William Gilbert: Today’s Oral-B / Life of Dad #PowerofDad Pappy of the Day

Our Pappy’s of the Day just keep on coming!  They are all so amazing in their own ways and I have been super inspired by them all.  Honoring Dads is important and I hope this campaign will make you want to honor the good Dad in your own life!

Today’s Pappy is William Gilbert!  He was nominated by his wife Ali (who has an awesome site over at Mom Explores Virginia Beach) and her words say it all!


He works for Hewlett Packard and is super great with computers. He also does the multimedia at our church. He is a wonderful dad to our almost 2-year old daughter.

He takes her to the park, reads books to her, and sits and watches Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with her. He has really gone above and beyond with being the best father he can be! I am so proud of him:)


And one more picture because it is GREAT!




Rod Phelps: Today’s Oral-B / Life of Dad #PowerofDad Pappy of the Day

Rod is my God-Father. Not in the mobster kind of way, although he would do anything for me, but in the second Dad super close kind of way.

Through everything that has gone on, Rod has been a rock. It hasn’t always been easy, but he has stood firm and always been someone everyone could depend on.

I’m honored to get to recognize him, because he deeply deserves it.




Here is what is son, Ben, had to say:


Rod Phelps is a great dad who is, and has always been, here for our family.

He is a gentle, compassionate, 6ft 3in, mountain of a gently compassionate man.
He puts the care of others before himself and would have it any other way.
Hands down, the best dad in my town.
We love you Rod!

Stephen Wolfe: Today’s Oral-B / Life of Dad #PowerofDad Pappy of the Day

Today’s Pappy of the Day is Stephen Wolfe.

I have to admit, Stephen is a friend of mine.  He also gives some of the best parenting advice around.  Trust me, if you need to be talked off the ledge, Stephen is the person to do it.




He is amazing with his kids, but like they said on Reading Rainbow, you don’t have to take my word for it.

Here is what his wife Susie had to say:


Stephen is more than a good dad. He knows his children. He can do more than name our four kids favorite colors. He truly knows each of them. He takes time to listen to them. He doesn’t just pretend to care, he really does care. When our children go to their dad they know their is nothing that can remove his love for them.

He is a soft place to land.

He prays with them when they are struggling and leads them to Jesus. There have been countless times in frustration during parenting that we have gone to God in prayer over our children. He knows that God has the answers and loves our children more than we do. 

Stephen is constantly taking care of the physical and emotional needs of myself and the kids. Stephen thinks of the needs of others before he considers his own. When I am with my husband I feel like the most beautiful woman in the room. He supports my devotion to be a stay at home mom and says I have the most important job in the family. He works hard to see that we have what we need financially to raise our children from home.

I know that he has made many sacrifices, and I know that someday my children will do the same for their children because of his example.

Our kids- Emma, Elijah Lily, and Laurel are blessed beyond measure to have such a kind,humble, and honorable man as their father.


Congrats to Stephen!  A truly deserving Pappy of the Day!

Britt Gillette: Today’s Oral-B / Life of Dad #PowerofDad Pappy of the Day

Today’s Pappy of the Day is Britt Gillette.

Britt was nominated by his wife, Jenn, and his kids.

After reading what she has to say about him, you will know he is the kind of Dad that you want to emulate!




God answered my prayers the day that I met Britt.  It was the day that my life began.  The best part of our day is when he walks through the front door after work.  To hear the kids giggle and squeal and run and give him hugs melts my heart.  He is a man of unshakable faith, dignity, honesty, and wisdom.  He is the kind of man that I want our daughter to someday marry, and the kind of man that I want our son to grow up to be.

Big props to Britt for showing everyone he meets the #POWERofDAD

Zac Coburn: Our First Oral-B / Life of Dad #PowerofDad Pappy of the Day

The Purposeful Pappy is thrilled to announce that I am partnering with Oral-B and Life of Dad for their #PowerofDad Father’s Day Campaign.  Lots of exciting things are going to be happening here.

I am MOST excited about my Pappy of the Day series that will be appearing every day between now and Father’s Day.  Each day I will feature a great Dad who was nominated by someone in his life that has noticed how amazing he is!


Our first Pappy of the Day is Zac Coburn.


Zac was nominated by his wife Jane.  Here is what she has to say about him:


Zac is such an amazing father that it’s going to be hard for me to even put it into words. Not only does he work full time, but he goes to school part time, all so that he can provide more for the family. Even as busy as he is (and I’m sure tired too), he still has all the energy in the world to run around with the kids when I go to work. He is the most genuine, caring, selfless guy there is out there, and he deserves all the credit in the world.


Keep Fathering Zac! Congrats on being Pappy of the Day and showing everyone the true #PowerofDad!!

Fatherhood is a Septic Tank

Yes, I am about to compare fatherhood to a septic tank, but stick with me for a moment because it all meshes together very well in the end.

I love to work in my yard.  Now that it is summer I am out there all of the time.  We just got a free trampoline off of craigslist and I can’t get my kid off it. Living out here in the middle of nowhere you have to create your own entertainment, and part of how I entertain myself is by working in my yard.  My flowers are blooming, the mulch is fresh, and my grass is green.  

To the side of one of the two huge trees in my yard, nestled beautifully in the shade, is a large patch of grass that is so thick and lush that it makes the rest of my yard pale in comparison. I love to cut that spot because when it is all the same size and free of clippings I can almost imagine my whole yard looking like that.

As I was cutting my back half acre, I kept pondering that patch of grass. Why is it so green? Why so thick? Then I realized…poop!

Living here in the country we don’t have city sewage, we have septic.  Now if you aren’t familiar with a septic system, and I will save you the gory details, but what happens is that your poop sits in a large tank while it is eaten by bacteria, then slowly leaches back in to the earth via your drain field.  

That patch of grass is in my drain field.


I know you must be wondering where this is going, and no it has nothing to do with dirty diapers. Parenthood is a drain field. You take all the ickey, annoying, frustrating things about having a small human that depends on you for EVERYTHING, you process it through your experience, time, love, and compassion and pray that it makes the little patch of grass you created thicker, lusher, and happier than all the grass around it.

Like my septic tank, parenting isn’t always pretty. But in the end, something that isn’t always bright and shiney will have a part of creating something beautiful and lasting.