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Can it get much better?

After my first fathers day I’m not sure it can get much better! From enjoying a great time with my daughter as age made me a garden stone to celebrating Leah’s dedication to the Lord. It was great to have my family together in Columbus. It’s rare that happens unless it’s a Saturday in the fall #BuckeyeNation. Continue reading


My sports dream for my daughter


Over the past weekend my father and I enjoyed the OHSAA state track meet a tradition I have greatly enjoyed for the past 9 yrs. Recently I have pictured my daughter running certain events and competing at the highest level of the sport. But witnessing this incredible story just a few feet away changed my mind on my wish for her sports career. Continue reading

Fatherhood is not for Sissies

Some great quotes from a book I received…

“Fatherhood Is Not For Sissies”

  • I felt something impossible for me to explain in words. Then when they took her away, it hit me. I got scared all over again and began to feel giddy. Then it came to me. I was a father. – Nat King Cole
  • When Dad cant get the diaper on straight, we laugh at him as though he were trying to walk around in high-heel shoes. Do we ever assist him by pointing out that all you have to do is lay out the diaper like a baseball diamond, put the kid’s butt on the pitcher’s mound, bring home plate up, then fasten the tapes at first and third base? – Michael K. Meyerhoff
  • Raising kids is part joy and part guerrilla warfare. – Ed Asner
  • To become a father is not hard; to be a father is, however. – William Busch
  • A baby has a way of making a man out of his father and a boy out of his grandfather. – Angie Papadakis
  • One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. -Old English Proverb
  • Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories. – John Wilmot
  • Steve was terrible in chemistry and I’d try helping him with his homework. Once, when he got a D in the subject, he came home and said, “Dad. you flunked.” – Arnold Spielberg
  • My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.”- Harmon Killebrew
  • People who say they sleep like babies usually don’t have them. – Leo J. Burke
  • A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a women he turns her back again. – Enid Bagnold
  • One night a father overheard his son pray, “Dear God Make me the  kind of man my Daddy is.” Later that night, a father prayed, “Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be.” – Unknown
  • You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. – Franklin P. Jones
  • If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm. – Bruce Barton

One Lump Or Two?

I love tea! I have become quite the tea fiend lately. But recently I found myself saying things like “One lump or two?” “Would you like a crumpit with that sleeptime?” and raising my pinky when I take a sip.

Yup I think Im preparing myself for all the tea parties in the future I will be having with my princess.

Any good recommendations on tea? Flavors? Brands?

Our First Dance…

I cant even write any words to describe this moment so Ill just let the song play…

My Sweet “Leah Belle”

Where do I even begin? The absolute most amazing time I have and probably will ever have occurred this past week. The much anticipated birth of our baby girl.

You don’t believe the time has finally come do you?

Neither did I. When my wife tried waking me up at around 2AM to tell me her water broke, I half asleep tried to insist “Just go back to bed. You probably peed yourself.” Once I came to the ridiculousness of that I ended running around saying “Wheres my bag????” Of course my wife responded “You don’t have one. I told you to pack one” CRAP! But we managed and still got to the hospital in plenty of time.

My good friend and recent Dad told me how “amazing” it is what your wife can do. I believed and trusted him but I thought ya I know she is amazing that’s why I married her. But the entire laboring process just drove the point home to me on what he was trying to say.

5 hrs of walking the halls attempting to progress the labor, epidural issues causing it not to work until just two hours before birth and working thru all that to 7cm before any pain relief, 16 hrs of labor, and of course pushing our precious girl into this world. Thru all that is where my eyes widened to see what my wife handled so well. Doing all this while I encouraged her to try to hold on just 6 more hrs until my birthday.

But lil Leah wanted me to know that she will always be “number 1” and she wanted her own birthday, 2-1-12. Pretty sweet number sequence.

As always God is faithful, his timing is perfect and the supporting staff were amazing. He watched over her throughout the pregnancy and when she came out wearing 2 necklaces and a bracelet (Cord wrapped around her head twice and arm). And if I had one wish for my baby girl it would be…

3 John 1:4
I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.

Like my wife said “words can’t describe the feeling.” And alot of people throw that around for alot of different life events but this is IT! As it all unfolded tears poured down my face and laughter came bursting out. It was just so surreal! And when she first opened her beautiful eyes and looked at me she claimed my heart forever.

Leah Gayle Neading


7lbs 11oz

20 in long

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?