As 2018 comes to a close and the buzz of the Holidays is all around us, I’ve had some time to reflect on what’s happened this past year, and wow! It’s so easy to just stay in the grind of work, family, and social activities that before you know it, a whole year has passed. As I get older, the more this seems to occur, and the more I remember how my parents and grandparents would always tell me that time flies, and I begin to freak out! I feel like I’m in one of those Progressive commercials where I’m slowly turning into my parents, and I laugh once again (I love their commercials). This year, however, has been a little different (duh!) since we are expecting our baby boy very soon.

Knowing that I will be a father in 2019 has made me think about what this next year might be like and how life is about to change drastically for us. I think about my childhood often and about what I always imagined life would be like as an adult…silly childhood Fabi was so cute and naive. It’s also put some things into perspective as I think of what kind of father I will be and what’s really important in this life. I hope to be able to take advantage of every second of 2019 and not take things for granted. I hope to start building a strong relationship with Lucas and that years from now, I will be able to look back and not regret anything.

I also can’t help but look back at 2018 and be extremely grateful for everything that God has done in our lives, and for all the support we’ve received from our families and friends. I’m thankful for my incredible, beautiful wife who’s such an inspiration to me every day (you can read about some of my bragging here). Her love and support has also made 2018 one of the best years in our relationship. Our families have been nothing but supportive and loving. We’ve been blessed to have such incredible families and are so happy that we moved back to Maryland to be closer to both sides. For those that don’t know, Grace and I spent a couple of years in Georgia while Grace finished veterinary school (and yes we miss our Georgia friends – y’all became like family to us and we will always love you!). And of course, our friends have been our community! We’ve felt the love through the baby showers, favors, and time spent together and couldn’t ask for better friends (this also includes our GA people – we’ve felt your love this past year too!).

Overall, I’m just extremely thankful for everything in our lives. The companies that Grace and I work for, the churches we’ve gone to, our good health, the people we’ve met, and the experiences we’ve lived through. I can’t wait for 2019 and for our lives to change and grow! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! Cheers!

Check out some of the other posts from this year!

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