Talking to my parents. It’s such a routine thing but one that I love and appreciate and try not to take for granted as they get to be grandparents and I get to be an adult son who can give support back to them.
Willow Park, which is near us and lots of fun with a sandbox, a couple of play places, and lots of green space for running. Ryan and I love coming here!
Meeting new people!
Times of meditation.
Laughing out loud.
Ben and Stephen and Dawn, for hanging out with me last night after a tough week at the hospital.
Seeing a mother yesterday hold her dying sons hand after the day before he had drowned in a pool. She never got to say goodbye to him but her grip on his hand spoke volumes of her enduring even in pain kind of love.
Krystal Chapman, a fellow Pepperdine alum and one of my favorite charge nurses who wears her heart on her sleeve and manages with grace. She is awesome to me and a great friend. Happy birthday Krystal!
Shadra, an OT in the PICU who is beyond well respected for her work and wisdom, dearly loved, and super fun. Happy birthday Shadra!
Taryn Schuelke, who has been nothing short of amazing leading Bereavement at TCH, advocating for effective patient and family care, and in showing faith through the process of fostering. Her leadership and faith are constantly on display, and her encouragement for me has been second to none. Happy birthday Taryn!
Having a great large desk and personal space at work, which not all receive. Very lucky!
Apple pie, traditional but phenomenal dessert always.
The flexibility that my department and leadership give me with work/life balance.
My calm and well behaved dog Bailey. He has been a constant in my life for 6 years!
Two random Fathers Day gifts on my desk yesterday! How sweet and encouraging that I have great people around me!
Ryan going #2 in the toilet for the first time on his own initiative!!!! I couldn’t believe it…he just yelled out he needed to, went and waited on the toilet, and even told me he wasn’t finished when I thought he was. I was so proud and he was so proud of himself.
The folks in TCH Badge Security who are kind and fun and interactive when I was getting a replacement badge yesterday.
Really good peaches.
My own desires, which I often haven’t claimed but reflect who I am and what I want and drive me now.
Stress over finances, which is not fun but I am grateful as a reflection of one way I love Ryan- managing and providing for my family.
A good Fathers Day weekend with Ryan while also missing Aiden.
Trips to Kickin Kombucha with Bell and Ben every week. They are so encouraging and present to me.
Wishing everyone Happy Father’s Day to everyone. I love the many fathers I get to learn from, including Steve, Caleb, Bell, Dave, Mark W, Tom S, Naguib, Adam J, Adam B, Chris, Sandifer, Mike Moore, Josh Denham, Fred Goldy, and of course my Dad.
The fun of having friends who are setting me up on dates and introducing me to people. What fun!
Falling asleep on the couch at night. Seems so natural and peaceful.
Having needed rain through the weekend that provides such important nourishment to our plants and flowers.