Father’s Day

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

To me Father’s Day is one of the best days of the year! I always see it as an opportunity for me to celebrate the blessing of fatherhood by doing something fun with my kids. From going fishing with my son for the first time to camping to going to the Lego store together we’ve had lots of good Father’s Day memories and I’m looking forward to making more this year! Continue reading

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Father’s Day Dedication 

I was fortunate enough to get to spend part of my Father’s Day on stage at our church for our daughter’s dedication. I am so blessed to be the Dad of two wonderful kids and I thank God daily for that opportunity. Below is what I shared in a blog post and what I originally said on Facebook about my son’s dedication back when he was just a few months old. I still feel that that the words I said then are the best way I can explain how I feel about this. Continue reading

Fathers Day

This has become one of my favorite days of the year. It always used to be important…I have a great Dad, Dad-in-law and my grandpa was one of my heroes, yet since I’ve had the joy of meeting my son it has taken on an all new significance. 

I absolutely love being a dad. My son is amazing and I enjoy laughing and playing with him and watching him grow so much. I love talking to my little girl in utero, listening to her heartbeat and starting to see and feel her kicks. I also love talking about being a dad, and sharing my experience with others and hearing about their experiences. I love seeing other dads be involved with their kids and seeing the love those kids have for their fathers. I love seeing other dads take it to the next level and create resources, classes and whole organizations just for fatherhood. I love seeing dads buck societal norms and gender stereotypes and do whatever it takes to love and care for their children. I love being a dad and all things fatherhood.

So Father’s Day means a bit more to me now. It will always remind me of:

My father (thank you Dad for being an awesome example of what a father should be) 

My father-in-law (thank you for “adopting” me and showing me how to treat a boy who likes your daughter)

My grandpa (thank you for your example and for being someone I always looked up to)

But now I will also think of how blessed and lucky I am to have my son and my daughter. I will think of and thank my brother-in-law, the dads in my fathers group, and my friends and family who are fathers for sharing their experiences and for their inspiration. I will also think about fatherhood in general and the role I hope to play in advancing the conversation.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! I can’t wait to spend it with my son!

This is fatherhood…