This is Foster Care

Life with a Six Year Old Boy

My foster son is so very smart. He's also a six-year old boy. Which means he says and does gross things and he almost never stops moving. Luckily, I have a high tolerance for sometimes gross boy behavior (see working with a couple hundred Marines every day for 8 years). He also has a lot… Continue reading Life with a Six Year Old Boy


Books, Babies, & Change

A couple weeks ago, on June 10th, I released my first novel on Amazon {and CreateSpace}. It's technically not the first book I've written, but it is the one I most needed to publish first. Earlier this spring, some things happened in my life that put everything in perspective for me. I won't rehash all… Continue reading Books, Babies, & Change


Chasing Dreams – Chasing Hope

I am a writer. I have been creating stories and putting them on paper for as long as I can remember. I didn't call myself a writer, however, until a history professor at Biola University handed me a graded research paper and said, "You know you're a writer, right?" Uh . . . yes? I… Continue reading Chasing Dreams – Chasing Hope

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Nothing Will Fall Out As You Expect

"Nothing will fall out as you expect. Your guide will keep to no beaten path. He will lead you by a way such as you never dreamed your eyes would look upon. He knows no far, and He expects you to fear nothing while He is with you." - Streams in the Desert I've been… Continue reading Nothing Will Fall Out As You Expect

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The Kid’s Room

From an Instagram post last night: The door to the "kid's room" has been closed quite a bit. I've been trying to keep Abby from adopting another bed as her own. This week has been a long week. I haven't been feeling well for days. By the time I got through Thursday evening's first walk-through… Continue reading The Kid’s Room

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Foster Care Adventures – Part Two

October 2015, a little guy hung around at work, for a week or so. On Wednesday of that week, he "helped" me work. He sat on my lap, we hung out with friends, and then he played with my calculator & drew with my pens. He feel asleep there at my desk, in my arms,… Continue reading Foster Care Adventures – Part Two

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Dreams, This is Foster Care

Hear My Prayer

I spent some time on Sunday reading the profiles of waiting children. These are the kids who are waiting to be adopted - their parent's rights, now terminated. Through thirteen pages of results, I was struck at not only how simple their hopes and requests were, but by the handful of children who do not… Continue reading Hear My Prayer

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Foster Care Adventures – Week 1

My first foster care class is Monday night. This has been a long time coming. Maybe more than thirty years as I've dreamed of this very thing since I was a kid. There truly is nothing I've wanted more in my life than to have a family. Beyond wanting a family, I have always known… Continue reading Foster Care Adventures – Week 1