Matty, Lissa, Chad and Raef. Plus… a look at some “average joes.”

Hey, guys. It’s Chad. Since everyone has been doing “Gay porn and kids” posts, I guess it’s “our turn in the barrel.” Alyssa and Mateo are doing great. They’re settled into their new rooms and are obviously happy kids. Matty’s language skills continue to improve. When we started fostering him, Spanish was his only language so he’s had to learn English – and, of course he’s learning French and ASL in school. It’s a lot for a little guy but he’s handling it well. He loves school, being with the other kids and playing with “Bud.”
Although there’s only about a year-and-a half difference in their ages, Lissa thinks she’s his mother and honestly, she does a pretty good job at it. She’s very mature for her age (we think because she lived with Miss Evelyn for so long) and she clearly has good maternal instincts. She and Bella are best buds and when they’re not together they’re usually texting.
I’m lucky because I’m with them at school all the time, but they’re both crazy about Raef… as he is about them.
So I guess that’s what’s going on with us. We keep following the situation with covid vaccine for kids and it’s looking like it may be available early to mid November, so we’re hoping for a big, mask-free Thanksgiving. Failing that, we think the entire “Table Rock gang” will be able to enjoy a mask-less Christmas – complete with the grandparents.
Thanks to David and Ben for these “average joes” pics. Raef’s gonna love ’em!
Hugs and best wishes for good health. Chad and Raef

Dude. Check out these “good old boys”!

Hey, guys. Sorry about so few posts lately. Thanks for your concern. It’s been totally nuts around here. David and Keon are at a week-long business conference in Chicago… Rick is impossibly busy getting ready for fall planting season… and Chad and I have been busy getting school started – plus spending a lot of time over at the site for the new school. “Dr. C” has commitments for the money to build the first phase. It’ll have classrooms for “preschool” and grades one through six – plus a “multi-purpose room”. We’re using he same architects who designed our Kansas City campus, so it’ll have every modern safety and health feature. We’re hoping to have it built by the start of school next year. It’s been fun to watch the site progress but also a lot of work. The kids are wildly excited about getting back in school. We’re expecting an excellent (fully masked for now) year. I promise we’ll do a better job of posting in the future. Hugs. Ben

Here’s an e-mail we received Tuesday from our new friend “Lloyd” in Canton:
“Hey, David, Ben and friends on URD. Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and advice about being a sperm donor for my friend “Karen”. I called her and we went out for lunch and I told her I’d thought it over and couldn’t do it. She was disappointed but said she understands. She said ‘You know, what we both need is to find a good guy to fall in love with and build futures together. Knowing us as I do, we’d probably pick the same dude and end up hating each other.’ She’s an amazing friend.
The next thing that happened was my boss called me into his office and said ‘I may have good news for you.’ I’d requested a transfer over a year ago. Not because I didn’t like my job or living in Canton, but because it’s the only place I’ve ever lived and I want to experience other things and living in other places. He told me there was an opening in our home office in Austin, TX and management wanted to interview me. So, I flew to Austin to meet with them. After a series of interviews they offered me the job with a generous cost-of-living adjustment and a substantial salary increase. I accepted – spent a couple of days looking for a place to rent – found one and signed a (one year) lease. The only bad thing is they want me there ready to go to work on September first. So, I came back to Canton, rented a U-Haul trailer and (with the help of family and friends) loaded all my stuff into it. I’m heading out tomorrow. It’s almost 1400 miles so I’ll be a tired puppy when I get there. I’m realistic enough to know everything won’t be perfect, but I’m excited about the change and I’ll make it work!
Phil, I’m sorry this means I won’t be able to meet you and Kyle and that makes me sad. I wish I’d known a long time ago you live in Canton. I’m pretty sure we could have been great friends.
Anyway, when I get settled in Austin, I’d like to become a member of the URD comment club if that’s o.k. with everyone.
I guess the next time you hear from me I’ll be a “Texan.” I just hope they’ll let me vote down there. Love you guys. Lloyd

Dude. Check out these “Bad Boys”!

We didn’t want Jingle to have to suffer through another frozen Sunday morning without a fresh batch of dudes to go with his dark roast – so here are some boys who are “bad” (in a good way).

The kids and I have been watching Trump’s second impeachment hearing in school the last few days. They wanted to watch it and I thought it would be a good learning experience. In the process, we’ve become big fans of the lead impeachment prosecutor, Jamie Raskin. This really is an awesome group of kids. Dub, Austin, Travon and Chance seem to really grasp what’s happening in the hearing, and they’re good to help me explain things to the others. The outcome was disappointing, of course… but the truth was clearly on display. We’ll spend some time talking about it again on Monday.
We talked with the grandparents this morning. They’ll be getting their second covid shots on February 26th. They’re having to drive to Clinton, MO for their shots and that’s about 90 miles from Springfield. Well worth the trip!
We’re happy to hear that so many of you are getting your shots. Maybe we’ll get this damned pandemic under control before too much longer. Be safe. Keep wearing your masks, social distancing and washing your hands. Stay well. We love you. Ben and David