Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sleepy Summer Days


Summer.

For kids it means staying up late, sleeping in and going hard all day whether it's playing or swimming - and then being able to just crash when ya need to...

You know... SLEEPY SUMMER DAYS!

And Meron has summer mastered!

Clearly...


Give her Cider - her furry best friend - and that's about all she needs to conk out for a while!


I'm secretly jealous of her ability to do this...

But enjoy it while ya can, girl... cuz we've amost reached the halfway point!

Summer is fading fast!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Granny Time - Day 1!


After two full days of traveling - including a broken down car and a visit to a Honda Dealership to fix it - this crew made it to Granny's house LATE last night!

So what'd they do today?

Woke up and hit the swimming pool, of course!

Then it was dinner with Aunt Connie and Uncle Ronnie...


And a fun evening walk with an AWESOME sunset!


But they weren't done yet cuz Granny had THIS!


Mug Cakes and ice cream to wrap up the day!

Me thinks they had a blast!

Laura called to let me say goodnight - but they were all pretty much DONE-ZO already!

Now they're getting some rest so they can get up and do it again tomorrow!

Have a blast soaking in the Granny time, goofballs!

Friday, June 22, 2018

3,709 Times in a Row!


Ten years ago today - on June 22, 2008 - we woke up for the first time in our own house with Meron there and I posted this above picture.

Then - in a state of tired deliriousness - I said:

" Until we get all of our pics up in an album we'll try to throw a daily picture of life with Meron up here. Enjoy!"
And that's how it began...

A picture a day. Sharing Meron growing up and us stumbling through parenthood!

Never missing a day.

Then it became a challenge... I got a little weird - I COULDN'T miss a day!

We've had a few close calls - electricity going out and me having to drive around to find a coffee shop or somewhere to post from.

But somehow - we've managed it.

Given a few days with multiple postings - as of THIS posting today I have posted...

3,709 posts in a row without missing a day

NUTS!


Ten years in a row - not a day missed!

It has covered so much - from Meron growing up, to Mebbie and Z-Dogg coming home, to them growing up, to mission trips, to Brighton Their World expanding, a school being built and so many other escapades.

And even though I started doing this and continued it for me, Laura and as a gift to the goofballs - we have met so many cool and fun and like-minded people through the blog!

We're super thankful for that - for each of you who has come along on these last ten years with us!

Who knows whats next... but for now? I'll keep on posting!

Here's to many, many more goofy escapades!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Road Warriors


These guys right here - they are some ROAD WARRIORS!

One road trip out west just wasn't enough for them - so early this morning they hopped back in the car to head east to spend some time with Granny!

Distance can't keep them apart!


And with this captain behind the wheel - these guys are cruising!

Seriously - this hottie can DRIVE and drive and drive and drive...


And with her second row navigators - I think she'll be doing just fine...


And the gunner in the rear will keep 'em all safe!


And then they were gone... and since I had to keep PTO on hand for when Laura heads to Ethiopia next month - it's just me and the furry ladies holding down the Camp.

Pray we survive!

Godspeed guys... and have a BLAST!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sleepy Birds of a Feather


Caught these two sleepy birds just chilling on the couch together.

I swear - Meron won't stop looking older and Laura is looking younger and younger!

Super thankful for the lives of these two... no doubt.

Stay cute, Ladies... STAY CUTE!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Big Beauty


Look at this big beauty! This gorgeous creation of God's!

That gorge wall is pretty awesome too!


I am loving watching this quiet, meek, humble middle child come into her own!

Spread your wings and fly, Mebbie! We got your back!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Super Hero Stance


I was telling the goofballs tonight about the "Super Hero Stance" approach to conquering things.

I mean I saw it on "Grey's Anatomy" so it HAS to be true, right?

The point is - if you have something tough to conquer or achieve - stand in a "super hero stance" for 5 minutes before hand and you are more likely to perform like a super hero.

I told Meron on her next tough math test - I dared her to stand up next to her desk in a "Super Hero Stance" and tell the teacher "I just need 5 minutes like this..."

We'll see what happens!


Z-Dogg offered to model the stance for me and I think he knocked it out the park!

He even rocked his cape and everything!


And a VERY serious Super Hero Face.

Guys - go be the Super Heroes you were meant to be!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Best Gig Ever: Daddy-ing


This little guy right here made me a daddy... he still has my heart and we think about him every single day!


Then this girl came along and put all my daddy-ing skills to the test!


I loved her card to me this morning... "I love you with all my heart"


Then God said, "Oh yeah - ya think you're good with just the one to manage? How about two?"

And Mebbie came into our lives and brought insane amounts of joy (and she hasn't stopped!)...


Like I have come to expect from this little angel - she chose her words so intentionally to me in her card:

"thank you for being kind, loving, nice and awesome..."

Geesh - there must be sawdust in the air cuz my eyes started watering!


And finally God said: "Okay... you're doing pretty good with those girls.. have a BOY!"

And in to our lives came Z-Dogg!

Holy moly do I love this dude... he keeps me grounded in the sorority house we live in - and drives me wacky at the same time!


I absolutely ADORED the card he drew for me this morning...

Just me and Zechie... he said "Your beard was hard to draw!"

Ya nailed it Z-Dogg, Ya nailed it!


Guys... being your daddy is the biggest blessing I could have ever received.

You make the job easy and you keep me smiling the whole time!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there who are putting in work...

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Date Night - Let's Get High!


When the YMCA has the goofballs for like 5 hours for "Parent's Night Out" and we get to choose any kind of date night we want - what do we do?


We head up the Incline, of course!

Even though I had already done it this morning - I was absolutely down to do it again with this cutie!


We managed to survive "stench row" on our way to getting high!


And get high we certainly did... all 1,904 feet of it!


We wrapped it up with some MOD Pizza that we destroyed before heading to pick up the goofballs!

Laura... had an absolute blast with ya!

Totally looking forward to the next date night!

Friday, June 15, 2018

My Ride or Die Crew


These people right here, man...

They're my "Ride or Die" crew!

They are down for whatever and we get into some fun adventures together!

I absolutely LOVED the road trip we just wrapped up together!

Some of the best times with our crew are had while cruising down the highway!


Guys - I am already looking forward to our next adventure!

Where to next?!?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

A Decade of Meron


It all started right here with this picture...

I got it texted to me while I was snowboarding and I stopped in at the slopeside chapel to pray over it.

The next ten years were CRAZY and God has been at work for sure.

I could get all emotional with words here - but what better way to celebrate Meron Day - The Decade Version than with pics of her over the years.

Thanks to everybody who has prayed with us and supported us along this journey!









































Happy Meron Day, big girl! Here's to many, many more!