Morning by Morning (10/31/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Conversations with medical residents in the PICU about resilience, ethics, and self care. These conversations are wonderful opportunities to hear about the hearts of the people looking to serve in the medical field.
  2. Halloween in our neighborhood- lots of kids, lots of fun, and lots of friends!!!
  3. Ryan’s first time singing Jesus Loves Me and saying the Lords Prayer as he pretend put me to sleep yesterday.  He didn’t get all the words of course but it was so cute and heartwarming!
  4. The way Elana takes care of our children when they are sick.  She is on point and perceptive and focused.  So wonderful!

Morning by Morning (10/30/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Doing trunk or treat and seeing Aiden and Ryan’s joy and love for costumes and candy.
  2. The amazing work of surgeons at TCH who are performing surgeries on a fetus in the womb.  Just mind blowing and amazing.
  3. The Chaplains who serve our military in highly stressful places.
  4. Playoffs in Houston, both the Astros and the Dynamo.  I mean, a whole week of playoff wins and comebacks and crazy energy in the city!!!
  5. The beauty of doing intentional spiritual growth work, whether Scripture reading or meditation or Enneagram or social justice work or just claiming our voice. What a hard but worthy process.

Morning by Morning (10/28/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Saturday morning donuts with Ryan! He was particularly cute this morning and ate his donut like they were going out of style!
  2. The firefighters that serve Pearland. This morning after donuts, we took donuts and kolaches to the firefighters at the station by Ryan’s school and they were welcoming, fun, and patient with Ryan. Thanks for their service to our community!
  3. The excitement in the city for Houston baseball and the Astros in the World Series!!!!
  4. A crisp cool morning- sweater weather in Houston.
  5. Ryan and I in a fire truck…so cool.

Morning by Morning (10/27/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The staff in the PICU that took care of the precious and beautiful little girl on ECMO for many weeks.  Yesterday, she suddenly died, and the entire unit rallied to support each other and the mother who was very beloved. (This is the same one that yesterday I was grateful for a trip to the garden on ECMO)
  2. Becoming a better parent as I watch and walk alongside parents at the hospital.
  3. Dad jokes and telling them with staff at the hospital and the kids I get to interact with! 
  4. A Friday off to rest.
  5. Having my back adjusted and feeling relief in my lower back! Love it!

Morning by Morning (10/26/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Storytelling the Astros-Dodgers game to Aiden this morning and seeing his face be so into it waiting to hear how his Astros fared.
  2. Seeing a little girl get to roll in a wheelchair in her mother’s lap out to our garden on ECMO. Some may not know ECMO but that process is crazy! The best part: seeing her and her mother be happy being out together.
  3. Puerto Rico getting its first schools up and running for the children there. It is a long time coming but so needed- and it’s just a small thing in the larger picture.
  4. The Lords Prayer, which I try to say every night when I put Ryan to bed.
  5. The Texas Children’s Medical-Legal Partnership that does amazing work for those in poverty or in great need for justice with apartment complexes, jobs, immigration, or otherwise.

Morning by Morning (10/24/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The way Ryan lays his head against my shoulder after he climbs into our bed every morning.
  2. The arrival of Capri, the beautiful little girl of my cousin Amanda and her husband Keven! She had to stay in the hospital some but is home happy and healthy and in the arms of her parents and newly minted grandparents!!
  3. Spiritual Care Week at Texas Children’s- shout outs to my great colleagues Tom, Pam, Naguib, Johnna, Kirstin, and the many residents and interns who serve us faithfully.
  4. My little friend “Joy” who received her transplant yesterday!!!! Can’t wait for their new beginning!

Morning by Morning (10/23/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. A great weekend for Houston sports fans with playoff fun for the Astros and Dynamo.  So awesome to be part of the excitement!
  2. Really good friends!
  3. The staff at Ryan’s daycare who are so welcoming and sweet when I drop Ryan off.
  4. FaceTime phone calls with my parents
  5. David and K Pipes and the wisdom and friendship they share with me. They are great encouragements to me in my journey of faith.

Morning by Morning (10/19/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The book The Kindness of Children, which explores the stories children tell, the power of being able to create those stories, and the magic of kids getting to act out each other’s stories.  And the underlining reality in all is that children keep the balance of good and bad stories and reflect kindness in  their storytelling.  What a great little read!
  2. Another beautiful sunny morning- it is making my week to wake up to these gorgeous cool fall mornings.
  3. The herbs that are still growing in our kitchen, giving me hope that might actually have a green thumb in me.
  4. My good neighbor David who is always looking out for my family and blessing us with food and fun.

Morning by Morning (10/18/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Being done with a big presentation, and feeling like I did well on top of it.
  2. The PICU Waiting Area receptionists who are full of compassion and serve our families with such pride. They are such an encouragement!
  3. Showing off pictures of my kids, and letting others do the same with their kids.  It’s such a gift of being a parent.
  4. Doing an art therapy project with my chaplain colleagues at Texas Children’s as we continue to process the experience of the hurricane.  I loved sitting down and coloring and painting! Thanks to Child Life for organizing the project for our hospital staff and letting us/me participate! Here’s my canvas strip which stories from left to right:

Morning by Morning (10/17/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Anticipation- of trips to California, of years together, of Ryan’s first day of school, of a kitchen reno, of seeing kids get better at the hospital.  Anticipation is a beautiful feeling, and one that is both life giving and life sustaining!
  2. Sunny crisp mornings- they are few in Houston but wonderful in every way.
  3. The pulmonary medical team at TCH who do amazing work with our kids and their families.
  4. The excitement of playoff sports in my city! Go Astros! Go Dynamo! Go Dodgers!
  5. Churches working together to serve its neighborhood, as our church and a Baptist church will be working together for a Halloween festival.