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June 4th | father's day, features

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16 and we have some perfect gifts designed just for him! Have you found the perfect gift yet?

Your heart is big, your silliness is infectious, your leadership is respected, your courage is heroic! I love the daddy is my hero keychain for Dad from the kiddos.

The Leather Cuff is the perfect everyday piece for Dad. Customize it with a special phrase or the names of his loved ones.

Kick up your legs & dive into a good book. You deserve it. Thank you for all you do, Dad! The Hold that page Bookmark can be personalized with a name, date or meaningful word.

Dad, thank you for your love that always draws me in. Thank you for your kind words and your big hugs. Thank you for putting on that shirt & tie and for putting your heart into all that you do. The shirt & tie magnets are sweet gift that also includes two of our classic customizable round magnets!

From rough and tumble to cuddles on the couch, Dads make our lives fuller and better. Show him how much you care with the we love dad keychain!

The rectangle keychain is the perfect way to remind Dad daily of your love & appreciation for him. Choose a fun phrase and make him smile!

Make sure to get your order in by noon PST, June 10th! I love these sweet keepsakes for Dad. How are you celebrating?


what rocks about being a dad {part 5}

June 14th | father's day

This is the last in the series, what rocks about being a dad! If you are just joining us here you can look back at Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4!

Our dad today is Cameron Ingalls.  We interviewed his lovely wife Anna before Mother’s Day! Cameron is dad to adorable Asher, he is an extraordinary photographer, and he is one of the most generous and kind friends we have.

Cameron, what is your favorite thing about being a dad?

Having my heart size enlarged with love for my boy.

What is one of your proudest moments as a dad? 

My son is only 2 and a half so I can still remember the new days following his birth. I actually pulled him out with my own hands and laid him on his mama’s chest. It was so moving to watch my wife Anna breakdown in tears and say ‘little bear, I’ve waited soooo long to see you.’ The nurses all commented about how alert Asher was. They said he made eye contact they could tell he was so happy.
Once we were home, I took him outside for the first time on a walk around the yard. I began to tell him all that he was seeing. I said, “Look Asher… that’s the sky! Wow; look how great and big it is! Look Asher… thats a tree; a TREE!” I became overwhelmed at the majesty of these complex creations that I daily took for granted. My eyes filled with tears and my heart filled with gratitude. I was overwhelmed with joy at the task of introducing life to my new son.
I guess there isn’t just one moment… It’s all those beautiful moments one by one that unfold each new day since he was born

 What have you learned from your Dad that you want to teach your own kids? 

Work ethic.
Always finish what you start.
Always be prepared. (Boyscout code)
Don’t litter. ha… I remember walking home from the bus stop and throwing a candy wrapper over a fence. Little did I know my dad was driving up behind me to pick me up. Well, he made me go to the neighbor’s house and knock on the door to go get my trash. To this day I just can’t throw or leave trash anywhere!

What is one of your funniest dad moments?

I don’t have one funniest moment… But I’m always amazed at my son’s sense of humor. I love being surprised and laughing out loud when he puts silly putty on his glasses or give me a zurbert on my belly. Asher’s name means “happy”. And since the day he was born people mostly comment about how happy he is. There are so many funny moments that come when we have childlike spirits and are lighthearted. He is helping me to be childlike again with his laughter and joy.

What have you learned from Asher?

To slow down and enjoy this fleeting life. I tend to take things too seriously and Asher (and my wife Anna) have really helped me lighten up. I realize that when my boy is a man he won’t remember all that I accomplished during his childhood, the name I made for myself, all the money I made, all the money I spent, but he will remember the quality time I spent with him. That will shape his heart more than anything else and I don’t want to miss it!

Thank you for sharing with us Cameron! You are such a great Daddy to Asher!
Cameron & Asher were celebrating the everyday with our celebrate cake topper!

With Father’s day approaching tell me – How are you going to celebrate the dads in your life?

what rocks about being a dad {part 4}

June 6th | father's day

 Meet Jon! He is our fourth dad in “what rocks about being a dad” series.
If you missed them you can go back and read about the great dads from Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3!

Jon is a brand new dad! He and his beautiful wife, Valery, just adopted their adorable son from Ethiopia! Jon loves sports, he is a marketing genius, and when spending time with him you can see just how much he loves his son. I’m so excited that he is sharing with us what his journey as a dad has been like so far!

What is your favorite thing about being a dad?  

When Bronson just sits there, with his sweet glassy-eyed grin and I just know he’s taking me in and loving me.  It’s overwhelming to feel such love from a child and at the same time, feel the same way toward him.  Or, when I come home from work and he starts kicking and laughing, smiling and yelling Daddy, Daddy, Daddy!  I can’t get enough!

What have you learned from your Dad that you want to teach your own kids?  

