Friday, March 31, 2017

Always Down!

I absolutely adore these two goofballs!

They are ALWAYS down to help me out with whatever!

I'm working on a couple blog posts that needed some specific pictures and they were totally game!

You'll see this one showing up again soon... and plenty more!

Thanks girls - for your always willing collaborations!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spring Break Deals!

Our favorite candy/popcorn shop was advertising some awesome one-day only Spring Break deals today...

So you know where we were!

Thanks Cole's Gourmet Popcorn for being awesome all the time!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Don't Be a Stumbling Block, Tymm...

First off - why write this? Well - a few reasons...

1 - I love to record big parts of our lives so we can preserve 'em and look back on 'em and see how God was working. This is one of those times.

2 - I process things through writing.

3 - i bet somebody else out there somewhere has walked a similar road and here's to hoping this helps ya know you're not alone and to stay strong cuz when God calls ya to things - ya know it and you should listen! Trust the Spirit!

I love it so much when God takes what satan means for bad and uses it for good. Let me just START with that...

okay - back to jerky jerk face up there.

Kinda harsh, right? Well - truth is - over the last 6+ months - that's what i was starting to see every time I looked in the mirror.

See - the last half year or so has been an interesting journey for us as a family and for me specifically. It's been a weird time of seeing people in different lights, feeling foolish as I realized I was wrong on some thoughts or assumptions about relationships... and generally just a tough time of self searching and reflection.

In the end it was ALL GOOD - but during it? No fun.

During this time - a lot of folks have felt compelled to share things with me.

Things like I am anti-church.

That I am not biblical in my approaches.

That I wasn't hearing God.

That I am a stumbling block.

That I was damaging friendships.

That I didn't understand reconciliation.

That I did not belong in leadership.

That I have removed the Holy Spirit from my day to day business.

That what we do with Brighton Their World is "easy."

That my prayers took too long.

That maybe I should stop sharing and living life out loud.

And much more

And this was from people I thought I called "friends."

I didn't brush this stuff off. Because again - these were people i thought I trusted. So I did some deep soul searching. Like deep, deep soul searching.

I hit the floor in prayer. And it was desperate prayer at times.

"God - search my heart!" I screamed.

"Test me - point out my anxiousness and give me insight into my offensiveness!"

I checked some of my actions and re-checked them. I ALWAYS check my words and pray over them before using them - but I started even hesitating to write them - let alone use them.

And then it hit me like a ton of bricks...

satan had quietly and effectively begun changing who I was.

But then... in stepped Jesus.

He reminded me of who I was and I love how He gave me reassurance.

The confirmations weren't even something that stood out at first. They seemed like business as usual for me.

A prayer request here. A question or request for input there. A desire to hear a "Christian perspective..." on something. A request for an interview about Brighton Their World. More prayer requests - coming at me from every angle in every medium. From people I love but barely ever engage with.

And then one day - in the midst of receiving like the billionth prayer request (joyfully mind you - cuz praying for folks is like my absolute favorite thing to do) - it slowly dawned on me.

And I swear to you it was like the sky smiled at me, the sun winked and the mountains knuckle bumped me and yelled "Boo ya!"

And somewhere in His kingdom - God said out loud with a sigh of relief, "It's about time, Tymm... geesh!"

I'm slow. I'll admit it.
I'm quicker to believe the lies of satan than I am to hear the bold and steadfast truth of the Holy Spirit that resides in my heart.
Especially when the sneaky devil uses people you would have placed squarely in the middle of your trust zone.

And I almost stumbled. I really almost gave in.

But I am so thankful that our God is not only relentless in His pursuit of us but also His retention of us. And I gotta say - I LOVE the way He goes about it.

Oh they say you're anti-church? God sends the body almost immediately to seek your input and opinion on the way the church is handling certain things.

Oh - wait - you're a stumbling block? God sends private messages from His people to share ways in which they have been pointed to Him through interactions with me. Randomly - from people I cherish but don't communicate with often.

Ahhh - but you removed the Holy Spirit from your day to day and that work you do with Brighton Their World is so easy. God comes along and has us in AWE as the Spirit rushes throughout the school and the students and staff are thriving.

