As Jewel and husband Ty Murray get the nursery ready for their baby boy, due July 6, one question remains: Will their little joy – who will be their first – be a mini country crooner like Mom, or a rodeo-riding cowboy like Dad?
Well, that’s for him to decide, Murray, 41, says.
“In [Jewel’s] profession, one in every 10 million make it, and in my sport, it’s so dangerous,” the father-to-be tells PEOPLE. “The thing we try to remember is that it’s not up to us – it’s up to him. We just want to be good, loving parents, and help him decide what his passions are.”
This is a role Murray won’t be taking lightly. The couple, who wed in 2008, have been trying to have a baby for two years. They’re both at a point in their lives where they’re ready to start a family, he said, and “it’s just a miracle.”
“To have achieved our dreams and goals – it’s nice,” he said. “And now that we got that out of the way, we feel more settled down and mature.”
So what kind of father will Murray be? Just like his own, he said hopefully.
“My dad, to this day, is the biggest influence on my life that I’ve ever had,” Murray said. “He always led his life as an upstanding man, and that’s my goal – to do that for my kid.”