Author: Christian

A Holiday Romance that Led to Marriage and a Happily Ever After

“So where did you guys meet?” The question sounded friendly, but the person sitting across from me was about to make an important decision: was my daughter an American citizen? “We met in Mexico,” I said hurriedly and without any added information. My tone was decidedly less friendly. I knew I didn’t have anything to worry about or hide, but these sorts of legal situations just make me nervous. “Oh, so are you Mexican?” The woman asked my wife Deborah, again with an amicable tone. “No, I’m Swedish,” Deborah answered with a relaxed look on her face. I was...

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Melaya’s Birth Story
Our 3-Hour Natural Birth Story

“Births are all kind of like that, aren’t they?” I asked Deborah, eyes still on my laptop. Deborah, sprawled out across the couch and faced directly at the TV, just sort of smirked, “no of course not.” I lifted my head out of the computer and squinted with my eyebrows. My face felt visibly puzzled. We had been watching a British show called, One Born Every Minute. Some documentary makers just follow couples as they go into labor. There’s an ad that kind of looks like the show. It plays every commercial break right before the show returns from...

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How Do We Set and Achieve Our Goals?

5 Reasons To Set Goals With Your Partner

July First two years ago, I met the woman of my dreams. She was perfect. The timing was perfect. We dated, traveled, met each other’s families, and got married inside of a year. You all know the story. What you may not know is what actually allowed us to get married so soon: goal setting and envisioning. Even in the first few weeks of knowing each other, Deborah and I talked about our goals and aspirations. The frankness of our discussions brought us closer, and within a couple of months, we were constructing our long-term plans together. For me, the whole process provided clarity...

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Love Letter to My Daughter
(Name Reveal)

I’ve never met you, but I love you with all my heart. I’ve never seen your face, but I adore everything about you. I’ve never heard your voice, but I will care for you for the rest of my life. I am your dad, and you are my daughter. Update: she was born June 17th, 2017 at 7:30a. The day before Father’s Day! Your name is Melaya, which means free. The Bible says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,” and it’s absolutely true, because God revealed your name to mom only weeks after we met. Your...

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How Time Flies – Our Baby is almost here

I looked up from my computer as my mom said, “time moves too fast. I would give anything to have you as a toddler again. Remember how you always said you’d live right next door to me?” I was heading off to University, and as far as I could tell, it had taken an entire eternity to just begin my life. From my mom’s perspective, though, it was a different story. The little boy she raised was now a man, and the memories she cherished were just memories. Yesterday, we hit the 37 week mark [we have hit the 38 week...

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