Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Guess Who's Back? Back Again...

Granny's back... tell a friend!

Mommy got up super early and took granny to the airport for her flight back home.

A few hours later - she was back at the airport picking Granny up because her flight got canceled due to mechanical issues.

And when Granny popped her head up in the van to surprise the girls after school - everybody was HAPPY!

We're super glad Granny is safe and I know some goofballs who will gladly take any reason to see Granny for one more night!

We'll try again in the morning Granny!!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Always Pouring In

I love this so much...

I happened to have my camera in hand when I stumbled upon mommy and Z-Dogg at bedtime.

Mommy was praying over him before putting him down to go to sleep.

This is every single day. Multiple times a day.

And it's the very best thing we can be doing for him.

Thankful to be partnered up with this girl who thinks the same as me... never put 'em down without a prayer!

Sleep tight Z-Dogg!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit...

This could quite possibly be the best blog I ever write. If not the best... the most important.

Today we found ourselves at the church several hours before service to do a run through - because today was the big day...

The girls were getting baptized!

After a successful practice run - we all knew what to do and when to do it...

And soon enough we found ourselves backstage getting changed!

Once the music stopped - and Meron's short video was over - it was just me, Meron and God in a big tub of water while mommy, Z-Dogg, Mebbie and Granny stood by for support!

Meron has never been one to cry - she's not emotionless - just not a real big tear person...

So when I looked her in the eyes... and saw two tears balancing on the edge of her lower eyelids...

I was DONE!

I hope I conveyed to her my heart and how proud her entire family is of her walk and her decision.

I told her:

Almost 9 years ago... in a little orphanage in Ethiopia - they handed you to me and mommy and said... "Here's Meron!"

And today girl... with this decision... you are looking to God and saying "Here's Meron!"
She was beaming from ear to ear!

And with Mommy and crew looking on I told her just how proud of her we were and how much support she will have in this decision...

Then it was time for one quick question: Do you proclaim Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

With a resounding YES... it was time for the dunk!

Confetti cannons and applause met her as she came up out of the water... and my heart was barely containable.

And then Meron climbed out and in climbed her sister!

Oh man... I wasn't sure if my daddy heart could manage to get through two of these!

Precious Mebbie had been asking about this for a WHILE.

Late last year all she had starting saying she wanted for Christmas was "to get baptized."

And it took a while to coordinate - but here we were!

Look at the unbelievable amount of joy on her face!

She had been waiting for this moment!

So with her posse looking on - I muscled through it...

Mebbie - the first picture I ever got of you - you weren't smiling at all. And that worried me so much.

But then you came home girl... and you haven't stopped smiling since!

You light up every room you walk into and you have had such a huge influence in this family...
Then it was time for the question - and she barely let me get it out before YES came roaring out... it was a formality - because you only have to spend 5 minutes around Mebbie to know who she is serving!

With that profession of faith - it was my honor to baptize this daughter of a Heavenly King in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit!

More confetti cannons, applause and a daddy hug that almost popped her head off is what she came out of the water to!

This was easily one of the most joyous days Laura and I have ever had... and it didn't come easy. This celebration was YEARS in the making.

Tons of prayer, tons of discussions, tons of questions, tons of family iron sharpening family iron...

And big huge thanks to every one of you guys who have spent time pouring into our girls. you guys have helped make them who they are and we don't have the words to say how we appreciate that!

And an extra special shout out to our good friend Sally for taking all of these amazing pictures for us. You allowed me to put down the camera and really be in the moment with these girls... thank you SO MUCH!


Check out the videos below... and ignore my weeping self... I couldn't help it!

This final picture here pretty much sums up the day to me...

So proud of these girls and I just wanna bear hug 'em both for about a year and never let 'em go!

Girls - life won't always be easy - matter of fact - the Bible tells us to prepare for quite the opposite when we choose to follow Him.

But you have a whole army of followers who have your back and a Commander in Chief who conquered death on your side!

Mommy and Daddy love you more than you'll ever know and we are SO PROUD of who you have become!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Biggest Decision Ever

Tomorrow morning - these two gorgeous goofballs are making the biggest and heaviest decision of their life.

They are choosing to let the world know who their Lord and Savior is through a public baptism declaring their love for Jesus!

And I am honored, humbled and a little bit terrified that they have requested Laura and me do the baptism!

More later - but tonight - as I pray for these precious daughters of a heavenly Father - I am overwhelmed with who they are, what they've overcome and how fiercely they love Jesus.

