Hometown: Findlay, Originally from Midland, TX
Children: Colin (14), Izzy (13)
What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids? My favorite activity is simple: Time together as a family. Everyone is busy trying to balance their lives between work, family, school events, community and church activities, and the other demands society places on all of us. Time passes quickly and seems to go by faster every year. I have been blessed with a wonderful family and spending time together as a family is my favorite activity.
How would you spend your ideal Father’s Day? My ideal Father’s Day sounds easy – spending the day with my family without any distractions, commitments or the dreaded “honey do” list (just kidding Alice).
What is the most memorable gift/gesture you’ve received on Father’s Day? The best Father’s Day gift was the birth of our two kids, Colin and Izzy. After that, every day is a Father’s Day to me.
What advice would you give to your kids about growing up in the years to come? Take advantage of all your opportunities and enjoy the moment. You only get one life so make it count. Find your passion and relentlessly pursue it, and you will live a great life. Always remember your parents want the best for you. Most importantly be kind.
What has fatherhood taught you? I never realized the responsibility that comes with being a parent. In my opinion, there is no greater responsibility or greater joy in life. As a parent you will impact your family for generations. You shape your children’s character and how they see the world around them. What an awesome responsibility. Just thinking about it makes me a bit nervous. I’m far from a perfect parent and lucky to have Alice as my partner who makes me a better person, which is a big job also.
Children: Josh (7), Noah (2), Eli (2) and baby boy #4 due in August
What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids? Wrestle! My boys think wrestling with Dad is the greatest event of all time. It is something they enjoy and it gives me the opportunity to teach them limits like “don’t sit on your brother’s head!”
How would you spend your ideal Father’s Day? Right now, we would stay at the house, wrestle, and play. Everyone would take naps, including me, and maybe we would have a project to do together. When my boys are older, I want to go golfing; I already have a 4-some built into the family.
What is the most memorable gift/gesture you’ve received on Father’s Day? My wife and oldest son, Josh, made me a poster that has Josh’s handprints and a poem on it. The poem reminds me that Josh is learning to live his life by my example. It hangs on the wall in my office as a reminder every day that our kids learn by what they hear and see us do; not what we tell them to do.
What advice would you give to your kids about growing up in the years to come? More than anything, I want my boys to have confidence in everything they do. To achieve that, I will remind them that failure is not the end; failure is the beginning of an adventure to better yourself. And, if you accept failure as a chance to learn, then you will always succeed because you will not make the same mistake twice.
Child: Charlie (7)
What’s your favorite thing to do with your son? Play LEGOs and Minecraft, bounce on the trampoline.
How would you spend your ideal Father’s Day? Have Charlie wake me up, have breakfast together, go to church, call my dad, nap in my man cave, and go out for a great family dinner.
What is the most memorable gift/gesture you’ve received on Father’s Day? Charlie and Jen made me a “Happy Father’s Day” t-shirt when Charlie was two that has his handprints in different paint colors all over it.
What advice would you give to your kids about growing up in the years to come? Love God first. Serve others. Don’t be afraid to fail. Giving up easily is not an option. We all learn from our mistakes.
What has fatherhood taught you? To be less selfish, but also more humble, knowing that I have the honor and privilege of raising our son together as husband and wife.
Hometown: Findlay, since 1998 when we
were transferred from Russell, KY
Children: Meredith Casey Hardt (33) and
Megan Casey (35)
What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids? Spending time together. Even though they are now adults with responsibilities, if they are not able to be here in Findlay, they make every effort to make sure that the day is celebrated. When they were children, they wanted to make cards (homemade normally) which was something to look forward to.
How would you spend your ideal Father’s Day? The ideal Father’s Day has changed over time but even now the important thing would be to spend time together. A cookout on the grill, even if I had to cook, would be great.
What is the most memorable gift you’ve received on Father’s Day? Gifts have a tendency to be forgotten but the homemade cards and treats made with Mom’s help will always be favored.