Monday, September 24, 2018

Only One Rule...


Tonight kicked off the first race of the cross country season.

And we still only have one rule we really stick to out there...

Smile when ya run!

Oh - and have fun - but that's hard not to do when you're smiling as ya go!


Mebbie was killing it and she flashed her big ole smile at me every time she ran by!

She was looking good and comfortable and in her zone tonight!


She took first out of the 2nd-5th graders... and while I haven't seen the official posted results yet - I THINK she may have come in sub-7 minute mile!

Keep smiling girl... the rest comes easy!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Leaves of Joy!


I love this girl SO MUCH!

She has an undeniable gift to bring smiles, happiness and joy to all she is around.

She hollered, "Daddy... take a picture of me throwing these leaves up and smiling under them!"

So I did...


And her joy for God's creations is authentic as can be.

Just look at her face.

It's real joy from Him!


Mebski Love... you radiate what it means to be joyful in Him.

Thank you for the model worth imitating!

She's got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in her heart...

Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Gang Is Back Together!


"When are they getting here?"

"How much longer, daddy?"

"What time is it now?"

All questions asked today by our crew as they anticipated the arrival of some of their best buds from Atlanta!

Some friendships withstand the test of time and distance...

And these guys proved it!


When they arrived - it was as if no time had passed at all!

If you closed your eyes and listened - this goofball crew sounded exactly like they always did - just older and bigger now!

One of the hardest things we did when we said "Yes!" to following God out West was leave some of the best kind of friends back in Atlanta.

So grateful this crew decided to include us in their family vacation!

True friends are friends forever!

Friday, September 21, 2018

A Hairy Situation


Man... I can't help it...

When she comes out rocking her hair in some kind of crazy, natural manner...

I'm a sucker for it!


And I know - I'm probably driving y'all nuts with all the hair posts.

Or maybe you're just thinking "Yo... at least he's not talking about race and racism and making us all uncomfortable..."

Don't you worry - there's plenty of time to talk more about that - and it's kinda fun to watch you guys squirm (I know who gets super squirmy and who doesn't... your trends are easier to read than a Dr. Seuss book!)


But for today at least - let's just revel in the beauty of this girl and her hair!


Meron... you are one beautiful little lady and daddy would give anything to rock a head of hair like yours!

I love that God was specific and unique when He breathed life into you!

Stay hairy, girl... and stay wild!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Hey Hey Hey... Goodbye!


Seasons. I love 'em.

Fall is my favorite one but out here in Colorado they are all pretty dope.

I think Solomon (and Pete Seeger and eventually The Byrds) said it best when he said:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, & a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Seasons. They're not all the same - but they have one thing in common - we eventually say "GOODBYE!" to them.


And so it is with people who are seasonal in our lives as well. Lately we have had to let go of some seasonal people that in hindsight - maybe should have never even been a season at all.

I mean - if our time together looks and feels more like the 1990 Yankees season (a train wreck) - then maybe... just maybe... we weren't really in a season of friendship anyway.


There are really only a handful of reasons I would ever block or ban somebody from our world (especially in social media). And contrary to popular belief... not agreeing with me isn't one of those reasons.

It's simple really.

1. You're dangerous to my family
You've threatened my family in any way (death threats... yep... received 'em). You engage and promote a dialogue or rhetoric that is directly or indirectly dangerous to my family and families like mine. You got to go. Unapologetically. Bye. There's only been a few of these.

2. You're just plain mean and ugly
You're passive aggressive. You wrap your hateful differences up in an "I love you and your family" sandwich. Out one side of your mouth you tell me how hateful I am, how clueless I am, how self-righteous and arrogant I am and then in the same breath tell me you love me and always have.

Or maybe you've spent two years always looking for a fight around things you disagree with me on. I've played along - time and time again - listened to your lop-sided narrative, your false claims on facts, your incredibly emotionally charged responses... and you finally crossed a line. Maybe you used my kids names in a manner I'm not fond of... all the while smiling and telling me and those around me how much you are "for me" or "on my side."

Possibly you've been disrespectful, ugly, curt and hateful towards me and those I care about. Perhaps you've let your emotions control your communication - and that's never good. It's even possible that your hateful tunnel-vision has caused you to think my writing is strictly about YOU. Silly rabbit... those kind of tricks are for kids.

In these cases - and it's just been a few - you got to go. Unapologetically. Bye.


Trust me when I say there are a LOT of people who disagree with me.

And that is PERFECTLY OKAY.

But HOW we disagree matters a lot. How we communicate matters.

Some mediums are better for it than others - and some people are better at leveraging mediums than others.

