21 Dads, 21 Stories

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What do you think when you hear the word “father”? I think provider, protector and leader.  As Father’s Day approached I began to think of dads and what they have to say about being a father.  I decided to interview 21 dads with the same questions.  They are all different, unique and beautiful.

This is what they had to say:

Juan Bedolla, Special Investigator for the State of Texas

How many children do you have and what are their ages? 3, Roman (13), Audrina (12), Troy (6).

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? I was very excited because I always wanted to have children and looked forward to fatherhood.

When did you first feel like a father? Of course, I felt like a father after my first child was born, but I think it really hit me on my way home from the hospital.  I felt like the entire world (other motorist) was flying by and being reckless.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? That is such a great question. There are so many moments and great stories especially with three children. If I had to choose, it was seeing how my son Roman saved me as a contact on in his phone…”Greatest Dad Ever”.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? Arriving home from an exhausting day at work and hearing the little Bedollas yelling “Daddy”

What does it mean to you to be a father? It’s something very special and a true blessing.  I am very grateful to have the opportunity to be a role model and strive to be their superhero.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? For them to love and take care of each other. I do my best to instill, Christian values and teach them to have respect for everyone. I wish they are all blessed with a family of their own and become successful members of society.

Benny Mitchell, Retired Coach and Biology Teacher

How many children do you have and what are their ages? 2 children 38 and 37.

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? I was elated.

When did you first feel like a father? When I paid the first hospital bill.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? When my children graduated from college with honors. Mom and I were extremely proud of each child. Knowing that our hard work and diligence paid off.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? Leading your children through the hard times, etc.

What does it mean to you to be a father? Being a father means leading your children through the hard times and being there to celebrate through the good times. Being a father is a lifetime commitment.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? I hope my children continue to be quality citizens and remember to care for those that are in need.

Johnny Mumphrey, General Manager for an oil and gas company

How many children do you have? 3 girls, 24, 22 and 15.

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? Each time was different; there were feelings of fear, unknowing, happiness, accomplishment, and thankfulness.

When did you first feel like a father? When things looked like there was no way of taking care of these girls. I had to figure it out and make it work. When I had to continue to ensure they had the best life possible, but not knowing how I was going to make that happen. However, my faith in God and my having faith in knowing who I am in Him made me truly feel like a father. No matter the circumstances around me.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? When I rededicated my life to Christ and took a serious look at my relationship with Him. I knew about God all my life. I knew right from wrong. I knew my choices had consequences. I chose to take risks that I knew were not going to end well. Risks are good but you have to understand the risk you take and decisions you make effect those that love you, know you, that look up to you, and depend on you. That defining moment was when my risky behavior turned into me defending my character, integrity, and who I truly am as a man and most importantly a father. But, even with that it was not about me. It was about my family, my wife, and my girls. Do what you have to do to protect my girls. Say what you have to say to protect those girls. Your wife is your helpmate, but she needs you to man up and protect this family. That’s what I had to tell myself. My defining moment of being a father is not caring what people think or say. It was my job to protect and provide at all cost. That defining moment was watching my girls and my wife stay protected while I knew that God knows my heart. The defining moment of putting my needs completely out of my mind and focusing on what they need.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? The love that I receive on a daily basis from my girls. Watching those little subtle things in them that you recognize because they are just like you in so many ways. Athletically, spiritually, personally, you see you in them. Most importantly my most favorite thing about being a father is the opportunity to provide for my family like my father did for me.

What does it mean to you to be a father? Happiness, joy, compassion, companionship, discipline, provider, protector and friend. It means to be prepared to wear many hats in a Godly manner. Its means be a burden bearer, it means be the leader God called you to be.  The Head and not the tail.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? They keep God first. That they find the same joy in life that I have in being their father. They are my everything.

Kevin Clifton, Bailiff, 17th circuit Pulaski County LR, AR

How many children do you have and what are their ages? I have one child. A son who is 26.

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? Anxious.

When did you first feel like a father? From the beginning

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? His public expression for me on Father’s Day some years ago.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? Having a buddy, a friend and more.

