It’s still hard to believe I get to be DaDa to these nuggets . . . They are wonderful and magical and tragic and maniacal and utterly, delightfully insane. They make every day worthwhile, every struggle make sense, every moment matter. And somehow, they’re mine. Well, they’re ours. Because as all of you know, as I know far too well, this all hilariously unravels and is quite impossible without @asherpaul who, along with my own Mom and Dad, has taught me how to be a parent . . . The Nuggets are my greatest accomplishment, my most unbridled joy, and my most fiercely protected and cared for treasures. Also they are wickedly and deliciously sarcastic and sassy, somehow, already . . . These days go by oh so fast. Will keep trying to grab hold of each one. Oh, you miracles. Thank God for you. Thank God I get to be DaDa. ❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️
Will never get enough of these hugs in a lifetime . . . Thank you, Dad, for teaching me to live selflessly. Through the example of your everyday life, you taught me to have faith, be loyal, sacrifice continually, live boldly and love deeply. You are the definition of integrity and honor. And all of us who know and love you are blessed to be in your orbit . . . To the greatest friend, role model, Dad and Pop-Pop...Happy Father’s Day ❤️❤️
On this random Wednesday I am thinking back to a not-so-random Sunday and just feeling so thrilled for and blessed by my brother @tpaul516 and MY NEW SISTER @mol.e.paul !! We had the most beautiful, meaningful time celebrating their marriage in THE CLE with family and friends. They are an incredible, and incredibly beautiful couple. @asherpaul and I are inspired by them every day . . . Highlights include: getting to walk my grandmother, the always-stunning Mimi, down the aisle. Our daughter crushing the Flower Girl game with her usual sass. Our son crushing the Ring Bearer game with the most ridiculous grin as he barreled down the aisle. My proud parents unable to suppress their ridiculous grins and abounding joy. And getting to share every moment with my partner and love, real life superhero, Asher. . . . Epic weekend. Just the beginning. Nothing like family. Such big, big love. Don’t know how else to say it. So now I stop. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
THIS GUY. • Can’t express how proud I am to be @tpaul516 ‘s brother. Tyler, a man of persistence, resolve, purpose, faith, and compassion. His loyalty to and love for family are without bounds. And today he’s celebrating a big old birthday. A milestone • But in true Tyler style, he’s taking the spotlight off of just himself and instead sharing it with those he loves, most of all The One he loves, when he gets married next weekend! Can’t wait to celebrate you, the man that you are, the love you’ve found, and this incredible next chapter that you’re exploding into • Happy birthday, Brother. I’m blessed to share a whole bunch of DNA with you...along with our lives, our families, and this beautiful journey we’re on.
Beyond grateful for my mama. She taught me kindness, fairness and how to sing in harmony. She’s been a best friend and a teacher. She’s funnier than you’d ever suspect. And she made sacrifices every day for the sake of her kids. . . . My mama. Nanno to my kids. Hero to all. . . . Happy 35th Mother’s Day, @pandasoorp !
She’s a dream. She’s a gift. She’s everything I wanted and more than I deserve. The mother of our children. A teacher, a guide, a nurturer, a cheerleader. To our children. And to so many more . . . She’s a dryer of tears, a wiper of noses, a novelist, a journalist, an advocate, a sister, a daughter, a friend, an explorer, a wonder. You see, she is everything . . . And she’s my partner. My shoulder. My safe place. Our safe place — me and E and S . . . Happy Mother’s Day, @asherpaul Oh, how loved you are. Our hearts celebrate you today and every day.
A sensible print. A tropical orange. Really leaning into the vacation aesthetic like it’s the only trip we’ve ever taken without both kids. #itis #mexico #thanksmomanddaddforbabysitting
We slept 4 hours last night while our kids screamed at us but now we’re on a plane to a warm beach without them bbbyyyeeeeee 🏖🍹🏝 . . . #marriedwithchildren #vacationwithoutchildren #firsttime #heyirememberyou #letshangout #atabeach #awarmone
What can I say? My heart balloons and threatens to burst right out of my chest at the thought of my little girl. My three year old today . . . Happy birthday, dear one. Sweet Emerson girl. Three years old, off and running. A world to explore and nothing but time and the open road . . . But dear one, I’m going to keep holding your hand for as long as you’ll let me . . . The great @piercepettis72, in “My Little Girl,” sings it this way: . . . “World of wonder, Wonder why you’re turning so fast, These moments won’t last, One by one, they come, they’re gone, No wonder I try to hold on.” . . . Please, let me be Dada for just a little longer. And then, sure, Dad. And then anything you need... supporter, cheerleader, encourager, dude who holds your cape because this Supergirl doesn’t even need it to fly . . . No wonder I try to hold on...