And so on and so on. It was like God took every single thing said about me and came at me full force to negate it. And while satan used His people to derail me and almost push me off the tracks completely - God came along and used His people to set me straight and squarely back on HIS tracks.

The TONS of scripture that kept popping up randomly (but not randomly... ya know?) was astounding. The number of prayer requests went through the roof. And I am thankful for every single one of them.

Because - as I look back on this - the thought hit me...

How many people has satan successfully pulled away like this?

Convinced them that they didn't know a Savior, had no Holy Spirit in them and had no authority to speak of Him as a disciple of Him.

How many?

My guess is... a lot. And I could have been one.

But not today.

Nope - today the confirmations He has given me over the last 6+ months are numbering into the hundreds and I am standing with Him - ready to boast IN HIM.

And my crew here with me?

We see you satan... and that's half the battle.


And to anybody else out there being challenged in who He made you to be... remember what Jesus told us:
"I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever — the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you."
If you have chased Him, sought Him, asked Him for the wisdom and discernment - and the Holy Spirit has confirmed He is there - do not let anybody - and I mean ANYBODY - try to convince you that you are anything else than what He made you to be.

Stay encouraged...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

If It Was...

If smiles had eyes...

If happiness wore a hoodie...

If joy had puffy hair...

If love wore braids...

If my very heart hopped out of my chest and took on flesh and bones...

You'd be staring at it all right here!

Monday, March 27, 2017

All Her

Sure it's blurry and out of focus.

Poorly composed.

Inadequately lit.


This captures the essence of Meron... 100%!

This is ALL HER - almost ALL THE TIME.

I can hear her laughter that goes along with this picture - right now in my head.

I am so thankful for the way she lives her life - the way she finds joy, laughter, love and smiles in every single thing she does.

She's changed the way I view life - that's for sure.

Meron... never, ever, ever lose touch with the beat of the drummer that you march to!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Break Shenanigans

"Daddy - can we drag our beds out into the playroom to sleep during spring break? please daddy... PLEASE!?!"

Oh why not? It's SPRING BREAK after all!

We went ahead and set the TV up too so they are set for endless movie watching in the evenings!

And look at those smiling faces!

If a "sleep in movie theater" is all it takes - we'll do it every single time!

And while this maniac is still sleeping in his room - he loves nothing more than to bomb a photo session in the back!

Sweet dreams, spring breakers!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Another First - Water On His Head!

A certain somebody had another first yesterday...

Looks like the Dogg graduated from baths to showers!

Way to go Z-Dogg!

I was walking him through how to do it and handle it all - and he said:

"Daddy? Daddy? You out there?"
I yelled back to him, "I'm out here buddy..." And he yelled back to me:
"Daddy - this shower feels SOOOO good. I don't ever wanna get out!"
Didn't take him long to get the swing of things and see the awesomeness of the shower!

Another first... Stop growing up Z-Dogg!

I think we'll still see some baths cuz dude LOVES to play in them - but this could make things quicker, cleaner and easier at times!

Welcome to the wonderful world of showers, Zechie!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Has Sprung Like Only Colorado Can Do!

Today was the first day of Spring Break for the goofballs and I was blessed to be able to spend it with them...

How's that you ask?

Oh ya know - we had a blizzard and three foot snow drifts this morning that got work cancelled today for me and half the city!

This little muscle mamma came out and helped me clear the driveway...

Don't let that almost dry concrete fool ya - there were like 3 foot drifts of SUPER HEAVY wet snow across that thing!

It took us a long time to clear it... and gave me a great workout since we all missed our favorite YMCA class this morning!

Then we rewarded ourselves with some fun by making Meron's first "real" snowman...

She named him "Branchy" after his weird arms...

And then the whole gang circled around for a photo op with Branchy before he disappeared because the temps were already starting to creep up when the wind died down and the sun came out.

I love that Mebbie is pretending to fan herself from the heat and Z-Dogg looks like he is freezing to death!