What does it mean to you to be a father? It means I have a huge responsibility to love and protect my child.  He watches all I do, so I want him see my best.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children?  So much love and happiness, enjoy life, love God and have fun.

Brian Steelsmith, Mechanical Technician

How many children do you have and what are their ages? 3 children, Dominic born in 1996 my son, Gabriel born in 2001 her son, Jake born in 2017 our son.

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father?  When Dominic was born I was told I was not the father for the first 7 months of his life.  I had blood work done and it came back that I was the father. I was like “I told you so.” I went on about my life.  I was with him for 5 months and then I didn’t see him again until he was 14.  When Jake was born it was completely different.  It felt planned. We were trying to get pregnant. The occurring around us getting pregnant was “Cool, we are going to have a baby.  I had the thoughts “you are still caring for another baby. It doesn’t change anything.  I still work and a very regimented life.”  It wasn’t until Jake was born and the doctor came and told us he had Down syndrome that it changed.  It forced me to look at things differently. I have no idea who I was prior to that in this world.  It allowed me to see Dominic and Gabriel differently.  I met when Gabe when he was 8 years old. I have really enjoyed being in his life. What he brings to me is joy. I really love watching this beautiful person-young man.

When did you first feel like a father? 1996.  The first time I looked at Dominic. I saw me looking back.  Though I had much to learn. Being a dad was something I got much later in life.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? So many moments that define what it is to be a father. Last year I took on a project where I skirted my father’s trailer, the mutual respect that was experienced between the man that raised me and my being the image of him was that moment. Tough wording…

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? Now comes Jake. I see the world though a completely changed set of glasses, I have been humbled to my core. Before Jake chose to be in my life I was a judge mental bigot. “ Saying it harshly” my ignorance for other people’s feelings, opinions, points of view, was unbelievable. What my children bring to me know is an understanding for what it is to grow up as a child.

What does it mean to you to be a father? I skipped over being a child. I watch with amazement. Their curiosity for life is what it is to be a child.  I enjoy being a contribution to my children.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? Gabriel’s education is a big part of the picture because one day he will be the one to care for Jake.  Lastly I am 50 and I really want to have a great safety net established to care for Jake after I pass.All I mostly think of is how to care for a special needs son after I pass.It scares me. The what if…

Emmett Shankle, III, Keynote Speaker

How many children do you have and what are their ages? One child, 6 weeks.

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? I was both nervous and excited about a new chapter of my life.

When did you first feel like a father? When I saw him moving inside of his mommy’s tummy.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? Yes. The first time I held him in my arms was a defining moment for me. I looked into his eyes and had so much to be thankful for.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? Spending time with my son. I enjoy getting to know him and him getting to know me.

What does it mean to you to be a father? It means a lot to me because I am a first time father. Many men want to be the perfect dad. I just want to be there when my son needs me the most.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? I hope he welcomes every experience life has to offer and makes the world a better place.

Richard Cashman, USAF Retired

How many children do you have and what are their ages?  Two, 30 and 26.

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? I was in awe and wondered if I would be up to the task.

When did you first feel like a father?  When I cut my son’s umbilical cord.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father?  Not really one defining moment. As my children grew up, they thanked us for having rules and not letting them do some of the things their friends were doing. They later realized it shaped their character.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? Seeing our children become successful, including being excellent parents

What does it mean to you to be a father? To improve the world by raising productive, moral, people.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? To be as proud of their children as I am of them.

Stuart Murphy, USAF Retired

How many children do you have and what are their ages? Three children, 63, 62 and 60.

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? I was pleased and excited.

When did you first feel like a father? I immediately felt like a Dad.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? There have been many defining moments related to their successes and achievements.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? My favorite thing about being their father is seeing that they are loving, caring, appreciative, just plain “ good people “

What does it mean to you to be a father? That’s a very broad question! I’m not sure that those who are truly in love have a choice .It feels “right” and “natural” and like an opportunity to help someone else. It gives pride and satisfaction.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? I hope that they continue to care for and serve other people, and to find as much satisfaction in life as I have.

