Morning by Morning (10/31)

My morning gratitude for:

  1. Halloween costumes and for Mad Hatters especially (me on the right):
  2. The compassionate and fun loving PICU staff (Kim, Gabby, nurses, PCA’s, docs, Robert, etc.) who just make my day and are so supportive of me and the work of chaplaincy.  They are such a real blessing.
  3. The longing to call my mom and dad this morning.  I know some people (including one of my brothers) lives close to parents and grandparents and some people just don’t get up for a phone call home.  But I don’t live close and so I treasure what normally are my Saturday morning or Sunday phone calls to my parents!
  4. Sleep. I have a 14 month old and a 7 year old! (I love them but I also love sleep!)

Morning by Morning (10/30)

My morning gratitude for:

  1. Toys that Ryan has that require my assistance so he can play with them- like his little Tikes car, a stroller, and RadioFlyer trike.  He loves these things but in order to play with them I need to push him in them for him to enjoy it! He will walk up get in the car and shut the door, climb into the stroller and sit down, or lift a leg over his trike…and wait for me to push and I love pushing him.  He is just entertained as he sits watching everything and….moving.  I think that’s the key.  And frankly, I love being gifted the chance to play with him and make him happy.
  2. The guy I spot to from Apple Support last night who was patient and also funny.  That call could have been of the painful variety…but whew, avoided that!
  3. Listening to my different Pandora stations (I’ve got some good ones!)
  4. Chris Boknevitz, a friend from ACU who I am more like than I ever realized.  He is a good man devoted to a good life.  When I know him he was cheesy at moments but he knew his way, and he knew how to be funny.  I really appreciate the way he was honest about his love of cheesy pop music, brought us into his Indian food culture (he was a missionary kid there), his SoCal heritage, and his desire to be thoughtful in everything. We have not kept up but his impact and friendship are remembered!

Morning by Morning (10/29)

My morning gratitude for:

  1. The guys who meet for coffee and fellowship every Thursday at 6:30-7:30 at Fioza.  That’s been going on for 6 years and I was a part of its start.  It’s been great to watch it grow a little and take on different shapes. Unfortunately, my work hours don’t enable me to go since I have to be at work at 7am, but they are missed!
  2. Carson Henley and his very sweet and precious 5 month old Virginia Ann (is there an e on the end of her middle name?!?). I love watching him grow into his fatherhood and take such gentle and great care of his daughter.
  3. My mom and dad! Just cause I love my parents and I am thinking this morning of our trip to see them for Christmas! I am so grateful for their love and support of me and my family, and they make wonderful grandparents too!
  4. The opportunity to entertain new strangers and show hospitality to those who are otherwise alone during Thanksgiving.  This is a gift in every way.

Power of Story

Listen to this quote from Alasdair MacIntyre, a writer and ethicist:

It is through hearing stories about wicked stepmothers, lost children, good but misguided kings, wolves that suckle twin boys, youngest sons who receive no inheritance but must make their own way in the world, and eldest sons who waste their inheritance on riotous living and go into exile to live with the swine, that children learn or mislearn both what a child and what a parent is, what the cast of characters may be in the drama into which they have been born and what the ways of the world are.

-MacIntye, After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory

Wow, that quote resonates deeply doesn’t it?!? As I read it I thought more about how this quote could be filled in with the gospel stories and the learning about being a Christian or the virtue of faithfulness.  There is significant potential there to just be amazed and humbled, all because story is so powerful.  

Today though this quote is simply just a reminder for me to be intentional about filling my children’s world with stories and adventures and being intentional about which stories they are.  Those stories mean more than a lecture or any quotable phrase.  Truly, they fill the imagination and give flesh to the world they are coming to know!

Just read that quote again and take it in.

Morning by Morning (10/28)

My morning gratitude for:

  1. Aiden, who is worth fighting for.  I really enjoyed talking baseball with him- talking pitching strategy, location of pitches, who not to run on, who to advance on, and just talking baseball period.  It’s fun to watch him learning the small parts of the game.
  2. Baseball.  It is one of my earliest loves and I love watching playoff games.  It is so fascinating and enthralling to me.  It’s just magical and I am so grateful to have something that I find so fun.  I used to pick up a bat and just swing, and now I still Ron time to time write baseball stats because I still think they are fun and tell stories.  Just love baseball.
  3. Billye Sims and the faithful people from church who are so often taking care of her and looking after her (the Tucker’s, Sara George, Sandifers…to name a few) through this time of dementia.  She has declined so much, and she has not been able to be at church in a while.  Yet her presence is missed and appreciated, and those who care for her with faithfulness and perseverance and joy are blessed indeed.
  4.   For Ryan learning to clean at an early age! 