The importance of putting family first and how he always made me feel valued, loved and important because he spent so much time with me.  One of my favorite memories of growing up was when we had absolutely no money, but Dad and I had this tradition where we would go to Wendy’s and split a small, chocolate Frosty.  I loved it so much and always looked forward to it.  Only later in life did I realize that the reason we split a small was because of our financial situation.  But, he still figured out how to make a small thing feel so big and special.  If I can instill one thing from my Dad to my kids, it’s that spending quality time with the ones you love always come before money and career.

What is one of your funniest dad moments?  

We’re still pretty new at this whole thing (only 3 months into it), but one of my funniest dad moments was in Ethiopia, and in the living room of the house that we were renting was this cool coffee table.  I would crouch down on one side and hide from him (who was on the other side) and then slowly crawl around and then jump out and yell ‘Bronson!’.  He would squeal and giggle and laugh so hard and go running to the couch that mommy was on and bury his head into the cushion… laughing the whole time.  We’d repeat this time after time until he got tired, but daddy just couldn’t get enough.  It was shortly after we had taken him from the care center, so to see him opening up like that and starting to show his personality was a priceless gift!

What words of advice would you give to parents considering adoption?  

To go for it!  Don’t let the concerns that creep in steer you away.  Worrying about whether you’ll love them like your biological children, or whether they will have health or developmental issues, or thinking that they might not bond to you all fade away when you make the transition from being stranger to being father, in the truest and deepest sense.  I simply can’t imagine loving another child more than I love Bronson.  Just like with all multiple child families… the love for each child is not more or less, it’s just different.  Adoption is no exception.

The journey is different than the biological journey, but each have their own unique story, both of which are equally amazing.  I look at Bronson as he goes about his day and I feel like he’s always been mine and I’ve always been his.  My world has become his world, and the bond we have is something that I will never be able to duplicate because it is ours.  Adoption is a challenge, sure, but it’s such a blessing.  So many children are out there with no family and no hope of a future.  Adoption is truly the greatest thing that you can do for another person… and I believe the greatest thing that another person can do for you.

And for those who are planning their family who may possibly not be considering adoption, I challenge them to at least consider it.  Do some research.  Talk to other adoptive parents and see if it’s right for you. If not, that’s totally fair… just at least give it some serious thought because the need is real and the blessings you receive as a result are abundant!

What have you learned from Bronson?  

Patience… well, I am trying to learn it, but some times are more difficult than others.  But, when you see this little person, who is so full of life and joy and needs to be taught and guided into the man you want him to be, you learn that it won’t come immediately, but over time, he’ll learn how to live through you… it just takes time.  Through Bronson, I’ve learned to let things slide, to relax and let a situation play out.  Times when he’s most challenging are often the same times when something amazing is going to happen, if I learn to just breathe, relax and wait for the amazing moment to come.  I think a lot of life is that way, and I see the parallels daily.

Thanks Jon! Your family is so so sweet!
Jon is wearing the leather cuff and Valerie is wearing the chosen {adoption} necklace in these photos!

Have you or a friend adopted? Adoption is such a beautiful thing!

what rocks about being a dad {part 3}

May 31st | father's day

Meet Brett, our third dad in our “what rocks about being a dad” series.
You can see the awesome dads from Part 1 and Part 2.

Brett is husband to beautiful Kristen, dad to 3 sweet girls, and owns one of my favorite local coffee shops – the Nautical Bean!

What is your favorite thing about being a dad?

I love being there for these little girls and showing them life. I like taking them on individual “dates” to show them how a lady should be treated.

What is one of your funniest dad moments?

We have a lot of fun. Ok here’s one. I was at a chamber mixer in mission park. Scarlett wasn’t born and I had Zoe and Rozy. We’re hanging by by the fountain and I’m talking to someone and Rozy falls into the water. It was funny and she still talks about falling in that fountain.

What have you learned from your Dad that you want to teach your own kids?

My dad taught me that nothing is free in life. I like that my girls never ask for money, they ask how they can earn money.

What is one of your proudest moments as a dad?

I’ve got a couple of proud moments. I’ll do one per kid.

With Zoe its when she came to work with me when I was between bakers and she baked with me. We didn’t just make a few cookies, we bake over a hundred muffins, sheets of brownies, cooked veggies, cinnamon rolls and more. This was an eight hour shift and she worked hard the whole time.

With Rozy it was when she charged her first hill on a skateboard. I was right there by her and she was so focused on what to do. The funny thing is that she was in Uggs and a skirt. Love that kid.

With Scarlett it’s her heart. Her best friend got cancer and Scarlett was right there with her. She’d go with Autumn to the hospital and love on her friend

What have you things have you learned from having 3 girls?

From having girls I learned how to be more sensitive. Girls need a strong dad that can hold them when they cry.

 Thanks Brett! Your family is absolutely beautiful!
His girls were playing with our whimsical bubble wands!