Some faces that make my heart beat. #family #allthepauls ❤️❤️❤️
Oh, sweet baby boy. In the blink of an eye, it’s been a year . . A year of hugging and kissing and squeezing you . . A year of dressing and feeding and changing and changing and changing you . . A year of praying for you, crying for you, losing sleep over you . . A year of learning more about goodness and tenderness and God’s love from you. A year of endless fascination. Of bewilderment. Of chaos. Of unadulterated joy . . Sullivan Noble Paul, we love you and wish you the sweetest 1st birthday. You light up our world, our lives, our home, and your sister’s eyes. How lucky we are to get to celebrate magical, singular you . . I love you, Buddy. Keep laughing always. Keep finding that joy always. You are a wonder, son. . . Love, Dada (+Mama too!)
Look at these Valentines. . . . But one holds my heart above all others. I love you, @asherpaul It’s crazy and messy and ridiculous, but we’re really doing it. . . . There’s nobody I love to dream with more than you, my love.
That pretty lady right there is my Mama. . . . Happy birthday, Rhonda Sue! You are so loved and so appreciated. I will always be thankful for the life lessons you taught me, the faith and goodness you modeled for me, and the musical instincts that you (and Dad!) passed on to me. Your quiet strength has always been at the center of our family’s orbit. I love you, and BOY do those kiddos love their Nanno. . . . Enjoy your special day, sweet Mama. God has been good. Soak it in. Drink it up. Or vice versa. Or both. You deserve every precious and good thing.
💗💗💗My Golden Hour Girl💗💗💗 #nofilter #justlove
I know you’ve been checking and rechecking my feed waiting for the adorable/annoying Christmas kiddo pics. Well the holidays have been nuts but THEY ARE COMING HONESTLY HOW DO YOU PARENTS WITH MULTIPLE KIDS HAVE TIME FOR INSTAGRAM I HATE YOU ALL . . . Meanwhile...on this day I am wishing the happiest FORTIETH (4-0!!!) wedding anniversary to my mom and dad. They don’t make ‘em like you guys anymore. Thank you for the picture of loyalty, friendship and unconditional love you showed us kids. Love you both and can’t wait to celebrate together. . . . Here is a picture of Young Me with Young You Guys as we look off into our bright futures together. 😍💗❤️🙏
Oh it’s happening. #Christmas2018 #smallpauls #grinch #christmasjammies
I see four sets of eyes. Modern miracle. . . . #Repost @asherpaul with @get_repost ・・・ Thankful. And stuffed.
Rolling into thanksgiving travel like
Get out there. Make your voice heard. We have the great privilege of living in a democracy. Make it count, guys. #vote
Yesterday was an emotional day. . . . 11 beautiful people of faith lost their lives at their place of worship. My heart is so heavy and I stand both with their families and with an entire community of people who feel attacked and vulnerable. Horrific evil playing out amid a toxic political climate. I have been and continue to pray. This cannot continue. We can’t let it. . . . Also yesterday, my sweet dad celebrated his birthday. He celebrated it in a sacrificial way, serving others and being there for his family. If ever there were a perfect encapsulation of who he is, that would be it. So, fitting, I suppose. I love you Dad. You always have been and continue to be my hero. Happy Birthday. . . . We also took a day to formally celebrate the passing of my Poppy, Gordon Thomas White. It was a sweet day of prayer, remembrance, songs and stories. Family coming together from across the generations and the country. . . . I weep for Pittsburgh. I stand with and for my Jewish friends and the entire community. . I thank God for my dad. . I weep for my grandpa. I thank God for my grandpa. . One thing I know — I can honor both the living (my dad) and the passed on (grandpa) by doing what I know they will and would do — to continue to spread love in this world and to continue to stand up against hatred and evil and injustice. 🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️
My girls whom I deserve not. . . . #Repost @asherpaul with @get_repost ・・・ All E wants to watch these days is Mulan. And at least four times each viewing, she yells, “MULAN SAVE EVERYBODY! Her did it!” 👧🏼💪 May you always see yourself as the hero — in your own story and in others’ — my precious, fierce little girl. May you always want to don a cape as Super Emmie and idolize characters like Sofia the First who prioritize kindness and compassion. May we continue to point you to real-life heroines, too. May you love exploring and adventuring. And may you live up to your name, always believing, “I so brave!” Happy #dayofthegirl #internationaldayofthegirl #smallpaul
Come see us! THIS MONDAY NIGHT at @townhallnyc 7pm we are chatting about #DEHNovel and performing songs from @dearevanhansen. Would love to see you there ESPECIALLY calling out you CT FOLKS LOOKING TO REPRESENT!!! GET THERE! . . . Did we see this lineup?! I mean can you even?! Link for tix in bio.
