Since her dating future wife Reese Witherspoon in January 2010, Jim Toth has jumped right into superstar stepdad duty. And now that he and the actress, 36, are expecting their first child together, there is no doubt in the mom-of-two's mind that he's total dad material.
"Jim is super-close with the kids," a source tells Us Weekly, of Toth, who grew up an only child and has become a fixture at 12-year-old Ava's school swim meets and 8-year-old Deacon's basketball games.
But still, another source tells Us that the CAA Agent's desire to raise his own brood has been a gradual process.
"Before Jim met Reese, he wasn't sure about having kids," says the source. "Being around her kids has really shown him what it's all about."
And now the 41-year-old is really all about family. With Ava and Deacon (Witherspoon's children from her previous marriage with ex-husband Ryan Philippe) in tow, the down-to-earth duo, who wed in March 2011, spend nearly every Sunday morning at Santa Monica's Thad's Episcopalian service, a missionary movement that promotes community spirit. Afterward, they all head to lunch at their favorite spots, such as Ivy at the Shore or Blue Plate Oysterette.
"They're big family people," a source adds. "Reese makes Jim and kids a priority. They're together a lot."
Adds another insider, "Settling down with Jim and raising a family is what she wanted."