Morning by Morning (7/1/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Being at work with my good colleagues Chris and Natalie. I love our trio of preceptors and friends!
  2. Rebecca Lee, and her kindness and openness asking me how I was doing today. She is a good nurse and very gentle and understanding!
  3. Leah Snyder, and the immense blessing she is through Bering Drive, showing love through motherhood, and Ben Snyder. Happy birthday Leah!
  4. Working at an institution that is excellent at caring for even unknown things like the virus and multi inflammatory diseases, thanks to our ID team, our Rheumatology team, and our Critical Care team.
  5. The ways Texas Childrens is striving to protect their workers with masks, distance, and adjustment of rounds and other meetings, as well as their financial coverage during all of this.
  6. The warmth of the outside after being in a chilled hospital.
  7. The fun socks I get to wear to the hospital, including beach socks, dog socks, crazy designs with tacos or sushi, and many others. They give me a smile every day.

Morning by Morning (6/30/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The flowers that greet us in our neighborhood when we drive near the bayou.
  2. The work of Kolter’s leadership, Ms Crossett, Ms Francisco and Ms Richardson in evaluating and educating and cheering on Ryan.
  3. Catching up with Linda, my aunt, this past Sunday. I love her deeply and I am grateful for the ways in which she has blessed my parents over the years.
  4. Justin Pardee, with whom I am grateful to share the journey of fatherhood and faith. Happy birthday Justin!
  5. Jason McMullen, whose wisdom and full hearted character make him a great nurse, a great father, and a dedicated VAD coordinator. He is one hell of a hard worker, and he loves God on top of it all. Happy birthday Jason!
  6. The education and advocacy of Embrace Race. I appreciate the thought provoking reflections and deep look at the nuances of our culture.
  7. The new coffee beans from Java Pura. Those people do it well!

Morning by Morning (6/29/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Liz giving me an hour every day for Spanish study. It’s not easy with a child around all the time, but it’s so helpful!
  2. A good friend and nurse, Krystal Herbeck. She is super kind and welcoming, and a very engaging personality and nurse. Happy birthday Krystal!
  3. Shadra Robison, an OT who is so so good with families. She is so well respected and well loved amongst her TCH friends! Happy birthday Shadra!
  4. Jeremy Hegi’s hospitality and friendship, which made Abilene and graduate school so manageable.
  5. Our road trips as a family when we were kids, to Solvang, yo Placerville, or even to Kentucky with my grandmother!
  6. The relaxing beach theme in our house. It is really calming for me.
  7. The emergence of lots of serranos in our garden! How delicious they will be!

Morning by Morning (6/28/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. A slow morning with all of us snuggling in bed as we slowly woke up! (Ryan joined us shortly after the sun rose.)
  2. Jessica Evey, who has always been one of the best nurses I know, always on point in her care, communicative, skilled, attentive to every detail, and funny amidst it all. Happy birthday Jessica!
  3. Paul and Rebekah Riddles kind and loving pastoral care for our family.
  4. Grace Harmon, a social worker who I love working with. I trust and appreciate her liveliness, her passion for serving, and willingness to do whatever she can!
  5. Knowing I have enough of everything. I don’t always feel it as I am human, but when I feel it it is a blessing.
  6. Making Ryan laugh.
  7. Making tortillas this morning! How fun!

Morning by Morning (6/27/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Chris Moore, my cousin, hard worker, bowling lover, and man of perseverance with the car he built. Happy birthday Chris!
  2. Eric Carle, whose drawings and writings have blessed so many and bring smiles and wonder to Ryan. (It was his birthday yesterday I think!)
  3. Chad Watson, who was a good friend during my time at Pepperdine. Love his calm and easygoing nature!
  4. Lauren Salinas, a RN and friend in the Heart Center whose leadership and humor are always on point.
  5. Everything bagels from New York Bagels with their lox cream cheese. It’s so perfect for Saturday mornings.
  6. Having a local business owner who knows us. I love that Kickin Kimbucha folks remember us and our particular taste buds!
  7. Our dogs love of the backyard.

