One year

One year ago, our lives changed. Kylah was born and our lives changed. We had hard nights, hard days and amazingly happy times in between. The last 12 months have been nothing short of amazing. All the times somebody told Kelci and I about how our lives were going to change it was hard to imagine the ways that would happen.

I’m not sure how I’m supposed to put these last 12 months into words. I just can’t. I think of her smiles. Our smiles. Her tears. Our tears. Her cries. Our cries. Her victories. Our victories. There are no words to capture what her presence in our lives has meant. I think I’m going to let pictures tell their thousand words.

I love you Kylah.

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A public thank you

I haven’t yet gotten to thank all of the friends and family for an amazing birthday. Thanks to your donations and an extra thanks to Big Al’s Brewing, Kelci and I have been able to drop off more than $300 worth of diapers, formula, baby food and clothes to the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network.

Aside from your generosity, I appreciate that I have surrounded myself with people willing to take time out of their lives to celebrate with me and contribute to this cause.

Surprisingly, turning 30 was really no big deal. I had a much harder time mentally with turning 20. Moving out of my teen years and into my 20s meant being an adult; no longer having an excuse to act my age. It was the year that I got really serious about journalism school and it was the year I was no longer a teenager.

But turning 30 was different. Kelci and I have been married for nearly six years, we’ve been in our house for almost three years. And now we have Kylah, who has already been working her way toward turning one. So, for now I concentrate on career and family and building both up in a way that brings me nothing but joy. After all, if you can’t find happiness in an action, why do it?

So thank you everybody for helping make this the best birthday in a while!