Hi and welcome to DadTo2, the official website of Eric Dickey. I am a child of God, husband to my beautiful wife and father to my two unique and beautiful daughters.   I am an IT professional, podcaster, writer, photographer, suburban farmer, geek and a lover of history.  I have developed this website to give me a place to share my thoughts, family, and whatever may cross my mind at any time.

My life has gone from one extreme to another; from fat and heavy to athletic and lean back to fat and struggling to get thin again, from serving darkness to serving Christ, and from loneliness and misery to loving life to the fullest extent possible. I welcome you to share my journey with me and my family. Explore the website here at DadTo2.   Shoot me an email and let me know what you think.   I would love to hear from you.

One of the major tenets of my life is my faith in Jesus Christ.  I won’t pretend to be a perfect anything; I’m not.  What I do say is that I am an imperfect, forgiven follower of Christ.  As the song from Donnie McClurkin goes, “We fall down but we get up” and that is my life.  I fall down in my faith, but by the grace of God, I get back up, seek forgiveness and go forward.  If you want to learn more about my faith and what it means to me, or what it means to surrender to Christ, then I ask you to go to my Faith page.

At one time in my life, I was 420 pounds and absolutely miserable.  I was ridiculed, laughed at and I hated life.  Then I lost weight and life wasn’t too bad.  I started going out more and was happier.  But the weight snuck up on me as I stopped exercising and ate more.  Eventually I stepped on a scale and I was at 380 pounds.  I was married and embarrassed for me and my family.  I couldn’t do things the other fathers did with my kids and to be honest, the whole dad life stunk.  Then one day I had weight loss surgery.

I dropped down to 218 in about a year and life was really good.  I exercised and turned into a running gym rat.  Did things with my daughters and was the normal dad.  Then my left knee happened and after surgery on my knee, I found out I couldn’t run again.  And the weight came back.

Now I’m at 320 and back to getting in shape the right way.

I am the Big Man in Training.

In my perfect life, my family is my life and I spend all my waking time with the members of my family: my wife Angela, my oldest daughter Chloe and my youngest daughter Morgan.  My life is not perfect though and I don’t get to spend every waking moment with them.  Of course, that probably a good thing any way, as I’d probably wind up buried in an unmarked grave from annoying them too much!  If you want to know about my family (though not too much; some things are personal you know) then feel free to read on by going to my family’s page.

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I am a writer.  Or rather I want to be a writer.

What makes a writer a writer anyway?  After all I am writing this and you are reading it, so, yes, I am a writer.

I write fiction, non-fiction, blog posts, captions and a host of other things.  I’m not published yet, but just wait, you will soon one day see my first book on the shelf at Barnes and Noble, or in the Kindle store on Amazon.  Then another, and another and more after that.

I bet you didn’t know I’m a writer.

Life covers lots of things for me; not only the ones you’ve seen so far, but also my current career in IT, my hobbies,  and other interests I have.  I love to read and at times will review books for various publishers.   Another part of life for me is photography.  I tend to capture life’s moments in snapshots and at times I will have planned shots that come out just right.  Either way I love to share those moments with you on my Gallery page.  Other hobbies and interests I have include camping, hiking, fishing, astronomy, and history.  At times, I will write about these and other subjects.  I encourage you to read as much as you like about my life and the life of my family.

Backyard farming.  Who’d have ever thought a family would want to do more than have a simple garden?  Well, we do actually.

We have the normal 200 square foot L-Shaped garden with trellises for vertical gardening plus a chicken coop with a run for our eight hens.  Add the orange tabby cats and the two older dogs, we have quite a menagerie of animals for our suburban backyard farm.  Follow along as we figure out how to make this lifestyle work with “real” life and see how all of the family is doing as we start on this new venture in our lives.

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