Friday, July 31, 2009

Roadmaster. Ride Faster.

Meron was the proud recipient of a reconditioned and rebuilt, cherry red classic Roadmaster trike. This awesome gift came from one of the prayer warriors in Granny's Single Sister's group.

In case you weren't aware - this is the gangsta toddler equivalent of rolling down the street in her '64 Impala.

Now you know - you better recognize.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Air Meron

She calls it "flying." And she absolutely loves it.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Rated S for Senseless

In the wake of the new movie that came out called Orphans, Tom Davis is trying to rally 500 people to write positive blog posts about how an orphan has impacted and changed their lives. I am more than happy to take part in this challenge. My life has not been impacted by ANYTHING else in as large and positive a manner as it has by orphans.

As far as the movie goes - it really should be rated like this:

Tom has asked us to simply open up with this sentence and finish it:

Warner Bros. new horror movie Orphan proclaims that it must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own. Let me tell you about how an orphan changed my life...
Most of you reading this are pretty aware of the impact orphans have had on our lives. So I will give you a short list of how they have impacted me. Here is the first orphan that crawled inside my heart and changed me from the inside out:

Brighton Asher Hoffman lived for 76 days and touched me in so many different ways without ever getting the chance for me to touch him. He impacted so many people in his short little life - more than I ever will. I have the saved voice mail and email and text messages to show it.

He made me:
  • Want to care more
  • Want to give more
  • Want to change for the better
  • Learn to love like Jesus loves
  • Realize it's not all about me
Then there was this orphan - who took up shop in what was left of my heart after Brighton had stolen most of it and she gripped it so tight it hurt at times.

Meron Asher Hoffman came in to our lives shortly after Brighton passed away and she helped to partially heal wounds that hurt more than any physical pain we had ever experienced.

And anyone who doubts that an orphan can be chosen for you by God and know of your existence as their family and mother and father - I challenge you to look at this picture and tell me that Meron doesn't know what's going on. This was about 5 seconds after "meeting" each other for the first time:

She is staring directly in to her mother's eyes and she knows that God made a family for her from day one - He knew her in the womb and he brought her to the family she was intended for.

And here is Meron 3 weeks ago - no longer an "orphan" but a little 1.5 year old girl loving every single thing about life.

She has shown me:
  • How to really pray
  • How to get right back up after falling repeatedly
  • How to smile... and mean it
  • How to treat others
  • How to love with no conditions and no holding back
  • How to be a child of God and trust Him with it all
I could probably go on for days and days about this movie that came out. I am learning to be a little more diplomatic about my approach when it comes to this stuff though. And even though at times I still wish that everybody would adopt - I am learning that adoption is most assuredly not for everyone. I personally know people that by their actions or comments would never have the capacity to love something or someone that they didn't feel they were part of creating. And to that I say - "you're right" - they shouldn't support orphans through adoption.

I just wish I could loan them my spirit, my soul, my heart and mind for a week - so they could just experience what these orphans have done to my life. My world. My spirit. My relationship with our awesome and loving God.

Back to the movie. With any luck it will be relegated to the B-movie shelf at the video rental store and will disappear from the mainstream quickly. But what won't disappear any time soon is the real horror - the true horror of the orphan. The horrific fact that there are 145+ million orphans in this world. That every day thousands of them are dying in Africa and other countries around the world.

That's the real horror. Now what are we going to do about it?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Queen of New York

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Livin' On A Prayer...

We made it! We are chilling in the Garden State. You know Bruce Springsteen. Bon Jovi. My younger sister.

And the subject line? Well - that was our plane ride with Meron.

We got here late and hung out even later with the cousins. NYC tomorrow.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

No Suit? No Problem!

We had some friends over last weekend and all the kids brought their swimming suits to jump around the sprinklers and play in the pool.

Except for Meron.

See she was a bit sniffly and stuffed up - and mommy and daddy figured it'd be best if she just hung out on the sidelines. She thought differently.

And ya know what? She was right - she had a complete blast and was so happy. We are in love with her zest for life!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Chilling with Ella

We had the opportunity to take dinner to some friends tonight who just had their second child not too long ago. Meron had a field day hanging out with her big girl buddy Ella...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Self and Mini-Self

Laura is known for snatching an idle camera and popping off some self-portraits. As long as I have known her it's something she's done - it's funny and cute and I dig it.

So no surprise here when I popped the SD card in the computer and saw the pic below - Mommy teaching Meron the fine art of the "self portrait."

Monday, July 20, 2009

My Man MCA Has a Beard Like a Billy Goat...

Today we heard some sad news - Adam Yauch - better known as MCA from the Beastie Boys - announced he has cancer and will have to have surgery next week.

We're rooting, praying and pulling for ya MCA!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Nothing Says Lovin'... some good Mommy huggin'!

Our girl has had a rough weekend (physically). And though she continues to be a ray of sunshine outwardly - we knew she was feeling a little down when she crawled in Laura's arms today and fell asleep.

This is someone who won't even sit still for more than a minute - let alone crawl in to mommy's arms and go to sleep. It was sweet. It was precious. It was heart-warming.

I don't know who it soothed more - Meron or Mommy!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy - Down In Her Heart...

We've done some parenting studies with our community group in the past where we were asked to kind of pick a word that described our children and their spirit. I always struggled with it - one word? For Meron? Is that possible? Does "nuts" count?

But several times we've been told the word was "Joy." They'd always say she seemed so full of joy. And lately I am starting to see that too. I know she's young and she's just a crazy little toddler - but sometimes it just really feels like she gets it. That she knows what God's hand has done in her life to her and through her for others (mainly us). It's like she fully understands where she was and where she is now and she isn't about to let the small things in life get in the way!

Tonight - Ms. Meron was feeling a little stuffy, had some new teeth busting through, took a gnarly spill and caught herself with her face - bitting her lip and tongue in the process (lots of blood). But bother her? No way!

As we scrolled though our pics later this evening we hit this one and it caught Laura and I both off guard - bringing us both to tears. There it was. Pure, uninhibited, unhindered JOY.

My prayer tonight is that I can be just a tiny little bit more like her...

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

All Slicked Back