Monday, October 14, 2019

More Beautiful Than Yellow Aspens


Okay... so we may not have found the secret stash of bursting Aspen groves full of yellow gorgeousness...

But who needs it when you have this beautiful trio tagging along?


Yellow trees or not - this crew had a great time hiking around the woods!

Welcome to fall, people!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019

A Family Affair


Homework...


It's a necessary part of life and growing up!


And sometimes we make it a family affair - locking down Starbucks and making it ours for a few hours!

Whatever it takes, people!

Way to work hard, goofballs!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Mebbie Strong


This girl is STRONG in every sense of the word there is...

Keep flexing your strength Mebbie...

The world needs it!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

My People


My crew... my people.

Some of the best humans alive!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Ooops... Too Late!


"Daddy - come see us!" they said.

Laura had tucked them in for the night and my intention was to get there in time but... WHOOPS!

Know this though ladies... daddy prayed over ya both!

And here's the proof I was there!

Sweet dreams, girls!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

His Character


Let's just say things around behavior have been a little touch and go this year... so somebody was SUPER STOKED and proud when he got recognized for some of his choices and behavior!

Way to go Z-Dogg!


My man got called out for his behavior, citizenship and success.

For his citizenship and behavior, they said:

"Caring about others by making sure everyone is included."
That's my main man!

And then for success, his teacher said:
"Working hard on his writing even though it was hard for him. I'm proud of you!"
Man... I know that I tell him every single day where his identity is rooted - but it does so much for him to have others see that about him too!

Way to rock life, Z-Dogg... never stop!

Monday, October 7, 2019

The Last Race


Today started out around 30 degrees but the afternoon turned into a beautiful high 60 degrees day!

A PERFECT day to run her last LandShark's race ever!


I'm so glad we chose to hang with this running club.

It may not be the most competitive in the world - but running is all about what YOU bring to it!

And Mebbie brought it all the time!


She ran smooth. She ran calm. She ran comfortable. She ran FAST!

She SMILED when she ran.

And her love for the sport has grown and grown and grown.

There will be plenty of time for her to be super competitive if she so chooses.

For now... we ran because we loved it!

Thanks LandSharks... for years of running love!

Sunday, October 6, 2019

"When I Grow Up..."


This kid here... he is obsessed with NF and rapping...

"Yeah, when I grow up, you know what I wanna be?
Take a seat, let me tell you my ridiculous dreams,
I wanna rap, yeah, I know it's hard to believe,
And I can tell you're already thinkin' I will never succeed..."



"But I'm okay with it, I admit the lyrics are weak,
I been workin' on 'em, I'll be good eventually"



"I understand you gotta crawl before you get to your feet,
But I been running for a while, they ain't ready for me, ah"



"I know this probably isn't really realistic,
And honestly, I might not ever make a difference,
But that don't make a difference, I'ma have to risk it,
I been crunchin' numbers, you ain't gotta be a mathematician,
To see the odds ain't rootin' for me,
I can't lie though, it's kinda how I like it to be,
The underdog, yeah, you probably think you know what I mean,
But what I'm saying is they ever push me, I'm gonna swing, yeah"


Keep spittin' Z-Dogg... the world is yours!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

She's Back!


Laura has been in Ethiopia this past week or so... but tonight...

She's Back!

Praise God for another trip... another visit... another team of people coming alongside us... another opportunity to honor Him.

We love that we get to do this thing with Him - and go be ring side as He does His thing... but we also love it when we're all back together again too!

You honored Him well, Mommy... but welcome home!

Friday, October 4, 2019

These Two


While the week has been CHALLENGING and I definitely can't wait for Laura to get back from Ethiopia...

I'm gonna miss walking these two champions to school every morning!

Stay awesome, guys!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

King of the Playground


Mebbie has been DYING to play me in some tether ball for like EVER... and when the school left the ball out over the weekend - it was ON AND POPPING!


And while she may have had some success against her brother and sister...

I showed no mercy!


She deemed me the "King of the Playground" as I went undefeated against her (and everybody else too).

But I know Mebbie and her quietly competitive self.

This ain't over...

Any time, any place, Mebski Love!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Compassion and Empathy


You're looking at 'em both... in the flesh!

You shine so bright, Mebbie... never stop!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Identity


This guy here... he is growing up fast and with that comes some challenges...

We had a long talk tonight about identity.

Z-Dogg's identity... in Him.

We chatted a lot but the gist was this - your identity IS NOT tied up in how well you read, how great of a skip counter you are, how much of a math wizard you're becoming - or any other thing of this world.

Bit rather... Zechie's identity is rooted in His Creator.

He is a prince and a priest and warrior in his Heavenly Father's Kingdom whether he can count to 30 or not.

Believe that!


And while we don't wanna squander the talents, skills and gifts He has given us... we also don't want to become so focused on them (especially as failure points) that we allow them to skew who we really are..

You are HIS, Z... and NOTHING can change that!

You're loved no matter what, Z-Dogg!