Monday, February 29, 2016

Ya Slippin'

It's amazing what we can squeeze in to the 5 minutes before bed time!!

Love having fun with these goofballs!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

His Mysterious Ways

When God sat down to breathe life into these three gorgeous bodies - He could have done ANYTHING with them.

Absolutely anything.

And for some reason - which I won't question cuz He's sovereign and all - He decided to put them in mine and Laura's lives.

Unbelievably undeserved and amazingly graced upon us.

And not a day goes by where I don't take at least a second or two to stare at them and marvel at their lives. And our lives intertwined...

The pain.

The suffering.

The anger.

The loss.

The redemption.

The grace.

The joy.

The love.


He could have done anything with them.

But He used them to save me.

And I'll praise Him every day for it...

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Dating My Girls

Our neighborhood put on a really fun Paris-themed Daddy-Daughter night and guess who was blessed to get to take not one - but TWO - of the most beautiful princesses God ever set out to create?

That's right - this old daddy right here!

So - with shirt untucked and Adidas on my feet per their instructions - we headed across the street for two hours of fun that had "shopping" in Paris, lots of food and dancing!

You'll just have to trust me that it was awesome - because I did something I never do - I left the camera at home ON PURPOSE.

This night was all about being with them.

And girls - daddy loved every second of it!

I do not deserve the gift of these two - but I'll take it.

Dads - date your daughters and show 'em what it's supposed to look like!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Some Dude Time

Z-Dogg spends SO MUCH TIME hanging with the ladies - so he was extra pumped to have some friends coming over tonight of the homeboy persuasion!

Thanks guys for giving Z some much needed homie hang time!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Too Much Fun!

What on earth am I gonna do when we finish out our "Classic Hip-Hop Album Covers" series?

I kid you not... it's been some of my favorite times with these goofballs!

We'll find something else crazy to get in to - but it'll be tough to match this fun!

Go on Z-Dogg... get your Jeru the Damaja on!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Conga Line

Every now and then... well... every now and then ya just have to bust out a Conga Line.

You do... YOU DO!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

At It Again!

These guys lined up looking all cute and hanging out with formula can only mean one thing...

We're shooting another church video for Brighton Their World!

See... we're big fans of the local church for a lot of reasons.

One of those reasons is because of how much they have supported us, prayed for us and just loved on us with our Brighton Their World mission.

So when a church steps up and says they're gonna hold a formula drive - we jump in to action with them!

Big, huge thanks to all the churches out there who keep coming back to the table with us and jumping all the way in!

Is your church looking for something to get involved in? Let us know - we'd love to come share how you could make a difference - because it just takes a little to change a lot!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Floor (and Couch) Routines

I absolutely LOVE gymnastics night - almost as much as basketball night!

This is what things looked like right after dinner...

And judging from these two...

you'd think they both spent the night tumbling around too!

Only Mebbie was able to fend off the sleepiness and keep her eyes open...

Way to go gymnastics! Keep up the great work!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

He Can Do Big Things

That's a big number up there. And Mebbie's face describes how we all feel.

So much more info coming soon - but God has been pressing on us for quite some time to take Brighton Their World to that next level.

We were never sure just what that was - until slowly He started revealing to us that some amazing friends and partners had a very similar vision... for a SCHOOL.

And so that's what we're doing - we're opening a primary school in an of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia that has stolen our hearts.

You guys ever open a school? Us either. And we're learning it is no small task!

Thank God we have amazing partners in Ethiopia to walk through this with us. And as we learn more of the ropes, we'll be posting more and more here to keep you guys - our BIGGEST SUPPORTERS - in the loop.

Yes - Mebbie's number up there scares us... but ya know what?

You guys have been INCREDIBLY generous already and we've barely gotten started!

That number Meron is holding up is how much we have raised in the last week or so... and it has totally been faith money from amazing supporters of Brighton Their World because we haven't even been able to pull together all the info into a cohesive presentation yet... but it's coming!

And actually - in the 3 hours since we took those pictures - that number has jumped up by almost $2,000 more!

In the meantime - if you wanna help us hit that number Meron is gawking at - here are two things you can check out:

Laura has put together a needs list that allows people to sign up for certain things and claim them... check it out and see if anything stirs your heart!