Morning by Morning (6/26/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Having a job where I get to walk with families and nurses and hear their stories, hopes, anxieties, and lives.
  2. Getting tomorrow morning to sleep in.
  3. Paul Checchia’s wisdom and honest advocacy for healthcare in our city and state.
  4. Albert and Becky Reimer and their family. What a sweet family of gentle and deeply faithful people who also exemplify good parenthood!
  5. Ryans interest in his grandpas massage bed!!!
  6. The gift of prayer that captures someone’s heart and desires. I love it when it happens for me and when I get be part of that for others.

Morning by Morning (6/24/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. My Spanish improving each and every day. This is very very good and I can see a day where I can talk to families at the hospital.
  2. Liz’s connection with Ryan. I love watching her play wii with him, read stories with him, respond to her discipline, and share loving interactions.
  3. Andy Power, a person whose voice and gentle but strong reflections on history and its monuments and stories have been helpful and show his compassion and nuanced understanding of history.
  4. Lavender Kelley, whose friendship welcomed me into PCN and whose leadership welcomed me into the Advisory Council. Happy birthday good friend!!
  5. Our good friends, Sam and Sally Luber. They have truly been a blessing to us and Ryan.
  6. Texas Childrens doing its part to help with the COvId situation by accepting adult patients from other hospitals. I am glad to work at a place that will do its part.
  7. 2 weeks until my parents begin their retirement move to Houston!
  8. Having the ability to clean the gutters and cut off large branches overhanging our roof. It’s actually a little relief to have good drainage and a clear roof.

Morning by Morning (6/23/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The moving kids book, “The Mountain Who Loved A Bird.” I have been so overjoyed reading this book to Ryan a bunch this week. I am grateful for the way it teaches Ryan how connection changes us.
  2. Stanley Gay, whose faith and commitment to those he loves is a reflection of how God works in him. I am deeply appreciative for knowing him!
  3. Donald Denham, an uncle whose love of his mother and hard work have always been clear to me. Happy birthday Donald!
  4. Don Bryan, a man of faith and one of the most hospitable and welcoming people I have come to know. He just enjoys life. I was very blessed to get to know him and his wife through Lifeline! Happy birthday Don!
  5. Our utility workers, who like my dad, are working during the entirety of the pandemic and keeping our usages straight and our utilities like water working.
  6. The ways we are fortunate to have enough food, shelter, and other luxuries.
  7. The Chappell Hill sausages we have been enjoying lately. We love stopping in at their store and seeing all the goodies!
  8. Ryan sleeping in.
  9. The sunshine this morning after a long day of thunder and rainstorms yesterday.

Morning by Morning (6/22/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Silly family photos.
  2. Creating wedding ceremonies that bring couples together. I’ve been blessed to perform weddings for so many couples and to see the joy of a beautiful moving ceremony.
  3. Jamez Terry, a chaplain whose work and ministry remains profoundly moving and supportive of people on the margins. He is a reflection of good and love to its fullest, and I know from the stories I hear.
  4. Tyson Ward, whose genuine advocating voice for LGBTQ and appreciation for life and search for beauty and peace in all he does continues to encourage me to a deeper humanity.
  5. The beautiful poem, “Benediction,” by Georgia Douglas Johnson. I’ve thought about this poem regarding Fathers Day and the spirit with which I am raising Ryan. Read it here: https://poets.org/poem/benediction
  6. The music of Oumou Sangare, who Liz and I heard for the first time yesterday. Gorgeous Mali music!
  7. The wonder of watching Ken Griffey Jr as a kid. What a player!

Morning by Morning (6/21/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Celebrating Fathers Day with a great card from Liz and Ryan. Just blessed!
  2. The snuggles of a child. It is deeply nourishing as a father.
  3. Randy and Curt, two RN’s at the hospital whose fatherhood, faith, and friendship have truly challenged me and helped me grow deeply.
  4. Chris Denham, my cousin and a father who deeply loves his girls. Happy Fathers Day Chris!
  5. The new fathers that have joined generations of good fathers: Cambry Pardee and David McDonald. I love that I get to text them “Happy Fathers Day.”
  6. The hike around the lake at Huntsville. The oaks, pines, and beauty berry bushes and all make for a beautiful walk around a scenic little lake.
  7. A beautiful drive to Sea Rim State Park, and a beautiful beach to enjoy there.
  8. The great coffee I have enjoyed from Deviate and House of Coffee Beans lately.