Way to kick off spring break Colorado! We love that we can trust you to keep us on our toes!

Okay, Spring... what else ya got for us?!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Blizzard Warning

You might recall like 4 days ago I was writing about it being almost 80 degrees outside! It was awesome!

And this is us tonight - out on the front porch at like 9:00 pm in shorts and t-shirts... because it was like almost 60 degrees still.

But look at that sky in the background!

Something is coming our way!

And they're calling for potential...


That's right little homies... it's Colorado!

We've learned to know better than to think Spring is really here!

Last year - exactly one year ago (March 23) - I was in a 10 car pile up because of a blizzard!

Ain't no month safe here!

So here's to hunkering down!

Bring it on, Blizzard... bring it on!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Built in His Image

This girl's heart...

Holy Moly!

If anything was ever built as a complete and entire model of God's heart... this girl is it!

Today this was shared from a teacher at Mebbie's school:

"My students are amazing. One sweet girl decided to ask the class what they like about me and wrote it all down. They said I give them compliments so they wanted to give me compliments. Bless their hearts. Love them! "
After a little digging and messaging - come to find out that sweet girl was MEBBIE!

No surprise to me - but man oh man - on a day when the Lord knew I was struggling with people and their very sinful nature - He gives me this little story to marinate on!

Check out what she did...

And after some back and forth with her teacher getting the approval to share this awesome story - her teacher shared this:
"Your kiddo blessed me immensely today as she was "sneaking" around the classroom to get everyone's words. Man. Makes me tear up. She has no idea how hard this year has been so far and she allows Jesus' love to shine through her and remind me that I am truly loved and am making an impact on all of these students."
Ya know what though? We're the blessed ones!

We have had such amazing teachers who love our kids so well! We are super thankful for them and the amount of attention and intention they put in to the role they have!

This girl man... God broke the mold on her!

And honestly - the way she loves - it feels like she MIGHT just be part Golden Retriever!

You're a world changer Mebbie - never give in to it!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Ladies in My LIfe

No matter how poopy my week is...

No matter how much stress or drama tries to eat me up and get me down...

I get to come home to these three ladies who I absolutely adore!

They lift me up. They love me. They keep me sane.

These are my ladies... and I love 'em!

Monday, March 20, 2017

That Sleep Monster

watch out for that sleep monster...

It'll creep up on ya ANYWHERE!

I love that little homie didn't even fight it...

Just gave in where he was!

Sleep strong, Z-Dogg!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pushing 80

It's not even the first day of Spring yet... it's snowing crazy storms on the East coast...

But here in Colorado today...

It was pushing 80 degrees!

And we soaked it all in!

After church - this crew here spent almost the entire day outside!

Lunch on the porch...

Reliving ice bucket challenges and dumping ice water on each other...

Biking, skating, scootering, trail running (by Mommy)...

Mebbie even sunbathed on the driveway for a while!

There was ultimate Frisbee across the street in the park...

Some whiffle ball batting practice...

And goofiness in the streets as well!

This crew right here - if the weather is right (and even when it's not!) - outside is where you'll find 'em!

As much as we missed the heavy snows this year - and Lord knows we need some moisture out here - we're loving soaking in these early sunny, warm almost spring days!

Goofballs... today was one of my favorites yet!

Stay goofy!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mebbie In a Thing 15 Hat

Sometimes ya have a series of days that are kinda sucky... and the only thing that will make ya feel better is seeing Mebbie in a Dr. Seuss Thing #15 hat.

The last few days have been those days for me.

So here we are...

And there she is!

Can't stop smiling... I feel better already!

Thank you Thing #15!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Itty Bitty Baller

Basketball season has officially ended for this little man!

He may not have found his shot just yet - but he was a DRIBBLING MACHINE this year!

So tomorrow - we sleep in!

No crazy crack of dawn games!

Next up... soccer!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

He's a Wee Strong Little Man

These two here are ALWAYS up to something!

Tonight... it was building a leprechaun trap!

