Tim Gore sat in his Army fatigues rocking his 5-week-old daughter, Cassidy. She let out a small complaint and then dropped off to sleep.
She's in good hands. Sgt. Gore has been named a Husband of the Year by Redbook magazine.
For his wife, Darcie, 22, he is the perfect combination of a good husband and father. She sent the entry into Redbook nominating him in June. Her story was selected to appear in the February issue, which hits newsstands today.
"I saw the magazine and I have always thought I was really lucky because I have never known anyone like him before, so I had to do it," Mrs. Gore said. "I didn't tell him about it because I didn't want to make his head too big."
The couple, who met while living in Paso Robles, Calif., married on Dec. 31, 1996. They moved to Augusta in June and live on Dayton Street in the Woodlake subdivision. They have their new daughter Cassidy, 2-year-old daughter Kennedy, and Mrs. Gore's 5-year-old daughter Torri. Sgt. Gore also has an 8-year-old daughter Meghan who lives with her mother in Dearing, Ga.
The couple met through a mutual friend when Mrs. Gore was working at Wal-Mart in Paso Robles. But she feared Sgt. Gore would balk when he discovered she had a 2-year-old daughter whom she had raised on her own since high school. Quite the opposite occurred.
"When I met Darcie, it was over right then and there," Sgt. Gore said. "I was hooked -- hook, line and sinker. When I met Torri, I saw how perfect they were together. I was just happy to be involved, happy she would marry me."
For Sgt. Gore, 32, it was a complete surprise when the magazine notified the couple in September that Mrs. Gore's letter was the third runnerup in the contest.
"That's probably the biggest compliment she's every given me," said Sgt. Gore, who is an Army drill sergeant with C Company, 447 Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon.
Mrs. Gore also managed to take a photo of him and send it into the magazine without his knowledge. Sgt. Gore is just happy she did not send in the photo of him playing dress-up at a tea party with Torri. There'll be plenty of ragging when the magazine hits the stands, he imagines.
"All the drill sergeants, they'll be saying, `There's Mr. Husband of the Year. Watch out."'
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