I totally didn't even realize today was national coming out day! We took a picture to mark the occasion. A lot of people post and share their stories today. Sharing their struggles and their triumphs over the hurdles, or even walls, surrounding the ability to live their truths. Dustin and I have very different stories of our coming outs. He's been living his truth for just about a decade before I came out to my family and more importantly to myself. Coming out is not for everyone and today is certainly not meant to give you anxiety about coming out or not. You might find yourself in a variety of situations; from being a public personality, a conservative family, your own fears and so many other possibilities. Its not always easy. For some, yes, its easy, you grow up in a family where you know without a shadow of a doubt that you'll be accepted for who you are. We know, better than most, that its different for everyone. Most of all, you do you, we'll be her
Finally. Today the last of my equipment came in and we completed a successful test. The goal is to do a weekly podcast, about 30-45 minutes long, covering -well everything! We're going to talk about raising our son, working full-time, taking care of a home, entertaining friends and taking care of ourselves. We'll see how this goes. I don't have any delusions about why I'm doing it. We're going to do it primarily to document our lives with raising our son. My ultimate goal is doing it because I've been searching for a Dad podcast that is honest, engaged and talks about all the positions in a family, not just the traditional mom/dad roles. Going through our IVF-Surrogacy Journey it was all about traditional male and female roles. We'll talk about that, and lots of other things. We'll share our favorite recipes, design tips and tricks, DIY tips, books, products and procedures that have worked for us. We hope you enjoy it and come hang with us.
I meant to write and post this a month ago...needless to say, we've been busy. Its not easy to write up a blog post these days. I'm not complaining. Its awesome. A little over two months ago, we named our first-born son, John Robert Tidwell-Davidson. Some people asked where the names came from. I hesitated to post and explain right away because, well...we don't have to. It was today as we start shutting down January that I wanted to get it out. Not because anyone has asked, but because his name is important and the stories should be told. Let's start with his first name... John - My grandfather. John Daniel Chester. An inspirational, traditional and yet avant-garde man who was one half of the men (my dad being the other) that helped shape who I am today. My grandfather was born in the 1920s. Was in the Navy, worked in the health physics department at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island. Was active in the community, was th