Today is my son’s 31st birthday and I wanted to post a few pics on this blog.

Caleb was born in Davenport Iowa five days after Christmas .

When the Doctor Mc Fadden handed my son to me and said, “here is your baby boy”, I was a bit stunned as a young adult.

I remember the feeling as a 20 something not being ready for the responsibility of being a dad.

That might have been the same feeling my dad had years ago when the same doctor delivered me at the same hospital where Caleb was born (pretty cool)…..

I did not know how to be a father when I was 25 years old but some how I got the hang of it.

Father and son December 30th, 1983.

I remember one guy telling me, “A father is a thing that growls when it feels good–and laughs very loud when it’s scared half to death.”

I also remember getting as many books that I could on “How to be a good father”.  All good stuff but nothing compared to the scriptural insight the Bible gave me as I read it each day in my attempt to be a good dad for my new son .

Here are a few thoughts and scriptures that meant so much and helped me big time in my new responsibility as a father.

Well-trained is the son who can hang onto his father’s words (Prov 4:4).
Happy will be the child who cries because his dad loves him (Prov 10:12)
A wise father hates sin in order to love his son.
A good father shows the value of a book as well as a buck.
The dad who wonders how much of a teacher he needs to be would do well to go to the school of Solomon.
The man who finds a good woman should show his son how to avoid a bad one (Prov 2,5,6,7,9).
What a father knows about sex might help his children as much as surprise them (Prov 23:26-8).
A wise son makes a glad dad as much as a foolish one makes a glum mum (Prov 10:1).
Thank God for Fathers who not only gave us life but taught us what to do with it.
If you’re amazed at how hard your dad can make it for you, try it without him (Prov 15:5).

There are so many support tools for families today that we did not have back in the 1980’s.

I think one of the keys to being a successful parent is having the mindset of not just “spending” time with your children but rather “investing” time with them.


My son Caleb has become an amazing young adult and his mom and I are very proud of who he has become.

Thanks Caleb for all you have taught me.

Happy birthday.



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