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Making of The Story of Addie Birthday Video

1:28am


March 18th, 2022


Tears streaming down my face.


A deep feeling of neglect and regret ran pulsing through my veins.


Am I a terrible father?


Am I a phony?


Addie turns 6 today.


And I missed her last two birthdays.


I was physically here.


But I wasn't mentally here.


I started a business two years ago.


Took off my suit, put on a backwards hat and put 900% into my business, my clients and my "mission".


I was working from home 100% of the time.


In theory, that should have equated to more quality time with my kids.


But it didn't.


I wasn't mentally present.


My mind was completely consumed by work and I couldn't think about anything else.


24/7/365


For the first 4 years of Addies life, and the first 2 of Parkers, I wrote, directed, shot, edited, scored and published a "birthday video" for them.


It was my way of helping our family reflect on and celebrate their year.


I let that habit fall to the wayside.


Until today.


March 18, 2022.


Our first and oldest child, Addilyn Leeann Granner, turns 6 years old.


Just as her little baby baboon bib says,


"My heart belongs to Daddy",


MY heart belongs to Addie.


In an attempt to turn things around,


I am reviving my annual birthday video tradition.


Happy Birthday Addie. 🎉🎂🥳


I love you.😘❤️🥰



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