Daddy's proud of you, girls!

Now let's get DUNKED!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Like a Kid in a Candy Store

Today - I met the goofballs for an impromptu trip to our favorite candy store...

Cole's Gourmet Popcorn Shop!

And let me tell ya - this place is ALWAYS good for a smile or two!

There's truth to that saying "like a kid in a candy store..."

The happiness was palpable!

And their smiles made me smile...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Show Time!

Right after dinner... it was SHOW TIME!

Complete with wardrobe and make up!

There was dancing!

And... singing!

From my favorite little troupe on the planet!

Bravo guys... encore! Encore!

Man... I missed these goofballs!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Heart in Two Places

After roughly 21 hours in a plane - I am back home with my crew.

And man... I miss 'em so much when we're apart - even short times apart - so I am beyond thankful to be back with 'em tonight!

But another part of me is missing the most excellent times we just had at that awesome little place up there - Brighton Academy!

More updates coming soon... but first...

Let's Sleep!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Some Things Never Change

Ever since she was 8 months old she's been giving me these "big eyes!"

I hope she never, ever, ever, ever, ever stops!

Keep 'em big and keep 'em open, Meron!

Monday, February 20, 2017

FLASHBACK: Jolly & Festive

Because... come on!

Who doesn't need a little Zelf from the Shelf in February!

We all do and we know it!

Staying festive all year long!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

I'mma Tell The World...

One week from today - these two gorgeous daughters of a Heavenly King are gonna climb in some water and tell the world who they follow!

I ain't gonna be able to keep it together!

If you know Mebbie and Meron - then you probably played a role in shaping who they are... and you're invited to come celebrate with us as they get baptized at the second service on February 26th at Red Rock Church!

See ya there!

Tell the world, girls!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Z-Dogg Eyes

Can't have goofy pics of the girls without this dude getting in on the action!

Good looking out Z-Dogg!

Keep your eyes peeled, homie!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Meron Eyes

The fun didn't stop with Mebbie!

This total goofball got in on it too!

She's got Meron Asher eyes...!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mebbie Eyes

Mebbie scored some super silly glasses on Valentines Day... and we had some fun!

Love the peepers, Mebbie!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Habesha Hoops!

Love watching these girls on this team this year!

Great coaches - great teammates - great fun!

Keep up the hard work girls!

We playing Basketball...!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Chambers of My Heart

We don't really go crazy on Valentine's Day 'round here. I mean - we really try to pour the love on year round...

But I can't let this day slip by without shouting out the chambers of my heart!

The biggest chamber was hiding out in the kitchen making awesome food - but these 3 chambers here help keep me running!

For years - Meron had a stuffed heart from me and she said it was "daddy's heart" and she slept with it every night.

We've graduated to stuffed emojis but the purpose is the same - squeeze your puffy yellow ball and think of daddy!

Goofballs - you and mommy make up my entire heart... I LOVE YOU!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Don't Let 'Em Fool Ya...

They may go at it like cats and dogs...

They may go out of their way to antagonize each other on the daily...

One of them just may wanna be exactly like the other...

But don't be fooled...

These two guys adore each other!

I know if push came to shove - they'd be right there for each other!

Sibling love disguised as a rivalry!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

They Make It Easy

Over the last few years - Laura and I have gotten pretty good at each running the place for short spells while the other is out and about for Brighton Their World!

But truthfully... it's not something she and I are doing well...

The real reason we pull it off with ease is...

These guys!

We are blessed to be mommy and daddy to the best group of little homies on the planet!

They know when one of us is out of pocket - it's not time to take advantage of t hat - but rather it's time to step up and be awesome.

And they do it SO WELL!

Guys - thanks for being so incredibly awesome and amazing at your jobs - of being kids!

These past few days you have made life EAZY BREEZY for daddy - and I can't thank you enough!

But please... know this...

We got the best kids ever!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

On Your Mark... Get Set... GO!!

With Laura in the ATL for a few days - squeezing in some miles was gonna be trickier with the goofballs in tow!

But these guys have always been down for hanging with us and exercising...

So off to the track we went!

Four and a half miles later - Z-Dogg may have been veering out of his lane but the job was done... and I had the absolute best cheerleaders EVER!

With the chant of "D... A... D-D... Y" over and over again - they kept me cruising AND smiling!

They even built a human pyramid at one point and hoisted Zechie up in the air!

Guys... you made what would have otherwise been a miserable left-hand turn only run PRETTY AWESOME!

Best pit crew ever!