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21 Nov 2009


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Over the past few days I have felt a real dedication, and appreciation to my new family. I have been able to spend a great deal of time with Jaymie and Tyson (pre-addie), learning how a single mother has raised her child. If I had to choose one word to sum up the 8 years that she spent before I met her, I can't. I can, however, see her laughing, teaching, scared, loving, venturing, lost, excited and humble with her son. I hope to experience some of these same adjectives with my daughter.

A friend asked me to come out and enjoy copious amounts of liquor while watching the Portland Trailblazers tonight. Without thought, I declined. I texted back "Can't, I will be at home being a daddy". His next response really surprised me. I have known Rob for what feels like a lifetime. We have shared moments, good and bad, that true friends look back upon in 40 years and laugh about. He said to me, "totally - it's the best!!! never had more fun before or after that time. it was my favorite era...". It's not that I have ever felt that Rob does not love his kids, it's just the word era caught my attention.

An era has no real measure of time. But in my mind, an era is around 10 years. That means that Jaymie raised Tyson by herself longer than most 80's & 90's bands combined spent playing music. See where I'm going with this?

To answer that last question, well, I don't really know where I'm going with this either. I have been doing a lot of thinking the past few days. Now that I am getting back to work, I am going to really miss spending 24 hours a day with my daughter. The things that I have experienced with her are truly irreplaceable. I have made a promise to myself to not let the minutes turn into hours, the hours to turn into days, the days turn into months, etc... I want to keep this thing that I do, the daily pictures, the random blog posts alive for as long as I can.

Anyways, I just love my family. I hope that I can bring many eras of the same smiles to Addie's face as I have had when my mom used to cook her amazing pork-chops & rice dish, or how embracing and loving Sue's smile is, or how Rob has been a great such a great mentor, or just how much I look up to my brother for guidance and support.

I am looking forwards to giving all the great qualities that I have learned from everyone around me into years of dedication back to my true friends and family, new and old.

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