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Job-Searching Parent

I recently began searching for a new job within my company. For a variety of reasons I felt it was time for a change, and my family was at the front of my mind during the process. I’ve decided to write about some of my thoughts during this process, and I’m interested to hear what other parents think about the job search process when they have a family to support.... Read More »

Thanksgiving 2011 – What I’m Thankful For

It’s that time of year again when we are reminded to be thankful for the blessings in our life. This year is very different than every other Thanksgiving I’ve celebrated because this time I am and father. And on this, the first Thanksgiving as a parent, I’ve created a list of the top 5 things I am thankful for at this moment.... Read More »

Record Videos…Early and Often

I’ve already posted about photo ideas for new parents in which I expressed how I truly enjoy capturing the “Kodak” moment in a photograph. And I must say that recording videos of my baby girl is just as fun and exciting as the photography for me. But unfortunately I have only taken a few videos in her first 7 months, and really wish I had taken more. With the ability to quickly upload on my computer or share on YouTube, I can easily have... Read More »

8 Photo Ideas for New Parents

One of the true joys of being a father is the opportunity to capture the perfect moment in a photo. Before our daughter Abby was born, I was determined to get a new digital SLR camera that would last for many years and capture moments throughout her childhood. So far I’ve captured several pictures that I just love, and there are so many more that I look forward to taking as time goes on. Below is a listing of 8 photo ideas... Read More »

Getting Started on Your Child’s First Scrapbook

After our daughter was born, the first mother’s day gift she “gave” her mother was a scrapbook of those first couple months. (I know some of you are thinking “isn’t scrapbooking for women?” Well, I’ve always enjoyed crafts and this is no different, so get over it. This dad is gonna scrapbook). I wanted to start one for her so we could capture all the memories of childhood and one day pass along to her. By using and repurposing some of... Read More »

Expectations for Your Child

When our daughter was born, it didn’t take but a few hours for me to start planning out the successful life she would have. I was modestly thinking that she could very well be the first astronaut, turned doctor, turned US President. That’s not too much to ask, right? And while I do hope that she has great success in her life professionally, I think it’s worth describing the girl and woman I hope and pray my daughter becomes. Here... Read More »

Changes in a New Parent’s Life

en with everyone saying “your life will change completely,” I think most parents aren’t really aware of just how true that statement is. So I’ve listed out some of the ways that our lives have changed with the addition of our daughter to the family. ... Read More »

10 Must-Have Baby Items

Here are some of the must-have baby items that I think all new parents will love. So to all the new parents, and to those preparing for parenthood, please take note of these. From play mats to cameras, these are the first ten things I know to recommend.... Read More »

Early Fatherhood: Lessons Learned

Though I’ve only been a father for about 5 months now, I’ve learned some valuable lessons that I feel all new and expectant fathers should know. 5 months, 5 lessons learned:... Read More »

Single Parent…I Can’t Imagine

When I found out I would be a daddy, I can honestly say I underestimated the amount of effort it would take to take care of my baby girl. Even with the parenting classes, videos, articles, and constant barrage of parenting advice during my wife’s pregnancy, I didn’t realize how my life would change. That being said, the stresses my wife and I have faced certainly can’t compare with that of a single parent. So I’d like to count my blessings, and... Read More »
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