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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Dear Atlas,

It’s me, your Dad.

The time leading up to your arrival has continued to dwindle as the days go by. Your Mom and I both thought you would be here a long time ago, and the wear and tear has begun to accumulate.

I don’t know how other people go through pregnancy, Atlas. From what I’ve heard other people say, paired with what I’ve heard us tell others, I don’t think people are really transparent about the journey of pregnancy.

As your Dad, I’ve experienced countless moments when I’ve had to process my deepest fears, worries, anxieties and pain. I’ve had to look deep into the proverbial mirror at my own soul, realizing it will directly impact the direction yours takes.

I want to give you a safe home environment, Atlas—the kind of place where you always feel safe to be yourself. I want you to live in a place where you never see your parents fight. Ever. I want you to know that your laughter and smiles are just as welcome to us as your tears and frowns.

I’ve wrestled a lot in my life with feeling good enough. Son, it’s one of the worst feelings and one of the hardest to overcome because it makes you feel like there’s something wrong with you. I wish I had been able to convey this to my parents and tell them how I felt, because I couldn’t articulate it until I was an adult.

When you get older, you’ll find that some parts of you don’t really feel grown-up. Pay attention to those parts, Atlas. It’s important to understand which parts of yourself need to be seen, appreciated, and treated like a young child.

This is especially important for your emotions, Atlas. Try giving an adult the grace, love, and compassion you would give a child when they are upset. It’s drastically different from treating them like an adult, which implies they somehow “knew better.”

I don’t have any expectations for you, Atlas. Rather, I am holding my arms wide open for whoever you are, whatever you want to become, and however you choose to do it.

I’m your Dad, and one of the best co-pilots you’ll ever have on your journey, if you allow me to be.



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