Friday, April 16, 2010

Lifelong Commitment

Mike Yudt, NFI's Director of Donor Relations, and his wife, Kelly, just welcomed their second child, Joshua. Mike shares his thoughts on his growing family and meeting his little guy:

How quickly things can happen… It was the night of Sunday, March 28th and my wife (Kelly) and I went to bed getting ready for another week. We were nearing the due date of our second child and little did we know that he would come that very night. Kelly woke me up around 12:30am to let me know that she was having some contractions. However, I didn’t think much of it as she had been having sporadic ones over the course of the past couple of weeks. So, not convinced that this was the “real deal”, I quickly fell back asleep. :)

About 30 minutes later I was awoken from a deep sleep to the sound of “I’m not kidding you.” Hearing the tone in my wife’s voice, I sprung to action. We scrambled throughout the house; the contractions were coming faster and faster each time, and increasing in intensity. It really felt like a scene out of a movie.

After arriving at the hospital, we learned that Kelly was pretty far along and that she would likely start pushing in 10-15 minutes. After hearing all of these things and trying my best to help Kelly with the breathing techniques, I almost did the stereotypical thing and pass out in the delivery room. However, after I sat down and caught my breath, I was able to pull it all together to be there for my wife. (Needless to say, I will never again look down upon guys who actually do pass out in the delivery room.)

When the big moment arrived with that final push (4:26am), I had the privilege of welcoming our son into this world by being the first person to say his name: “Joshua.” Prior to that moment, my wife and I did not know whether we were having a boy or a girl. (an intentional decision on our part)

It was such a joy to hold Joshua for the first time. During that precious moment, I took the opportunity to verbally affirm to him that I will always be in his corner and by his side. That’s a commitment that is sealed in my heart, just like the one I made to my first son Caleb and the vows that I made to my wife on our wedding day. I have great hope for my children and believe that God has big plans for their lives. As their father, I believe it is my responsibility to see this belief and desire become a reality. And that is not something that I take lightly…

Now that I’m back at work after two weeks of paternity leave, my commitment to the National Fatherhood Initiative’s (NFI’s) work is as strong as ever. My passion for NFI is fueled by my desire to see more and more fathers throughout the country make lifelong commitments to their children…. While seeing this type of societal change can at times be an uphill battle, it’s a mountain worth climbing…

Mike and his son, Joshua.


  1. You certainly make me proud to be able tocount you as friend,someone who lives his faith out loud.A testament to what a real father is,and what a lifelong commitment is to God and family. Glad I was a small part of your faith journey and how happy I(we)are for you and Kelly. God Bless :-) Jim & Joan

  2. Congratulations Michael and family. How exciting. Parenting is the most important job that we are tasked with in this lifetime. I'm sure you'll do a fine job. Blessings to you.

  3. Congratz, Mike. With my 3rd on the way, I share your excitement and the joy of being a dad. It's my most passionate pursuit. Thanks for the blog and keep up the good work!

  4. Mike,

    Congratulations and well-stated! Parenthood is a blessing and I'm so thankful for the work that you & NFI do to promote strong fathers and families. I'm with you in keeping on "fighting the good fight, finishing the race, and keeping the faith" (II Timothy 4:7).

  5. It is so wonderful to see a father that is committed to his children in this way. And really fantastic to see a committed, loving husband! May God continue to bless you as you serve Him!

  6. It is an inspiration to me that you and others take fatherhood very seriously as I do.
    Good news is heard rarely and does not get good news ratings.

    But we are out here and we (I) continually learn
    how to get better. Bravo!!!

  7. congratulations! wow, I am really struck by idea of making vows of commitment to my kids. I certainly have in unspoken ways and in overpowering love I feel for them. but what an idea to pledge that kind of faithfulness and commitment to them for life! you are always their dad, but the kind of dad you are to them is a choice every day.


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