What up buddy.
Wanted to say hello, and glad to hear the named baby is still the sex you thought she was:) Abigail is going to rule the world, man.
I cannot wait to meet her.
Your wife’s a wonderful blogger. She’s a natural, and I say that with some experience. She’s so engaging and presents herself in a such a genuine way. Most bloggers go through a let down period a few months after they start, because the engagement and community around their writing hasn’t really taken off yet, or seems like a mountain to achieve, because the people who have managed to build a great community around their blog seem so far ahead and don’t always do a great job of explaining how they got there. How they reached that point at which lots of people are invested in what they say and think and experience.
I’d encourage her to power through. I’m so focused elsewhere right now that my own readers probably feel a bit detached from me and what I’m going through, but I know the people who are sharing their life with huge and wonderful communities, and one of the reasons I give so much of myself to 20 Something Bloggers is because it affords me the opportunity to watch bloggers create magic for their readers, their friends and families, and their desire to write and share.
Most bloggers don’t even blog in order to gather that community, but it’s predominantly why most bloggers end up loving blogging. I think writing about your experiences is courageous, when you do it in public, and when other people…people you don’t even know…offer you their thoughts and perspectives on what you’ve tried to describe, you can’t help but begin to care about them too.
Anyway, I love the insight into your new life I’ve had lately, and I’m so excited to watch you be a father. You’re sense for family was what made you you in every place I saw you; you’re a natural and you’re made of everything it takes to nurture truly lasting relationships.
I can see how much you love your new wife. I can see how you couldn’t see past her.
Abigail is incredibly lucky to have you as her father, which may take her a good twenty years to figure out:) We all know it, though, before she’s even joined us.
I know this is a bit of an odd letter to send an old friend, it being located here and it being so intently focused not on you, but on the two women you’ve brought into your heart, but I think you live for your friends and family, and to see you live for those two warms my heart. For a while there, I think we kind of lived for one another, and our inner circle was nothing short of family.
Your new family is amazing, sir…it’s exciting and inspiring and beautiful.