Hello and welcome to my “Historic Dad” blog. Clearly, as a first time dad, I am anything but historic; however I felt it was a great attention grabber and a creative play on words because I am a high school history teacher by profession.
So, how about a little information about me. I am married to a wonderful woman, Desiree, who has made me a more complete individual. And if I am being completely honest, she clearly has a charitable side marrying a five and a half foot bald guy who is definitely past his physical prime of his soccer playing days back in college. In other words, it is really nice to have someone marry you for the person you are! We recently celebrated our second wedding anniversary and had our first child together. Our precious Elliana is just over seven months of age and is already showing the fiery attitude that I’ve possessed my entire life. I will be sharing the journey of fatherhood with you in my “Daddy Duty” section of my blog. It will range from basic experiences of the do’s and don’ts of parenting (hopefully more of the do’s…) all the way to what products I have found most useful during this journey.
I grew up in a military family, traveling often during my early days as a child before settling down in Dayton, Ohio. My parents are devout Christians and I credit the values taught to me and that I live by daily to them. I went to Westminster College in a small little Amish community called New Wilmington, where I received my Bachelor’s in History and a Master’s in Education. I feel my strength is in the connection that I create with kids where they know I care for their future and it doesn’t hurt that I am full of nerdy history energy and cheesy pun-based humor. I have been a high school social studies teacher and boy’s high school soccer coach for the past ten years in northwestern Pennsylvania.
So why am I randomly starting a blog at 33? Why not? I spend most of my days around high school kids so in my professional career, there is little time for conversation about what is going on in the world around me. My wife insists that I am hilarious and that people would love to follow my experiences through marriage and fatherhood. Since my wife is the smartest person I know who am I to argue with her expertise?!?! This seems like a fun outlet to share experiences with others, talk about raising kids in the modern world and take this journey together through the twenty-first century.