It’s hard to think that a year has gone by so quickly. I remember the day Evelyn came into our lives – we were a mixture of excitement, happiness…and sheer terror and confusion. I remember leaving the hospital and looking around and thinking, “Wait, you’re just going to let us leave with her?”
Last night, my wife and I were talking about the past year and that we really don’t look back and remember any nightmare stories that make us think that we were crazy to have a kid. Sure, my daughter is a bit on the dramatic side at times and she of course didn’t always sleep well and her poop explosions were pretty gross, but, that comes with the territory and we chalked it up as “hey, this is what we signed on for when we decided to bring a human into the world”.
So, all in all, I can honestly say that the past year has been pretty amazing.
I think the one thing I can take from all of this is that life can be a bunch of things. It can be cruel, heartless, difficult, unfair and mean. But, it can also be beautiful, amazing, wonderful, giving, funny, and joyful.
I choose to focus on the latter. I’m not going to be on this earth for very long, so no point in focusing on the negative.
On a side note, it’s nice to find a few quiet moments to blog again. I’ve been meaning to get back to it and really focus on documenting this crazy journey of fatherhood. When I first created my blog, there weren’t many “daddy bloggers” out there. But recently, I came across a WordPress Father’s Day blog post that listed out the best daddy bloggers to follow and checked them out. I love the fact that there are other dads out there who have the same funny, sarcastic view of fatherhood as I do and I came across a group that a bunch of them belong to on Facebook called “Dad Bloggers”. You’ll see the badge on the right-hand column of my blog. I’m so excited to officially be a part of that group now. You’ll see me share some of their stories, through posts of my own or on my Facebook page.
One of my favorite dad blogs to follow is Life To Her Years. And one of his recent posts was to write a letter to your daughter every year on her birthday and then give them all to her at some point when she’s older and seems to need them the most. I have written my first letter – I won’t be posting it here – those words are for Evelyn alone. But, I’m glad I came across that suggestion and I hope my words of “wisdom” will somehow help her in the future for whatever she may be going through.
Anyway, happy birthday to my beautiful daughter, Evelyn Grace. You are amazing in so many ways and I’m so blessed to be your father.