We are just about to embark home from a weekend away.  We went to the Chicago area for a cheerleading competition.   I was so impressed with Chloe’s team’s performance.  The competition was the stiffest they have ever faced and they tied for second.   Chloe was nervous as hell but she stared down the fear and nailed both her front tucks.  I’m so much more attached to the process than the outcome.  I really don’t care what place they come in.  I care how much effort and teamwork they put in to get to the big day.  That’s what matters to me most.

We spent the afternoon taking in Chicago yesterday.  What a great city.  We need to come back and take a week to explore it all.  But it was nice to get a taste of it on a lovely spring day.   The kids walked like champs. Of course they knew they had no choice which helped them keep putting one foot in front of the other.

I am grateful for the good things that are happening in my life.  I am become a more loving and caring husband and father all the time.   I am searching for ways to add more of what is good in my life and the not so good is slowly fading away.

I’m writing a book under the tutelage of someone who wants to help me.  This whole process is so educational and uncomfortable.  I feel like I have no clue what I am doing. But….I have a little more of a clue than I did last week.  I do love the discomfort actually.  It’s a challenge to stay in a good frame of mind when I am sitting, staring at words that all seem totally stupid.  Sometimes a gem is just a tweak away and other times I need to start from scratch.  There’s nothing like a little creative destruction to get the day started 🙂

My friend Larry from The Good Dad Project offered to introduce me to Drew Manning yesterday.  Amazing! Drew is the guy that gained and lost 70 pounds.  He wanted to see what life was like to be fat and then chronicle the journey back to fit.  He is an author, podcaster and exceptionally fit dude.  I’m so grateful that I have the chance to make another important connection.

I am grateful for today.  What are you grateful for?