It's been said that the first step of a journey is the hardest and it seems the first post on a new blog is equally hard. I've been staring at a blank text box for nearly 5 minutes, trying to decide on the best way to introduce myself and this blog.
Who am I? Just a man that
wants to be a father - Depending on where I am and who I'm speaking to, I
guess I would identify myself in different ways - by my job (A Science
teacher), by my involvement in voluntary activities (I help to run a
Duke of Edinburgh's Award group), by age and gender (mid 30s, male), by
relationships (Husband to my wife of 2 months, Son to divorced
parents, Brother to a sister and step-sister, Uncle to a 3 year old
nephew and a 2 year old niece, Godfather to a 4 year old girl, friend,
colleague), by hobbies (Hiking and camping, Roleplay games, Motorbikes,
Reading anything and everything) but in my heart of hearts I am just a
man who wants to be a dad.
And that leads on quite nicely to why
I've started this blog - My wife and I have come to accept that the only
way we will become parents is by adopting. I'm hoping this blog will
be a record of my journey along the path from an inital enquirer to an
adoptive father, but also a place for me to explore the highs and lows
of the journey, to give me a space for self-reflection, to keep friends
and family in touch with what is happening, to connect with other people
who have walked the same path, maybe inspire some people following
behind me and hopefully one day be something I can look back on with my
son or daughter as we talk about how we became a family.