Morning by Morning (10/27)

My morning gratitude for:

  1. The people who help- like one of the chaplain residents who came early to drop off pack n plays for our No Crib For A Bed program; or those who are lending an ear while I think about vocational goals; for Antonio from church who helps with everything and our lawnmowers; for the great staff at Texas Childrens who see the people lost in the halls and walk with them and chat to their destination; etc (there is so many ways but these are the ones this morning I find gratitude for)
  2.  Sunday snoozes in the nursery with Ryan. 
  3.  Halloween coming and Aidens costume, which he just had to try on last night! 

Morning by Morning (10/26)

My morning gratitude for:

  1. Elana, simply for her desire for me to be as happy as possible, with job and parenthood.
  2. Chelsea Sargent, for the way she is a mix of both the preachers wife and a minister herself.  At our annual budget meeting last night I was quite impressed by the way she sees her role and commitment to the church, but also having a voice for the voiceless and being a minister to us in that way.
  3. Jo Sandifer, our retired preachers’ wife.  I love her honesty.  She tells it like it is and appreciates simple things like removing water damaged tiles or the paint peeling on the church but also supports her husband (and does it herself) as he continues supporting some of the most vulnerable in the congregation.  But she does it all with a loving honesty and unassuming air.

Morning by Morning (10/25)

My morning gratitude for:

  1. Night rains.  Even though in this case for Houston it may cause some flooding, I think night rains are great to sleep along with, and my son Ryan certainly feels that way.  There is something about night rains that ought to remind us of Gods provision as we have to cease producing and trying and making sometime, and when we stop, God showers us with what is really needed.
  2. Ryan- he is gloriously himself this morning, chatting up a storm (literally!) and just being playful.  It is nice to see him close to fully healthy and being talkative.  I am very grateful to watch him learn to communicate.
  3. Nelson Beckett.  A former elder at our church but just a really good friend and also a part of our dinner group.  He is so simple in the best way possible- he is genuine and takes joy at small things and big things alike.  I just know he cares when he smiles or shares something in his life like a grandson getting baptized (congrats Nelson as a proud grandfather!).  He is extroverted and loves just catching up with people.  I would love to imitate his genuine faith and simple joyfulness as a leader some day.

Morning by Morning (10/24)

My morning (afternoon!) gratitude for:

  1. Alex and Jessica Vaughn, our friends from Southwest Central.  They are servant leaders with servant hearts and at the center of it all is their faith in Christ.  And now, it is a true pleasure watching them raise their previous and beautiful daughter Nora. God bless them!
  2. Brunch! Biscuits with blueberry jam, fluffy scrambled eggs with light pepper, and good bacon.  Enough said!
  3. Bioethicists.  I know, it’s hard enough to pronounce, let alone figure out what that means and who it is.  But I am attending a conference this week about Bioethics and the ethicists here are doing fantastic work thinking through the issues of our day from so many sides: child migrant healthcare, birth plans and living wills, the image of God and human dignity, shared decision making between patients and physicians, moral distress in healthcare staff, teaching bioethics and end of life compassionate care, dignified treatment of the body post death, concept of trust when disclosing to children about adoption or conception by donors, social determinants effect of healthcare, and the power of stories as we make meaning and bear witness to suffering.  My brain is exhausted just writing those. But I am thankful for the great minds who are giving voice to all the perspectives and seeking to dignify all people.

Morning by Morning (10/23)

My morning gratitude for:

  1. Aunt Linda! I don’t know where to begin to express gratitude for her, but I will say that she has always loved and cared.  I have always felt her concern for what is going on in my life, and she really does share in the sadness and share in the joys as well as anyone I know.  Another thing I appreciate about her is the way she has carried on as a parent with honesty and joy! I love you Aunt Linda!
  2. Mike Moore, my uncle! Buffalo Bills.  New York Yankees.  Determined and straightforward.  Faithful.  Those are his gifts to me.  He has taught me to have a determined and active faith, and that the body of Christ (the church) should be a fun loving people. His friendship has meant a lot and I have much to learn from him still.  And now I also root for those lovable Bills all the time too!
  3. Chris Moore- hey cousin, you are a gift from God. Today I just marvel at the adult you are becoming and the simplicity and pure heart with which you take on life.  Thank God for you and all you are teaching us still.

Praise Gid for the Moore family!