This Glorious Woman . . . These last few days have been hectic ones, but on Sunday, on her birthday, we got to steal a few moments and celebrate. I got to celebrate the gorgeous gift to the world that is @asherpaul My darling, you are so loved, so adored, and so needed by so many. Compassionate friend, gifted writer, empathetic storyteller, wise and healing mother, wonderful sister and daughter. And to me you are the perfect partner. A soul’s match. Thank you for being you. Please never stop doing and being that. We all need you too much. Happy birthday, stunning and fascinating woman.
Well, it appears this is the new norm in the Paul fam! . . . Congrats to my brother @tpaul516 and my soon-to-be sis-in-law @molly_israel on their engagement! Love you both and can’t wait to celebrate and Emmie and Sully even approve as well so you are REALLY HASHTAG BLESSED!! #whenmolbecamepaul #babysitourkids #whynot #imeantheyloveyouandyoulovethem
We didn’t win the Emmy. . . . But this...is my Emmie. ❤️❤️❤️
So this is sort of our V I B E now . . Off to the Emmys. Already won with these two nuggets and that there lady. ❤️🤪🎼🎈🎉🍾👨👩👧👦
Solid writing partner for today’s sesh 👀👶📀🎼🎹🎤
On Monday, we lost Poppy. Gordon White was a wild man, a good buddy, a cowboy, a preacher of the Word, a musician, a songwriter, an outdoorsman and an adventurer. And a thousand other things. There were few people who could make you as excited to tell about what was going on in your life, what your latest adventure was, than Poppy. Anytime I’d see him or speak to him and tell him what I was up to, I was greeted with an ecstatic grin, a big old chuckle, and either a “Whooooeeeee boooyyy” or “Booooyyy I’m tellin’ you!!!” or sometimes just that all-out joy-crazed laugh. His life’s mission seemed to be to always have the most fun, the most laughs, one could have in any given situation. I’m so grateful for the memories. I’m grateful for his faith and for his love of (and talent for) gospel music. I’m grateful that I can keep making music until one day when I stop knowing that in the meantime much of it would have given him that sugar-overload kind of glee. He would have danced and whooped and hollered and shouted. He’s dancing now. Free of disease, free of limitation. Secure in the arms of the Creator. And missed, so very missed, by his family. We love you, Poppy. See you again soon. Soon and very soon. ❤️🙏😇💗🙏❤️😇
TURN DOWN FOR WHAT
Obligatory family vacay pic with almost everybody looking at the 📷 and everybody almost smiling NAILED IT see ya going home what’s the point of anything else now byyyyeeeee #allthepauls #familypicture #fiercetoddlerandinfant #fierceliving
Eight years. Eight glorious, ridiculous, adventure-filled, pothole-riddled, magic-making years. Thanks for choosing me @asherpaul I love you fiercely and permanently. And yes this is a day late because we spent yesterday with those two precious kiddos playing and swimming and beaching and reading eating and drinking. And I think that is just totally ok. And look we even went on a date! And look we even have photographic evidence. The sky’s the limit now. But seriously. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Sunday nights after the holiday are for princess dress wearing and pacifier hoarding and Pooh watching #smallpaulnumber1
Loving this crew. But so pathetic that none of us has made any new friends since high school. 🙌👍🤘🤩
HBD America. We live in wild, confusing times. And people wonder if the “American Dream” still exists. Well, I don’t know. But I know one thing — this is MY dream. I get to spend most every day with these three human sunbeams and it is life-giving and reassuring and heaven-sent. God bless my fam. God bless you all. God bless America. #4thofjuly #allthepauls
I get to be Dada to these two rascals. It is the most marvelous, overwhelming, terrifying, thrilling calling I could imagine. It is a dream and honor to care for them, comfort them, teach them, throw them around and wrestle them. I can’t wait for the next bazillion Father’s Days, kiddos. Thanks for cracking my heart wide, wide open. And a special shoutout to Mama for actually being the glue that holds us all together. #smallpaul #allthepauls #fathersday #dreamcometrue
Happy Father’s Day to the man who taught me so much — most importantly, how to selflessly serve your kids and your family. From singing in church to little league games to becoming the greatest Pop-Pop to our own little ones, I’m so grateful for our story together, Dad. HFD to the hardest working @sedentarydad who is wondrous and anything but sedentary. Love you always.
I’m going to cherish every moment of this for as long as she lets me. #smallpaulnumber1 #springfair2018
Happy birthday to my brother from my own mother. @tpaul516 I admire you so much. You are a compassionate, thoughtful, smart, honest and humble guy. And what a joy it’s been to watch you become the most loving and doting uncle there is. Love you lots - go have a great day because you, as much as anyone I know, deserve it. Happy birthday to E & S’s Uncle Ty-Ty, my bro Tyler!