Thanks for your support!

We obviously don’t update this blog often but we do see your comments and appreciate your support and hearing your stories.  Thank you to all our listeners!

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Episode 12 is up!

Hey everyone,

It took us longer than we would have liked to get your podcast back up on itunes and put together a new episode, but we’ve finally done it.  There was a lot to catch up on, so check out Episode 12 on itunes or search for us on podomatic!



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Episode 11: Visits

Having trouble getting the player imbedded like I used to, so for now this will have to do.  Or get the new episode on itunes!

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Episode 10 – Catching Up

Long overdue, here it is….

Our Microphone set-up

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We Know We’re Overdue for a New Episode…..

I confess not podcasting since late October has been somewhat intentional.  It’s been a rough couple of weeks since our last episode, due to a combination of factors.  As a result, Mary and I have been making a very focused effort on taking care of the kids and each other.  We rejoice in how much progress Leeland has made since joining our family but he remains very challenging, and the other boys each add their own mixture of highlights and difficulties on a daily basis.

A perfect example would be the other day, when in a moment of great frustration, Ezra (2 years old) yelled at Mary, “When I grow and and become a mommy or a daddy, I’M going to keep an eye on YOU!”

For anyone who questions if God has a sense of humor, consider that exhibit A.

Overall, we are hanging in there, and I was able to turn Veteran’s Day into a 4 day weekend which I think helped everyone in the family.  We’re still excited about doing to podcast and sharing our foster parenting journey with you, so we apologize that it has recently been put on the back-burner.  We’ve started talking about our next episode, so hopefully that will materialize soon, but in the mean time, we appreciate your patience!

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Episode 9 – Court Hearing

Just uploaded Episode 9 to podomatic but can’t imbed it into this post (yet).  As promised, we talk about Mary’s first experience with a foster child court hearing.  Will embed the episode here tomorrow, but right now its time for bed!  Should show up in itunes in a day or so as well.

Here’s  a link to the article we reference during the episode:

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We Were Going to Podcast Tonight….

But Mark is losing his voice!  What’s funny is that it’s becoming an annual tradition for Mark to lose his voice around this time of year.  3 years ago it happened on the night of his 10 year high school reunion, and 2 years ago it happened the same day as a work dinner event.  Last year it fortunately did not coincide with any major event.

We hope this will pass quickly so we can update everyone on how things are going with Leeland and what happened at the court hearing last week.  For now, we’ll leave you with this link to an article about increased attention being given to foster children in our school systems:

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Flu Season is Upon Us

As you might recall from our last podcast Mary was sick last weekend from an apparent case of food poisoning.

Earlier this week Ethan came down with a high fever and spent several days on the couch.  As you might expect, the day he started feeling better Leeland woke up from a late nap burning up.  And then this morning Ezra woke up with a fever, and Leeland’s body was covered with a rash.

We were disappointed because Leeland had a scheduled visit with his mom today which of course we hand to cancel.  It makes me sad that his mom only gets to see him every 2 weeks, and when things like illness come up, she can go a month without seeing her son (depending on when the make up date will be).  Obviously she’d get to see Leeland every day if she had made better choices, thus why he’s in foster care, but it’s still sad.  I can’t imagine how difficult that would be….

The boys being sick reminds me of something funny that happened a couple months back.  Mary had just returned home from some errands and I handed Leeland to her, explaining that he was running a fever.  Putting a hand to his forehead, she exclaimed, “Leeland, you’re on fire!”  Ethan, with his big brown eyes and the purest sincerity that only a child can muster, looked up with alarm and said, “Stop, drop, and roll, Leeland!”

We were thrilled to learn he had been paying attention at preschool during fire prevention and safety week.

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Episode 5 Reposted

Some of you will remember that Episode 5 had some low volume issues.  I recently discovered another means of tweaking the volume so I’ve reposted the episode, as well as updated the original posting.


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