Jörgen Åstrand, MD, PhD, Hand Surgeon and Orthopedic surgeon, currently in Stockholm

How many children do you have and what are their ages? One, 13

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father?  Elated.

When did you first feel like a father?  At the moment of birth.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? When my eyes met Sofi’s at the moment of birth the Universe took on another spin, and it has gone on since then.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? It’s never ending!

What does it mean to you to be a father? Life changing and the best thing that has happened to me

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? I wish everything good for Sofi and at least all the blessings I’ve had and beyond!!!

Jose Ramos, Car Medic Tech

How many children do you have and what are their ages? You mean parasites? Oh I have one of those.  She is 5.

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? I’m not the type of person who gets excited about anything. For example, vacations. I don’t get excited till we arrive and have unloaded all of our crap on the floor of our rented space. It was the same about my kid. “Well a lot can happen between then and now so when this new roommate shows up at home then I’ll be excited.

When did you first feel like a father? I was a single dad at the time and my 9-month-old daughter was with me. In the middle of the night she started to scream. Like no infant should. When I rushed to get her she was burning up, high fever. She was in pain and I felt completely helpless. Once I got her temperature down and she was finally asleep, I started to cry. That’s the moment I felt like a father.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? There are so many. It all depends on the age. When she called me dada instead of mama all the time. She still does at 5 but not as often. When she finally said please and thank you to the Texas Roadhouse waitress. When she told a knock knock joke without ruining the punch line.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? Nothing. I hate it. The questionable “I love you daddy” because there is always an agenda behind it. The “gifts” she makes me like she’s on some DIY game show and the only tools she can use is Elmer’s glue and purple glitter. When we watch a movie together and she asks 3 questions every 10 seconds. And I answer every single one.

What does it mean to you to be a father? I honestly don’t know. It’s hard to relate to a girl as a man. She’s only 5 and has body issues. All I can share with her is all the best qualities I have so she can develop more on her own.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? Flush after ever use, no one wants to see that shit.

Melvin Williams, Dallas Police Swat Team

How many children do you have and what are their ages? I have 3 children. 18, and a set of twins who are 4.

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? I was nervous and excited at the same time.

When did you first feel like a father? When I had to feed both twins at the same time.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? When I got shot at and the first thing that came to my mind was will I make it home to see them again.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? My favorite thing about being a dad is that they feel goofy, provided for and protected when I’m around.

What does it mean to you to be a father? It means the world…now I can be everything my father wasn’t to me. A lot of the things I had to deal with on my own, they will have me when they face them.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? That they aspire to be greater than me and that they don’t fear failure. I want them to go on and never succumb to the negatives of society.

Chris Merritt, HVAC Shop Foreman

How many children do you have and what are their ages? 4 children.  They are 14-Blake, 12-Kaleigh, 8-Allie, and 4-Jax.

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? Well with the first two kids I was ecstatic. I love kids and my wife and me were still in that puppy love first few years of marriage.  Our third child, my baby girl Allie, was a surprise. We thought we were done with two kids. We had one of each. Perfect for us. Boy were we wrong!  We found out while we had been having some financial struggles that all young families go through. We were in like our 6th year of being married and to be honest I wasn’t happy about it and it put a strain on our marriage the entire pregnancy, but from the day she was born until now she is my favorite lol. I know your not supposed to have a favorite as a parent, but I do.  My wife likes to think that’s my way of making up for not necessarily wanting another child at the time, but I think it’s cause she’s perfect and still snuggles her daddy lol.  With our last child Jax, I was in complete shock. We were not expecting that surprise at all. When my wife told me I just laughed hysterically while she cried on bathroom floor. It was great! I was like why not! We love kids and she was screaming I am too old to start over lol.  Truth be told our family wasn’t complete without each of them. God had a plan for us and I am thankful everyday for my kiddos and my amazing wife Dana.

