“Today is the first blank page of a 365 day book…

…write a good one.” I think this quote was meant for New Year’s Day, but I think it is a good quote for any day, really. It helps you to recognize that every day begins a year, every day ends a year, and every day is a good day to start something new.

That being said, I did intend to start this blog on New Year’s Day as a way of documenting the year ahead, but here I am: 23 days later…just getting started.

That’s the joke of my friends and family: I’m late. I’ve always been late. I will always be late. They used to joke that I would be late to my own wedding (I wasn’t). They now joke that I’ll be late to my own funeral (I hope I am!). I guess, my purpose for sharing this is that: it is never too late to start something new. Right? Right.

Technically, blogging isn’t new for me. This is the third one I have attempted, but for the sake of posterity (or, more accurately: the future reading pleasure of my close friends and family) I am going to try to make sure that I stick with this one.

To set the stage for you, last year was a big year for me. I married an absolutely amazing woman (yes, you read right), and we rescued the cutest pup (I know that cute is subjective, but she is a 12 pound golden colored cocker spaniel mix with big doe eyes, so I feel confident that you will agree with me). Truthfully: we adopted the pup and THEN got married, but it was a big year however you spin it. The year before, we bought our first home. This year, we hope to become moms together. Next week we have the first of many (hopefully not TOO many!) appointments with a fertility clinic – each step of which I am looking forward to capturing in writing. We aren’t ready to tell our friends and family (we would like this process to be as much a surprise as possible for all of them since it really won’t be for us), but in case they ever want the details I would love for them to be here (welcome, if you are finding this later in the year!)

My wife has also been pressuring me to start writing more, as it is something that I enjoy  (and with which I like to think I possess a small amount of talent – at least when I am not always jumping in, in parentheses to narrate) but do mostly out of necessity for work.

I also plan to document this journey in case it helps a couple who comes after us, as this journey already seems as though it could be isolating at times (perhaps more so due to the political climate in the United States at the moment), so if any of my words reach and help any other couple(s) who follow in our footsteps, I will consider it a great blessing.

I suppose I’ll wrap up with another quote: “A journey of 1000 miles, begins with a single step.” If I have learned anything about parenthood throughout the course of the last year (oh yes, we became aunts x2 this year when my sister and brother-in-law and my wife’s brother and sister-in-law brought our first two nieces into the world – more on that, later) I know that this journey of conceiving them, carrying them, giving birth to them, keeping them alive at first (and thriving later): is long, it is terrifying, and it is amazing at the same time. I am thrilled and scared shitless, and cannot wait to get started.

Until next time..

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