Thursday, February 22, 2018

Furry Love


I love this girl...

SO MUCH!


And she loves this dog...

SO MUCH!


Cider brings out a joy in Meron that few others do...

The two of them together paint a picture of "Happy Place" every time I see it!

Your love for dogs speaks volumes about ya Meron!

Never stop loving the furry kids, Meron!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Love of a Father


Even with the sun strategically flaring right over my homies face... this little dude makes me smile so much!


And even though he can be a holy handful at times - especially when he's being a holy handful actually - I try to make him know - by words and actions - just how much his Daddy loves him.

I think he gets it.

I really, really do.


And then - while showing him how much his earthly daddy loves him - it's my aim and goal to help him understand just how much MORE his Heavenly Father loves him.

I want so bad for him to know this at a young and tender age.

It matters.


It took me a long, long time... and the addition of kids ot my life - to really personally understand the "love of a Father."

I couldn't refer to God as "Father" for a LONG time.

I do not want that at all for my little man.

He has a GREAT heart and spirit - and he is growing every single day into the man God made him to be.

I cannot wait to see how God chooses to use him in his life!

You are loved Zechie... BIG MUCH!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

My Own Lil' J Dilla


I was holed up in a Starbucks knocking out some work yesterday when I got this text message from Meron...

The girl had me smiling big and I could't wait to get home!


Come to find out she had found an app for her (unconnected) "cellphone" that was a little beat-maker - a sequencer loaded up with different sounds that would allow her to make her own beats!


And girl was putting in WORK!

She had programmed her own little beat...


And then turned around and wrote an entire song to it!

COME ON MAN!

Daddy was beaming from ear to ear!

And for those wondering what the heck the title of this post means:

James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006),better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was an American record producer and rapper who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan as one third of the acclaimed music group Slum Village. His obituary at NPR stated that he "was one of the music industry's most influential hip-hop artists", working with notable acts including A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, The Roots, The Pharcyde and Common.
There ya have it... my own little J Dilla!


Meron... I LOVE that you LOVE to sing, write songs and be creative!

You encourage and inspire me more than you'll ever know!

Never ever stop releasing what He put in your heart, girl!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Highly Eccentric Path


Ya ever get asked to be part of something ya feel totally unqualified for? And then ya bounced around from fear of letting people in too far to outright feelings of humility for the undeserved ask?

Can't be just me.

A couple weeks ago I got an email from our friend Rebecca. She has a blog where she does serious writing - like high quality level writing designed to encourage and inspire... and she was inviting me to be a part of a series she was gonna write about "creative people."

Humbled to the core.

She knows a lot of creative folks - she certainly didn't have to reach out to me - but she did.

And I was honored by her request.

She compared me to a comet - for several reasons... did you know one definition involves the phrase "highly eccentric path?"

Me either... but I kinda like it! Wanna know the other comparisons?

Go check out her article: Profile in Creativity: Tymm, The Comet

And while you're there - read the rest of her profiles too - she has some super creative friends! Creativity attracts creativity I think...


While I don't call myself "a creative" (I touch on the "why" in her interview too) - I am certainly surrounded by creativity and I do love to find ways to have creative outlets that keep me sane!

Rebecca - I am honored and humbled that you'd include me in such a skilled, talented group on your blog. Thanks so much for recognizing stuff that i often thinks disappears into the black hole of the internet - and thanks for challenging me to really think about it too!

Whats YOUR creative outlet?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Her Inner Artist


Today was a GORGEOUS day here in Colorado Springs!

Like sunny, almost 60, a little breezy - but felt AWESOME outside... so we tried to spend as much time out there as we could (cuz we KNOW the cold ain't gone yet!)...

At one point - I looked down towards the end of the driveway - and there was Mebbie - posted up on the brick wall.. sketch pad in hand busy drawing away!

I just LOVE watching this girl take chances with creativity!

She's willing to jump into just about anything... and I LOVE it!


I snuck down behind her to see what she was up to - and she was busy sketching out the beauty of the mountains in the front range that we can see from the front porch!

Her heart and passion for art and creating is an inspiration to me OFTEN!

Never stop flexing the muscles of the gifts He gave you Mebbie!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

First Things First... FroYo!


Because we're doing a stricter Whole30 during the week - I promised the goofballs we'd hit a frozen yogurt spot this weekend (our weekends are a free for all!)...


And sometimes ya just gotta flip it and have dessert first... BEFORE dinner!

So that's what we did!

And it was a hit!


Even Z-Dogg - with his earache - was able to find some joy in it before downing his meds and calling it a night!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for... FROZEN YOGURT!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Scratchy and Poppy


It was a few days ago when he first said:

"My ear is scratchy and poppy and it hurts sometimes when I swallow..."
We kept a close eye on him...


With no fever and no noticeable redness in there - we got some over the counter drops and some allergy meds to dry up anything...


But when we found him crying in his bed this morning... we knew it was doctor time!


The doc said he had the "very early beginnings of an ear infection" - so early that if we had come in yesterday he said he likely would have seen nothing.

He prescribed some meds but said "give it a few days... he may just beat it on his own."

So that's what we're gonna try!

Stay goofy Z-Dogg... but heal up, brother!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Do You Has a Cat?


A friend of Z-Dogg's gave him this cute little card that she made for him this week at school

Cute drawing of what we assume is her and Z-Dogg on the front...


But when you open it up - she got straight to the point...


In no uncertain terms - she laid out her reason for the card:

"Do you has a cat?"

That was her question.

Complete with a box and the choice of an "X" or a check-mark.

Zechie was deadset on checking that "X" in there and getting this back to her tomorrow.