When did you first feel like a father? The first time I felt like a father was the moment the doctor placed Blake in my arms I had never felt love and a sense of protection over something in my entire life like I did in that moment. My entire perspective on life changed that day.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? My defining moment as a father I would say was after Jax was air lifted to hospital at 2 months old.  My wife, like a lot of stay at home moms, was just waking up one morning and had just changed Jax and was carrying him to living room when she tripped on her pajama pants and fell to her knees jarring Jax from her arms. He only fell about a foot, but hit hard on a old carpet floor that had concrete underneath causing him to black out and have a small crack in his skull and a brain bleed so they air lifted him to a bigger hospital.  Now I know your wondering why this is my defining moment. Well I am getting there lol.  I was at work as a truck driver at the time in Alabama about 2 1/2 hours away from my wife and kids and when I got the phone call and was told it was serious and that I needed to come home now! The thought of how scared and upset my wife was and how upset and worried the other kids would be about her and Jax and not to be close enough to hold them and tell them it was going to be ok almost broke me.  I cried the entire way home. I picked up Dana and kids at hospital and we drove another 2 hours to the hospital they took Jax too.  I decided this day I needed a life change. I needed to change my occupation no matter what it took. I needed to be close to my family everyday just in case they needed me like this again.  A few months later a friend from high school offered me a job working for a HVAC company back home in Texas and the rest is history. We have been back here 3 years now. I am home everyday by 5pm and Jax is your typical 4-year-old running around with his trucks and jumping off couches and beds pretending to be a superhero lol. He is our little miracle. It was the most traumatic event in my life so far but also lead me to take a long look at my life and make some necessary changes to better my family.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? My favorite thing about being a father is watching my children grow up and just seeing them grow and change and become what God has planned for them.

What does it mean to you to be a father? Being a father means being responsible for the lives and well-being of the pieces of my heart outside my body, if that makes sense.  It means putting someone above myself daily and being the ultimate protector of their innocence until the day I stop breathing.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? I hope and wish that my children have a better life than me and that I in some way contribute to that and that they too become parents one day and instill some of the knowledge and wisdom that I have passed on to them through the years and that they live a long and healthy life.

Tim Turner, Pastor

How many children do you have and what are their ages? One baby, 2 months old.

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? Felt like it wasn’t really happening to me. Like it wasn’t real–wasn’t my story. Hard to believe, in other words. Too good to be true.

When did you first feel like a father? After her first at-home bath, she gave me the most adoring look–like she knew my voice and knew I was her Papa. Special moment.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? And if so can you tell me about it? Same answer as above. After her first at-home bath, she gave me the most adoring look–like she knew my voice and knew I was her Papa. Special moment.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? Fatherhood is way more challenging than I expected. She has already taught me just how impatient and self-centered I actually am. She has already challenged me to become a better person.

What does it mean to you to be a father? She depends on Katie and me for EVERYTHING. Being a father is saying “yes” to being there for her–giving her life in a sustaining way.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? I pray my daughter stays curious and loving–always eager to grow in new ways, and passionate about living life to the fullest.

Lee Winningham, Professor at Blinn College

How many children do you have? Two girls, 9 and 4.

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? It was really a combination of anxious and excitement. I was excited to see what it was like but anxious as in, oh God I don’t want to screw this up.

When did you first feel like a father?  It was in the middle of the night and my 2-year-old daughter had a high fever. I administered some Motrin via syringe, which was followed by projectile vomit into my face. I thought “yep, you will only experience this as a parent.”

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? November 2015 when I had to help my wife administer an enema to a constipated 5 year old. It was both horrifying and funny at the same time. It was November 2015 and I had been waiting months for the video game Fallout 4 to release. On release night, my daughter, 5 at the time, was complaining of stomach pain, so we called the doctor who said it was constipation. So I had to go to Wal-Mart at 11 PM that night and I was standing in line with an enema, a box of hot tamales candy, and toilet paper. Image be damned. Luckily she was cleaned out by 12:30 AM.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? Seeing both of the girls learn new things and figure out stuff on their own.

What does it mean to you to be a father? I really haven’t reflected on that much to be honest. I think if I could express it, it would be to say that it’s the most important job I have and it has made me more conscious about the world since one day. They will have to live in it and it’s made me try to do my part to leave a world better for them.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? Just don’t embarrass me when you are old.

