This is 36

My recent 36th birthday has inspired me to start a new series, This is 36, which will be a bit unlike the kind of stuff I typically write. The majority of my blog material up until this point has mainly consisted of me writing sweet letters to my sweet children.

However, my newest series will focus on my attempt at giving you a less guarded look at what I’m really thinking, as the 36 year-old husband and father I am.

My 36th birthday got started when I was surprisingly pie-faced. I instantly started laughing, and couldn’t stop. For me, it was the perfect symbolism for where I am at in life right now.

I have been married nearly 9 years. I have a son in Kindergarten and a daughter who just turned one. I live in a cul-de-sac. I drive a 2004 Honda Element with 167,000 miles on it. My life is pretty settled at this point.

At 36, I’m neither young nor old. I’m not bald yet nor do I have gray hair. But my time is surely coming soon any day now….

It’s like sitting in the back middle row of a 15 passenger church bus on a road trip to Ohio. It’s like getting pie-faced and without skipping a beat, thinking to yourself, “Yeah, this seems about right. This is 36.”

I am grateful for my wonderful life. At the same time, I don’t want to do “the Facebook thing” where I only provide you with a highlight reel of my life.

Instead, I want to be balanced. Most of the time on my blog, I’ll be writing cute stories about my kids and how much I love them and my wife.

But when you see “This is 36” in the title, you can know to expect something a little different. I want to explore other topics that I wouldn’t normally, like…

-How my definition of happiness to 100% based on my family being happy, not necessarily myself.

-Why it’s so fundamentally difficult to get our family to church on time.

-How weird it is to think I have took an oath before God to spend the rest of my life with the same woman until one of us dies, yet Jesus himself made it clear people will not be married in Heaven.

Those are just a few the topics I plan on tackling in this new series.

I want this page to serve as the main table of contents for each new post for This is 36.

So just check below to see what I’m come up with so far. Click on the title of the story you’d like to read, and see if you can relate to my life at age 36….

The Story behind the Pie-Face Picture on My 36th Birthday
This is 36: The Story behind the Pie-Face Picture on My 36th Birthday
This is 36: The Story behind My 1 Year-Old Daughter’s 1st Face Palm at the Mexican Restaurant
This is 36: Without Saying a Word, My 1 Year-Old Daughter Convinced Me to Buy Her a Stuffed Animal from Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2
This is 36: I’m No Longer in Denial that It’s Difficult (and Stressful!) for Our Family to Make It To Church on Time
This is 36: My Wife and I are Rarely Seen Together in Public, Despite Being Happily Married
This is 36: The CD Player in My Paid Off, 13 Year-Old Car Stopped Working… So I Now I Use My Shattered iPod from 2006
This is 36: I Got the “I’m Not a Soccer Dad” Haircut
This is 36: We’re Not Hypocrites for Using Facebook as a Highlight Reel from Our Lives
This is 36: Can I Just Eat My Garlic & Pepper Ramen Noodles in Peace?!