Monday, July 31, 2017

Without Ceasing!


This kid right here man...

He's kind...

loving...

crazy...

a handful...

wild...

on the go...

spastic...

and hard to nail down.

And he's also...

About to be a KINDERGARTNER!


That's right folks... in 7 days this little homie will be blessing somebody's kindergarten classroom!

Will you join me in praying without ceasing for his teacher and classmates!?

I'm just kidding... sort of!

I am sure little Z-Dogg is gonna do amazing!

Can't wait to hear all about the first day!

Watch out Kindergarten... here comes Zechie!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

12:01 AM


These girls have been my biggest supporters the last 30 days as I was knocking out my fourth round of Whole30.

Tonight they said:

"Wait, daddy... you mean at midnight, this round is over?"
When I told 'em "Yep!" they said:
"Let's have Blue Bell Ice Cream at midnight!"
So at 12:01 AM, I woke 'em up and we all enjoyed my first food re-introduction which was a small scoop of Blue Bell Vanilla Ice Cream!

GOOD STUFF!

Thanks for the support and love, girls!!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

How Sweet It Is...


How did I spend DAY 29 of Whole 30 you ask?

Oh you know - just took the goofballs to the grand re-opening of the BEST CANDY STORE EVER!

Our friends at Cole's Gourmet Popcorn had moved to a new location and we had to go be part of the big day!

And we had a BLAST!


There was some dancing with Mister popcorn...


Before the doors opened on the HUGE new store!


Mebbie wasted no time picking out her candy choice...


while Meron did what Meron does best... melt over the cuteness of friends who were there too!


We ended the visit with some ice cream from their new ice cream counter before we headed out!

We are praying for great success for this new store and for God to just use it to make Himself known to all its visitors!

And like they always say when you check out there...

Have a FUN day!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Forever Mesmerizing


This girl and her smile and her heart and her capacity to love...

I'm forever mesmerized by it!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

FLASHBACK: Mebski Love


Every now and then I like to take a look back and remember where we were and where we are now...

Look at little Mebski Love in one of the first pictures we ever got of her!

She hadn't yet started flashing that God-given smile of hers that she shines on us daily now!

But it sure didn't take long for it to show up!


She is growing up fast (too fast!) and I am daily amazed at her heart, her spirit, her love for others and her love for God.

I learn so much from this little girl!

Daddy loves you Mebbie... now stop growing up!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Belly Ache Coma


Someone was up a good chunk of the night with an upset belly...

She was feeling a ton better after a full day of rest but that also meant she was EXHAUSTED!

She passed out cold on the couch tonight while we were in the middle of family house cleaning!


Of course - if Meron is sleeping - her girl Cider is looking out for her!

Connected at the hip... these two!

Daddy's glad you're better Meron... now rest up!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Rolling Rolling Rolling


This sweet girl has been bugging me daily for a bike ride...

We got rained out recently and when I walked in from work today I was greeted with her gigantic smile and this question:

"Is today rain check day?"
Indeed it was!


I cherish these rides - i love just chatting and cruising and seeing her smile!


And she's never not goofy!


She must have thanked me 55 times and told me how fun it was over and over and over...

I absolutely love riding with her!

Trust me Meron - this ride meant even more to daddy!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Two Teeth Lighter


I know we shared that Z-Dogg had lost a tooth recently - but here he is feeling pretty darn special because...

HE LOST A SECOND ONE!


Yep - we got us a gap tooth 5 year old these days!

He was so worried about it falling out because:

"Daddy - what if all my food squishes out through there...?"
No worries Zechie... i think you'll be safe!


He's growing up quick this goofy one... and his lack of teeth is proving it!

Good luck eating and talking Z-Dogg!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Waiting For Daddy!


When I pulled in from running this evening - I came home to these two cuties roaming the street...


Laura told me that Meron said:

"We're going to go outside and wait for Daddy..."
And she had been patiently waiting out there for 30 minutes!


I love these two together... and I love how much they love each other too!

They keep me smiling!


And I know Cider loves Meron a LOT because she tolerates Meron's head lock kisses pretty darn regularly!


Girls... you are a couple of gorgeous creations of God and I love ya!