Ryan Perry, Senior Full-Stack Engineer

How many children do you have? One; 2 (3 at the end of next July)

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? I was excited and not nearly as nervous as I thought I would be.

When did you first feel like a father? The moment we got the positive pregnancy test.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? I talked to my son all throughout the pregnancy. His delivery was difficult, and he was immediately taken to one side of the delivery room where doctors and nurses tended to him. They got him to start crying, and I was beyond relieved. I started talking to him, and he immediately stopped crying, turned his head, and looked at me. That moment means everything to me.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? Other than the cost and lack of sleep, I love everything about being a father. My favorite part is getting to know my son and the wonderful little guy he is.

What does it mean to you to be a father?  Being a father is the most important thing I do. Most of it is just instinctual (which totally surprised me). There also is a lot of research and effort. I definitely want to do what’s best for him.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? My hope as a father is that my son feels incredibly loved and supported throughout his life, and he shares that love with the people around him. I want him to be whatever he wants. The world is a better place because he is in it.

Don Walker, Retired for 19 years from my private counseling practice, Quiet Mind Resources and Program Manager at Grove Moore Center

How many children do you have and what are their ages? I have two children, who are “nearly grown.” My son is age 50 and is an airline pilot. My daughter is 42 and is a pediatric registered nurse.

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? I was both excited and anxious a little when I found out about a child coming into our lives.

When did you first feel like a father? It was easy and natural to feel like a father immediately, changing diapers, caregiving, kissing and baby talking a new life.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? Watching my daughter coming down the birth canal and her little head coming into the world was awesome. She was facing down. The doctor turned her over and the first thing she did was pee. That was a defining moment. It’s a girl!!

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? My favorite thing about being a father is sharing times of intimacy with my kids, feeling very close, whether in recreational intimacy, intellectual intimacy, spiritual intimacy and the physical intimacy of a warm hug.

What does it mean to you to be a father? Being a father means there is this gift of mutual love…throughout a journey in life.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? Both of my kids are accomplished adults. They are energetic, enthusiastic, intelligent, talented and people of good will. I hope they continue to enjoy close and loving relationships with their kids. I have six grandchildren. I hope they also will one day enjoy being with grandkids as much as I do.

Frank Murphy, Psychiatrist

How many children do you have and what are their ages? Three, all boys; 20, 17 and 3

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? Excited and privileged.

When did you first feel like a father? When I got my oldest son, Ben, home from the hospital… the first time I held him in my arms, sitting in the nursery glider, looking down at him I cried like a baby. I think it was a couple days before I could hold him without crying. As I write that, I recall thinking when I saw Ben in the delivery room thinking I would do anything for him.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? Deciding to do it again at 57.  I already had two boys and I knew Marie really wanted to be a mother and I knew she would be a fantastic mother.  When I saw Jackson in the delivery room I realized “Oh, my God! This was a fantastic idea!”

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? Having three young men in the world who are here to make a difference, trust life and have fun.

What does it mean to you to be a father? It means I might have gotten done what I was here for… meaning if having the boys was all I accomplished it was enough; but, if I left here without having children, no matter what I accomplished, I’d be incomplete.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? To enjoy life and have it make a difference they were here; to enjoy life; and to trust in the basic goodness of life.

Rodney Anderson, Elder Care business

How many children do you have and what are their ages? I have two sons, 35 and 45.

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? I was excited when I found out I was going to be a father.

When did you first feel like a father? I felt like I was a father the day I found out that she was pregnant.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? The most defining moment was when my son took his first steps towards me.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? Listening to my sons talk about their childhood is always the fun part of being a father.

What does it mean to you to be a father? Being a father to me means that I must always uphold the highest standards to remain my children’s hero.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? The one thing I want for my children is healthy and successful careers and lives.

Kevin Cashman, Software Engineer

How many children do you have and what are their ages? Two daughters, Emerson and Juniper; 3 and 1

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? I was excited, and quite nervous. Especially during the pregnancy, since I felt so useless.

