Fostering

Our family is a foster family. That means that kids come to live with us for a time when their families are not able to safely care for them. We've been a foster family since December of 2013, and we have always struggled to succinctly communicate the experience and motivation behind fostering. This video tells some of our story and does it very well.

We are so thankful for Apex Anthologies, the story telling ministry of our church, Apex CommunityMolly Bellanco and Ben Riggs, working through that ministry, created this wonderful video from our family's story. If you are encouraged by our story, you must visit the Anthologies site to see dozens more like it.

I do not post this for our glory. Please, do not celebrate us. Join us in caring for the fatherless. 

Apex has a wonderful resource on their site describing many ways you can get involved in Orphan Care. Fostering is one of many ways. I'd encourage you to learn more about Prevention, Providing, Partnering, and Parenting for these kids in need.

Lastly, please know that if you want to learn more about our story, fostering, or orphan care in general, Melissa or I would love to talk with you. I'm open to speaking to your church, to your family, or just talking on the phone.

Thanks for your interest in our story. It is a small part of the story God is writing among all of us, and I look forward to seeing what He does next.

Unhappy Yuppies, Dirty Jobs, and Web Workers

Unhappy Yuppies, Dirty Jobs, and Web Workers

[Originally posted on Sparkbox's blog.] It's a problem that kids are going to college, racking up enormous debt, and graduating with degrees not fit for real work. With the help of some great posts from others, I explore the reason for this issue—and a possible solution.

Why We Apprentice

Why We Apprentice

[Originally posted on Sparkbox's blog.] One of my roles at Sparkbox is overseeing our apprenticeship program. It's one of my favorite parts of my job. I welcomed the opportunity to share on our blog why, exactly, we offer the apprenticeships in the first place.

Finding Our Place In This (Web) World

Finding Our Place In This (Web) World

[Originally posted on Sparkbox's blog.] What other medium tempts organizations to consolidate and represent their entire identity within a single body of work? Organizations don't have that expectation of designers of print, product, fashion, interiors, architecture, or anything in between. This isn't true of the web.

Humility: The Lost Art of Design

Humility: The Lost Art of Design

[Originally posted on Sparkbox's blog.] There are two groups of designers that can afford to work from atop their high horse: those in the tiny club which have typefaces and schools named after them and those that live in their parents’ basement. I sound off a bit on Sparkbox's blog.