Posted by: jmdenham | June 21, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/21/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Chicken salad with apples and pecans, one of my favorite foods.
  2. When Ryan talks, period.  His vocabulary is expanding and he gets so excited talking!
  3. The little boy I see at TCH every time he has chemo (I see many but I have one who I visited today) and whose energy and smiles and oversized joy is so humbling in the face of his amputated leg.  What an amazing boy and an amazing mother too!
  4. Connecting with PCN people this week!
Posted by: jmdenham | June 20, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/20/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Serving on board certification committees with fellow chaplains.  These are such great opportunities to learn and grow through the wisdom of both colleagues and the candidates.
  2. Quality sleep.  I haven’t had it in a while so I am really desiring it!
  3. Our great neighbors.  They are fantastic people with fantastic kids too.
  4. Aidens smile.  When he’s happy and smiles towards me it makes my day and helps me feel positive about my step parenting.
Posted by: jmdenham | June 19, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/19/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The ability to linger in bed with my new schedule.
  2. The great nurses at the hospital who I work with and get to enjoy life with.  These are the kinds of people whose humor, skill, and commitment to their families challenge me and keep me afloat in my service in the PICU.
  3. Reading to Ryan…
Posted by: jmdenham | June 17, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/17/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. A beautiful day at the beach, with steady cooling wind and gorgeous ocean.
  2. A calm Saturday morning.
  3. The Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Jews and others in our country who worship in the face of alienation, persecution, and misunderstanding.  Their faith and commitment are inspiring and humbling.
  4. The voices that are crying out for justice in the case of Philando Castile.  His life does matter, and one persons abuse of authority, even if from fear or misunderstanding, does not find any excuse in the pursuit of justice in this world.  (I have never understood why being afraid/fearing for their safety means those in power can kill and not have repercussions) The voices who protest and who name that injustice are powerful prophetic voices. May God bring this world justice!
Posted by: jmdenham | June 16, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/16/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The way Ryan greets me when I get home.  “Daddy!!” jumping up and down, and a hug.  Just love it.
  2. The park and splash pad near our house. I am grateful to be able to afford a neighborhood that provides this, but it is also a reminder of the amenities I want other parents and kids in other neighborhoods (which our society often neglects) to enjoy too.
  3. The ending of my 8:30-5:00 shift today.  I am grateful for a new beginning and new opportunity to minister I the evening.
  4. Anything Andy Puddingcomb does about meditation- see his TED talks!
Posted by: jmdenham | June 15, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/15/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Kavian McMillan, a friend from college who I am remembering and appreciating for his humor and his sense of racial and theological justice for this world. As a friend, he also served as Gods prophetic voice to me.
  2. Greg Kendall Ball and his theological call to Oculus Dei.  That night he shared about that mission and how God was using his gift, I have never thought about image and Gods eyes the same.
  3. The friends from SouthwestCentral that are so good to me, Elana, Aiden, and Ryan. They are blessings!
Posted by: jmdenham | June 14, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/14/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Elana’s presence in my life!
  2. Elana and her love of Aiden!
  3. Elana and her fun with Ryan!
  4. Watching baseball in the summer with family and friends (which we are doing for Elana’s bday!)
Posted by: jmdenham | June 14, 2017

29 is the new 39…still uncool.

Today, my beloved wife Elana turns 29! And yes, indeed, we will be celebrating in a number of ways, popping open a cork, going to a baseball game, going to sleep after the kids go to bed (wink wink!), and pretending that we are celebrating something cool.

Pretending to be celebrating something cool.  Yes, she has become more beautiful with age.  Yes, she has learned to wash the dishes as she has gained wisdom in her years.  Yes, she is becoming a career woman in this mature yet young age. Yes, she is my beloved now just as she was at 25.  Yes indeed, 29 is worth celebrating as a birthday…until you realize it’s a birth day and damn girl, you gettin old!!! 

So in honor of the special day and the special year of 29:

Top 10 list for Why Turning 29 Is Not So Cool

10) You’re in the line of 4 boring birthdays, 26/27/28/29. And 30 is…well…30.  No rental car, no travel permit, no license celebration.  Just another bland birthday in an empty laundry line of them. That’s really feeling special. 

9) You’re still considered in your 20’s.  Like the same group as another glassy eyed 20 year old college student who still believes that there’s a job waiting after graduation.

8) You are nearing 1/3 the way to 100. Yikes.

7) Celebrating 29 while being a parent reminds you that you are truly becoming your parents.  I mean, you are closer to your parents age than your kids age. But sure, your still young right?!? Deep breath now…

6) As a 29 year old you will almost certainly be in a daily existential crisis…job…kids…career…parent…who are you really? What are you doing with your life? No seriously, I’m asking, what are you doing with your life?

5) 29 makes your childhood achievements seem further away than anything. I mean, yeah, you were a black belt at 14 but now your bones creak just thinking about taking a walk. Yeah, you were GT in high school but you just cheat sheeted your 2nd graders math problem. Is that just math being hard or just being 29? Yikes again.
4) 29 means you know life before the internet…and that’s not a cool thing.

3) You will spend most of your 29th year answering questions about what you are doing to celebrate your 30th.  Can’t wait huh.

2) You are now supposedly in your 20’s but only cool enough to go out on the weekend by staying home and drinking coffee and watching trash TV while binging on your Facebook feed and complaining that a glass of wine will make you tired.. Yeah, that’s way cool, if cool means you just became a year lamer.

1) The fact that your husband is doing this for 29 means that your 30th has got to be so much better! That’s love wife!

Happy birthday my love!!! May we grow closer this year and deepen our love and find Gods presence in one another.  And may God surround with joy and crown you with his smile on your birthday! I love you and happy birthday!

Posted by: jmdenham | June 13, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/13/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. My dad! It’s his birthday and he deserves to know how much I appreciate him and all the work he did as a father, provider, friend, and yes, even as the family comedian.  I love him so much and always hope that I am reflecting him in all the good ways he shaped me. Happy birthday dad!
  2. My dad and Ryan!
  3. My dad as a grandpa!
  4. My dad, professional sleeper!
  5. My dad, the family man!
Posted by: jmdenham | June 12, 2017

Morning by Morning (6/12/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Ryan’s faces of joy. (see below!)
  2. The growth of our butternut squash plant, that has been thanks to nothing I’ve done! It has grown well and sprawled all over the place.  It’s amazing to see it grow daily.
  3. Aidens love of baseball.  It’s so pure and he’s so connected to the sport both as a player in Little League to his fandom of the Houston Astros. It’s pretty sweet!

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