Share with us: what is one of the funniest dad moments you have witnessed?

what rocks about being a dad {part 2}

May 23rd | family, father's day

As Father’s day approaches we are doing a “what rocks about being a dad” series. You can read Part 1 here! I’m super excited about today’s interview – you’ll see why!!

Our dad today is my husband and the father of my boys – Steve! He is a wonderful husband, an amazing dad, he loves people, cycles for fun, and he runs Lisa Leonard Designs!

What is your favorite thing about being a dad?

I love watching my boys learn and grow. David constantly amazes me with the new ways he interacts with his world. Matthias is this driven little artist who’s always creating new super heroes and challenging the way we look at the world.

What have you learned from your Dad that you want to teach your own kids?

I’ve learned a lot from my dad about the enduring value of wisdom for your family and those around you. I talk with the boys about real wisdom pretty regularly. We’ve even spent some time memorizing Psalm 1:1-4 out of the Bible together.

What is one of your funniest dad moments?

When David was a baby, I was watching him one night while Lisa was out. He was crying and crying and I couldn’t figure out what to do. I patted his back (still a usually effective thing to do!). I gave him gas drops. I vented his G-tube (gone now for years!). I tried playing with him. I rocked him. Finally, I gave him a little medicine, just sure that was going to be the answer. It wasn’t. I was at my wits end. Then Lisa called and I unloaded my exasperation on her. She simply asked, “Have you fed him yet?” “What?? Feed him? You think he’s hungry?” Funny thing—apparently babies need to eat more than every 6 hours. Oooops. (Note: no Davids were harmed in the re-telling of this act of parental stupidity.)

What is one of your proudest moments as a dad?

I heard about Matthias at school the other day…There was a hurt kid on the play ground and the yard teacher sent another kid to get ice while she stayed wit the child. The office wouldn’t let a student have the ice. Matthias was incensed! He couldn’t believe the injustice and lack of respect paid to one of his 8 year old colleagues! He wanted to know, “Does the school mascot say something about the quality of students at the school or not?!” What can I say—that’s my kid!

What things have you learned from your kids?

From David I’ve learned compassion—Lisa’s much more naturally compassion than I am. He’s also taught me the value of a deep belly laugh when we play together. It’s one of my favorite things in the world! Matthias is an example of diligence and hard work. He takes on projects, like making a super hero book for Lisa for Mother’s Day (yes Super Heroes, A-Z with 26 chapters of 2-4 original super heroes per chapter!), and he comes home from school and works on it every day until it’s done. He has a petty amazing work ethic for an 8 year old!


Thanks for sharing Steve! I’m so glad our boys have you as their dad!

Steve really takes the time to listen, play, & build relationships with our boys. I am so thankful for that!
Tell me – what do you think is one important quality for a dad to have?

what rocks about being a dad {part 1}

May 17th | father's day

With Father’s Day coming up I’m interviewing some awesome dads to find out what they love about being a father!

First up is Christan! He has a beautiful wife and two little boys, he loves to create things and take photos, and he is one of our managers at Lisa Leonard Designs. Christan always has a smile on his face–as you read on, you’ll see what a devoted father and husband he is!

What is one of your proudest moments as a dad?

Some men are born knowing exactly what they want to be, and exactly what they want to do & I guess I am no different. The one thing I have always been confident in is knowing that I was made to be a dad. So, while I had no idea who my son was the day he was born, I was proudest the day he made me his dad. He hasn’t stopped making me proud since….most days!

What have you learned from your Dad that you want to pass down to your kids?

Integrity.  There isn’t a particular time when my dad had a conversation with me about being a man of your word, he just acted it out;  I want my boys to see me the same way. I want them to see me as a man of honor and integrity and more importantly, I want them to want that for themselves.

What things have you learned from your kids?

Recently it’s how many children songs there are!  Each week it seems like I hear Ashton singing a song about planets, animals or this weeks song: “the continent song”.   For those of you who are not familiar, here is how it goes: “North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, Don’t forget Antarctica, Or way down under in Australia.  Tell me the continents, tell me the continents if you can!”

What is one of your funniest dad moments?

Hearing my son translate the world he hears into his own concepts! One of the times I have laughed the hardest is when we were wrestling (as Dad’s do). He apparently wasn’t too fond after a while and screeched, “Be careful daddy! I’m not a toy!”

Being a father is easy, being a dad is hard. I hope my boys know the love I have for them, the adoration I have for being their dad, and the intention at which my wife & I parent them. One of the greatest lessons I have learned from Rick Warren is that we are responsible to our children not for our children. As God as done for me, I will show my boys the way and then I hope they choose to embrace the love that is around them for themselves.

Thank you Christan! You are a wonderful daddy!
Pictured above were the baby’s first spoon and custom magnets!

Your turn, what is one thing you learned from your Dad that you want to pass on to your kiddos or live out in your own life?