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

Bunch of dudes just “sittin’ around” on “Friends Friday”

Hey, guys. It’s Rick. It’s funny how posts happen here on URD. This one came about because I ran across pic #1, and thought “I’ve got to put this dude in a post.” The question was… what kind of post would he fit in? Best I could come up with was “dudes just sittin’ around.” So I found some other pics I thought worked with him… and here you have it. In a way, this photo theme reminds me of the “Flandrin pose” post I did back in August, 2017. If you like it, let us know… I’ve found lots more pics that fit the theme.

We closed on the lake cabin loan last Thursday and it’s ours now. Here’s something interesting. After Scott and Denise finalized the purchase from “Phil,” Alex told us the furniture in the cabin was, in fact, valuable. He said it was all antiques – “some of which are quite good.” He said that’s probably why the owner kept the heat and air conditioning running all that time. So, Alex got an antique appraiser to go look and put prices on everything. There’s a “Queen Anne” dining set he says is “particularly nice,” and he’s selling it to some people whose house he’s redecorating over in Tiffany Greens. The rest, we’re selling to an antique dealer and Alex says we’ll get enough money out of it to pay for new kitchen appliances and flooring for the cabin. How cool is that?!
Travon is finally getting excited about “his place on the lake.” He has Alex’ sketch of his room on the wall in his room at home and he’s jabbering about having Dub and Austin sleep-over. We’re going to go down as soon as possible and attack the weeds in the rock garden. The cabin is gonna be a “project” but all the guys say they’ll help us with it. It’s nice to have such amazing friends!

“Prolly the best team doesn’t win every time.”

For David and me, maybe the most special thing about parenting is the time we spend with Dub at bedtime… talking about what’s going on in our lives, and, of course, reading. Right now, we’re about half way through “The Icebound Land.” It’s book three in the Rangers Apprentice series by John Flanagan. They’re some of Dub’s favorite books and David and I enjoy reading them with him. Every night (after Dub showers and brushes his teeth) David, Buzz, Bebe and I pile into bed with him and we talk… then we read until we’re all sleepy. Sunday, Dub had been very quiet after the Chiefs’ loss to the Patriots, so as we got into bed to read, David asked him how he felt about the game. He thought for a minute… then said “Prolly the best team doesn’t win every time. Doesn’t mean they’re not the best team.”
We agreed with him – then started reading.
Now that the Chiefs have fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, we’re thinking “Prolly the best team will be winning more often.” 🙂