Father's Day

Tomorrow is Father's day. I used to think about Father's day and Mother's day as being excuses from the card companies to sell more cards. More recently, I started seeing the day for Mom and Dad as a way to celebrate foster and adoptive parents.

Take a few minutes and look at your family. Is there a foster father, adoptive father, step-dad, or biological dad that has impacted your life in positive ways? Do you know a fost-adopt dad? Make the effort to THANK these people. It take a certain kind of person to join the fostadopt community. Our Dad's are a bit like a sunrise - bright and helping us see what new things the day might bring.

Encourage them - our kids need these guys.

Photo by Matthew Fang

Initial Foster/Adopt Training & CPR Training ....

It has been way too long since I've posted, and I apologize for that. So much has happened since my last post it's hard to know where to begin. Probably at the initial foster/adopt training. Those were two of the hardest days of training I have ever had to go through, and of course this is just the "stories" part, we have not even "touched" the reality .... more on that later.

Home Study Visit #2 & Safety Visit Complete

Last Tuesday, March 2nd, we had our second home visit, and yesterday, March 9th, was our home safety inspection. Both visits went really well.

Home Study Visit #1 - In the Bag

So, last Wednesday night, February 24th, we had our first home study visit.

It was definitely less than painful. After scrubbing the house from top to bottom (thank you Mel), we sat in our family room and had a "friendly chat". As M, our social worker who is conducting the home visits, said she is really easy to talk to. It was like sitting down and talking to an old friend.

The Paperwork Has Been Submitted

Last week Mel and Nate made a very special trip, they went to the Broomfield Health and Human Services (HHS) office to drop off our paperwork, and get the approval process officially started. We are so excited. Next steps, Sherry, the foster care supervisor from HHS, starts the background process, we get fingerprinted and take the core training classes.

A Welcome and Thank-You to kcassio

In September a good friend asked if she could post a listing regarding a sibling group needing a family. kcassio went ahead and created an account and posted. She started asking me lots of questions about the adoption of Children of Trauma. I was pretty frank about the great stuff and the challenging stuff.

The Orientation

Tonight we had our first meeting with the Foster Coordinator for our county. Basically with was the orientation to the program. She had an outline in front of her, but said since it was just us we could just ask any questions we had. And so we did. By the end of the meeting she gave us the outline, and low-and-behold we'd covered everything on the outline and much more. Not to say we won't have a million more questions as time progresses, but we definitely have a good base of information. Sherry made us feel so comfortable, and was so easy to talk to.

Adventure Begins

This blog will document my family's journey to becoming a foster/adoptive home for a child in the (hopefully near) future.

First, how did we come to this place in our lives where we decided to embark upon this journey. Wow, well that's a long story.

Happy American Thanksgiving!


This year we bought a fresh cage free turkey for American Thanksgiving. I chose to brine it and roast it wrapped in cheese cloth. It ended up being a ridiculously good bird - very moist and flavourful. It was so darn good, I thought I would write up the recipe I put together from several other recipes.

The Brine

BrineThe first step was to make a brine the morning before the day you plan on roasting the turkey. Brining a turkey is one of the best ways to produce and extraordinarily juicy and succulent meal.
  • 2 cups of kosher salt
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/2 gallons of water
  • 1/2 gallon of orange juice
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 whole bulb of garlic
  • various herbs and spices
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 whole lemon

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds


Pumpkin CarvingEvery year I end up tossing the pumpkin seeds from our jack-o-lanterns. This year, I dug up my own recipe from years ago.

In our case, we had four pumpkins to work with. This yielded 2.75 cups of seeds, so we'll have lots to snack on.

You need:
Pumpkin Seeds, Salt, Water, Olive oil

Preheat oven to 400°F.