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Old 09-09-2014, 11:53 AM    (permalink
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Hey guys, just wanted to pop in to share some news. I know I'm not around here much anymore (and have lost a significant amount of interest in football and message boards, sorry) but I wanted to share some news with you all that I'm very excited about. A lot has changed in my life this year. I found the woman I will be spending the rest of my life with, moved out of the parents place, and made a new home with my own family. We have a 5 year old boy from her marriage with his father, as well as our own little homestead, with chickens and rabbits, for now, and have a new addition on the way. I've adapted to the role of a father in short time, and have had my bumps in the road, but things are going well. I may not have planted the seed for the boy who I see as my first son, but I am cultivating the mind, and have a new seedling on the way.

Kimberly and I found out she was pregnant about a month ago, and have been sharing the news with family and friends, and I wanted to share it with all of you, as I feel you all have played a role in shaping my path. I've assumed a lot of responsibility in the past few months, and look forward to more. This little gift of life and love is going to be another point of responsibility, which I've found, has brought out the best parts within myself, and has helped me discover the best parts of myself, and I am anticipating our new son or daughter more and more every day. The baby is due around the end of march or early April, and the days can't get here fast enough. Anyway, I hope you all have a great day, and I'll let you know how things go.
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I'm afraid I don't get the seed references, but I'm guessing it has to do with your chickens.

Congrats, EATW, and watch out for raccoons!
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I'm afraid I don't get the seed references, but I'm guessing it has to do with your chickens.

Congrats, EATW, and watch out for raccoons!
lol. We've got two Silkie black c*cks protecting our ladies (Silkies are a breed), raccoons don't stand a chance.

Thanks TH, and IBC, thanks a bunch!
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Congrats! It's exciting . . . then exhausting! lol

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Congrats man! That's awesome! But we do miss you around these parts.
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Congratulations! Hope all is well, and good luck with the parentig thing!
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Congrats Waffles. Good luck in life man.
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Congrats EATW! Glad to hear the great news!
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Congratulations man. Don't get so lost in the wilderness and not use the Internet.
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Congrats brotha dont forget about us dude!
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Good work. Not just on having your own kid, but also on raising a kid that isn't yours. There aren't many men up for that challenge.
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1. As somebody who never interacts with raccoons, I will love and defend them.

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keep him away from the power tools. He doesn't need to freak out another message board with pics in like 18 years.

but congrats buddy <3
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Thanks everyone, I promise I will never forget to come back and check in with you all. You're all important in my life, and people I could never forget. I may not be around all the time, but I think of you all and this place on a regular basis, and as time goes on, I will check in more (without the fuss over making a thread like this one, lol) and see how things are going with you all, as well.
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Congrats! It's exciting . . . then exhausting! lol

Good luck!
This I know, and it doesn't get any less exhausting when they are older. I'm sure you find, as a parent, as your kids age, you're just trading worries with every step of progress you make. That alone is exhausting, but the recognition of progress is worth it all, particularly when you see they are making progress in things you hadn't even worked on. Hearing parts of yourself in the voice of a child, or seeing your positive influence on another life gives me such gratitude. It makes the inherent struggles of parenthood wash away, and when you inherently hear your own negative influence back (yes, it happens), you realize more about yourself than you ever could on your own, and because of that, I feel I am going through a period of growth just as much as our boy. It's exhausting, but the reward... we're all trying to get better, in our own separate ways, but together, we are able to progress in a way that is stronger and healthier. This doesn't just apply to families, if all people had the mentality to work together, we would progress in a way that is best for all. We receive our lessons in the manner in which we send them, and if we want to learn our lessons kindly and with respect, you have to be what you wish to reflect.

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This I can make no promises with. If Kimberly and I have our way, we're going to eventually find a place in the middle of nowhere and build ourselves an earthship, and live off our land. Maybe we'll have internet ;)


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Good work. Not just on having your own kid, but also on raising a kid that isn't yours. There aren't many men up for that challenge.
It is a challenge unlike any I've experienced, and one I know will always be a responsibility to take seriously, as with parenting your own child. I just find it unfortunate that the boy's father doesn't see it the same way. I'd love if our little guy could have two strong father figures in his life, but I will always be there to at least give him one, because every child deserves a strong mother figure and a strong father figure.

It's an elastic relationship at the beginning, we had to learn how to handle divided attention of his mother, both him and I, among many other factors, but as time goes on, we are getting better at finding a more stable balance. I've realized just how much my parents and my upbringing have influenced my mentality, and in the relationship with the little man, I've had to come to realizations on aspects of my mentality that serve me and ones that don't. Trial and error, and experimentation, it really makes me feel like parenthood is inherently unfair to children, honestly, but making things as fair as possible, at least in your own home (as well as preparing them for the inequality of the world), is a responsibility of parenthood.

But being a father for this little boy truly isn't hard. He's is a very kind, bright, and passionate little boy, with loads of energy and ambition. I see bits of myself more and more as time goes on, but the thing that has truly made it easy to loves him as my own since I met him is that he has so much of his mother's influence as well. With so many pieces of his mother, her traits and qualities, the breath of her life, I see him as part of her, another extension of her, and when you realize that about a child in this situation, that they are literally another aspect of the one you love, loving the child is easy, whether it's "yours" or not.

I do realize not every man (or woman) can have this ability, but perhaps it's because they haven't been subject to that type of perspective. But if you want to, truly, the choice is easy. All of life is a choice, and if you choose love, love comes back to you, in all kinds of different ways.
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1. As somebody who never interacts with raccoons, I will love and defend them.

2. Best of luck and keep being happy.
I love raccoons, as long as the leave my chickens alone, so you should be ok.
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keep him away from the power tools. He doesn't need to freak out another message board with pics in like 18 years.

but congrats buddy <3
I'm already freaking out about what the little ones will be doing when they're older. But all I can do is help them learn from my mistakes, hopefully.
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As long as his father doesn't teach him how to post pictures on message boards, it'll be alright.

Good luck with everything EATW. Don't neglect us too much.
If you remember, I had difficulty with that, so I'd assume my offspring will too, for the sake of the internet, and queasy people everywhere, I will withhold this information from them... as long as I can.
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