Saturday, February 25, 2012

My Love

Hello everyone,

This is a poem I wrote for my wife a few days before I proposed on July 13th, 2009.  This poem has been incorporated into my book in "The Wedding Chapter."  I never claimed to be Shakespeare, Pablo Neruda, or E.E. Cummings, but I tried my best.  As always, thanks for listening.  

To my beautiful Patricia, the love of my life
I can’t wait until the day I call you wife
The first moment we met, I knew something was there
I was enticed by the gorgeous smile, dark skin and dark hair
Sweet romance blossomed that very first date
Sent from heaven above it must have been fate
One of the happiest times ever was that first kiss
The touching of our lips and hands was eternal bliss
Our love started off quick and grew stronger and stronger
Everytime we are together, I yearn for you longer
Living together my happiest dreams have come true
It’s impossible to love somebody more than I love you 
I promise to love you and our families all my life
I can’t wait to be called husband and to call you my wife

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”  Charles R. Swindoll

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Three years

Hello everyone,

Well as of February 19th, my wife and I have been together for three years.  The story on how we met is pretty cool and interesting.  My dad is retired and was visiting me from Michigan.  Since the death of my mother, at times my dad has been lonely and lost.  We both decided together to put him on  Why not we thought?  My dad is good-looking, friendly, and charismatic, and likes to meet new people.  So I signed my dad up for match and proceeded to watch him go on five dates in the next week.  I was amazed.  Considering I was also single, I thought why not for myself?  Long story short, I wrote Patricia on; and we met at Green Iguana for dinner and drinks for our first date.  It was February 19th, 2009 and we have been together ever since.  

I have been writing up a storm the last few days.  I am now just over 200 pages and 43,000 words.  The words have been flowing very smoothly lately.  I plan on finishing the first draft by the end of the week.  Then editing begins.  Wish me luck!  As always, thanks for listening and take care.  

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”  Charles R. Swindoll

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The day of love

Hello everyone,

Happy Valentine's Day.  My wife and I celebrated a day early because she had to work tonight.  We had a great day.  After grabbing a nice dinner, we decided to go see a movie.  With all the movies that are currently out, what better than going to a romantic one?  

We decided on 'The Vow' and it was really good.  It was definitely a "chick flick", but it was one of the best ones I have ever seen.  If you get a chance to watch it, I highly recommend it.  

Valentine's Day is a special day for love.  However, it is also a special day for me because three years ago to the day, I picked up my beautiful golden retriever and named him Ryder.  Ryder is just over three years old now and couldn't possibly be a better dog.  He is a typical golden retriever as he is very friendly, smart, and playful.  

I have been writing a lot today.   I have written over ten pages this afternoon.  Matter of fact, I just hit 35,000 words total so far for the book.  It is an incredible experience, however it can be hard at times because I am reliving some of the memories of my mom's car accident.  I wish I could have sent her a Valentine's Day gift, but such is life.  I know that she is watching down on me smiling.  

To all the people who don't have a Valentine, don't worry about it.  Just keep smiling and do you.  One day you will meet that special person in your life if you want to.  If you don't want to then don't sweat it.  Do whatever makes you happy in this life.  Thanks for listening and take care.  

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”  Charles R. Swindoll

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What will it take for me to persevere?

Hello everyone,

I am currently writing a chapter on my move to Florida from Michigan.  I got to the second page and I realized something.  As of today, I have officially lived in Florida for exactly six years to the day.  I was laughing at the timing.  It was funny how that worked out.  It's like my subconscious knew because I chose to write about my move; rather than finish another part of the book.

This chapter discusses a very impactful time in my life.  I was leaving my best friends and family for the first time.  I was heading to what I thought was going to be paradise.  The weather was phenomenal, but this is when I really started to get anxious and depressed.  When I left my family for the first time, I felt very alone.  The loss of my mother would finally sink in.  For the most part, I was lonely.  I felt this way for months.  This chapter will talk about these issues in great detail.  I went through a lot of trials and tribulations during this time.  What will it take for me to persevere? You'll find out when this chapter is done.  Thanks for listening.  

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”  Charles R. Swindoll

Friday, February 3, 2012

Writing like crazy

Hello everyone,

My wife and I had a great time in Chicago celebrating my birthday with my brother and sister.  Chicago has some unbelievable restaurants.  The food was amazing!  The weather was cold, but it wasn't that bad. I was able to see my first glimpse of snow in over three years.  I can't wait to get back.  We will be going back this summer for a couple weeks.  

Since I got back from Chicago, I have been writing up a storm.  I'd say I'm about 3/4 of the way done with the first draft.  I wrote a chapter today about the day I graduated from Western Michigan University.  My graduation day was a bittersweet day.  I achieved a very important goal and it was a special moment, but it was tough because my mom wasn't there to watch me.  I know that she was watching down on me from a better place though.  

The next couple chapters will consist of my move to Florida and what transpired after I moved.  There were definitely a lot of ups and downs.  I can't wait to get these chapters done.  Hopefully in the next week, I will be done with the first draft.  Thanks for listening and I look forward to any comments.  

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”  Charles R. Swindoll