Sunday, May 19, 2019

Music Makes Me Extremely Joyful!


This girl right here LOVES to sing!

Recently - she wrote this for a project she was working on at school:

"For my genius hour project, I choose THE HISTORY OF SONGWRITING. I chose this topic because I have always loved music and how happy it makes me.

Music is special to my whole family - not just me! My dad was a rapper and my mom sung on a few tracks.

Music makes me extremely joyful. Every morning I get up and get ready as fast as possible to get as much time as I can to sing."
There ya have it... she LOVES to sing!


Recently he had her end of year choir show... and she was chosen to speak at the beginning!

I mean - is there really anybody better to tell us to keep our phones off and be on our best behavior?

i think not...


And then... then there were her eyes!

The girl has ZERO ability to keep her face cool...


She pretty much has a "resting crazy face."


But once the singing really kicked in... that is all she is about!


Her joy from singing brings me joy daily....

Meron - you are amazing - and the joy you gain from singing is the joy I gain from seeing you sing! NEVER STOP.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Z and a Tree


Honestly... the title says it all...


There's no hidden meaning or staged thing going on here...


It's literally just... Z.... and a tree.

Stay goofy forever Z-Dogg!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Sun Back Up


If the sun should ever cease to shine...

Never fear. We have Mebbie's brilliant smile to light the world!

Thanks for being a bright light all the time, Mebbie!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Yep...


Yep... there ya have it... that pretty much sums him up right there!

Wild little crazy man!

And while he tests us pretty much daily with his independence and stubbornness... it's who he is!

Stay crazy, Z-Dogg!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Inducted!


A certain somebody got inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society this evening at a fun ceremony!

Way to go Mebbie!


This was such a deserved honor for her - she exemplifies all of the attributes that the honor society looks for in citizenship, scholarship, service, leadership and character!


She was beaming smiles the entire night... as she should be!

We're proud of you, girl! Never change the YOU that you are!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Warrior Force to Be Reckoned With...


This girls is STRONG. Like "WARRIOR STRONG."

Seriously... stronger than most adults I know.

God gave her a heart for justice, for equality, for righteousness...

And not just a heart for those things - but a passion and willingness to call out the opposites of them - injustice, inequality and things that are just WRONG.

It makes life challenging at times for her (and always will in her life) - but I will forever have her back.

Meron - this daddy is insanely proud of you - keep on fighting!

Monday, May 13, 2019

And That's A Wrap...


Well... another season in the books!

Tonight Mebbie wrapped up another season running with the LandSharks running club!

And she killed it!


The girl LOVES to run - but even more so - she loves to do it with JOY and SMILES!

Tonight she ran the mile and the 200 - an smiled her way through both of 'em!

Next up - she and I are entering some 5ks together!

CAN'T WAIT!

Keep smiling and keep running, girl!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The Best At What She Does!


She makes it look easy... this gig she does 24/7, 365 days a year.

But we all know it's not.

Real talk...I've never held the idea of “motherhood” in very high regard... and I still struggle with it for a lifetime of reasons.

But then... Laura comes along.

And she showed me what it it could and should look like!

She’s redefined this concept for me - and all FOUR of our kids are blessed by her approach to mommy-ing!

And not to mention she is super easy to love while she is doing it!

Happy Mothers Day to the one who made it mean something again.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Welcome Wagon


While one of them was asleep and one was behind the camera - this was my welcome wagon when I got back home after 27 hours of traveling...

And I couldn't get enough!


and while I absolutely LOVE going to Ethiopia - and this trip specifically was special as I was alone and spent a ton of time just connecting with Nebiat as a person - I ALWAYS cherish when I get back home to my people!

So much to process from this trip... so much to reconcile with the unfairness of this weird world... but for now...

I take my hugs, relax and recharge!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Little Leaper


het may be small... but dude can get up there!

Excuse Z as he kisses the sky...

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Pump Pump


It's one of her new favorite things to do...


