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At the writing of this particular article, I’ve only been married to Rachel for about two months.

So far, I love it!

Of course, when I say that, I’m often accused of having “honeymoon feels.” But I can understand that sentiment too. I still stand by what I said, though. I love Rachel and I love having the newly upgraded life of husband to a beautiful and supportive wife.

Even though it has only been a couple of months, I have been able to see at least ONE thing that has made the reality of marriage so unbelievably amazing:


The Ability & Support To Do More!

All within the time that Rachel and I have been married, we have already accomplished some really cool personal goals.

We have seen some things that we both individually and collectively would like to work on. And we are planning some really amazing adventures for the future!

Can you say “Road Trip!?”

None of that could truly be possible without Rachel in the mix!

My lifestyle has totally changed since I got married.

I’m taking more vitamins and considering my overall health more because my wife and her family is focused on the health and well-being of themselves and others.

I’m actually eating food that’s cooked at home rather than living off of bag after bag of quickly processed food…with a side of fries.

Nothing felt more manly than spending a whole Saturday with football playing in the background while I put together a bookshelf piece by piece. “Some assembly required” felt more like “ALL assembly required.”

Singleness did have its benefits. I was able to actually grow and learn and spend time by myself with the Lord. I was able to walk through some deep issues of brokenness and face fears and failures that would’ve otherwise made commitment to married more challenging.

Now that marriage is the new reality, I am both humbled and grateful and watchful. So far, it has been a fascinating and wild ride.

It has only been 2 months. And so far, I feel like multiplying that 2 by multiples of forever.

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 Those Days!

Today was one of those days! The deep desire to write today rose up and I just couldn’t help myself. I had to say something that would be meaningful! but what!?

Over the past few weeks, I have had intense highs and am dealing with some valley struggles. And yet, I know everything is going to be fine and okay.

It is like God has been whispering into my ear, telling me, “keep going” and “I’m with you” and “I put this in you…go forward.”

And yet, my circumstances sometimes seem to be just as loud as the conversation.

But, perhaps that’s the point. It is the decision to trust God…the decision to step forward…the decision at that break neck moment when the urge to write kicks in but the feeling of utter false failure and humiliation kicks in to try and keep you from being all that you are supposed to be.

Then again, it is the moment that you have the urge to do something that you really, truly enjoy and feel called too, and you make that decision right away to just do it. Why!? Because letting that moment pass my literally mean missing the opportunity to help and bless someone else!

I have people in my life who really trust me, love me and believe in me that helps make it worth while. The people that I am referring to have been my supporters and biggest fans from the beginning. It is all the more a good reason for me to not quite writing and blogging.

Now What!?

Lately, I have really been considering what I need to do to this blog site. The obvious answer is to keep writing. The other obvious answer is to keep writing about the things that I’m passionate about…and…share with all of you.

I think more than half of the reason I actually stopped writing for a period is because I actually forgot to share what was important:  My life and how much it has changed because of Faith…people….challenges….from childhood to adulthood.

With that, I am back and ready to put in the extra effort, and, even throw in a couple of sketches here and there.

 
So, WOW! Thank You SO much! It’s only been 24 hours and we are already at $35.00 int he Kickstarter campaign. Very cool!

I have a lot of people whom I have been helping me and sharing great advice on how to go forward and I am not taking any of the help for granted.

I was encouraged to give you all a better idea of how the funds, should the campaign be fully funded, will be used.

Needless to say, not a bad idea should you all be wondering what I’ll be attempting to get for the strip.

Counting The Cost

Currently, the only tool I’m needing in order to make “By and By” more standardized much like other webcomics is a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 that is valued at $899 and a Surface Pen for $59.99.

With your help the cost from out of pocket would be reduced immensely.

I’m aiming for a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 over an Apple iPad because of the Adobe suite…specifically, Photoshop and Illustrator. To add, I also have the ability to do a bit more with a laptop feel with the Surface Pro compared to an iPad.

Also, drawing on the tablet is so much better on the Surface Pro 4 than on the iPad. The sensitivity and the pinpoint accuracy of the pen to the Surface Pro screen is remarkable and it only keeps getting better.

I also understand, however, that as an artist and all-around creative, this is just my preference and not merely a review to end all reviews.

Why Support

Yesterday, I was listening to someone talk about knowing their “why,” and understanding the purpose behind what they do and how important it is for us to reach people.

With cartoons, I can do that. I can watch a cartoon series and pull a life changing lesson out of it. I can create my own cartoons and tell a story that lifts up the oppressed and the depressed.

As a kid, I constantly watched cartoons as a means to escape…to escape the bullying…to escape my personal struggles…to escape anxiety…now, I use it to help give life and set free countless children and adults who feel like they need an escape.

While my webcomic is a bit different, that’s the whole point, to be different and to express it and embrace it.

And I want to give that gift to someone out there whose in need of knowing that he’s not the only socially awkward guy out there whose a bit different from the world. And…I want them to know…that it’s okay. He, or she, is not alone.