Dads in the Limelight
Our 349th Dad in the Limelight is Travis Thrasher. I want to thank Travis for being a part of the Dads in the Limelight series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing him with all of you.
1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
My name is Travis Thrasher and yes, that’s my real name. I’m a husband and father of three princesses and I make up stories for a living as a writer.
I’m fortunate to have built a career writing the books I wanted to write. I’ve told love stories, suspense novels, even supernatural thrillers. I’m currently enjoying collaborating on things like writing novelizations based on movie screenplays and stories based on popular hit songs.
2) Tell me about your family
I’m married to Sharon, who is a hundred percent Dutch and is the most patient person in the world. We have three daughters: Kylie, who is six years old but looks about eight. Mackenzie, who is two-and-a-half and loves getting into trouble. Then Brianna, who is also two-and-a-half and loves being a rascal. Fraternal twins who are night and day different along with their big, spirited older sister. Oh, we also have a female Shih Tzu. I call our home the Pink House.
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
Not losing my mind.
I’m joking, of course. My biggest challenge has been balancing the life of a full-time writer along with being a father of three little passionate young ladies. I wish my job provided more stability for our family, but I’m thankful for the doors that God opens for us. I’m also thankful for the doors our toddlers open up in the middle of the night now that they can jump out of their beds.
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
I was able to do this with our first daughter, but once the twins came, it was complete bedlam (I love that word, by the way). I often force myself to step back and realize how thankful I am for three healthy girls and for the ability to do something I love for a living. Life is crazy, but a good kind of crazy.
We are not promised tomorrow, so it’s important to make the most of each day. I love these three little suns that rise quickly in the morning and have a difficult time setting at night.
5) Seeing that you (or your position) are in the limelight, how have you come to balance parenthood and outside life? If you are currently not in the limelight per se, please still answer this in regards to how you balance parenthood and outside life.
I’d love to say I have it balanced, but I don’t. Not long after the twins were born, I realized something very important: my family comes first. So I’m not going to take them over the falls with me in the pursuit of some dream I have. Writing has always been a dream and I’m fortunate to live out that dream on a daily basis, but I know the family matters more. But as I said, doors continue to open and I continue to find unique and exciting projects to work on. I hope I can have a little more balance down the road–I know I won’t always be writing at this pace.
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
I’ve learned that every parent is different and every situation is different as well. I love the fathers who offer encouraging advice to just “hang in there” rather than saying three things I should be doing.
Before we had the twins, I met a stranger who was the father of twins. I asked him how the first year went and he looked at me, shook his head, and laughed. That was all. And now I know why.
There’s another father I’m friends with who has five children including twins. I often tell him I don’t know how he does it. But he does. He maintains a positive and patient attitude–that’s all you can do when you have little ones. Every day is a new adventure.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
There’s nothing in my life that’s been more rewarding and more exhausting than being the father of three girls. I love having the flexibility of bringing our eldest to school with two other friends. I am lucky to be able to go home daily and see the crazy chaos happening at the house. Parents have told me time and time again that you blink and they’re in college. I remind them I’ve blinked A LOT OF TIMES in the past couple of years since having the twins. But I remember to try and cherish these moments. I couldn’t imagine life without the girls. They never cease to surprise and amaze me.
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
Holding the girls when they were babies. Laughing with them and getting them wild. Talking to our eldest about Easter and Jesus and what that means. Seeing the twins interact and play together. Waking up hearing all three of them yelling and laughing together. Through the noisy chaos, there’s a lot of love. I’m very lucky to be a father of these three extraordinary girls.
If you have any questions for Travis, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!
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Aww he sounds so nice. His daughters are so cute.