Sunday, June 23, 2019

Lights Up The Sky


I am pretty sure that at least one of the reasons God breathed life into Mebski Love is that in the event that the sun ever stopped shining - her radiant smile could replace it for a good long time!

Because she certainly lights up the sky!

So grateful for this little girl and her spirit in my life.

The gift of being her daddy is never lost on me and it's something I thank Him for every single day.

Keep shining, Mebbie... KEEP SHINING!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Who Is Goofier?

Seriously though... who is goofier?

Z-Dogg or the cow?

Stay crazy, Zechie!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Retreat, Retreat!!

These two young ladies right here... geesh...

They have my whole entire heart!

Mebbie, Z-Dogg and I sat waving as they drove off to their first ever church retreat in the mountains... Meron as a student attendee (and leader) and Laura as a group leader.

So stinking proud of both of them...


A good friend of Meron's got to come along too and ride up with them!


It was an absolute joy, privilege, gift and pleasure to pray over these three before they headed out.

I just know they are going to grow and shine a bright light for Him in the process.

Way to bring Him glory, ladies!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Red Foxy


That's one happy camper right there and a dude after my own heart when it comes to stuffed animals!


Thanks to a friend - I was able to bring him back this guy from the conference I was just at...


and it was love at first sight!


He named her "Red Foxy" and I think he has himself a new sleep partner!


I love that his joy is this real around this little gal!

Never lose the stuffed animal love, Zechie!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Big Eyed and Goofy


When Meron was a baby we'd put our hands over her eyes and then pull them away real fast and yell:

BIG EYES!

Looks like our chief goofball still has it!


And her smile brings joy right along with it!

Stay silly and goofy forever, Meron!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Celebrated By Friends


What happens when one of your favorite baristas to ever touch a coffee cup finds out it's Meron Day?

She celebrates Meron with a bit of indulgence - that's what!

And Viv - why is Meron almost taller than you!?!

Thank you for loving our girl like you do!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Know History So We Can Change...


Washington, D.C. was an awesome trip... but it was hard too.

I love that we don't shy away from teaching the goofballs the REAL TRUTH of our country - the HARD truths - the UGLY truths - so we can ACKNOWLEDGE them and hopefully grow from them and make sure we can spot them when they start to creep back in to the world and threaten to happen again.

They're turning into strong, fierce little advocates!


And while they find a lot of our history appalling, disgusting and almost unbelievable (and rightfully so)... they are growing in understanding an developing a heart for equality and justice that is downright admirable.

They're the reason we fight - the reason we learn - the reason we research - and the reason we ADVOCATE.

Grateful for their spirit that is willing to fight... STAY STRONG guys!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Props to the Good Ones


I have had something like 40+ jobs in my life. Forty plus different roles...

But hands down the best role I have ever been assigned to is this Daddy-ing gig.

Best gift ever!

Historically - this day - this weekend - all the "dad stuff" is a difficult time for me for a bunch of reasons I won't even start unpacking out here.

But God is so good - and He has been redeeming this day and this weekend year after year after year and bringing me around to seeing this who are owning this job - not shying away and putting in the work to do it right!

4 goofballs... one in Heaven who holds my heart forever and three of them right here with me - every morning - loving me, challenging me, encouraging me, inspiring me...


Fatherhood... it ain't for the faint of heart. But I try to take it super seriously, have super fun and leave a legacy and impact that my crew can be proud of.

And I see a bunch of guys out there doing it - putting in the effort and inspiring me along the way.

To the dads out there who care enough to try, to fail, to get back up and keep on keeping on... I salute you!

Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Poser


This guy here... he's a poser for sure!

He sees the camera... he knows the drill!

I bet we see him in ads or on TV one day... we'll see!

Keep up the posing, Z-Dogg!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Meron Day 2019 (#11)


That face of hers...

It has always been filled with awe... and wonder... and joy.

And I wonder sometimes if she knows JUST how big of a deal her life is to those around her.


As we celebrate our 11th "Meron Day" - the day she came in to our family... I can't help but think about the impact she has had on our family... our hearts... our healing.


She immediately connected with us - as if she was designed by a Creator to be in our arms (go figure...)!


Her healing power on our hearts was palpable...


And she continues to bring that joy to our lives daily!


And while I may not be able to hang her around my neck any more...