When did you first feel like a father?  Right away! I have always been excited about fatherhood so I was ready to go.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? When we were at Disney World, I was watching the girls while Tierney and our au pair Julie went on Space Mountain. I was carrying Juniper in the baby bjorn and holding Emerson’s hand as she walked next to me. I was very nervous because the park was busy and Emmie kept trying to run in every direction. At one point she tried to run off and I pulled back on her arm, and I ended up giving her a case of Nursemaid’s Elbow. Once Tierney and Julie got off the ride, I handed Juniper to them and carried Emerson, who was sobbing, through the park to the first aid station. It was like something out of a war movie: the parade had just started on Main Street, and it was raining, and I was running through the crowd with this crying girl in my arms. We ended up taking her to urgent care outside the park and the x-ray confirmed it was just Nursemaid’s Elbow, and by then it had gotten better.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? Seeing my daughters’ imagination at work. I also like dressing them up and doing their hair a lot more than I expected.

What does it mean to you to be a father? It means being patient while they figure things out for themselves, and remembering that they don’t really mean it when they act up.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? I hope they’re never limited by my, or anyone else’s, imagination. They’re going to have opportunities that I don’t fully understand and I want to be open-minded and trust them to find their way.

John Clifton, Owner of Clifton’s Heating and Air

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How many children do you have? 4.  They are 31,26,21 and 17.

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? Scared.

When did you first feel like a father? When my oldest, Candace was born.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? Can’t name just one.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? When they are small and they look at you like you’re their everything. So humbling!

What does it mean to you to be a father? It is an awesome undertaking that one commits to as a parent or father. To teach your children about God and unconditional love holds the greatest meaning for me.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? That they will grow up and love the Lord and be loving in their character.

Billy Winningham, Retired English teacher

How many children do you have and what are their ages? Two. Ages 40 and 36. Son is 40 and daughter 36.

How did you feel when you found out you were going to become a father? I felt happy, excited, accomplished, and successful because I always hoped to have children.

When did you first feel like a father? I don’t know exactly when I felt like a father. I think it was when I realized someone was more important than myself and they came first. Their needs became more important to me than mine.

Can you name one defining moment in your experience as a father? The first time I held my kids and gave them their bottles. Also the first night I had to sleep in my recliner with Lee on my chest, which was the only way to shut him up so I could sleep.

What’s your favorite thing about being a father? My favorite thing about being a dad is being told I love you. I feel sorry for people who can’t experience that. Going places and doing things with them is also special.  Being a dad has made me feel successful because it’s my greatest accomplishment and how easily they were to raise/rear made it especially enjoyable. Both of them to me are about as close to perfection as you can get. They both have reached a success plateau in their own lives. That is rewarding to me also. Another great thing about having kids is that by having 2 kids has grown to 5 and I didn’t have to do anything but wallow in the enjoyment.

What does it mean to you to be a father? Being a father means my life. I can’t imagine how dreadful my existence would be without having had them both.

What are your hopes and wishes for your children? My wishes for my children include having their own personal relationships with the Almighty because I believe a person’s relationship with God is just that- personal. It can be different than other’s relationships. God knows our hearts.

There you have it folks.  Twenty one dads with twenty one different prespectives and stories.  I hope you enjoyed reading what all of these dads had to say. There are many experiences dads have throughout their lives.  Each ones holds a special palce in a dad’s heart.

So, thank you to all the dads out there!  Let’s raise a glass to you.

 

 

 

 

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Marie Murphy was raised in East Texas. She got her degree in Family and Child Development and Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2006. Marie worked for the Adult Protective Services as an investigator and then at Community Healthcore as a caseworker. She met her amazingly wonderful husband, Frank, in 2013. She is now a stay at home mama to their beautiful 3-year-old, Jackson; he loves exploring, climbing, being outside and entertaining…to say the least and she has two bonus kids; Ben studying psychology in college and Elliot playing varsity tennis in high school. Marie also takes care of 2 cats, 2 dogs and a fish. She loves being with her family, hosting dinners, laughing, talking with friends, working out, being outdoors, cooking and writing.