In honor of Father's Day, meet 10 guys who have taken their stories from their homes to homepages all around the web

By Alison Schwartz
May 26, 2014 04:50 PM
Dave Engledow

This Father’s Day, we’d like to thank our own dads for all of their corny jokes and words of encouragement – there aren’t that many people who can make us laugh and cry in the same conversation.

Likewise, we’re looking at the fathers who have taken their own stories to homepages all around the web. They, too, have made us pause, smile and, sometimes, even reach for a tissue.

As the father of two biological children and one adoptive child, this man schooled the Internet on one simple rule about talking to adoptive families: “Before you say it, ask yourself this question: ‘Would I say it about a boob job?'”

Dave Engledow

Dave Engledow gave us a playful peek into the dizzying, tiresome and, yes, wonderful world of being a dad for the first time. What started as a silly photo project tracing daughter Alice Bee’s first year of life is now a book.

His daughter gave him a pacifier as a gift, but it takes a minute to sink in. Wait for it.

The full questionnaire posted by Redditor JesadBellic
Courtesy JesadBellic

Interests include food as art/clothing, long yells at the beach and exploring parents’ noses with fingers.

Because it’s possible to love your daughter – just not her taste in music (Rihanna covers), which has been the source of parent-child conflicts since Roman times.

Ben Nunery with his 3-year-old daughter Olivia (left) and Nunery with his wife Ali

Ben Nunery lost Ali, his wife and the mother of his daughter, Olivia, to a rare form of lung cancer in 2011. These photos were intended to honor the loving memories made in the house they shared.

Phillip Toledano
Phillip Toledano

“It’s odd,” Phillip Toledano writes. “There’s how you feel, and then there’s how you think you should feel.”

Jim Zetz and daughter Josie
Lindsey Villatoro/Love Song Photography

Josie Zetz’s father, Jim, has stage IV pancreatic cancer, which means he might not see the 11-year-old’s next birthday, much less her wedding day. Knowing that Jim would likely not be alive to walk Josie down the aisle, a local photographer decided to make a lifelong memory for the father and daughter.

Reference: the older girl’s face at the 0:25 mark.

Courtesy Because I Said I Would
Courtesy Because I Said I Would

With the knowledge that he has just an 8 percent chance of surviving the next five years, Garth Callaghan wrote 826 lunchtime notes for his daughter.