Her heart hangs right beside mine and not a day goes by where I am not reminded of His intervention in our lives through her... be it through her smile, her hugs, her laughter or her simple and sweet request of "Daddy - will you come lay with me?"


Meron... you're a cornerstone of this family and my heart is FULL when I think of your life and what you have already done in a short 11 years!

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

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Goofiest Goofball Ever


Oh sure... he may look like the cutest most adorable little innocent human being on the exterior...

But trust me...


Dude is a total goofball!

And I love him for it... never change Z-Dogg!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Puppy Love


What could possibly bring about that look on this girl's face?


That is the look of a little girl who has found her Heaven on earth... being a puppy jungle gym!

Look at the joy on her face!


A friend of mine at work had dogs who recently had puppies - 18 of them in total!

And when the time was right - he invited the goofballs over to love on them a bit!


And last night - the time was right - and the goofballs were in PUPPY HEAVEN for sure!


I am pretty sure they would have stayed there all night if it was allowed!


And I told my friend he better do head counts to make sure they didn't smuggle any little pups out the door!

Thanks Ralph - you made their entire week!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

God Created Black People...


And Black People Created Style!

We saw this sign at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

How true it is... and Meron loved it!

Spread that truth!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Ah ha, hush that fuss...


We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Capitol Building - and were fascinated by all of the statues in there...

But a few of 'em caught the eyes of our crew and made us smile - one of those was:

Rosa Parks!

The goofballs got all excited to point her out and we had to snap a picture with her.

Not everybody memorialized in a statue in there got our respect - some are straight up sketchy in their beliefs... but this one here - this one was AWESOME!

Mad respect, Rosa Parks... we're grateful for you!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Me and My Girls


Just me and my two girls - smiling our little faces off outside the White House!

I mean look at us...

We're harmless!

All smiles and full of love to hand out!


Real talk though... don't step to our crew sideways.

Ya see that look on Mebbie's face?

She means it!

Represent, represent!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Selfie Queen


Laura is downright amazing at so many things - I would never attempt a list cuz I'd miss so many things - but one thing that she is outstanding at is:

Taking Selfies!

It's crazy really... it's like she went to school for it!


I mean... seriously... look at the wrist positioning, the tile, the lighting...

She's nailing it!


She has the uncanny ability of capturing our whole crew too - it's nuts to watch - but my favorite selfies are like these - when her crew is smiling and wanting in a pic with her!

Say Cheese!

Friday, June 7, 2019

He Had a Dream...


Here is where it went down - way back in 1963 - when Martin Luther King, Jr. made his famous speech at the March On Washington.

It was in front of a crowd of more than 250,000 so this picture looked a little more like this:


Weaving in references to the country’s Founding Fathers and the Bible, King used universal themes to depict the struggles of African Americans, before closing with an improvised riff on his dreams of equality.

The eloquent speech was immediately recognized as a highlight of the successful protest, and has endured as one of the signature moments of the civil rights movement. (History Channel, 2019)


We couldn't come all the way here and not snap a picture of the goofball crew standing right where Dr. King stood to deliver this speech!

Grateful for agitators like MLK, Jr. and for a city that has preserved those sacred spaces and places!

“Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Finish Her!


Our hotel in Washington, D.C. had two stand up arcade games in the lobby... Mortal Kombat and Ms. Pac Man!

And as luck would have it...

Mortal Kombat was FREE!

Let's just say that the battles were intense!


These two girls got really good at it really fast - and wasted no time making a mess of me on there!

But I am ALL ABOUT some redemption... so now we must find it for the Wii to continue the carnage!

Way to fight, girls... but it's about to be ON!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Bunny Ears on Abe... or Bust!


This crew learned a LOT about good ole Abe Lincoln on this trip...

HINT: It's NOT all good and he's NOT the great emancipator we were all led to believe in school!

But that's a blog post of its own - coming soon!

Instead - lets focus on bunny ears on a giant bust of Abe!


They all tried to get him - Meron got the closest!

And lets be honest here... he probably deserved 'em!

Thanks for you efforts at preserving the Union, President Lincoln!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Smooth Criminal


Look at this total goofball right here!

Busting his dance moves on the pier at the Wharf in DC!

Can he get any cuter!?


Dude absolutely loves to dance, bust a move and get jiggy wit' it!


And he keeps us smiling while he does it!

Never stop moving to the music, Z-Dogg!