2018: Great Joys and Great Challenges

2018 was a year of significant changes for me. I came into the year with lots of expectations, uncertainty, and assumptions like we all do at the start of a new year. The year started with my wife’s growing belly. She was past her first trimester and we were excited to meet our little boy or girl. It was too early to be panicking about everything still to be done before the baby would arrive. In April came the news that my job was moving, and I could either move with it or lose it. We deliberated and prayed about the move, and decided it was best option.  The timeline for the move was faster than I had expected though. We decided to find a new home in Delaware before the baby came in June, because we knew our hands would be full afterwards. It was stressful, but we had a house under contract before the end of May. In June we welcomed Sebastian into our lives. In the weeks that followed I didn’t get much sleep, but I felt productive. This would change as the baby grew and required a lot more of both of us. July and August just seemed to disappear. There was so much to be done with the new house, the move, and getting the old house ready to sell. I learned how to refinish floors, install garage doors, and many other smaller home care skills. I owe a lot of thanks to my wife’s family for all their help and support through the whole moving process. We got our old house on the market in September just as the market slowed down.  The sale went through in early December. I’m not proud of all the time I spent worrying about whether it would sell or not.

I’m grateful for all the love and support I’ve received from my wife this year. I feel bad for being so grumpy in 2018. Some of it is from a lack of sleep, and of some of it is from all the changes the year brought. My wife got a lot less sleep, and has been caring for our little guy like a champ (even though she might not feel that way most days). We were both sad to leave Pennsylvania. I’m hoping that my attitude towards Delaware will change in 2019 as we start to meet more people and explore the area.

Our son, Sebastian was the best part of 2018. His smile is infectious and the cure for any bad day. My resolution for 2019 is to remember to fully enjoy the time I have with my wife watching our son grow and learn about the world around him.

I did manage to do some fun creative things in 2018. I produced a series of video promotions with the talented Jon Nyquist for the Sierra Vintners wine association in northern California.