As I look outside and see the snow fall, I can't help but be so thankful. I have been so lucky to experience so many different things that I am truly blessed. The way that Riley makes me feel when she smiles at me is unbelievable. I can be having the worst day in the world and come home and she just makes me melt...definitely Daddy's little girl. I have to imagine a lot of parents get frustrated with the sounds of their baby crying so loud that all of the neighbors can her them. For me, it is totally different...to me, her crying signifies life and everything it has to offer. I know it sounds weird, but it really does not bother me. I feel lucky to even have the opportunity to hear her cry and her screams are just part of life. Just now I was feeding her and her little hand grabbed a hold of my pinky and it just blew me away. Meg and I created her and she is such a joy. Others are not so lucky. We have 1.4 americans that are diagnosed with cancer each year and over 560,000 die each year from this disease in the US alone. Some of them won't be able to experience the same thing that I have. We have lots of work to do.
I know it sounds cliched, but we really have to live in the moment. Enjoy the baby screaming, the snow falling, the traffic jam, the touch of a child, and even the noisy neighbor upstairs (right now, haha). Seriously, life is too short to not enjoy every minute it has to offer. Is it easy? Hell no, we all get caught up in every day life, but it is moments like these that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I am lucky to have amazing friends, a fantastic wife, great in-laws, a loving family and of course Riley, our little miracle baby.
LiveSTRONG, Be well, and Keep Climbing!