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The Way I View “Fatherhood”


I grew up primarily in a home of women: For much of my childhood, it was just my Mom, my sister, and I. So when I met my husband-to-be, I didn’t know what was realistic to expect from a father, but I certainly had built an ideal in my head as to what I wanted for my children. And Tom has by far exceeded those expectations! From the moment we found out I was pregnant, he has been a wonderful dad to our little girl. He is sweet and kind, and all kinds of fun! He is great at playing with Emily (something I have never been very good at), and he is completely full of the lame dad jokes that he is certain are funny and that make us laugh just because he’s so convinced of their humor. He happily does all the things that a lot of dads would cringe at, like changing baby diapers; adorning himself with jewels while playing Pretty Pretty Princess with a toddler; year after year designing and then carving the most spectacular Halloween pumpkins EVER; watching tons of kid (and even girly) TV and movies; making the best beef stroganoff in the world; and reading and then seeing The Hunger Games with an enthusiasm that almost rivaled hers. He never misses important events at school or in music, and he cheerfully takes us to Disneyland time after time after time.








Tom is the most wonderful father I ever could have hoped for for our daughter, and we both feel so lucky that he is OURS! We love you, Tom!


Please continue on in our little group to see how the fabulously talented Leah Cook views “Fatherhood”!

  • Anne - July 2, 2012 - 6:09 am

    Oh Jessica, these have put such a big smile on my face ! The third photo of Todm and Em in the water made me squeal ! Look at them, and Em with her adorable smile, oh my goodness !
    I think Tom has many things in common with Hervé, especially when it comes to playing games and cooking delicious meals, two things he does much better than me ! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Leah Cook - July 2, 2012 - 7:28 am

    what a wonderful life!!! their smiles are infectious and it’s so easy to feel their love. beautiful post, Jessica!!ReplyCancel

  • gigi - July 2, 2012 - 8:19 am

    I find it hard to believe you aren’t amazing at playing with E. 😉 Tom looks like a fabulous dad – I love each and every one of these! The teacup photo even made me a little queasy…it’s THAT good! 🙂ReplyCancel

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  • christina - July 2, 2012 - 8:49 am

    I just love when you include older photos in your posts <3 #3 and the second to last are my absolute favorites –you can feel their joy and love!!ReplyCancel

  • Cary - July 2, 2012 - 9:23 am

    So fabulous, love the mention of the “dad” jokes, totally able to relate as we’ve got a joker here too surrounded by girls 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Holly Thompson - July 5, 2012 - 12:06 am

    Jessica, these photos brought tears to my eyes. You are SO lucky to have such an amazing husband and father. I love love love the photo of Em taking a photo of Tom (#4)… you’ve always been an emotive photographer. Incredible post, just wonderful! <3ReplyCancel

  • Heather T. - July 6, 2012 - 1:08 am

    What a wonderful tribute to your husband!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Lane - July 6, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    How lovely! Emily is a very lucky girl!ReplyCancel

  • Beira - July 13, 2012 - 6:07 pm

    Beautiful! So special that your daughter has such a wonderful father.ReplyCancel