Thursday, November 30, 2017

40 Year Old Meron

Meron had an assignment this week where she had to draw herself at 40 years old and write a little bit about what her life would look like 30 years from now.

I love reading this kind of stuff!

She said:

"What I think I will be doing at 40 is have 3 kids and 5 dogs. Also live in Colorado. I think I will be a professional singer. That's what I think that's what I will be doing at 40... with my awesome singing career."
I love her confidence and her vision!

She also told me that "the white areas in her hair represented the grey hair she would have!"

Man... God-willing I will be here to see just what she IS doing at 40.

Whatever it is - I pray it is God's will and she is happy!

You're gonna be an amazing 40 year old, Meron!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

O Tannenbaum

It may have taken us several days - but we finally got the Christmas tree put up!

This crew here put in some serious work to get all the decorations hung JUST RIGHT!

And I think the end result was absolutely PERFECT!

Oh yeah... and that crazy visitor of ours?


'Tis the season...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do

So... a certain little somebody in this house LOVES to sing.

okay... I do too and I make a song up about everything - but I kinda suck at it... this girl here... she's actually pretty good!

So we decided to take her seriousness up a notch - from singing in the shower (she does it ALL the time) - to getting some vocal and singing lessons!

Our cool friend Mallory just happens to teach these lessons AND does house calls!

I loved how into it Meron was...

She was so excited!

Stay at it Meron...

And one day maybe you can rock The Voice and give my man CeeLo a high five!

Re... a drop of golden sun!

Monday, November 27, 2017

It's An Important One, Daddy!

I was stunned.

"You're choosing 'The Voice' over Monday Night Football???"

Meron laughed and said:

"But... it's an important one, Daddy! They're getting close to the winners!"
And she headed off to the guest room cuz she knows sports get top billing in the living room!

When I went to check on her about an hour later...

She was DONE-ZO!

Out like a light!

Taking in ALL the performances on The Voice as she snoozed HARD face down on the bed!

I love that this girl doesn't fight it. She lets sleep win and has no problem with it at all!

Stay rested Meron - there will be more episodes of The Voice!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Performer

This girl right here was built to be performing!

In this household - we are always a second or two away from the next "show" that is being put on.

You can see - behind her - we even built a stage in the basement to accommodate 'em!

I absolutely love her confidence in this area, too.

She ain't skerred!

And with the upcoming talent show auditions at school - trust me - the "show" schedule has been crazy!

Stay at it Meron... break a leg!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

All-Star Cousins

Man... I absolutely LOVE watching this crew of cousins get together!

Even when WAY TOO MUCH time has gone by - they fall right back in line with each other like it hasn't even been a day gone by!

And can I just brag on these two for a split second?

They love on our goofball gang with relentless passion and give our crew two super awesome role models to look up to!

And let's see... ya think they love 'em or what?

Yesterday - after Will had to head out - Z-Dogg was seeming down and he said:

"Daddy - my eyes are watering... it's because they miss Will..."
And it's true - we do miss these two when we're away from them!

But we are thankful for every little second we get to spend with these guys!

Thanks Ansley and Will - for being some of the best All-Star cousins around!

Friday, November 24, 2017

What A Catch!

This is one catch we don't wanna throw back!

Zechie absolutely adores his cousin Will and Uncle James and LOVES spending some "guy time" with them!

Thanks guys for loving Z-Dogg the way ya do!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving (and Birthday to Mebbie!)

While we couldn't make it on our beach trip due to mommy's surgery and healing - we are super thankful for family who welcomed us in with open arms at the very last second!

Thanksgiving with family has been a blast and we have so much to be thankful for!

One of those things I am INCREDIBLY thankful for is this girl right here!

And today - she shared her birthday with national turkey day!

I loved getting out early with her and taking her to a birthday coffee before the day's eating binge began!

She's been a true joy in our loves and I couldn't be any more thankful that God built her the way he did 9 YEARS AGO today!

Soon after it was time to throw down some food... and throw down we did!

Sorry Whole30... we'll get back to you SOON!

We are thankful for so many things... too many to even start listing.

But we pondered it today and thanked God for all He has done and continues to do in our lives.

Here's to hoping everybody else had as great of a day pondering the things to be thnakful for!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Triple Trouble!

I absolutely LOVE the way Ansley loves on her cousins...

She's a big kid and at the same time - an amazing role model to look up to!

And these two ADORE her!

And even though we had a little moment tonight when I said "Bust a Beastie Boys pose!" and Ansley said "I don't know who they are..." - we didn't hold it against her!

The goofballs just schooled her on who they are and why they're awesome!

Stay awesome, Ansley!

I love the way you love our crew!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

We Made It!

14 hours later... and we made it to Arkansas!

Now... we sleep!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Sleepy Bears

These two are trying to stay up as late as they can so they can sleep off the ride to their cousins in the morning!

I wish I could do the same!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Best Medicine

Laura has been given nerve blockers, Hydrocodone, Percocet, advil in large doses... but ya know what has helped her the most in her healing?

Her little people!

Nothing beats the healing effect of these little smiles.