When I asked him why he thought she gave him that card, he said:

"I don't know! Why would anybody ask somebody that?"
We don't know either, Z-dogg... we don't know either!

But I DO know this...

We do NOT has a cat!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy "Let's Eat Sugar!" Day


Oh Valentines Day... you silly little fabricated "holiday," you!

And while we don't go all crazy with candy and flowers and cards and stuff - we did do a little something for the goofballs!

There were some handmade cards for 'em when they woke up and a few Hershey's Kisses as a surprise!


And then they closed down the day with some WAY TOO sugary cupcakes and teeny tiny ice cream cups!

Future husbands and wife... you can thank me now!

We're setting ya up for very simple expectations on this day in the future!

Happy Valentines Day, World!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Way They Love


These two right here man... they bring me so much joy just by watching them love each other.

Today - Meron wasn't feeling great (tummy bug of some sort) - and stayed home from school.

Laura dropped everything - BTW invoicing, running, grocery store runs, etc - just to be with her girl.

I love the way she loves her people!

And sometimes... a little loving from mommy is EXACTLY what is needed.


Cuz by the time I got home from work Meron had turned the corner - ate some food, was acting like her regular self and was feeling 100x better!


She even yelled out the window to her teacher from the car line...

"I'll be back tomorrow!"

Laura... thank you so much for the way you are.

You're an undeserved blessing to this entire family!

I love the way you love!

Monday, February 12, 2018

How They ROLL!


Man... I'm so proud of these two right here!

Two girls... two certificates for honor roll!

Cuz that's just how they roll!


I know this may not always be the case... and we've had some great conversations around here lately about "best effort" as the thing we're striving for.

NOT PERFECTION.

We don't want any crazy stress and pressure at 10 to be perfect!

But for now? We'll celebrate these two for sure!

Way to work hard, Girls!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

A Zechie Minion


Mebbie came running up to me - big smile on her face and a paper in her hand and said:

"Look daddy! I made a Zechie Minion!"
She was giggling up a storm cuz I think she knew...

SHE NAILED IT!

A minion captures all things Zechariah for sure!

I LOVED her attention to detail - with his beautiful brown skin and mini Z-Dogg Afro!


And while he may be shooting up in height...

He is minion in personality ALL DAY LONG!

You captured your brother perfectly Mebbie!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

COUPON: Daddy Daughter Date


Meron came to me recently - coupon in hand - and said:

"Daddy... I wanna redeem this coupon from Christmas!"
And that was it!

The date was set, the activities were planned by her and we were counting down!

She made sure that I was off of whole30 cuz Blaze Pizza was gonna be our spot!

And we had a BLAST!

Great pizza - quick game of tabletop shuffleboard (she killed me!) - and then a fast run to Sprouts for some snacks before our movie!

Next - it was off to the comfy recliners to catch a movie together.


On the way out of the theater she grabbed my hand and said:

"Best date ever!"

I made her promise me that we would ALWAYS go on dates even when she was older and married and had to work to make time for me!

She said "of course" so I'm holding her to it!

Thank you, Meron, for a WONDERFUL date night out!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Princess Hat Shenanigans


We wanted to protect those new beautiful hair-dos the goofballs go so it was time to upgrade the sleeping caps...

or "Princess Caps" as they're known around here!


Mebski Love got a new one that could hold all of her braids (and then some!)...


And Meron...


Well... Meron got a new cap to subdue all her hair and she went straight weirdo with it!

You rocks the princess caps well, girls!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Holy Braids, Batman!


Tonight - it was Mebbie Doodle's turn to hit the hair salon!

And she was STOKED!

And for good reason... she was about to get the coolest 'do around!


We really lucked out when we found the stylist with some fingers of fury who could knock stuff like this out with her eyes closed!

And I was FLOORED at how long Mebski Love's hair really is!


And while she looks so much older in 'em - I love that we were able to get these done for her.

Through a face-eating smile she said "I can finally shake my head and see my hair whip around!"

Awesome hair, Awesome smile, Awesome heart, Awesome soul!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

When In Rome...


When ya gotta accompany your sister to the hair shop...

You may as well go all the way in!


Zechie found some ways to combat his boredom!

Stay crazy, Z-Dogg... stay crazy!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Growing Up Z...


This little smiley, shiny dude has had a pretty rough week and a half or so.

Being a broken human in a fallen world has really taken a toll on him.

Not to mention he's six, in kindergarten, around peers, and the youngest of three in a house full of girls.

Add it all up and it's a formula for TOUGH TO KEEP IT TOGETHER!

And we've seen it all these past two weeks.... ALL!

And while we've had to do a LOT of disciplining (and get creative with it at that) - we've never stopped having faith in our little homie.

He's a prince and a priest in the Kingdom of God and we'll never stop believing that.

I told him all of that this morning - and then we sent him off to try again... and I was beyond stoked when Laura texted me to say his teacher said:

"Zechariah had a phenomenal day!"

I KNEW he could do it!


He was so excited to jump in my lap when I got home from running and tell me ALL about it!

And it wasn't easy for him either... making touch choices, staying away from some other kids, standing strong when he had to and even channeling his inner Kenny Rogers "Coward of the County" at times when he had to "Walk away from trouble if he could..."


I'm not naive enough to think we'll never see him stumble again... but I'll tell ya this much - I'm celebrating this day with him.

Because he deserves to know how proud of him his daddy is!

Z-Dogg... trust me little homie - life throws curves at ya man! Whether it's in kindergarten or on the job - it can get curvy and swervy.

But don't you ever, ever forget this little homie...

Daddy has your back forever!