Monday, June 15, 2015

It Will Never Change

To my wife, Meghan, the love of my life:

You mean everything to me. Despite when I was younger, and often feeling like I would never find you, it happened. Maybe it was excellent timing, or we were just fortunate to have great friends that allowed us to get together on a fun, Wilmington Beach trip; granted, the first hotel and my sun burn did not forecast our inevitable pairing, but perhaps it explains the years in-between; it just took my skin that long to heal.

Our life together is amazing. I love you and I love that you love me. I believe our relationship is what has made two amazing kids (so far ;-D). They love each of us so much and they adore each other. It's what makes our lives exciting and new every day; we get to watch them grow and become who they will be with our guidance to make sure they understand right and wrong, to treat each other (and everyone else) well, and to let them know it's okay to be silly when they're happy or retreat when they're angry.

Being a parent isn't easy, and I'm glad that it isn't. I need to know that we're doing it right and I can't imagine doing anything less than taking the time to teach them how to be truly wonderful people. And maybe along the way, they'll pick up your wonderful smile, maybe a mix of our height, and my glorious eyebrows that need to be trimmed because boy! can they go in every direction, much like my hair when I wake up in the morning.

I guess the point of this is to tell you that everything was, is, and will be worth being with you. You are the moon to my night, the shade to the sun, and everything else that can possibly express how much you mean to me and will always mean to me. It will never change.

And maybe things will seem like they're tough all of the time, because the kids get sick, or the house needs repairing, or sometimes it's just a bad day; but I know, with everything in me, every single day will be easy in some way. It will be looking at you. It will be us looking at our kids. That's the easiest part. Loving each other will never waver and loving each other will be what gives us relief every day, because how can we not look at our kids at some point and just hold our breath while thinking, "They are amazing, and I didn't think it was possible to love anything more." And it's the same comfort I find when I look at you.

Our relationship grows each and every day as they grow, and we will adapt to what comes our way. We will smile, cry (because I am that funny), and we will enjoy each other's company and laughter. I know it will be worthwhile, because the years with you and the years with our kids have made it all so exciting and I'm so looking forward to more of it in the years to come.

I love you so much! I love Adelaide and Marshall so much! That's what matters.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Start of Something Fun

As some of you may know, my wife Meghan is a teacher. She loves seeing her school kids' progress throughout the year, and it's great to listen to her talk about it because she gets so happy. Now that summer is approaching, she wanted to do something different to try and earn more money over that time. Seeing as she loves to teach, and she love love loves our two kiddos, she thought about becoming an Independent Consultant for Usborne Books.

I LOVE this idea! We wanted to get new books for the kids anyway, and this was the perfect opportunity to do that. We already had a couple of Usborne books, and the opportunity to do this seemed like perfect timing.

Meghan is very excited about doing this, because not only does it allow us to get some amazing books for our kids, we get to offer these books to our friends, family, and everyone else connected down the line. This seems like a really fun way to try and earn extra income for our family.

We have a site for people to search through our catalogue and order, but we also get to host parties. So you're saying we get to have fun hosting book parties with friends, family members, and anyone else that wants to attend, and this is part of the business?

And that's part of the reason why Meghan is so excited; we're starting our own business venture together. It didn't even occur to me until she mentioned it, and that's really cool. This adventure seems like a fun opportunity to share books with other people and offer some pretty cool discounts while we're at it. Plus, others can host book parties too.

Again, planning a party isn't necessarily easy, but I find it very entertaining. I like the idea of getting all of the little details together and seeing friends and family have fun together. Maybe we'll have a potluck dinner and door prize book party. Maybe we'll have a dessert and wine book party with episodes of "Friends" playing in the background. Maybe, just maybe, we'll have a book party wrapped around a game night.

Yes! Meghan has come up with a great idea for us to try and earn some extra cash, because overall we're really excited about getting to interact more with our friends all while sharing our favorite books. It sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Granted, this will take a lot of work, but that's not something we've really second-guessed. We'll try to put as much time and effort into this like any other thing we want to do well at; so here we are at the start of our very own business.

We're excited. We hope to earn some free books along the way; plus, we're thrilled that others have already offered to host, because hosting a party can get you free books and other special offers too.

Oh yeah, we had our first online book party tonight!

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