Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Sibling Silliness

This girl's beauty and joy and love know no bounds...

Neither does her sister's weirdo-ness!

I love how they love each other!

Always stay silly, girls!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Keeps Me Grinning

This guy right here... man he keeps me cracking up!

This was right before school - kinda sleepy - kinda dragging - but he looks up at just the right time and WHAM! - goofball face!

Z-Dogg - I love your sense of humor, your timing, your desire to laugh ALL the time...

I just love who you are, little man!

God made you good, homie... God made you GOOD!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Lotta Love

Lotta love between these two right here...

Whole lotta love going on!

I love the brother sister relationship they have...

I continue to be encouraged and inspired by the way they love.

Stay awesome guys!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

My Everything (minus one)

With the most important member missing in action on a trip to Atlanta - you're looking at my:

Everything minus one!

This crew is all of it to me. I love everything about them - their spirit, their spunk, their joy, their empathy, their laughter, their stubbornness, their fears, their worries, their faith, their hearts...

I could go on forever and ever.

We were busy doing silly photos of b-boy poses, jumping, gangster leaning... when Mebbie said:

"Lets take at least ONE like a normal family!"
Made me smile... so I did it... but told her we are far from normal and we're A-OKAY with that!

Thanks guys, for being abnormal with your weirdo daddy!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Can I PUH-LEEEASE Scrub the Bathtub?

Who asks that?

Mebbie does, that's who!

I was all set to hunker down and throw some elbow grease at the NASTY bathtub in Z-Dogg's bathroom... when Mebbie showed up and said:

"Oooohhh - daddy - can I scrub the tub? Puh-leeeaaase? I LOVE scrubbing the tub!"
I pinched myself... and it was real...

This girl dug in and scrubbed that thing super dooper clean!

All with a smile!

Matter of fact - both of these champions helped me out like crazy today!

Baked a breakfast casserole, pulled weeds, picked up dog poo, vacuumed house, cleaned kitchen... and even managed to squeeze in almost 5 miles on the elliptical too!

Girls... daddy is SUPER IMPRESSED at all you guys did to help out today!

Thanks for being champions!

Friday, August 16, 2019

96 Hours of Us

Laura left this morning for Atlanta - to spend some time with the next team heading to Ethiopia and to share at a partner church about Brighton Their World...

Leaving me all alone here with this crew!

Hunker down guys... for 96 hours of "us time!"

It might even involve a planned Whole30 cheat or two... complete with Z-Dogg's psycho eyes!

Here's to surviving the weekend without mommy!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Reason To "Cheat"

When you're 10 days in to the next "Family Whole30" and it's one of the kid's days...

Well that's reason enough to "CHEAT" for one day!

An Olive Garden dinner (Mebbie's choice) followed up by some mini-but-delicious ice creams capped off the night!

Back to the grind, girls... BACK TO THE GRIND!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Mebski Love - 8 Years and Counting!

Today was MEBBIE DAY #8!

8 years ago she came waltzing in to our lives and changed the game for us!

I mean holy moly - what can I say about this girl that the world hasn't already seen, felt and experienced?

I know this much about this precious child of a heavenly King...

who has made everybody in our family better people!

And today - we celebrated HER big time!

I mean - we couldn't think of a better reason to press "PAUSE" on our family Whole30 and hit the restaurant of her choice for a family dinner out - spending time sharing what each of us absolutely loves about Mebski Love!

I also got my annual weep-fest in by watching her homecoming video again!

Gets me every time!

Mebbie - girl - you have changed us all for the better!

Your life matters so much - the plans He has for you are playing out before us - and we love you so much!

Our family is better because He gave you us!

Happy Mebbie Day, you precious gift, you!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Goofball and Weirdo

It was just a quiet afternoon on the front porch...

with a couple of seconds...

and a fast shutter button.

With her being her...

and him being him!

She's such a goofball!

And he's such a weirdo!

And I love 'em both to death!

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Hoffman Squad

Stumbled upon some chalk art out in the driveway this weekend!

The Hoffman Squad!

Give this girl a handful of chalk... an empty section of concrete... and 5 minutes...

And she HAS to fill the emptiness with art!

I love that she is always creating something!

Never stop using your gifts, Mebbie!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

FLASHBACK: Crazy Train in Full Frame

Cleaning up a hard drive tonight and came across this little gem of a pic!

If I recall right - this is the very first time I pushed the shutter button on my Canon 5D MKIII...

Still snapping and she's still looking cute!

Stay goofy, girl!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Album Dropping Soon...

These three out here in the 'hood looking like they got an album dropping soon!

"Three the Hard Way"

Coming soon to a Tower Records or Turtles Music near you!

Always ready to hit some poses and act a fool!

Stay chillin' guys - I'd buy the album!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Killing It!

First week of middle school done and in the books - and the nerves are all gone!

Way to go, girl - and many many thanks to everybody who prayed!

You're killing it, Meron!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Strong Second Grader

This little man right here - I am so proud of him!

