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Married Life

Hopefully I can surprise her with this.

I skipped the fertility blog yesterday and today. We will probably post every few days or so now that we have less to post. It’s been really fun reliving all of those internal ultrasounds, but it’s also been heavy emotionally for both of us, so I decided to take today to celebrate Samantha on her BIRTHDAY. Talk about timing! LOL.

I started this blog to try to keep up with all of our adventures, concerts, & travels. We’ve discovered a lot about each other in the last few years like how the max number of hours we can spend in the car without a substantial break is 16. We are both so different in some ways that we fit together like puzzle pieces. For instance, IKEA furniture: I like to organize all my parts and she just starts building without even unboxing fully which drives my insane.

This weekend we went to the aquarium here in Orlando and did Madame Toussauds Wax Museum. We are both incredible at posing with inanimate objects. We also saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit at the Enzian which was one of our first dates nearly 4 years ago! Sometimes we get dressed up all nice and go on dates. Alright enough about us..

Samantha,

You are without a doubt, the most loving and devoted human. You keep me grounded and centered. You are the Monica to my Chandler and the cheese to my gluten free macaroni. I can’t wait to see you holding our baby one day knowing that you will be the most incredible mother. I will fight for you today, tomorrow, and for all the days to come. Thank you for loving me in all the ways you show me and tell me. I cherish every moment with you and look forward to the many more adventures we are about to go on. Everything I do, I do for you. Soul mates, through and through.

I love you,

Steph

Turning 30 and reflecting on my 20’s.

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I turn 30 tomorrow.

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Ten years ago I was a sophomore in college wondering what my life would become and what sort of person I would end up being. I remember sitting on the edge of my extra long dorm room bed. I was totally alone for the first time in my life. My 20’s were a time when I truly and honestly lived and experienced every moment of each day. Granted, I slept through many a class and made some not-so-awesome decisions, but overall, my 20’s defined me as a person, as they tend to do for most people, I’m guessing.

When I was in High School, I was taught that the predetermined course for a woman like myself was to graduate, attend college, meet the man of my dreams, get married, have babies, and become a teacher or one of 3 other professions that would allow me to take care of the kids while also providing supplemental income to my husband. (To clarify, it’s okay if you did this – it just wasn’t for me..)

SIDE NOTE: Every year on my birthday from 16 until about 20, a princess movie was released on or near my birthday. Last night Sam and I were watching Princess Diaries 2 on the couch and the soundtrack gave me all the feels. The early 2000’s were so strange and mystifying, but also a time when we din’t have to make life-altering decisions yet. Do yourself a favor and enjoy this throwback.
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By 22 I had all but forgotten my “path of life”. I was in film school making movies that reflected my childhood and how it had affected my life. At this point in my life, I had recently “come out” and was re-inventing who I was as a person and not as someone who’s life was predestined. I had choices now and I was going to take advantage of them. During your 20’s, you discover that most of your bad choices pertain to individuals you date and the fact that you didn’t break up with them sooner, but that point is moot.

At 26, I was on my own again and trying to keep my head above water. I met my future wife when I was 26. It was such a different experience than the other people I had dated. It felt so adult. There was no drama. I was so proud to have chosen such a rich, genuine soul that I connected with. I asked her to marry me less than a month in. I knew she was the one, but we waited a few years until I asked her for real, though.

The last 4 years of my 20’s were the most life-changing, I think. I learned a lot in my lower 20’s that I could now apply to my upper 20’s in an attempt to “adult”. I’ve made many huge decisions that would affect the rest of my life. November 2016 I asked my wife to marry me. November 2017 we were married. In the last year, I’ve made the decision to go back to school, have ACED my first semester back to college, and now we’re talking about expanding our family.

Who knows what my life would look like if I had decided to follow that predetermined path. I’m doing things a little untraditionally, but I’m doing what works for me and for my family. I’m not expecting to have everything in my life sorted out by tomorrow or have a sudden realization that I’m adult now. I’m not expecting much to change other than I’ll be another year older. I can honestly say that I’m proud of the person I’ve become and I have a solid foundation and a solid support system. I’m ready for 30. Let’s turn the page on my 20’s and get this party started!