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Bravery in the Face of Tragedy: One Mom’s Advice to Parents

Go hug your babies right now. Soak in their smell, look at the innocent sparkle in their eyes that is lost somewhere between childhood and adulthood. Really feel how they squeeze you. Set down your phone and see them through the lens of your eyes not only the lens of your camera. Remember the feeling of their head on your shoulder, their hand in yours, their sloppy kisses on your cheeks. Nurse them one more time. Sleep is overrated. Listen five minutes longer about Star Wars, Minecraft and Disney princesses.

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A Little More About Me

Meet my newest baby, #WhiteTigerThunderzord doesn't she look like the real thing?

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I am a truck driver Commodity Relocation Logistician. Over there (–>) is my truck “White Tiger Thunderzord” in all her beauty. I drive a dedicated lane, which means that I drive the exact same route every trip I take. In my case, I make an average of 4-5 60-mile round trips a night before hanging up White Tiger’s keys in favor of some much coveted sleep.

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Boys’ Day Out and Fatherhood

I love being a father. I have loved it since the moment I found out we were pregnant (because, once conceived, true fatherhood has begun). It has changed me immeasurably for the better. There isn’t a moment that goes by that those little ones aren’t racing around in my mind or on my heart.

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