He worked SUPER HARD this summer with his reading tutor... then went to 2 weeks of reading camp to show his old first grade teacher how far he had come along!

And now - my man is ROCKING IT in the second grade!

Daddy loves you Zechie and couldn't be any more proud!

We see you Z-Dogg... keep doing YOU!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

"Doing What She Does..."

Mebbie had a most excellent first day of school this week... and as we always pray every morning before school - she went in there with the mindset of being a "bright light for Jesus!"

Later on that evening of the first day - we got this message from a friend at the school:

"I worked from the school today and got to see Mebbie doing what she does!

I asked her how her day was going... and here is where my heart swelled... she told me she was having a GREAT day - and then she looked at me, with that amazing Mebbie look, and asked ME how MY day was going.

I spoke with so many kiddos today, including mine, and she was one of three that volleyed the conversation.

She is a bright, darling dear and was such a blessing to me today. The joy in her face was everything!

Thanks, Mebbie!"
That's our girl... ALL THE TIME!

Mebbie... you are SEEN, LOVED and APPRECIATED!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Day 1 in the Books!

Well hello there, 2019-2020 school year!

You certainly came rushing at us this year - didn't you?

And I can't believe we've got a 2nd grader, a 5th grader and a 6th grader!

What, what, what?

They owned it today too - putting day 1 of the new school year smack dab in the books.

Way to go, goofballs!

Looking forward to a great year... But really can't wait for summer!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Like Weeds, Man!

Like weeds, man... these two are GROWING LIKE WEEDS!

These are just two of my "Down for Whatever" crew that I love to death... always ready to act a fool with me!

But seriously though...

Pump the brakes and stop growing!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

When Friends Are Really Family

I full on believe that God is super intentional about the paths He has cross for people.

Probably so many more than we ever even discern even...

But when we DO manage to discern His desire for us with others - it can be GOLDEN.

Tonight was all of that and then some!

Tonight - our friend Dorothea invited the whole crew over for dinner and hanging out... and about 5 hours later we realized we weren't even friends...

NOPE... we are FAMILY!

This beautiful child of God has a serious gift about her.

She is wise... she is loving... she is caring...

She made us a delicious meal and wouldn't let us bring a thing!

She made HOMEMADE ICE CREAM with the goofballs and readily jumped into a "super spicy dorito" eating contest with Z-Dogg!

But most of all... she made us feel welcomed, loved, comfortable and like we totally belonged there!

Like - "recliner chair kicked back, shoes off, under blankets browsing her Netflix" kind of comfortable for the crew!

And the best thing about this gem... is her heart for Jesus.

Heading home from this most excellent hang out session - every single person in the crew had something to say:

"She is like the nicest person ever!" - Meron

"Tonight was amazing... I had so much fun!" - Mebbie

"I really like her hair!" - Z-Dogg

"We need more of her... more often..." - Laura

Seriously Dorothea... you outdid yourself - and its so obvious that you are an image bearer of our King and you honor Him so so well.

So whether you like it or not...

Welcome to the family!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Top Dog On Campus

Next week is coming fast for this girl too as she moves into the top grade at the school - FIFTH GRADE!

It's her first time ever being in a school without her big sister around!

But Mebbie is gonna kill it!

I asked her if she was excited or nervous - and she said "a little bit of both" followed up with...

"Fractions, Daddy. I am really nervous about fractions... I don't understand them!"

Mebbie - you're gonna be AMAZING - not just at fractions but at everything you do!

Just keep loving life and the world like you do - and you got this!

Watch out fifth grade - here comes Mebbie!

Friday, August 2, 2019

A Whole New World

Next week is coming fast and somebody is headed to a brand new school as she enters MIDDLE SCHOOL as a 6th grader!

What, what, what... say it ain't so!

And as confident as this girl has always been - she's got a little case of the nerves as she preps for all things new!

So today I cut outta work a little early - went and picked her up - and we headed to the new school with her schedule in hand!

We went to her locker and started there as if it was a new school day - and we walked through her day.

We checked out all routes through the school - found closest staircases, fastest ways to travel, etc...

All in the name of CONFIDENCE and easing her nerves!

We left with a much more confident girl who was ready to tackle middle school like the champion and leader she is!

New grade, new building... same YOU, Meron!

You got this!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Bold, Brave and Steadfast

These guys right here - coupled with their mommy - are the reason I get up every morning - the reason I put in work - the reason I'd walk into fire or take a bullet...

They're my heartbeat!

Ya know what else they are?

Bold, brave, steadfast, willing little advocates!

As we gear up to head back to school - a place that kinda felt like a battlefield last year - we had some chats with the crew about their head-space, their feelings and their intentions heading in to the new school year.

Man... if for a second I thought they may have backed down, become quiet or meek after their experiences last year... I was DEAD WRONG!

Each one of them expressed the same thing - that they were standing up for what was right - sitting down when they felt it necessary and willing to be a voice that ultimately and hopefully ends in a better place, a better community and a better world.

I couldn't be more proud of them.

Go forth, goofballs... daddy has your back FOREVER!