June is upon us, and that means it’s time to honor thy fathers. 

Dedicated to dads, this edition of WINC. Magazine features topics from foster families to custom suits to an expedition of faith — all tailored for the men in our lives.

I have to give a shout out to all the daddy’s girls out there who know what it is like to measure the making of a man by the example set for you. I have one of the best, and for nearly 40 years, my dad, Mike, has been a rock. He’s seen me through the best years of my life and the worst. He has not wavered in his love and support for me, my family and my choices, but he’s not been afraid to challenge those choices along the way. For that, I am grateful because I am confident his questions and concerns are coming from a place of love. 

To assume all fathers and sons and daddys and daughters have this relationship would be far-reaching. I pray for those among us who struggle with family relationships, and I hope for resolutions and peace.

But for June, a magazine traditionally designed for women is taking a peek at the world through the eyes of men, and I couldn’t be more excited. 

Melissa Gates, again, has tackled our cover feature, honoring one local family who chose adoption. Her story highlights the unexpected trials and happiness of the process from a father’s eyes. 

I had the pleasure of interviewing a father/son who ended up on similar professional paths and share so much of their lives together. 

Also, I had a special privilege of learning one story subject in this month’s magazine would announce he and his wife will expect a child in November. Doing the interview the week before Mother’s Day, he had a reveal planned for his family. Watching the joy spread across his face at the sheer mention of being a father for the first time was indeed fitting in anticipation of this month’s issue. 

So to all of those who have shared their dress shoes with tiny feet during a daddy/daughter dance; to all of those who have picked up teenage boys at a late-night party when they called for help; to all those who have walked daughters down the aisle; and to those who have coached hundreds of hours of a community sport — WINC. Magazine applauds you.