DIY Massage Shirt of Dad’s Favorites

Father's Day is this weekend, and I've been thinking long and hard on what to create that would be perfect for dad to enjoy with the boys. After being inspired by this awesome massage shirt, I decided a similar craft would make a great Father's day gift idea, but with a personal twist: I would include all of dad's favorite things on the shirt. Dad can relieve muscle tension as cars roll up and down his back and get an awesome keepsake to remember a few of his favorite things. To start, I made sure I got the okay to use one of his white t-shirts and gathered a large sheet of drawing … [Read more...]

Letters from Daddy 5/1/12

{Letters from Daddy are a series of letters from expectant father to son, on what it means to be a man.} Dear Chili, I woke up this morning, much like any other morning. I got up out of bed, gave it a good stretch, and caught a glimpse of your beautiful mother, wrapped up in blankets like a burrito with a baby bump.  I couldn’t help but stare at her for a few moments, thinking to myself, “I am one of the luckiest men alive.” I love your mom.  More importantly, I’m IN love with your mom.  Then, straight out of a Talking Heads song, I ask myself, “Well, how did I get here?” The … [Read more...]

Letters from Daddy 4/28/12

{Letters from Daddy are a series of letters from expectant father to son, on what it means to be a man.} Commitment Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality You can hear it spoken in words of bold intention You can feel it in actions that speak louder than words Commitment is making time when there is none It is coming through Time, after time, after time It is the fuel that sustains your spirit against all odds It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism Of excellence over mediocrity Of hope over despair You can see it as a light in the darkness when all … [Read more...]

Letters from Daddy 3/15/12

{Letters from Daddy are a series of letters from expectant father to son, on what it means to be a man.} Dear Chili, I want to tell you something that you should not be afraid of saying.  You might be embarrassed to say it, but not always.  Saying it can be frustrating, but at times, necessary.  Acknowledging it should drive your curiosity, and fuel your efforts to avoid having to say it more than once in response to any question.  What is this saying; the “it” I’m continuing on about? It’s a very plain phrase that too many people have trouble saying nowadays: “I don’t know.” By … [Read more...]

Letters from Daddy 2/22/12

{Letters from Daddy are a series of letters from expectant father to son, on what it means to be a man.} Dear Chili, As I anxiously await your arrival, my mind is filled with past memories, moments, and choices that have shaped my life significantly.  Two concepts spring to mind; understanding them will help you as you mature, as you face the many decisions that will determine who you are.  First, know that once a decision is made, it cannot be unmade without consequence.  Do not fear this fact of life; embrace it.  For good or ill, any choice you make will invariably affect your future … [Read more...]

Letters from Daddy 1/24/12

{Letters from Daddy are a series of letters from expectant father to son, on what it means to be a man.} Dear Chili, As I live and breathe today, you are still about four months away from emerging into this world to take your very first breath.  You will find yourself born into a world very different than mine, at least as of the writing of this letter.  It will be a world different to anything I have experienced, because you will be in it.  You are the difference.  Your life will be the one to change my world, and all those who may come to know you.  You carry, in your very being, all … [Read more...]

Letters from Daddy 1/15/12

{Letters from Daddy are a series of letters from expectant father to son, on what it means to be a man.} Dear Chili, 2012 is gearing up to be the most amazing of my life. Perhaps it's fitting that the year you are to be born is "The Year of the Dragon".  Even more interesting is the paranoia surrounding the "end" of the Mayan calendar this year.  Some easily suggestible folks believe the world might end this year, but do not count me among them.  2012 is the year the world BEGINS for you; it is the year you are unleashed upon this world, to represent the Taney name and tradition.  You … [Read more...]