Stay hairy, furry and awesome!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

She's a Connector...


So - I know I don't celebrate this gorgeous girl near enough on this blog... but today as we celebrate two years since she went under the knife to remove some cancer that God decided to remove before the surgeons got in there - I figured it was a great time to big up my very best friend!


This girl right here is a bona fide connector.

What do you mean by that, Tymm?

It's easy... she connects things. People, places, things...

I've seen her bring friendships together between others that have lasted...

I've watched her advocate hard for adoption and bring children to their families...

I've witnessed her fight relentlessly for sponsorship for 200+ kids at a school in Ethiopia...

I've even watched her pour her heart and soul into building ministries - holding hands and walking people through doors and making introductions to establish organizations - only to have the doors slammed in her face...

Yet... she keeps on giving and connecting!

It's like her heart knows no other way!


This girl is sooooo willing to jump with me... into any and everything!


And she ALWAYS has my back.

She loves others and honors God while doing it like nobody else I have ever met.


And when it comes to her crew... she is relentless with her love.

You just ask any member of our camp!

Laura... you love others so well. Even when it means hurt for you. You connect and reconnect and give and support in such an amazing way.

I am beyond thankful that these last 2 years were here for us... painful at times but all about HIM the whole time!

I want to be like you when I grow up!

Thank you God for this mommy, wife, best friend and connector!

Friday, July 21, 2017

When Meron's Away...


... the siblings will play!

Meron is off on her second ever sleep over tonight... and while the dynamic around here is always different with the second "mom" out of the house, these two were getting along great!


Zechie begged and begged to be allowed to sleep in Meron's bed with Mebbie tonight and we caved in...


And while I know they're missing their bigger sis...

These two are enjoying each other right now!

Stay goofy you two... STAY GOOFY!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Turn On My Heartlight...


She's growing up far too fast...


But she'll always be my baby girl who is able to turn on my heartlight!

Daddy loves ya girl!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Light Up the World


This girl's smile right here man...

Its enough to change the world!

Stay smiling Mebski Love...

The world needs it!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Her Turn


Usually it's her hawk-eyed sister Mebbie who is finding things laying around (coins, rocks, etc.) but today Meron found not one BUT TWO of the 719 Rocks painted rocks out there!

She was super stoked to tell me about it and excited to get her pics taken with her find!


And what a great couple of rocks to find too... great and true messages on both of them!

Good eyes Meron... GOOD EYES!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Which Ones Are The Yankees?


Up until today - there was one member of the camp who had never been to a Major League Baseball game...

But that all changed this evening when a generous friend gave us two tickets to go see the Rockies and the Padres go at it!

Somebody was SUPER STOKED!


we didn't get many pictures cuz I was busy answering a BILLION questions about the game such as:

"Which ones are the Yankees?"
but trust me when I say he had an absolute blast!

Thanks for the hook-up Bret...We will certainly be back!

Take me out to the ball game...

Sunday, July 16, 2017

National Ice Cream Day


Ya know what today was?

Day 16 of Whole30 for me... that's what.

It just so happened to also be - NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY!

Those who know me well know that ice cream is my Kryptonite... my weakness.

And it didn't help that one of our local grocery stores dropped prices on ice cream and ice cream sandwiches down to next to nothing...

So after church... we HAD to go score some!


Like I told these cheering little ice cream lovers... I am STRONGER than food.

I really am... (I'll keep on saying it...)

But guess what August 1st is?

It's the first day I am off of Whole30 and it also happens to be NATIONAL BLUE BELL ICE CREAM DAY (declared right now by me).

It will be ON AND POPPING!

Happy Ice Cream-ing, guys!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Tucking It Away


I saw Mebski Love sitting at the table working super diligently on something this evening...


I eased in behind her to see what was going down and found her staring up at a piece of art we have hanging in the kitchen.


She was copying down the words from the piece of art on a piece of paper.

I could see her lips moving as she was reading it and writing it.


It was Romans 8:28 and she was steady tucking away His Word in her heart as she wrote it out and recited it!

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose. "
Be still my heart!

I learn so much from this precious Daughter of a Heavenly King!


Keep tucking it in your heart, Mebbie... keep tucking it!

One day you will certainly need it!