June 9, 2017

One of my Favorites!


This girl right here makes my heart smile as big as it can!


And throw on her princess hat and some sleepy facial expressions and she becomes like... One of my favorite humans ever!

Stay sleepy and awesome Meron!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Summer Summer Summertime...


We may have arrived late for the first concert of the summer concert-in-the-park series... but these two lost no time getting their boogie on!

It's Summertime... and we're loving it!