Why Do I Do This?

My daily inspirations

My daily inspirations.

A lot of people have asked me why I write this blog. Usually, it’s with some sort of incredulous tone, like “why would you share all that personal information??” If you want to know my answer, all you have to do is take a look at my header or at the picture to the right. I do this blog for my daughters. Continue reading

Episode 1 of The Poppin’ Bottles Dad-Cast is In the Books

Not bad for our first day!

Not bad for our first day!

We officially launched the Poppin’ Bottles Dad-Cast this past Sunday and let me just say: it was a blast to do. I’d never done a podcast before and hadn’t ever thought about doing one before, until Ben pitched the idea to me. Go check out Episode One!
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Coming Soon to Papabrownie.com: The Poppin’ Bottles Dad-Cast


I’m excited to announce that coming very soon, possibly as soon as early next week, I, along with Ben from Sketchy Radio will be premiering the “Poppin’ Bottles Dad-Cast”.

We’ll be recording each new episode on Sundays. As we record each new episode, I’ll be posting them here for you to hear. You can also visit our Facebook page. You can follow us on twitter @PBDadCast

This is the premise behind our podcast: A couple of dads podcasting about being dads! Open your ears for some great stories and conversations about all things we dads face on a daily basis.

Both Ben and I are stoked to bring you some great stories, in addition to the ones I write here!

A Healing Breath – One Survivor’s Story

Heather, Cameron, and Lily Von St. James

Heather, Cameron, and Lily Von St. James.

Becoming a parent for the first time is an experience that, for many people, can’t be topped. But, what would you do if three-and-a-half months after having your first child, you were diagnosed with Mesothelioma cancer and given only 15 months to live?

Heather Von St. James was faced with just that reality. Three-and-a-half months after Heather and her husband, Cameron, welcomed their daughter Lily into their family, Heather received the news that she had been diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. That was seven years ago. Continue reading

Convos With My 2-Year Old Mimics My Life

sophia schoolWhen it comes to life with a two-year-old, you know that you’re going to end up having some insane conversations with them, that make no sense, that make you laugh, and many, MANY times are going to make you laugh until you either A) cry B) pee yourself.

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When One Becomes Two and Sleep Becomes None

Sophia reading to Maddie while Maddie sleeps.

Sophia reading to Maddie while Maddie sleeps.

The time was 3:01 am this morning and if it weren’t for the extreme exhaustion of the moment, this post would have been written then. This is what was running through my head at the time: “It’s currently 3:01 am, I just finished feeding Maddie and putting her to bed and am now fighting with a half-asleep-I-need-to-sleep-in-your-bed-and-kick-you-over-and-over-in-the-process Sophia and can hear the faint sounds of a breast pump running through the baby monitor.”

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