Fatherhood

Fatherhood

Today I’m celebrating my first Father’s Day.  I’m looking forward to it, but I have to admit that I feel a little selfish.  Since my son Caelan was born just 10 weeks ago I’ve felt like the luckiest man in the world.  I honestly think I should be celebrating him, not the other way around. Earlier this week a friend asked how I was feeling about fatherhood.  Specifically, he wanted to...

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A Message To Our Mothers

A Message To Our Mothers

Mother, During those early, dearest days I did not dream that you had A large life which included me, For I had a life Which was only you. ~Maya Angelou   I love my life. I can honestly say I’m living the life of my dreams.  It’s a life I have worked hard to build for myself, but it’s not just a product of my efforts.  I also recognize how much help I’ve had along the way.  I’m...

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It’s a boy!

It’s a boy!

I have a son!  Caelan Ellwood Billows, was born at 1:01 AM on Friday, April 8th.  My wife, Tracy, and Caelan, are both doing incredibly well. I expected that after Caelan’s birth I would be inspired to write epic posts here at Stop & Breathe.  And I am inspired.  I could write endlessly about the magic of childbirth, the instant love I felt for Caelan the moment he was born, how...

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Have You Tended To Your Nest?

Have You Tended To Your Nest?

My first child is due to arrive in just four days.  Throughout the pregnancy I have been amazed with the transformation my wife has undergone.  There was the expected physical change, but the most fascinating for me were the emotional and instinctual changes.  This past weekend my wife suddenly requested that I organize every closet in our home while she cleaned all of the baseboards.  We...

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A Call To Men On International Women’s Day

A Call To Men On International Women’s Day

I have been blessed with incredible women in my life.  Without my wife, mother, grandmother, sister, family and friends – all amazing women in their own ways – I would not be the person I am today.  I am grateful to them on a personal level, but also for the contributions they’ve made to the world at large as women. Today is International Women’s Day, and on this day I have a message...

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