What’s up with the PLAID in PlaidDadBlog?
Plaid evokes immediate imagery in the mind. It’s the look of the Lumberjack. The colors worn by a Craftsman. Maybe it invokes recollections of a Rock & Roll.
That’s the well rounded Dad we’re trying to be, here at PlaidDadBlog. We swing axes, and play them too (guitar joke, nice!). We turn a wrench and play Barbies with our girls. We try to cook in the kitchen and in the bedroom.
Like Joseph in his coat of many colors, we’re on a long journey. It began as a child, and through many misunderstandings and lessons learned, we hope to come out the other end smarter and wiser. A leader to not only our family, but those around us. And we hope you join us in this journey!
Colorful Families, Colorful Stories
That is the mission at PlaidDadBlog.com. To be a place for you to read about the struggles of real dads. We also want to YOU to give your opinions and help other dads in our forum and the comments below. We hope you come by each week as we continue to post new blogs, videos, and more. ** If you would be interested in writing a guest blog at PlaidDadBlog.com, please contact us here. **
Christian Lee – creator
Christian Lee (Hampton Roads [SE] VA) was born when his father was finishing Seminary in Atlanta, GA. Having a preacher for a father wasn’t always easy, and trying to follow in his footsteps proved quite tricky. Leaving Bible college unsure of his path, Christian spent years in the ‘real world’ making sure everyone around him had access to what they needed… namely the internet. He broke down the doors of corporate America at age 19 with EDS, moving up quickly with firms like IBM, even the U.S. Army. Spending most of the time in the web design field, it was a gateway into how people thought, where they liked to spend their time, and what they thought was funny.
A consummate stage performer since the age of 3, Christian spent many days singing on stage in school, church, and college. After being a stage manager for a non-profit playhouse, he realized it was in his blood… why fight it?
“I had what could only be called a revelation. What I felt needed to be heard from the stage, especially at churches, wasn’t being said. I started writing down all the jokes and stories that had been building inside. Then, I went in search of a mic stand and a crowd. After years of toil, comes the fruit of your labor. I’m fulfilling my dream and I’m not looking back!”
Raised by a preacher, Bible college, corporate life, starting his own design firm, a marriage at 19 years old that has actually lasted; all this brings a unique perspective and a well of inspiration for finding humor in everyday life. Topics stretching from cartoons to salvation, there’s definitely something that will touch some part of your life… and your funny bone.
Christian spent years performing across the country. His last trip was a stint in CA where he taped a show at the world famous Ice House Comedy Club. You may have seen him on Comedy Time or MAV TV. Christian was also invited to perform at The Great American Comedy Festival, Port City’s Top Comic, and The Plymouth Rock Comedy Festival.
After a whirlwind coast to coast tour, Christian and his wife decided to adopt two children. One year – and one thyroid surgery later – they were surprised with the birth of an unexpected, yet not unwanted son. In 2015, they met yet another surprise, as their fourth (and prayerfully last) child defeated birth control with her sheer will to exist. To devote as much time as he could to his new family, Christian only performs a few shows a month and puts most of his comedic effort into the podcast, ‘What Are We Watching?‘ which he hosts with his oldest son, and ‘Dad Sews‘, where he is learning (and FAILING) to sew LIVE on camera. [Four kids aged 10, 8, 3, & 1. Family includes adoption/biracial children]
Aaron Saufley – CONTRIBUTOR
Aaron (Greenville, NC), author of ‘The Jumbo Shrimp Gospel’ and ‘Deep Roots Vol 1’, grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The son of a farmer, he grew up with the smells of fresh cut hay and fresh manure. He knew from a young age that farming was not in his future. He learned the value of patience and hard work growing up on the farm, mostly because his father dragged him out of bed in the summer to go to work in the field.
His parents took him to church from the day he was conceived. He developed a love for scripture and a hunger to preach (and, as a teen, the desire to make out with some of the cute girls in his youth group). A veteran Schooler, church camper, and all-around squeaky clean religious kid, Aaron had all the makings to become a legendary holier-than-thou judgmental nutbag. God used the love of a good woman (who would later become his wife), four years of Bible college, and working with people broken by their sin for Aaron to realize his own brokenness and that amazing grace wasn’t just a song–it was real.
After graduating from Bible college, Aaron and his wife spent nine years in Harrisonburg, VA with the church they planted, Discovery Christian Church. The experience of planting Discovery taught them a lot of things about what the church is to be and shouldn’t be. There were many difficult times, but the amazing experiences outshined the tough ones. They made some life-long friends while in Virginia. The church planting experience was tough, but it prepared them for the next season of life.
Aaron and his wife moved to North Carolina in 2009 to be closer to her family. He is now a hospice chaplain, which means he gets to hang out and pray with dying people all day (it’s really not as bad as it sounds–in fact, it’s pretty awesome). He preaches part-time, and he also does some inner city mission work. He is constantly amazed at how God works to bring people to himself. His wife, Laura, homeschools their three daughters, works to create awareness about missions in the church she attends, and is also a hospice nurse.
Aaron spends his time playing Barbies with his youngest daughter, watching movies with his middle daughter, and cracking ridiculous jokes with his oldest daughter. In the midst of their crazy life, he and his wife sneak some time in for each other. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys a good cigar, a craft root beer, movies, writing, and trying to nap (which never happens). He thinks that, next to the pizza, Netflix is the greatest invention humans have ever produced. He hates the Green Bay Packers, and will spend the rest of his life beard farming and attempting to smoke the perfect rack of baby back ribs.
Aaron and his wife made three beautiful daughters, and are now in the process of adopting two brothers through their local foster care system.
You can follow Aaron on Twitter @AaronSaufley.
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