My dream as a child was to become a Pilot, not a single father. As a non-believer at 17 years old, I had my own apartment, 3 jobs, and I went to high school and college. Then my car caught on fire, so it left me with just my bicycle. I left school shortly after that. I got with the wrong crowd and did what they did. Then I moved to Florida with a hundred dollars, and lived in a tent for three months. Eight months later, I came home driving a F350, and I had all new furniture. I learned that with hard work, you can achieve anything. Now in my early twenties, I worked in the oil field and other places. I had the lifestyle I wanted - money, trucks, cars, and motorcycles - but I never held on to anything. I met Guinevere’s mother in my mid-20s, the same way I met every other woman - on a dance floor. That dance led me to standing in front a Judge. That Judge ordered me to FOCUS for Fathers classes. There, I identified why I could never hold on to anything. I lacked a solid foundation, communication skills, and many quality traits. I became very aware of how invaluable my role as a father is. During those 10 weeks, FOCUS filled the cracks in my foundation. Realization set in, and I was handling every struggle just as my parents and grandparents had done. I was continuing my family cycle. No excuses moving forward, because I made every choice in life. If I wanted change, I had to be the change. Not just for myself, but I had another life I was responsible for. I was not going to allow Guinevere to have the same struggles or feel the same pain I did due to weak a foundation. I was no longer just going through life, I was growing through life. Over the past two years, I have continued to accomplish one single goal every day. That goal is to learn something new every day. Guinevere now has a father that sets a healthy standard. She has the skills, tools and traits to accomplish anything she desires. Like her father, she grows every day. She knows she is loved by my actions as well as my words. I now have the privilege to teach and mentor fathers in my community alongside my mentors. I have the privilege to assist with tasks given to me by the administration of NewDay Services. Every single role at NewDay is invaluable. Together as a family, they have impacted Guinevere by empowering her father. I might not be a pilot, yet, but I found my purpose at 30 years old. I wake up eager every day to be a father and to serve my community. All Glory to God!
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