Our 173rd Dad in the Limelight is Scott LeRette. I want to thank Scott for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing him with all of you.
I am just an average guy living in a small town in rural Iowa. My priorities, in order of significance are: Faith, Family, Friends and our pets. I like playing the acoustic guitar, chess, reading and running. I am very passionate about my favorite color, green and have a fondness for fine watches and fountain pens. My true passion today is on finishing my book, Austintistic and posting to my blog of the same name in hopes that some day soon I can advocate, educate and speak (as a career) on behalf of our son Austin and all others like him who are autistic. Currently my blog has thousands of readers and the posts are the random thoughts I have used to help me finish the book. This has all allowed me to meet many fine people from all over who have the same passion and desire to help other people.
I have been married to my best friend and southern belle, Teresa, for seventeen years and we have two boys, Logan, 14 and Austin, 16. We are extremely active in our church where I helped start a praise band several years ago. Teresa and I lead the highschoolers and the boys are active in many areas. We currently have one pet, Mason, Logans Aussie after losing Teresa’s beloved pug Gidgette and my coolest canine friend, Emma the Aussie both this year or so. We will have new puppies very soon. We very much like to focus our world around our home and all that entails. As we have grown up it is becoming apparent what truly matters is surely not far from home. I think we are on to something.
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
Balancing faith, our marriage, the boys and dealing with the special needs we are blessed with is an everyday challenge. Not only is Austin autistic, but he also has a genetic bone disease which has left him with countless breaks (25+ including his back twice), some life-threatening. He also has different heart defects which resulted in open-heart surgery. Our bubble, our existance, who we are revolves around hospitals, doctors, pharmacies and never-ending trips to here or there with our special son. It is difficult but the bone and heart issues are a piece of cake compared to the challenges autism presents. My writing has really helped me see in to my son like I never imagined. I now see so much of who and what he is and I hope this comes through in my words on paper. All along the way it has also showed me just how strong our family unit is and even with the stresses our relationship has encountered we know we are so much stronger for it.
If you have any questions for Scott, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!