As we watch the temperatures change, the sun set earlier and leaves start to color... I know this much...

I am looking forward to this change of season!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

She Glows


This girl right here...

She is growing up WAY too fast and looking

Way too beautiful!


I mean seriously... it's almost as if she is literally glowing!


And then let the girl hang out with a dog and it's over!

Glow on, Meron... GLOW ON!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Heart of Mebbie


Can I tell ya what the world needs?

More Mebbie!

That's EXACTLY what this world needs these days!


Her smile radiates and is contagious.

Her empathy is deep and puts her in unique positions to really feel what is going on around her.

Her compassion is strong.

Her love is undeniable.

I cannot believe I get to be her daddy.

Yep... the world needs more Mebbie.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Weighted Ankle Eating Time


You're wondering, "What the heck is that title all about?"

Aren't you?

Well - it's just like it says... dinner time with ankle weights.

Hey don't ask me... I got done with my run and got this little gem texted to me on my way home!

Keep marching to YOUR drummer, Z-Dogg!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Growing Up


This guy right here...

Holy Moly!

He is growing up FAST!!!


It's like I blinked and he is twice as tall as he was yesterday...

(admittedly - half of that might be hair!)

I love the little man that he is becoming, but...

Don't rush outta childhood, Z-Dogg!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Mebski Love


We were shooting some senior pictures for a friend tonight - and we came across a pretty cool graffiti covered old rail yard...

I LOVED the visuals!


I said "Mebbie - gimmee your best album cover pose!"

And she knocked it out the park!


MC Mebski Love... album dropping soon!

Way to keep it gangsta, Mebbie!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Always


Every now and then ya have a day like today (we'll get tot hat at some point here...) that leaves ya just looking for something to make ya smile.

Ya pop the SD card from the camera in - just looking for something...

ANYTHING...

And this girl never disappoints!

There is always something on there that brings a smile to my face... no matter what is going on!

Thanks, Meron... for being full of dependable silliness and joy!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

POOF!


I love when this cutie lets her hair be all natural like this!


It tends to bring out the silly in her!


And it definitely highlights the beauty!

I see your God-given gorgeousness, girl!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Helmet Heads


Man... I totally love these two and the way they love each other!

Stay smiling, helmet heads!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The B-I-B-L-E


Came in tonight from the Y and found Mebbie on the couch reading her book... and Z-Dogg posted up in the chair with his nose in...

THE BIBLE!

Get at it, Zechie!


He absolutely loves the "Read with Me Bible - Storybook Bible for Children"

And I'm loving that he loves it!


The B-I-B-L-E... yes that's the book for Z!

Keep reading His word, Z-Dogg... keep reading His word!

You're honoring Him well, homie!

Monday, September 10, 2018

That Was Quick!


My people... I love this crew so much!


And in in a rare moment - I actually got to jump in a picture with them!

But what I LOVE the most is how quickly we could shift to this:


All it took was three little words:

"Gangsta poses, Hoffmans!"

And boom - there it was!

I love that silly resides right underneath the surface with this crew!

Stay silly and gangsta guys!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

His Beautiful Work


Man... I am one lucky dude.

I wake up every day to see His beautiful creations...


All around me... I can't help but take His handiwork in by just having my eyes open!


And those clouds and mountains are pretty beautiful too!

Thanks, God... for the constant reminders!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

"Way to Kick It In, Pele!"


Z-Dogg's first game of the Fall soccer season went down this morning...


And he was ready to get it going!


This little dude has always been a hustler...


But he stepped up his game this year!

So cool to see him out there running as fast as possible all over that field - he didn't slow down once!


Well - maybe ONCE - but it was all mommy and daddy's fault for sure!

We're ordering sports glasses this week for him!


We decided to go "NO GLASSES" for second half - and while we were worried he wouldn't be able to see...

He certainly found us and flashed a gigantic smile!


I ** THINK ** his team lost - but ya know what... it doesn't matter!

Good sportsmanship and fun are top priority for us (but a win is ALWAYS welcome!).

Way to Pele it out there, Z-Dogg!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Z-Dogg x 5


I can't believe another year is in the books and today we celebrated...

5 Years of Z-Dogg being in our family!

Woo-hoo!


This is one of my favorite pics of our entire family - it's our first "family picture" taken the day Zechie was brought up the escalator at ATL airport!

What day!

We were finally ALL together as a family!



Of course it wouldn't be a true "Zechie Day" if I wasn't showing off his incredible homecoming video because it is

AWESOME!


Zechie - you are a true joy and you bring so much life and happiness to the family.

We couldn't imagine our crew without ya!

Here's to many, many more Zechie Days!!