A while ago, Nellie and I were talking about all the blogs that exist in the blogosphere. Many are from very creative people with outstanding abilities. There are also a large number authored from the perspective of one sex or the other. Although I'm certain they exist, I'm not sure there are many blogs that are co-authored by a husband and wife. We decided to start the blog Share the Pants (sharethepants.blogspot.com). Nellie came up with the name after we threw around some other ideas. The thought process was that we both like to be in charge and both have mild contol-freak personalities. Our marriage has been a give and take process of learning to pick our battles and learning to see things from each others perspectives. If you asked us who wears the pants in our house, we would both admit that we each wear shorts. Since WeBothWearShorts.Blogspot.com was both weird and unavailable (just a joke, didn't even check...maybe it's a nice blog about a couple who wear shorts or something--check it out, let me know), we settled on Share the Pants. If I'm honest, it's not my favorite name, but that's because I feel like I'm selling out on some of my masculinity by allowing the name--but isn't that what the blog is about--not always winning and having our way?
We're planning on sporadically adding posts, because we're fun and spontaneous and setting a schedule just wouldn't work. We might even have my entries be in blue text with hers in white. I don't know. Who knows? I hope it's a great blog. I even hope that I don't allow this one to die. As I read some of the older entries it's like reading my journal. My very public and embarrassing journal. My dad asked me if Perkins Family Chaos was dead and you know what? I hope not.
I love my life. I have the best wife anyone could ever hope to have. As a 22 year-old who wasn't old enough to grow full sideburns, I was lucky enough to make the best decision of my life. Nellie is very nearly everything to me. She encourages me through silly projects and ambitions, supports me in doing what I need to in order to support our family. She is beautiful, charitable and down-right sexy! I have a son who is wise beyond his years, so generous and full of empathy and love. I can always count on him to do the right thing and I love his guts. I have a now 6 year old daughter who has the life of the party personality. She is sweet and loving as well. She often asks me to bend my shaved head down so she can kiss me on the top of my head and it melts my heart every time. I have an adorable two year old daughter who grows more stubborn every day. She is darling and loves Elvis both for his looks and music. She can always make me smile and she will literally jump around the house for hours at a time. I am so blessed to have the wonderful home life that others dream of. There is nothing fake about it--I am truly, madly, deeply in love with my family.
I love my Savior Jesus Christ. He is the rock and foundation of my life. I am wholly reliant on his grace and mercy. I am grateful that I can be forgiven when I make mistakes and don't live up to what I know. I love the Bible and Book of Mormon--reading them brings me tremendous peace and perspective in the trials of everyday life. I love my church community and all the wonderful people in my neighborhood. Last Saturday we came home from vacation expecting jungle grass in our front yard, instead we found two of our wonderful neighbors cleaning up after having mowed said jungle. Our life is full of tender mercies from The Lord. I love to be in the temple, I feel so blessed to have such a sacred edifice so close to us. I love to worship and have a break from the world. I love the pioneers who went before me that guided me to become a member of The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although the church is full of imperfect people of whom I am chief, I have felt the Holy Spirit witness to me on thousands of occasions that it is the true church. The church helps me to be the father, the husband and the man I should be.
Of course I had the best mom and dad a kid could have, I follow the best college football team (BYU Cougars), and I have a cute house and awesome road bike etc. I don't think anyone really visits this blog anymore so I'm mostly just writing this to the void. It feels good to put it out there though, and that's one thing I love about blogging.
'Til we meet again.