Morning by Morning (9/20/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Connecting with an angry father yesterday and helping calm him down through our shared bond as fathers.
  1. Reliable transportation with my car.
  2. Listening to Ryan say “I had fun at school” with no prodding.
  3. Exposing Ryan to a labyrinth (pictured)
  4. Sleeping and waking in a place of safety, when some others across the city, the US, and the world sleep in violent or war torn places.
  5. The daily encouragement I get from Liz. She’s good to me.

Morning by Morning (9/19/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The kindness of others, specifically DeAndre and Liz, who both blessed me immensely Monday and Tuesday. Liz brought me a working thermometer and ice cream for Ryan and DeAndre helped watch Ryan for a short time.
  2. Being back at the hospital after a couple days away.
  3. A restful sleep.
  4. Learning to let go.
  5. Quiet mornings.
  6. Hearing the sounds of the Octonauts in the morning, which means Ryan is with me and his smile not too far away!
  7. Getting distance from my phone and other tech.

Morning by Morning (9/17/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Quiet time on the patio with birds chirping this morning.
  2. Seeing Ryan at church and his response being energetic and excited to see his playmate.
  3. Ryan moving up in his church class, so he is no longer in the nursery. It’s another step in growing up.
  4. The sound of waves to the beach, which always calms me as I think about the smallness of us and the immensity of the sea, and knowing that God cares for us even as small as we are.
  5. Snuggling with my sick boy and being a nurturer today, or at least trying.
  6. Having a sense of safety in our apartment complex. It’s important for both Ryan and me.

Morning by Morning (9/15/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Quality time with Liz.
  2. Becoming an honorary part of the FSU Seminoles for their college football watch party!
  3. Ice cream cookie sandwiches at Smoosh. They are really good and even better free!
  4. Knowing that Ryan is loved and cared for, when he is with me or with Elana. Going through this with Aiden before, it feels so comforting to know Ryan is always well cared for.
  5. Air conditioning.
  6. An amazing afternoon with tons of great sun.
  7. Having the resources to do some of the things I love without too much financial stress. Part of this is that Elana managed our budget well during our marriage, which I respect, and part of it is that I have managed myself and my budget before and after. Nonetheless, there are good things in this world and I get to enjoy a lot of it.

Morning by Morning (9/14/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Matt Musick, one of my favorite doctors in the world. I love his passion, his humor, and his big heart.
  2. Phil Rice, a great mentor and friend.
  1. Mentoring new chaplain students, which is a great opportunity to see growth, celebrate learning, and do great reflection on my own ministry.
  1. The relaxation felt around the beach and nature.
  1. Lounging in bed in the mornings.
  2. The availability of clean water around me.

Morning by Morning (9/13/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The calm I’ve experienced in my recent morning meditations.
  2. Gods comfort to parents in times of crisis.
  1. Ryan’s snuggles with me this morning.
  2. Little moments when I can make Ryan happy…like when I pull out fruit snacks every day on the way to school, or come up with an adventure for us, or I play hide and seek with him and pretend.
  3. The beautiful welcoming sunshine this morning!
  4. Cookies.
  5. Baileys patience with us when his walking schedule is abnormal.

Morning by Morning (9/12/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Josh Denham, my brother who has just moved to Texas with his wife and kids. Josh has impressed me with his faith and maturity and continuing to live into his adult life with great love. And I am so grateful to have some family close. Happy birthday Josh!
  2. Heider Suarez! Fun guy, honest guy, and one with lots of integrity and love for his kids. Happy birthday Heider!
  3. Washing the sheets because Ryan had a no 1 accident last might. It might not seem something to be grateful for, but it means I am trusting Ryan more and more each night without a pull up and that means a lot.
  4. The rain water that brings needed moisture and continues the life of the nature around us.
  5. Ryan’s curly hair.

Morning by Morning (9/11/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. All the postcards and little encouragements I received from Liz during her travels.
  1. Lots of deep sleep last night.
  2. The relaxation of my meditation times.
  3. Playing with Ryan as we “cooked bananas” and added some Ukrainian chocolate honey too (pictured)
  4. Hearing Ryan talk more and more.
  5. Bailey, and all he has meant to me over the last 6 years.

Morning by Morning (9/10/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The cooler weather we have right now, and the ability to walk to work without sweating profusely.
  2. Waking up with Ryan, and how I get to be a part of his morning routine and getting his day off well.
  3. Having warm and cold water at the ready. It’s just such a gift and not one that all of our world shares and historically has been quite rare. But I am so grateful for those little things that mean a lot!
  4. Playing hand and foot with good friends.
  5. The journey of growth with all the pains and joys this year, both as partner and father.
  6. Good leadership, in anything.

Morning by Morning (9/8/18)

My daily gratitude for the people that in the last month have been my encouragers:

  1. Liz Bryant, and further she has been an amazing selfless girlfriend who cherishes me being myself. Priceless!
  2. Stephen and Dawn Lucas, who always have my back and have a card game waiting. Such good people.
  3. Steve Sargent. A steady presence and wise heart to lean into.
  4. Shailendra Das, who has been super supportive of my work at TCH, and further loves sports as much as I do.
  5. Laura N, an RN who has been quite a sojourner and a person who I can always be honest with.
  6. Angela Carriaga, a seasoned vet of this new life I am leading and a listener and cheerleader (for me) extraordinaire.
  7. Ben Snyder, who has grown into his wisdom and who always brings me a smile, but who also is a sharp empathetic listener.
  8. King Mbani, and his love of Ryan has been love for me.
  9. Jeremy Hegi, whose checkins have always seemed timely.
  10. Tim Parker. His friendship from afar has been strong and present.