Archive for January, 2012

3 Generations…


After 5 years of patiently waiting, I was swore into the Delaware FD. It was a long time of mostly closed doors, some cracked open and others wide open. I couldn’t be happier with the department I ended up at and the company that surrounded me tonight.

It was a great night for the new recruits, including myself, but even bigger for my family. My 9 month pregnant wife, in-laws, and mother were in attendance. Most importantly grandfather(47 yrs at Plain Twp. FD) and father(24 yrs at Bedford FD) were both there to pin my badge.

Most families have 3 or 4 generation pictures when their newest great-grandson, grandson, or son is born. But not many are able to have a 3 generation picture of firefighters. I can’t tell you how proud I am to be in that picture and only hope I can be half the firefighter and public servant my father and grandfather were and continue to be.

I would be blind if I didn’t recognize the “organizer” of this entire process and be thankful and grateful to Lord. These past 5 years only affirms this verse…

Proverbs 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

Best quote of the night was by my grandfather saying ” You have been my grandson 26 yrs but now you are my brother”

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Have I told you lately…


Driving home from Christmas party #1 this song came on. And it hit me. I have been loving “my childs mother.” I get her everything she needs/wants to make her more comfortable and relaxed. Put good food in her belly. Make sure she is toasty and warm, which isn’t much of a problem, she is pregnant. 🙂 Be sure she doesn’t have to carry or lift anything and keep the house nice and clean. And plenty of massages thank you Birthing Class for that one.

But this song hit me with the fact I have been loving my wife as “my daughters mother” 110% but not as “my wife.”

Just another discovery on the way to fatherhood that my life will has already change. It’s just as important for me to love my wife and my daughters mother. Lucky for me they are the same person.

So fellow dads to be and current husbands and father any food for thought?

Who got the dime?


New Years Day is always a sad time since it marks the beginning of all the DEdecorating of Christmas but New Years is one of my favorite holidays because of the traditions.

Of course most of us have pork and sauerkraut with all the belly busting sides to set in for a long nap in front of fire while football plays in the background. But my family big New Years tradition goes back to my Great grandparents in Greece.

THE DIME CAKE

Every year some bakes a type of bread or crumb cake and a dime is place in the batter. The luckily one to get the dime in their piece and hopefully not choke on it is said to have good luck for that year.

Once again I ate about 4 to 5 pieces trying to get the dime but to no a vale. But this year the most appropriate person got the dime. When the wife arrived home from work last night and the cake was 75% gone she had ONE piece and BOOM the dime. As much as hoping to choke on that dime I’m glad the pregnant one found the dime. Who found the dime in your fam?

Cant wait for 2012! Going to be a HUGE year!

2011 Rewind


A few days late but a moment to reflect on the year my family had together…

  • I became closer to 30 than 20 in Feb 😦
  • Of course in May found out my wife was pregnant True Miracle
  • Also in May we celebrated our first year in our first home
  • Started this blog in response to expecting our first child in August
  • Had tragedy in the neighborhood but saw what our community looked like also in August
  • Went on our last couples vacation without kids to Atlantic City in August
  • Found out the child we were expecting was a baby girl and then I had a freak out moment in September.
  • In October went on a “Baby Moon” with my wife to Niagara Falls
  • Made yet another step… this time backwards in a good way in my our church home in November.
  • Launched an I Am Second small group in NE Columbus with a friend in December.

Thats a quick highlight of an amazing year and easily the most exciting news is the upcoming birth of our baby girl in Feb! (hopefully)