Jumping out and pumping the gas for us!

And I even taught her how to try and stop it right on the even dollar... and she's pretty good at it!


This girls even makes pumping gas look adorable!

Meron... the task is ALL yours, girl!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Sometimes...


See... sometimes they DO get along!

P.S. - this was staged... :)

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Just Keep Smilin'


One of my favorite seasons is upon us again....


TRACK SEASON!

And while Mebbie may be more of a longer distance kind of girl - she still loves getting out on the track and running a few laps in the spring season!


And our only rule?

Smile while ya do it!

Even when your congested, there's a nasty headwind and you're hurting a little...


Keep on smiling!

Because... we GET to run!

Your smile is the best part of the race, Mebbie!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Competitor


This girl has been playing and loving volleyball for several years now...


And this year - she took it up a notch and signed up to be in the competitive league!

And she's LOVING it!


I love watching her out there doing something she really enjoys!

Keep at it Meron... that overhand serve is COMING!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Happy Place


This girl is in her HAPPY PLACE!


And so is this one!

Just so happens that their happy place is when they are right next to each other!


They both LOVE to be in that space and would stay there forever if they could!

Stay happy, Ladies... STAY HAPPY!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Rockin' That Stance


Sometimes ya just gotta bust that bboy stance with your homie at the school to let the local schoolyard know "WASSUP!"

You know how we do.

I got you, Zechie!

I'm down to ride Z-Dogg!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Get The Scoop!


Real talk... The Meronator doesn't really like to read or write... not her favorite thing.

But she never ceases to amaze (and surprise) us... as she has with her passion for the school Newspaper Club!

What, what, what?!


Yeah... surprised us too!

Here she is interviewing one of the first grade teachers (actually Z-Dogg's teacher) after the big first grade assembly.

The girl is nothing if not full of surprises!

Get the scoop, Meron... GET THE SCOOP!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Handsome Little Man


We're in trouble I think...

This handsome little dude is growing up and he's gonna be a heart breaker.

Lord, help us all!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

She Didn't Make It... or Did She?


I was sitting in the doctor's office waiting room this afternoon when I got this text from Laura...

I had forgotten today was the day that Mebbie would find out if she made it in to the National Elementary Honor Society.

She had worked SO HARD on her application - spending days writing and rewriting...

And this news crushed me!


I was legit almost in tears thinking about how hurt, upset and disappointed Mebski Love was going to be.


And I was truly shocked... Mebbie literally exemplifies ALL of the things that NEHS seems to look for in its members!

Just as I was trying to wrap my head around how to be the best daddy i could be for Mebbie in this disappointing moment...

THIS text came in:


Seriously???


I let 'em know how I really felt after that one...

They got me good!


Mebbie... you guys got me good...

But I am SOOOOOO PROUD of you, girl!

Keep shining that bright light of yours, Mebbie!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Growing Up


Man... they're growing up... whether I wanna admit it or not!

And freedom and ownership and responsibility is something they're gravitating towards.

And lately they've been flexing that muscle by going on longer bike rides with just themselves - no parents!

And they love it!


We've mapped out the route - we know where they are... but to them... it is pure FREEDOM!

They're navigating roads, watching out for traffic, people, animals... and in their world... this is a HUGE DEAL!

I'm proud of them and the people they're growing into.

And sometimes it takes something as simple as an independent bike ride to remind me how fast the days are flying by!

Stop, Father Time... STOP!

Monday, April 29, 2019

April Twenty-what...???


It wouldn't be late April in Colorado if a little pop up snow storm didn't attack us on our way home from the YMCA tonight!


Z-Dogg was cracking up at the huge flakes getting stuck in his hair... and we were both kind of in awe of it all given we ate dinner outside last night nd played in the street til the sun went down...


But that's Colorado for ya.

Don't trust the first glimpse of Spring... ever!

Stay crazy, Mountain Town... STAY CRAZY!