Morning by Morning (8/31/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Steve Sargent, and his mentor ship in becoming the Christ like person I am called to be, for which he has been a strong voice of calm in crisis, a presence amidst hurt, and a shared in my celebrations. He has been crucial in helping me get through the transition to Houston and the trials of separation and divorce. Thank God for you Steve.
  1. Doug Foster, a mentor and great encourager of me during my time at ACU. Happy belated birthday Doug!
  2. Stephen Lucas, and the support and loyalty he brings as a friend and brother in Christ.
  3. Having relaxing mornings.
  4. Public transportation and especially Houston’s rail system.
  5. Cuddling 🙂
  6. The parents I see on the rail who work so hard getting their kids to school through public transportation and all the extra time it may take. This is a work of love that I am grateful for, but also inspired by.

Morning by Morning (8/30/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Dr. Ryan Coleman. Great physician and hilarious to boot!
  1. Ryan’s pretend play and imagining a story. This is the milestone I have been most looking for throughout his early life, because it shows his ability to grasp story and his growing sense of self through creativity.
  1. The black tea from Azerbaijan I received from Liz. Such great quality and delicious!
  2. Our Ecclesia small group which is so welcoming and interactive with Ryan. He loves the adults there are feels very comfortable with them around, not to mention the other kids of course.
  3. Sunrises.

Morning by Morning (8/29/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The two saints who watched Ryan on Monday and Tuesday, Laure Tucker and Roiana Powell. Ryan loved his time with them and they took such great care of him, including lots of laughs.
  2. The fruits of the spirit that are manifested in a persons life when they are grounded in God. I have seen that grounding and fruit in many nurses at the hospital, especially joy and goodness.
  3. Deep sleep.
  4. Chicken salad with apples, craisins, and pecans. So good!
  5. That feeling that comes when I know I am able to comfort Ryan when he’s scared. All the feels for this Daddy moment.

Morning by Morning (8/28/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. All the great birthday celebration, encouragements, and words I’ve received that have reminded me that I am surrounded in love and life!
  1. The beautiful bright moon during the last couple nights. The brightness has been such a welcomed sight!
  2. Cold water when I’m thirsty.
  3. Pool time with Ryan. (see picture!)
  4. Watching Ryan take risks and grow into his boyhood, including swimming better, helping feed Bailey, jumping off steps, singing out loud, and just having fun.
  5. Saving money by eating leftovers!
  6. Recycling.

Morning by Morning (8/25/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. A messy bed, which usually means Ryan has been playing in and around my bed, and that always means joy has been present.
  2. Remembering Robert Barboza, who for me has been a man of faith and prayer in particular. He is a great man, a man who I will always need to learn from.
  3. The crape myrtle pink blooms that are just outside on the patio. In spite of the hot weather, these blooms are pieces of beauty.
  4. The ability to capture almost everything in photo these days at any time I am ready, which does have a downside of course. But when I really want to keep a memory, it is so easy to capture it and for that I am grateful.
  5. Watching Ryan get a haircut!!

Morning by Morning (8/24/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Hangin with Liz and Sam, good friends who are both great storytellers and better people.
  2. Sweet thoughts from others for my birthday.
  3. My coming weekend with Ryan!
  4. Paying off debt, and the amazing feeling that comes with it.
  5. Feeling loved.
  6. My car’s dependability.

Morning by Morning (8/23/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Winona Johnson, a woman at Oplin Church of Christ who was like a grandmother to me and one of those I was so excited to meet Ryan. Happy trails as you have gone to be with you God Winona!
  1. The house closing today. This means another part of the divorce chapter closes, and actually the second to last thing for that matter. Relief, readiness, and peace.
  2. The peaceful drive to Abilene Tuesday and Wednesday where I got to see lots of wildlife and some quiet countryside.
  3. Prayers that articulate both our grief and our hope. Praying is hard enough but once in a while there is that worded prayer that just captures what I want to say. Beautiful and sacred feeling.
  4. Seeing Ryan’s smile as I picked him up yesterday.
  5. Silent, intentional, quiet time.
  6. Mushroom risotto from D’Amicos, which is really good!

Morning by Morning (8/21/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Building puzzles with Ryan and then celebrating when it’s finished.
  2. Two float nurses at the hospital who I love seeing and who I believe are so flexible and broadly skilled, Andrew and Nick.
  3. My work being so flexible as I continue closing up all the little details of personal life.
  4. Work life balance.
  5. The love and affirmation and connection from Oplin Church of Christ and that wonderful community.
  6. Seeing David and Sarah Pybus at church and loving them so much. (I really appreciated David’s sermon too!)

Morning by Morning (8/20/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. A beautiful weekend, through and through.
  2. Ryan telling me on Saturday “You’re my best friend…” Yeah, he doesn’t know what it means but it was super special to me.
  3. Getting to communicate with other pediatric chaplains as I serve on the PCN Advisory Council.
  4. The many legacies left by those Oplin Church of Christ who have gone on to be with God. Their legacies are grand and faithful, and an honor to hold.
  5. The welcomes I have received from each new place in life- college at Pepperdine, Arlington CofC in Riverside, fellow students at ACU, Southwest Central Church in Houston, the PICU at Texas Childrens, and even the Guerra family too for a time in my life.
  6. Ben Snyder. A man who I have seen grow in his love and faith and who I see as a best friend these days. Plus, a man who brings me back kombucha is top notch!!

Morning by Morning (8/18/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The play, the laughs, the time that Ryan has spent playing with Will, Elijah, and Hayley today. I have heard so many belly laughs and seen all the grins that give me comfort and joy that my boy gets to enjoy cousins and uncles who cherish him.
  2. Being proud of my brother Josh for who he is and what he is becoming.
  3. Hearing exactly what I needed to hear in my soul from Stephen Lucas about my work Monday at TCH during one of the hardest situations I experienced. “God put you there for that exact moment…” is part of what he shared with me, and it brought me to tears in gratitude for being seen for who I am in my work.
  4. Learning to stand my ground.
  5. Little pick me ups from my dad, like this one pic from his home…:)