About Me

Born in Columbus, OH. One of six children. I’m a new Dad, and created this site for my son, Atlas.
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3/20/21

Dear Atlas,

It’s me, your Dad.

Time seems like it’s flying by, and I can’t help but get more excited about all the moments we will share as a family.

For many years, I fought the idea of having a family. Coming from a large one, I sometimes questioned whether a family was the solution I was looking for in my life.

I feared a loss of independence, and of . . . me-ness, as if somehow, I’d come up short every day if I had children.

Now that you’re on the way, I realize I had it all wrong. I’m not losing something in myself, but gaining something incredible with you, your Mom, and the “us” that will be our family. Us.

One of my own fears is being alone, Atlas. I think many other people feel that way, too. My own fear of being alone comes from the belief that I have something to offer somebody and want to receive something from another. That idea is also at the root of having a family; I truly believe I have something to offer you with my life, time, and love.

Tools for the job, Atlas. I hope that’s what I can offer you: examples, lessons, and conversations to help you shape your own life. My Dad gave me tools to create my own life, Atlas.

For years, I’ve lived, worked, and existed from my heart (though my head was sometimes far up where the sun don’t shine), and it’s largely been because I’ve had lessons—and tools—passed down to me from those I love. Especially from my Dad.

Dads have a special connection with their children. However, there’s something particularly special about the connection a Father has with his Son. This connection is something I’m excited to share with you.

Just so you know, this doesn’t mean I dream of doing only “manly” things with you or that I even have gender-specific boxes for activities. What I look forward to sharing is a mutual understanding of what it means to be a man, as a man. In this way, I hope I’ll be able to help you understand the world and never feel alone or misunderstood.

Today’s another special day for you, for us: we’re having a photo shoot together, as a family.

I can’t wait to show you the pictures and read these notes to you. Somewhere, someday.

I love you,

Dad

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