It was a bowl of Ethiopian Birr ("shiny to make him think it's gold!") underneath a box set on a ruler with a suitacse on it's back for extra weight because according to Meron:

"He's sooo strong! Last year he lifted the big bowl we used and got away!"
She's got a point...

There are also two strategically placed cameras to attempt to catch him in the act!

Good luck girls - I hope ya get to see him!

i just wanna know where the gold's at...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I Am Meron... Hear Me Roar!

Recently - my super dope boss bought me this super dope shirt!

I mean - come on!

A lion with dreadlocks, a dope beard with skull beads and Ethiopian color beads in it who is also rocking some headphones...

Does it get more awesome?

Well - also recently - Meron commandeered it for sleeping in!

Truthfully - everything about that daddy dope lion fits her personality perfectly!

Meron - i am happy to share my lion shirt with ya!

Roar loudly, girl... roar LOUDLY!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

When Trouble is Photogenic

Look man... that's the face of trouble right there!

I mean dude is stubborn, controlling, disrespectful, crazy...

You know... all the things I was too (and still am from time to time)!

But look at him... he's so stinking photogenic and cute!

And he knows it!

You try disciplining his goofy little butt when he flashes his smile and his big ole eyes at ya...

Z-Dogg... you're one cute little bugger and one crazy little bugger at the same time!

Ya know what though homie?

I love both parts of ya!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Keepers of my Heart

These two girls right here - complete with their sleepy "late basketball post-season party" eyes...


They own my heart!

Tonight - like she does every single night - Meron said:

"Can I get 5 minutes, daddy?"
What she means by that is can I come downstairs to their room and lay with her on her bed as she dozes off.

And far too often I have competing priorities in my head that compete with that nightly request.

She never gives up on me though... she ALWAYS asks.

And tonight I just knew it was exactly where He wanted me to go.

As we cozied up in her room - Mebbie said: "Daddy - I love when you come down here with us..."

And I swear to you I felt my heart smile.

I do not deserve the joy that comes from being the daddy to these two girls.

trust me when I say... I KNOW this.

But holy moly - am I thankful for the opportunity and privilege!

Girls - you bring me more joy than you'll probably ever know.

Daddy loves you!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Lil' Mebski Love

Little Mebski Love (my stage nickname for Mebbie for years) came up the stairs dressed for church this morning looking OVER THE TOP adorable!

I said: "Girl - you can't come up here looking all adorable and not expect a photo session to break out - go assume the position!"

So out the front door we went!

I just love when Mebbie gets to get showered with praises and adoration!

She's the quintessential middle child - quiet as a mouse - and living in the shadow of possibly the largest personality that the world has ever known (see also: Meron).

So when I get a chance to shower joy and love on her - I run with it!

I must have told her 50x today how adorable she looked - and each time that smile spread further across her face as she said: "Thank you, daddy!"

And while she absolutely adores her big sister (and her big sister would tell ya how much she adores and needs Mebbie too) - I am loving watching this gorgeous little creation of the Lord come into her own.

Watching her blossom into who He made her to be is a true blessing and privilege.

She's quirky, she's wacky, she's creative, she's athletic, she's gorgeous and most of all - she is made in His image and anybody who knows her for more than 10 seconds knows who she is living for!

Daddy loves you Mebski Love!

Stay you, girl!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Never Not Crazy

"Daddy - hurry - take a picture and then close the door on me!"

This is what I spun around to see...

The girl is nutty almost all the time and keeps us all in stitches!

So I obliged... snapped the pic and shut the door!

Stay crazy Meron... FOREVER!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Three Thousand Three Hundred and Thirty Three



That's the number of blog posts I have made on this crazy little spot we call home on the interwebs!

And that includes not missing a day since June 22, 2008.


I realized it when I was setting up for the blog tonight and thought "We need to celebrate that one!"

It's been an amazing ride with some amazing folks!

These guys are always so willing to get a picture or come up with something to post - it keeps it FUN!

I hope we are able to keep the pace up!

One of these days I hope to turn it into a book (or a hundred!) - but for now - we'll keep trusting that Google has our back!

Stay crazy Camp Hoffman - ya keep giving me easy content!

That's a whole lot of US!