Saturday, March 17, 2018

On the Mend

Laura has been fighting a head cold, congestion kind of thing for like 2+ weeks, complete with sneezing, fatigue and cement in her sinuses!

We've all been avoiding her like the plague to keep it kinda quarantined to just her... and so far so good!

And we think she turned the corner and there is a light at the end of her sudafed-filled tunnel!

We're praying you're back at 100% ASAP Mommy!

Feel better!

Friday, March 16, 2018

What the...???

What on earth?

Temps reached the mid-60s yesterday... and are headed back to the upper 50s today.

But we woke up to this!

I feel ya Mebbie... that question of "Daddy, do I need a coat?" is super hard to answer this time of year!

Stay crazy, Colorado!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

YAY! Celebration Worthy...

Yep... we're excited! Why you might ask?

Today we learned it was official that we signed a ten year lease on the new property in Ethiopia that is going to allow us to expand the school and continue to add grades as the students progress!

And that is certainly celebration worthy!

When I look at this aerial photo of our humble little campus at Brighton Academy I can't help but be overwhelmed by all that God has done in those walls over two years.

So much love. So much learning. So much growth, joy, happiness, water and food!

And then... then we heard God say "GROW!"

We got scared again cuz... ya know... us of little faith.

But you CRAZY supporters said "We're in!" and so we started trying to see where we could grow. It's tough in Ethiopia... to find land. And we wanted to find land that would really allow expansion so we weren't doing this again in a couple years.

And today - I got a text from Nebiat - the director at Brighton Academy - that said:

"Brother... I've great news! We officially have a signed agreement on the new land!"
You guys... if you knew what it took to get here. What was overcome. How bad satan tried to stop it - even using some of His people to try and derail it.

I look back at all that God has done here at Brighton Academy and can't help but think He was just getting started!

This current campus will ALWAYS hold a super special place in my heart for all that it took to build and for all that has transpired here.

This is ALL HIM.

We've had some supplies and materials already delivered and our hope and desire is to live out the current lease at Brighton Academy and kick off the new school year in the fall in the new location.

There is much work to do to get where we want to be... but when I look at the reasons we're doing it...

ALL of these little faces that will get to keep progressing and keep learning at Brighton Academy... that work is SO WORTH IT!

Praise God... here we grow again!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Song and Dance Sisters

The church where the goofballs attend Awana had a talent show tonight and these two have been practicing for a while to take part in it!

They were going to both do separate things - but with some encouragement from us - they decided to combine their shows.

So while Meron sang a song, Mebbie did an awesome and creative dance to it!

They were both SUPER NERVOUS, but they pulled off a great show!

They even got a little interview in afterwards from the guy who was "hosting" it.

This was one proud daddy, that's for sure!

They also invited a handful of friends who came along to support them!

Way to go girls!

Sing and dance for your audience of One!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

100 Percent A Masterpiece

Meron cashed in one of her "Christmas Coupons from Daddy" last week for a song recording and video production!

We spent last week knocking it out - and this was the crew at our "wrap party" at Starbucks!

She decided to go with a cover of one of her favorite songs... "ORIGINAL" - check out the video and lyrics below:

Ohhhhh.... Yeah....

Everybody tries to put me in a box
Tell me to be different, to be something I'm not
But I don't wanna see a photocopy
When I'm staring in the mirror

I've got nothing to prove
I'm breaking all the rules
I'm not your typical
I'm original
Like Mona Lisa's smile
Like Elvis Presley's style
The first one of my kind
I'm original, original
I'm certified unique
100% a masterpiece
No, you can't copy me
I'm all original, original

Original (original, original)
Original (original, original)

I won't apologize
For drawing out the lines
I'm a strike of lightning and I won't strike twice
Crashing through the walls
Like a cannonball
Just watch me rockin' my way
Got nothing to prove
I'm breaking all the rules
I'm not your typical
I'm original
Original (original, original)
Original (original, original)

I'm one in a billion
I'm once in a lifetime

Ohhhhh.... Yeah....

I'm original
Like Mona Lisa's smile
Like Elvis Presley's style
The first one of my kind
I'm original, original
I'm certified unique
100% a masterpiece
No, you can't copy me
I'm all original, original

Original (Original)

I'm Original!

Way to go guys!

Daddy had a ton of fun hanging out with you guys and watching ya be creative!

You guys are each 100% PERFECT just the way God made you!

You're one in a billion... you're once in a lifetime!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Read-A-Saurus Rex

Man... I am LOVING how much this girl is LOVING to read!

I made a deal with her and told her if she read the books - we'd watch the movies... and she is taking me up on it!

I love that she is learning that the creative mind that God gave us beats a big screen version of a story every single time!

Looks like we're close to another movie night!

Never stop reading, Mebski Love!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Shout Out to Phife

Meron and I were shooting a few pick up shots today as we try to wrap up her music video and we decided to give a little shout out to Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest by Meron rocking my favorite Phife shirt in the video!

I think she rocked it pretty well too!

At one point she asked me:

"Daddy - I know he was a rapper... and you really liked him... but who was Phife again?""
Perfect opportunity to school the next generation on the REAL HIP HOP that daddy grew up on!

I told her:
"Phife was only one of the dopest MCs to ever pick up a microphone... and daddy grew up listening to all of this music and rushing to the store to get their new releases..."
I could have gone on and on and on...

She contemplated it for a second... shook her head as if in full agreement and then said:
"This shirt is super comfortable..."
Well... we gotta start somewhere!

Represent, Represent!