31,557,600 seconds

But only one first!

Today is the first time I’ve turned 49. It will also be my last. Over the next 365 days, I will incrementally become 50, and providing I continue to look after myself, those numbers will continue to rise. But today, today I am 49.

There are 31,557,600 seconds in a year, and while many of those seconds were spent sleeping, and a vast majority I have very little recollection about, I have also been blessed to have achieved some amazing things with some of those. And what has made those achievements and “things that I’ve done” all that greater, have been the people that are a part of my life.

So today as I celebrate turning 49, I want to celebrate the people who have helped me enjoy the last 31,557,600 seconds of my life. To everyone with whom I’ve shared seconds of my life, thank you!

Some highlights from my past year include:

  • spending a phenomenal amount of time with my family in Australia, and getting reacquainted with members of my family from years past,
  • traveling to Europe in March and meeting our former exchange student Emile’s family, traveling around Spain with Trey and Andrea, and experiencing new parts of the globe that I look forward to returning to,
  • new jobs and opportunities as I continue to work towards achieving our long-term dreams and goals,
  • new friends and long-term friends and continuing to build relationships, and
  • being able to celebrate Chris’s birthday in a unique way.

Every year for the past 18 years, I’ve thanked Chris for being my rock and being a solid foundation sharing each second as it ticks by, and this year is no different. Many of my special moments that I’ve experienced this past year has been with Chris by my side. I’m a lucky guy, and I am thankful for him every day.

Yes, today is my birthday, and I want to celebrate everyone who has helped make my year another one of those that I will look back on fondly. Thank you!

Happy Anniversary Sweetie!

Happy anniversary to my amazing husband, Chris Moss. March 5, 1999 I moved here without really knowing where life would lead me. That date became the date that we established our lives together. Over the years, we have had an incredible journey, and I’m so thankful that three years ago we were married, and started a new chapter in our lives. So today we will celebrate 17 years together and our 3rd wedding anniversary. I love him more than I could ever have imagined. He is my soul mate, my best friend, my husband and my world. Happy anniversary sweet man!

17th Anniversary

#lovewillwin

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether my marriage to Chris Moss should be valid in Texas (which it is currently not), and across this great country. Currently, our marriage is recognized in 38 states (plus DC), which means that our relationship has a different legal status depending on which state we are in. Texas is home (for now) and I am tired of being a second class citizen because of who I love. Chris and I have been together for over 16 years, just over 2 of these as a legally married couple. Our love for each other does not hurt anyone or infringe on anyone’s rights, yet there are people today who still believe that we should not have the same rights as everyone else, and they work everyday to infringe on our rights and fight against our right to have our marriage recognized. Please pray, wish and hope that the Supreme Court will end this madness and that one day very soon #LoveWillWin

Happy Anniversary

Sixteen years ago today, I began a journey with a man that I had fallen madly in love with. Two years ago today (same day) I was one of the happiest men on earth when Chris Moss and I exchanged vows on our wedding day. Today, like everyday, I am thankful that Chris is not only my husband, but my best friend and soul mate. Happy anniversary sweetie!

DOMA Unconstitutional

Image Source: The DOMA Project

Edited post from my Facebook:

Today’s decision completely changes my and Chris’s life together. For over 14 years, I have found (legal) ways to remain in this country to be with the man that I love, and create the family that we have together. This has involved student visa’s and temporary work visas, in many ways limiting what I can or could do, and prohibiting many things that could violate my status. For over 14 years, I have tried to remained lawful and considerate of my “temporary” place of residence. Today, I can finally be treated equally under the law for the first time. This is what DOMA’s demise means for me. This is why I celebrate with my husband, Chris Moss.