Really ready to help out, right now? Go visit our donation page on the BTW website and get involved!

Man - we have so much more to share - so many details - so much excitement!

And it is coming - believe me.

But in the meantime... we're gonna just BELIEVE!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Precious Time Spent

Between work, Brighton Their World, going to school and everything else life throws at us - it seems like time to just chill out is tough to find these days.

So tonight... i was looking forward to a family movie night with the goofballs. Popcorn. Raisinets. Kool-aid. And US.

When I headed in to the kitchen to get stuff ready - I found this note with all the goods...

It said:

"We love you soooo much and we are sooo excited you are watching the movie with us!"
Be. Still. My. Heart.

Girls... the best thing that happened all week long was falling asleep on the couch between you two while we watched "Space Jam."

I do not deserve this kind of love....

Friday, February 19, 2016

Growing Up

Holy Stinking Moly!

Little Dude is growing up... or should i say Fro'ing up!

Both of these were taken since we moved out here... nutty!

Keep growing and fro'ing Z-Dogg!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Her Servant's Heart

Laura was cruising Facebook tonight - and she stopped at Meron's teacher's page. She often shares fun and positive stories from the day on there.

We read the above one and Laura commented "What a gift!" in regards to that student...

Her teacher commented back and said "She's your gift too!"

Come to find out - the student in the story was Meron.

We called her over and got the details on it... and one of the things I love about her big huge serving heart - is that she does it in a humble manner.

We would have never known about this if we hadn't stumbled upon that post.

Meron Asher... I can't even put in to words what it means to see you growing in to that big 'ole loving heart God gave you.

I learn things from you every single day - and I'm a better person because God saw it fit to put us in each other's lives.

Daddy loves you, girl!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Bow Wow Wow Yippee Yo Yippee Yay

Usually - the process for Meron to transform to Snoop Dogg starts out like this... ALL GOOFY!

Cuz if we aren't having fun with it - why are we doing it?

Next - she usually studies his face and pose until she gets to one she thinks is close...

Then it's Photoshop time for daddy...

I try not to spend more than 10-15 minutes on each of these... cuz remember... they are JUST FOR SMILES!

Then we load up the orginial... and compare it to hers...


Stay gangsta Meron... Bow Wow Wow Yippee Yo Yippee Yay!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Ar-teest!

This girl could do this for HOURS!

Days maybe...

She get's so focused and pays so much attention to detail!

I absolutely love watching them grow in to the things they love and the talents He gave them!

Stay at it Mebbie...

You keep drawing 'em... and I'll keep hanging 'em at work!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Time For Your Close Up

Never know what you're gonna get down in the dungeon when the camera is snapping...

I love how we dig deep in the closets, get creative and just make things work!

These guys have just been wow-ing me with their creativity and their desire to get the shots "just right!"

Of course... it's US - so there's always some goofy time! For every serious shot - I got a SD card with about 15 goofy ones!

Stay crazy guys, stay creative and stay FUN!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

No Sleep Til...

Our guests packed up and headed to Denver to catch their red-eye flight at midnight back to Atlanta.

They weren't very far up the road when I found this girl on the couch - passed out with her home-girl Cider.

Play hard, visit hard... SLEEP HARD!

Thanks guys - for loving us like you do and making the effort to come out here and visit us... means the world to us!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

If You Build It... They Will Dive

So... I built a stage in the basement cuz our goofballs LOVE to perform.

It's about 75% done with a few small tweaks and finishing things - but that hasn't stopped this crazy man from perfecting his stage dives!

I mean - dude is half trust fall, half rock concert leap...

With zero hesitation - he just slings himself out there.

The stage dive put his Joy-Meter at 100 for sure...

It's all fun and games til somebody catches a Z-Dogg to the head!.

Heads up Goofballs, if ya walk near the stage!

Friday, February 12, 2016


Mattresses all sprawled out across the playroom can only mean one thing...


Man... we love having visitors and we're super thankful for for folks coming all the way out here to just hang out and spend some time!

We got the best friends around!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

How She Rolls

This girl right here will roll with absolutely anything I am doing.

No questions asked.

She's my partner in creative crime!

Just about every single day!

I adore the time we spend being goofy together...

Thanks Meron - for always being down - no questions asked!