We think the best dudes are amateur dudes!

It’s official… we have a new student in our little Table Rock classroom. It’s a long story that’s still developing, so we’ll update you as time goes by. Our newbie is a a delightful 7-year old girl named “Alyssa”, who was referred to us by our Minister. She’s lived all her life in Branson with her grandmother who recently suffered a severe stroke and is currently living in an assisted living facility that specializes in stroke rehabilitation. Since the stroke, “Alyssa” has been self-quarantining with an older couple that’s active in our Church. She has her own i-phone and i-pad and has been doing “virtual school.” The couple she’s been staying with has been concerned about her education and feels she needs to be interacting with other students on a daily basis. So… our Minister contacted me wanting to know if we’d consider another student. I talked with David – and the other members of the gang and everyone thought we should do everything we can to help her. I talked with “Dr C” and he’s really excited. He says he thinks she’ll make a wonderful addition to our ” Table Rock student body.” Alyssa has been tested twice for Covid and takes and records her own temperature every morning and evening. She’s been in our school for a week (the people she’s staying with bring her over each morning and pick her up after school). Academically, she’s “totally lost” and it makes me realize just how “advanced” our kids are. But they’re crazy about her and have been really good to help her understand what we’re doing in the classroom. Dub started calling her “Lissa” as soon as he met her and it’s stuck with the others. She smiles a lot and obviously loves all the attention.
So that’s what’s happening here. We haven’t posted much lately because things have been real busy with school and closing down the summer lake stuff, but we promise to do better in the coming weeks. xoxo Ben (and David).

Check it out, dude. Selfies!

Hey, guys. We’re back. Thanks to all for your thoughts and prayers. We’re all good here – and doing well in our little village by the lake. Dub is continuing to work afternoons with Nathan and the crew over at the Koala cove villas. They’re real to finishing the first two of the units.
Over the next week or two, we’ll be doing posts with the guys updating you on the kids and what’s happening with them.
Be careful. Be safe. And remember… wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, wear your masks and practice social distancing. We love you and we’ll get through this. xoxo Ben and David

It’s a “Friends Friday” look at dudes poppin’ a bone ‘n snappin’ a pic!

Hey, guys. It’s Rick. Sorry we haven’t posted anything lately, but we’re just sooo frictin’ busy. I manage the nursery full-time and take two graduate level courses – and Keon works really hard in their business and runs their trade association… and then, there’s Travon and Max and the house and lake cabin – and there just aren’t enough hours in the day!
David and Ben have been posting dudes who are “hangin’ loose – and I thought, fuck, man. how about some good old BONERS. So I put these pics together and though maybe you’d enjoy them as much as I do?
On an unrelated subject, Keon had a call this morning from someone at the Department of Social Services wanting to know if we’d be interested in fostering a kid that they’ve been having a little trouble placing. He said he’d talk with me and get back to them. Obviously, with all we have going on, fostering a kid is kind of out of the question for us right now… but then… it’s apparently a kid that really needs a home. Hard to believe the State people would be calling us about fostering a child after all we went through with them while we were fostering and adopting Tra. We’ll just see what happens, I guess.
xoxo Rick and Keon