Quit Making Your Bed!

A few years ago, there was a video floating around Facebook of a Navy Admiral giving a commencement address at the University of Texas. During his speech, he encouraged the graduates to make their beds every day, because starting off the day with one completed task makes it easier to make the completion of tasks … Continue reading Quit Making Your Bed!

8 Habits That Make Me A Better Dad

I don't know about you, but I learned a lot about myself when I became a dad. Unfortunately, most of what I learned is that I'm not as good or strong a man as I thought I was. This isn't to say that I discovered I'm some horrible monster because I didn't. Rather, fatherhood uncovered … Continue reading 8 Habits That Make Me A Better Dad

Guest Post: I Am Going To by Brett Chabek

I don't need to step over the baby gate anymore, so I won't. It's been taken down. I don't need to fumble with the child-proof locks on the cabinets, so I won't. They're not there anymore. I don't need to check and see if there are any bottles made for tonight, so I won't. Nobody … Continue reading Guest Post: I Am Going To by Brett Chabek

Wild Animals in the Wall

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that Zach and I had been on the hunt for a wild animal in my wall shortly before I took a couple boys as an emergency placement. Here's the story. Earlier that morning, I was drinking coffee with my Great Dane Jackson when I heard a strange scratching noise … Continue reading Wild Animals in the Wall

Feel Manly

A few weeks ago, Dave and I took my son Thomas on a super manly camping trip* at a local state park. The park is situated alongside a man-made lake, the choppy waters of which we heroically canoed by moonlight while Dave and Thomas bickered over who knew more about canoeing. It also features a … Continue reading Feel Manly

Guest Post: The Peculiar Thing[s] About Fostering, by Jon Williford

Today's guest post was written by Jon Williford. Jon has been a foster parent for four years and he and his wife are passionate about caring for children with special needs. If you'd like to write a guest post for The Foster Dads, click here! ----- Special-needs fostering is not what we wanted. We’re foster … Continue reading Guest Post: The Peculiar Thing[s] About Fostering, by Jon Williford

Instant Heartache: How Taking an Emergency Placement Can Really Mess You Up.

“I’m in the garage working out, trying to be all manly.  But now I’m tearing up.” That was my slightly sarcastic text response to being sent a link to a trailer for the upcoming movie, “Instant Family.”  I don’t typically follow movies and TV shows all that closely, so I’d only seen a mention in … Continue reading Instant Heartache: How Taking an Emergency Placement Can Really Mess You Up.

When Foster Care Works

I was asked to write about Jay’s story this week.  This is another post about a kid leaving my home; my last was about a disruption and how that change ended up being positive.  So sorry not sorry to keep writing about kids leaving-I’ll do my best to change the subject for next time. Most … Continue reading When Foster Care Works

Real Dad, Schmeal Dad; Here’s the Deal, Dad

One day a few months ago, my wife, my then-thirteen-year-old son, and I were in the waiting room of the one dentist office in town that takes the state insurance provided for foster kids. My son, per usual, was all over me, vacillating between aggressive hugs and affectionate bites, which simultaneously billowed my heart with … Continue reading Real Dad, Schmeal Dad; Here’s the Deal, Dad