I am a very lucky man – I’ve got an amazing wife and am the father to three wonderful kids. Lylli was born on Halloween in 2008, Gracie was born November 2010 and although she only lived for 17 months, she will remain as much a part of this family as the rest of us, and Mickey Gray, our first son, was born in June of 2012. I’m not going to say that life has gone exactly as I would have wanted, but it is a good life and I am determined to make the best of it.

This blog is an attempt to document my quest to become a dad that my family can be proud of.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

June 30th 2007

What can I say that I haven't already said about my wife?  I'll spare you most of the same ol' sappy stuff that I've touched on a few times during our journey so far with Gracie.  It's crazy to think that four years ago today, we gathered in a park with a couple hundred of our family and friends and got married – When I think back about that beautiful day, I wouldn't have changed a thing.  Back then I knew I was lucky to marry her, but as we've faced the many challenges that have been presented to us since that day – I have to add, also, how thankful I am.  I don't know how I would have made it to today without her as the yang to my ying.  She is so many things that I am not – and I can't thank her enough for the wife she is to me, but more importantly, the mother she is to our daughters.  It's easy to be happy when everything is going great, but we've had some scary times already and to see how she's been during those times proves without a doubt that she is who I am supposed to be with – Some people originally may have only seen the quiet, easy to please, beautiful woman (like I said, my opposite) – but I think, by now, so many have also gotten the opportunity to see how amazingly strong she is too.  Because of her, Gracie is going to live a long life – Just one of the many reasons that I am beyond proud of her.


Carrie -

Thank you for putting up with me and for becoming my wife – thank you for being such a wonderful mother to our amazing daughters -- and thank you for supporting my, at times, pathetic effort to get healthy – I know its selfish of me to come home after work and then leave you, with a wild 2 year old and crying baby, to go run – I know you know how important it is for me to get healthy and your support means everything.   Thank you for putting up with me on those days where I spend more time pouting about getting to this point than doing something about it.  You don't see old fat people and I plan to spend many evenings as an old man hanging out with you in our rockers on the porch talking about how proud we are of our children (I originally typed girls instead of children, but as you know another Delaney family cousin was born just the other day – of course a girl – this has to be some sort of a record – You've got to think the odds are that the next one will be a boy – you ready?)     

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