Z-Dogg has healing power too - but dude was already snoozing!

She may have overdone it JUST A TAD today - but I am so grateful and happy to see her up and about and feeling more like herself.

Stay strong mommy - you got this!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Can I Come, Daddy?

It doesn't matter where I am going or what I am doing...

If I am leaving the house - and Meron catches wind of it - you can count on the inevitable:

"Can I come with you, Daddy? Please???"
She is a full on "daddy's girl" there is no doubt about it.

And truth is... I LOVE IT!

Meron - you're always welcome with daddy, girl!

Friday, November 17, 2017

FLASHBACK: Z-Dogg In The House

Every now and then ya just gotta take a look back and see how far you've come!

God has been busy writing an amazing story in the life of this little dude... and I am blessed to be given a front row seat to it!

You're a priest and a prince in the Kingdom of God, Z-Dogg... don't ever forget it!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Polar Opposites

"Daddy - can I stay up to watch the rest of the Steelers game?"

She flashed her cute little eyes at me and PROMISED me morning would go smoothly...

So she was allowed to stay up for the last quarter.

"Daddy - I'd rather go read - can I go down to my bed and read?"

Uh... of course!

Three and a half minutes later - here's how football watching was progressing...

And reading was going GREAT - "I think I'm gonna finish this book tonight, Daddy!"

I love that their unique, God-given DNA is starting to shine - it's a true joy to see them burst into who they were made to be!

They couldn't be more different while being more alike.

I love it.

Stay true to you, girls! Never waiver!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wild Man

It's true... he is.

Stay wild, Z-Dogg!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Her People

With her "Bionic Elbow" surgery behind her - this super trooper just needed to be surrounded by her people to get her healing vibes kicking!

And I think it was working!

The goofballs were worried about her this morning - and Laura knew it...

So when we got home and got her settled - we made three of these little notes and I took them to the office at the school to be delivered to the kids.

After school they were happy to know mommy was okay and were super excited to see her!

This little guy even said that "even though we can't pray at school - I prayed for you all day in my head!"

And let's be honest - massive amounts of Iced Chai Tea from our favorite Starbucks crew didn't hurt either - but it was her little minions that brought her the most joy!

Rest and heal mommy - your crew has your back!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Chaser of Truth in His Word

You are looking at one special, special girl right here!

Daily I am in awe of and grateful for the joy, peace, love and Jesus she brings to the surface in our house.

Lately she has been digging HARD into her Bible and several of her daily devotionals she has...

And it is a beautiful thing to watch!

She has been watching for challenges or needs she sees around her and literally RUNNING for her Bible, leafing through it to find relevant scripture and reading it over us.

Tonight - before bedtime - Laura was anxious and nervous about her surgery in the morning.

Mebbie excused herself from the table and came back to read some scripture for Laura - words about clinging to Him when we need strength and courage.

I absolutely love it!

Girl... keep your nose in that book, Mebski Love!

It never grows old!

You honor Him so well, Mebrate Saidah!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Bringing Our "A Game"

This girl right here loves a good school project. We've done detailed slide shows, dressed up like famous folks of history and even produced videos.

And we ALWAYS try to bring our "A GAME" to everything we do.

Which is why I was caught off guard on her last one...

I heard the grade she received - WAY lower than we usually see from her.

Then at the school assembly for her to present it - I understood why on the grade (and actually thought her teacher was VERY gracious with it).

I was bummed - but it led to a good conversation with her and it allowed me to explain one of the Core Values and Beliefs I came up under while working at MindSpring:

"We insist on giving our best effort in everything we undertake. Furthermore, we see a huge difference between "good mistakes" (best effort, bad result) and "bad mistakes" (sloppiness or lack of effort)."
She took it well and finally admitted that she just didn't put the effort in and never even told us about it so we could help her out.

Which led us to where we were this weekend... her totally redoing her project.

Not for a grade. Not for extra points. Not for anything official...

But to prove to herself and her teacher that she wants to give BEST EFFORT in all she does.

And she was actually pretty stoked about the whole thing!

She worked super hard on her display board and even re-worked some of her report to be a little more accurate.

Then she insisted on presenting it again to our family.

I was so proud of her!

She could have taken my feedback any way she wanted to.

Been embarrassed. Angry. Irritated. Mad at me.

But she didn't!

She took it - grew from it - and channeled it!

Meron - I am super proud of you, girl!

You showed a maturity not seen in many this weekend. You worked hard when you could have been playing and you proved that you are really about best effort.

Thank you so much for hearing our feedback in the spirit it was intended!

Way to bring your "A GAME" girl!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Strong Family Bonds

This is one of my favorite places to go to squeeze a "field workout" in at.

So anytime I can get the whole crew out there - I get EXCITED!

Tonight we hit the field as a family to exercise away some of the stress that this week has brought us!

There was running.






Jumping rope.


There was also laughing.





We basically played like kids for an hour and a half!

And we're better for it!

And this maniac here wasn't letting no crushed elbow get in the way of some core and strength training!

The family that plays together, stays together!

And yes, Z-Dogg is kissing his muscles!

Stay strong, Camp Hoffman!