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Hi…I’m Idaho Dad

Greetings and salutations,


Eric Leigh, Idaho Dad

I’ve lived in Idaho all my life. I was raised in Parma, Idaho, a small town that about 1,800 people call home in the western end of the Treasure Valley. When I graduated from Parma High School, I enrolled at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. I never wanted to leave the Pacific Northwest after finishing college, so I moved around in my summers off from college to experience different places. I lived in Salem (Oregon), Ketchum (Idaho), and Moscow for a short bit. When I graduated from Idaho in 1995, I found myself back at home in the Treasure Valley with my bride to be. I was married in 1996 and became a Dad for the first time in 2001. Now I am the proud Father of four children. I have a Masters Degree from Northwest Nazarene University and have no intention of going back to school…time will tell if that holds true. I am a Mortgage Consultant for Idaho First Bank and love my job. It provides me with the income and flexibility to allow me to do what I love best: being a Dad to my children.


I love to meet new people and love to write. So the Blog was the natural outlet for me to accomplish both of these. Being a parent is always interesting. There’s nothing routine with four kids (including a set of twins) under one roof that are eight years apart.


Rilee being Rilee

My hope is that my stories, experiences, and reflections of my life as a Dad can touch all of you in some way. And trust me, it won’t just be the “happy” stories. My stories that I want to tell and Blog about aren’t always going to be with me and my family living happily ever after. Because that isn’t how life works. It’s like I always tell my kids (and hope they actually ‘get it’ sooner rather than later):

Life isn’t fair, and it never will be.

But rest assured, I do have plenty of good stories and things to talk about as well. What fun would this be without some fun stories, right?

As you read and follow Idaho Dad, and perhaps feel moved or motivated, please take the time to introduce yourself to me and comment. Because that’s why I decided to do this in the first place: To meet new people and interact with them on a topic that I am passionate about, which is “Being Dad.”

Let the journey begin. Thanks for riding with me. While you’re here, do yourself a favor and make it easier to follow me. Subscribe to my Blog posts on the right.


Idaho Dad

  1. Tatia Schmidt
    November 12, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Can’t wait to read about your adventures Eric! My kids are grown and I miss all that fun stuff that happens while they are “growing”. Like you I also have twins…wouldn’t trade raising them for the world, but wouldn’t want to do it again either. šŸ™‚ so I will just watch your family from afar!

  2. Nikki
    November 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Looking forward to following your Blog.

  3. Sue Lake
    November 12, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I will look forward to reading your thoughts and reflections.

  4. ginastraw
    November 25, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I am excited to read your blog…I am sure that as I am mother of three,(with about 4 years difference in age between each child,) that your blog’s will give me inspiration,ideas and advice on how to not only be a better parent, but enjoy the journey as well šŸ™‚
    There are so many people out “there”giving “advice”but really when it comes down to it, it is often more helpful to hear about someone else’s experiances and then I can better decide if I agree and how I can integrate the experiances into my own parenting style! Thanks for taking the time to share Eric

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