Happy Birthday, Baby Girl


Baby girl, today you turn 10 years old. I’ve been dreading the day you turn double digits because it means you’re that much closer to being a grownup. I’m unwilling to give up the little girl that came into the life of your mother and I 10 short years ago.

Every day you cease to amaze me with your love of life, your incredible mind that won’t stop working and your innocence that inspires me to look at the world without jaded glasses.

I love the way you will try new things after I hound you for days and I love even more the way you love them more that I thought you would.

You still run to the door and give me a hug when I get home from work or a trip and you still hop in my lap for snuggles. Never stop doing that.

You give your all when the time calls for it, and you know how to relax and chill out like a true Richter.

Your and awesome big sister and a true friend to everyone.

I can’t count how many people have said what a good kid you are. Every time someone mentions you, your mom and I can’t help but beam with pride.

You’re smart, funny, and have latched on to the sarcasm that your mother and I have flowing through our veins. I’m not sure if that last one is a good thing, but it sure makes for good times around the Richter compound.

The past 10 years have been an amazing journey. I can’t wait to see what the next 10 have in store for us.






My last goal weight update was weigh (see what I did there…?) back in July of 2011. Since then I have hovered within the same 25lbs.

In January, I started boot camp with some friends from church (shout out, SouthField!) and the pounds started to come off again. Yesterday morning, I weighed in at 224.8. Under the 225 I needed to post a new picture.

I’ve been taking a picture every 25 lbs lost, so this will be the last weight related picture in the series. I may lose more, but will not go below 200. Now it’s time to maintain this loss and start building strength.

You can see the full journey at faterik.posterous.com.It hasn’t been updated in quite some time, but previous weight and status updates live there.

More thoughts to come…

20 miles


This is the same road, but the picture on the left was taken 20 miles south and about 20 minutes before the picture on the right.

In the course of 35 minutes, I went from sun to white out blizzard to sun again.

Crazy weathers in New York there is…