Morning by Morning (9/29/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Date nights with Liz.
  2. Making an Octo-alert for Ryan watching him smile when he sees it.
  3. French cuisine and especially great food at Brasserie du Parc.
  4. Watching plays and hearing the beautiful voices.
  5. Chill Saturday mornings.
  6. Comfortable beds.
  7. listening to the rain hit the windows this morning.
  8. Bordeaux wine!

Morning by Morning (9/27/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Coffee from Poland, which Liz got me and is really good. It’s a great morning pick me up!
  1. A really great, but early (like 5:30!), morning with Ryan. We have played, bathed, watched Octonauts and generally just relaxed this morning and I have seen his smile a ton. How awesome!
  2. Seeing the beach imagery in my house that calms me so much.
  3. The mess in my house this morning, which implies a great play time for Ryan.
  4. Inspiring visits this week that have brought encouragement for both the parents and me. It’s powerful to share laughs, hear stories of a child, and see a parent comforted.
  5. An understanding church small group who appreciates my parent concerns and my own spiritual journey.

Morning by Morning (9/26/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Tom Sharon and his deep commitment to Gods work and his conscientious work at the hospital.
  2. Swimming with Aiden and Ryan, and seeing Ryan’s love and joy around Aiden!(pictured)
  1. Sleeping after a long full day.
  2. The nurses and doctors who served on the move teams yesterday, giving time and focus to such a short journey from one building to another, but whose skill made it so efficient and more importantly, uneventfully beautiful.
  3. The people, all across the world I’m sure, who have made my clothes, for whom I am so thankful.
  4. The Freakononics podcast.

Morning by Morning (9/25/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Hanging out with a team of nurses and doctors today while moving patients and families into the new tower. The shared laughter, the love for the kids, and the skill is just amazing.
  2. The sunrise I caught this morning that was so pleasant and beautiful. (Pictured)
  3. Being a part of a larger team of people working together.
  4. Jokes.
  5. Families who are quite resilient and strong.
  6. Getting lots of steps.
  7. A good soda in the afternoon.

Morning by Morning (9/24/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Attending church with Liz Bryant.
  2. Being a single father with lots of love and support.
  3. Cambry Pardee, one of the best friends a guy can ask for. I have loved growing into my calling in life with Cambry’s wisdom and humor and hospitality. Happy birthday to a great friend!
  4. K Cummings Pipes and her loving wisdom and care for me. Her presence is a reminder as well of David Pipes, her late husband.
  5. Compliments on the polo shirts I wear 🙂
  1. Working electricity.
  2. Little pictures of Ryan doing church things in little people ways, like leading singing in class or sharing the communion tray!

Morning by Morning (9/22/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Gods healing through the sometimes quiet and sometimes powerful embrace of a God who loves. I hear it in my meditation time sometimes, and I feel it when friends are by my side, and when mentors share wisdom.
  2. Good wine with good company.
  3. Sharing great time and fellowship with Ben Snyder. Just love he and his wife Nicole!
  4. Sleeping in on Saturday mornings.
  5. The slow rise of the sun every morning, and how hope seems to rise every day with it.
  6. Exposing Ryan to different spirituality, like the Lord’s Prayer, saying things he is thankful for, and walking a labyrinth.

Morning by Morning (9/21/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Cooking class with Liz!
  2. Having a partner who is active, energetic, and loves to enjoy new experiences.
  1. Morning donuts
  2. Baileys sweet personality.
  3. Ryan smiling at me.
  4. Ryan’s learning the meaning of “just kidding” or recognizing something is a joke. It’s quite hilarious as he grows in awareness just a little bit more!

Morning by Morning (9/20/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Connecting with an angry father yesterday and helping calm him down through our shared bond as fathers.
  1. Reliable transportation with my car.
  2. Listening to Ryan say “I had fun at school” with no prodding.
  3. Exposing Ryan to a labyrinth (pictured)
  4. Sleeping and waking in a place of safety, when some others across the city, the US, and the world sleep in violent or war torn places.
  5. The daily encouragement I get from Liz. She’s good to me.

Morning by Morning (9/19/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The kindness of others, specifically DeAndre and Liz, who both blessed me immensely Monday and Tuesday. Liz brought me a working thermometer and ice cream for Ryan and DeAndre helped watch Ryan for a short time.
  2. Being back at the hospital after a couple days away.
  3. A restful sleep.
  4. Learning to let go.
  5. Quiet mornings.
  6. Hearing the sounds of the Octonauts in the morning, which means Ryan is with me and his smile not too far away!
  7. Getting distance from my phone and other tech.

Morning by Morning (9/17/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Quiet time on the patio with birds chirping this morning.
  2. Seeing Ryan at church and his response being energetic and excited to see his playmate.
  3. Ryan moving up in his church class, so he is no longer in the nursery. It’s another step in growing up.
  4. The sound of waves to the beach, which always calms me as I think about the smallness of us and the immensity of the sea, and knowing that God cares for us even as small as we are.
  5. Snuggling with my sick boy and being a nurturer today, or at least trying.
  6. Having a sense of safety in our apartment complex. It’s important for both Ryan and me.