I am lucky enough to have an abundance of things to cherish in my life. A job, a roof over my head, adorable kids and a ridiculously good looking wife to compliment my ridiculously good looks. I try and keep a positive outlook on life, I know it's not all sunshine and rainbows, but compared to others I really have it good. When I decided to approach Brain with a blog piece for a guest post I did it with such awesome arrogance. When I sat down to write said piece I stared at the empty space waiting for my words without a single idea. Waiting for cherished moments to leap from my brain and splatter the page.
Blank. Nothing. Not even ONE moment I cherished!
So I did what anyone would do. I put on Darius Rucker's "alright" and began to contemplate what would be best to write about. I decided to cherish the people in my life who make it possible for me to actually sit down, listen to music, and write about my life.
I'll always cherish my boys birth. Realizing my purpose of being a father as I sung to them in the NICU. Laughing at the nurse who asked me to quiet down, that never happened. Watching their faces shine with pride and a sense of accomplishment during each discovered step or new word.
Holding Ezra for the first time. Being able to take him home so quickly from the hospital. He is only a week old and I have so much to cherish already. Couch cuddles and swaddles. The gentle words I whispered to him that only he and I will ever know but are a promise to always be his biggest supporter at whatever he does in life.
My dog greeting me everyday I return from work. Excitedly smothering and licking me for twenty minutes, sometimes to the point I tell her to leave me alone even though I would be upset if she did. Watching her grow from a malnourished dumpster pup into a strong dog who follows my kids around and nuzzles them when they cry.
My roommate who has grown from a drinking buddy to a brother. Without him I don't know where I would be right now, certainly not blogging. His support as a friend is unparalleled. His love for the kids is unrivaled.
Life is a lot easier to get through if you band together with people who love you and are invested in you. I've managed to do that, at the tender age of 23 I have gathered a group of people who support me, making it possible to constantly cherish what I have and care little about the things I don't. I have an over abundance of love in my house, that's really what cherished moments are about. So I will cherish the people who are a part of every cherished moment. From finding my soul mate, becoming a father and a friend who became a brother, I've got it good!
Before the proverbial sign off, where I walk away satisfied with a heartfelt piece you can imagine me standing in a doorway and looking back. I forgot to cherish someone. I cherish Brain, without her I would have never been a "blogger". She pushed and pried and opened an emotional clam in a way no one before has been able. She gave me a place for my head... No, a place for my heart to be poured out. So thanks for being a part of those cherished people Brain and thanks for letting me guest blog, it's an honor.