Nothin’ hotter than a dude in a white tee!

Hey, guys. It’s Keon. As you know, Cal kicked off our series of posts about our kids on Sunday, so I’m going to “have a go” at it. Before I do that here’s something you might find interesting. Rick loves plain white tee shirts. He buys them by the six-pack and that’s mainly what he wears. With his red hair and freckles he looks so good (sexy) in them that I’ve started wearing them a lot myself. And – you guessed it – since his Dads wear white tees all the time, that’s what Travon wears. It’s sort of our family uniform. I hope you like these “boys in white tees” as much as Rick and I do.

Ahhh. What can I tell you about Travon? As you know, we started fostering him in January, 2018 and finalized his adoption three months later. He was five years old at the time. He didn’t speak when he came to us (his former foster parents said he was “deaf and dumb”) – he was a “spitter” and even spit in my face (once!) – and he was afraid of just about everyone and everything. Today, just 2 1/2 years later, he’s talkative, has good manners, loves being with family and friends, and isn’t afraid of anyone… well maybe a little afraid of Bella… but who isn’t? 🙂
He loves school and Ben says he’s a “really quick study”. Janette tells us he’s learned French faster than any of the other kids, except Dub. He and “Max” are pretty much inseparable and we rarely see one without the other. We (Rick, Travon, Max and me) read together every night at bedtime. It’s the best part of our day. We’re currently reading book two of “Percy Jackson and the Olympians.” It’s a 5-book set so it’ll take us a while 🙂
Pop-pops has given Tra a ton of photo equipment and he’s become a good photographer (we’re glad he uses only digital format because we couldn’t afford “film” for all his pics). He has the patience of a saint and sometimes sits for long periods waiting for just the right lighting and photo opportunity. He’s taken hundreds of high-res pics of the king snake that makes its’ home in our rock garden. Last month, Pop-pops made 16″ x 20″ prints of twelve of his snake photos and entered them in a
photo art competition in Springfield. He won second prize, which is really good since the other exhibitors were all professional photographers.
Tra loves swimming, wake boarding, horseshoes, fishing, being with his friends and our “Table Rock campus” school, so making our home here at the Lake is just about perfect for him. He’s a happy, 7-year old boy – he often makes us laugh and always makes us proud. As Cal pointed out, you shouldn’t expect “fair and balanced reporting” about our kids because… well, they’re our kids. I’ll end this by saying Tra is the JOY of our lives and he’s given us infinitely more than we’ve given him.
We hope you and yours are well, happy and using your protective equipment wisely. This pandemic can’t last forever.
xoxo Keon and Rick

It’s “Friends Friday” and we’re asking “Who would you do?”

Hey guys. It’s Rick. It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a “Friends Friday” post, so I thought I’d have a go at one. As I ramble around the web, I keep running across “who would you do?” photos. The only problem is – they’re mostly the same pics… so I thought I’d do some new ones. It turned into kind of a “mega post” so it may force Jingle to brew an extra pot of dark roast 🙂 I had fun putting this together and hope you’ll enjoy the many choices.

Things are going well here at Table Rock – except for Ben’s scaring the living shit out of us this past week. He seems fine now and we’re all thankful for that. I’ll let him or David tell you all about it in another post. Love you guys. xoxo Rick and Keon

Hair ‘n bones, Dude. Bones ‘n hair!

Rick called this morning to tell us about their meeting yesterday with the Department of Social Services. He said he’d like to tell everyone about the meeting and asked if I’d do a post for him to “tag-on” to. I told him I had a “Hair ‘n bones” post put together and I’d put it up today. Hey… what could possibly be wrong with a bunch of dudes with hair and boners?

Hey, guys. It’s Rick. I want to tell you about our meeting with the Dept. of Social Services yesterday. I’ll keep it short. Keon and I met with them at their offices yesterday afternoon. The deal is they have this 6-year old boy “Mateo” who needs a home and they said we were their first choice to foster him. Keon said “I thought you were having trouble placing him” and they said “Well, not really. You are our preferred placement because of the excellent job you’ve done with Travon. It’s complicated.” Keon said “How so?” Here’s the story. About two weeks ago, someone (probably his mother?) dropped him off at a local Catholic Church – with just a backpack holding a change of clothes and an envelope with “Help Needed” written on the outside. In the envelope was a hand-written note, and his birth certificate. He was born in San Antonio, Texas. His birth mother is listed and his father is shown as “unknown.” The Social Services people said the mother is well known to the Department of Homeland Security, and that they’ve been trying to locate her so she can be returned to Guatemala. She and Mateo have been “on the run” for the last two years. Apparently she finally just gave up and dropped Mateo off at a Catholic Church. The Church has been caring for him but wants him placed in foster care.
Anyway, we talked for a long time and told them with our schedules and work loads, we just couldn’t take on another child at this point. I asked them if they had considered my brother “Chad” and his partner for placement. They said they had reviewed their application and felt Keon and I would be better foster parents because of our experience. We told them Chad and Raef really want to be parents and since they’ve already completed the State’s training program for foster parents, we thought they’d be perfect.
We haven’t met Mateo but they showed us pictures of him and he’s an adorable little dude. I called Chad from the Social Services office and he was so excited he could barely speak. Anyway, we got a meeting set up for Chad, Raef, Keon and I with Social Services next Friday. The bureaucrats said they weren’t making any commitments but at least they agreed to a meeting. We showed Mateo’s pictures to Chad and Raef yesterday evening and you can’t imagine how excited they are. We’ll give you a report after the meeting on Friday.
xoxo Rick and Keon