Embrace the Manliness

Happy June, everyone! Summer is here and with it the carefree days that we look forward to all year. It’s time to kick back, have a beer, and enjoy that porch swing or hammock that is too often neglected. And don’t forget, Father’s Day is June 17th!

Speaking of fathers, our men’s issue celebrates quite a few outstanding Northland dads. Whether it’s Parkville resident Marco Rabello or new granddad Kevin Trimble, there are definitely men out there that are showing us how fatherhood should be done. They are involved, loving, and thrilled to be a part of their kids’ lives, something that one seems all too seldom these days.

I’m blessed to have a great father in my house, my husband, Aaron Leimkuehler. Our daughter, Iris, is rapidly becoming a daddy’s girl and the best Menard’s sidekick he could ask for. I’m so blessed to have a married a man that is wholly devoted to being involved in our child’s life, from diaper duty to reading time to introducing her to the wonderful world of vintage Disney.

And I’m excited to announce that he’ll have even more opportunity to be a great dad when our second daughter is born in the fall. Yes, it will be a long, hot summer for me but it will all be worth it when Iris gets to meet her little sister. Family is an amazing gift and one that we should be grateful for. I know that I am.

Happy father’s day to all the men out there doing the hard work of being a good role model, to your kids or the children of others. You are truly appreciated!