Morning by Morning (10/31/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The joy on Ryan’s face in so many instances…his joy, like most kids, is so readable and contagious!
  2. Dress up…I mean, the best part of Halloween is getting to play with the imagination!
  3. Hospital situation simulations. It’s so encouraging to see the work that goes into any type of situation we experience in the hospital.
  4. My ancillary staff colleagues in the PICU. I love laughing with them, processing with them, and hearing their wisdom.
  5. The smell of coffee brewing! (Can’t believe I am saying that)
  6. Mike and Kim Reese, and their graciousness in allowing Ryan to use their kids fireman costume. They have been so so good to Ryan and I in so many ways and I love their welcoming gentle personality.
  7. The lovely parents of Ryan’s peers at Grace Episcopal.

Morning by Morning (10/30/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Truth spoken in love. Whether about my ministry, life in general, parenting, or social concerns, truth spoken with deep love is so impactful.
  2. The fight for equality for women, which includes the courage to believe that there isn’t quite the same privileges for women just yet.
  3. The sweet Halloween cards Ryan and I got from Liz! They were so cute!
  4. Joseph Austin, a great friend whose passion and love of life is so contagious, even just over Facebook. I love the way in which he pursues the things that bring him joy.
  5. Making my bed and washing dishes. These mundane things help train me to start the day and complete the day. I don’t love them, but I appreciate what they can signify.
  6. Jack Johnson’s music…so relaxing to me!

Morning by Morning (10/29/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. My apartment, which has provided a good home for Ryan and I for a whole 7 months now. It feels like home, and it has a great feel of beach to me. I am glad to be here as a transition to the next thing next summer!
  2. Our church opening a position for a new minister!!! This is fantastic!
  3. Dave and Amy Fuller, a couple who have been very meaningful to me and who have brought out s good bit of my energy and passion personally and at church.
  4. Cynthia Byrd, a lady at church and a worker at Ryan’s daycare who just has the most welcoming attitude and speaks Gods wisdom through her spoken word. Thank God for Cynthia!
  5. King Mbani, for loving Ryan and I more than I could have hoped for!
  6. Building puzzles.
  7. The dress up of Halloween, which has Ryan and I both excited! It’s an opportunity to be silly and that opportunity is one we always need.

Morning by Morning (10/27/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Spending great time with two awesome best friends, Stephen and Ben, and having a ton of fun while we are at it.
  2. Crisp air on sunny and cool-ish mornings. Seriously not much better.
  3. Liz. She has been so supportive, so for me, so encouraging, so protective of my time, so full of excitement, so into the idea of partnership, and so honestly appreciative…this is what a good partnership should feel like. I am deeply blessed right now!
  4. The sound of Ryan’s laughter that is so enduring it sticks with me when he is with his mom.
  5. The shared experiences of other young chaplains, and especially pediatric chaplains. It is a field that is mostly filled with middle age or older folk, but has been steadily changing over the last 5 years. Yesterday it was very nice to sit across from other young chaplains who share energy, excitement, passion, and relative newness in our careers.
  6. Getting to encourage a parent at the hospital and seeing their gratitude and lifted spirits.
  7. Those who are trans, gay, and lesbian among others who continue making their voice heard and advocate for their needs and rights. I am thankful for them and pray my behaviors and actions continue their march towards equality and justice.

Morning by Morning (10/26/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The beautiful and revealing honesty of the physician, social worker, and nurse who shared their experience of the human side of healthcare through one patients story. The discussion in the Spirituality and Health Forum yesterday was so moving to me as they displayed great heart for their work.
  2. Being given the responsibility of serving on other certification committees for chaplains. It is a giant responsibility but an even greater privilege.
  3. Playing MarioCart with Liz and having a fantastic calm evening last night. I have missed playing Mario Cart!
  4. Fresh juiced orange juice that Liz made this morning. So delicious!
  5. The return of a beautiful sunny morning. This morning is so beautiful.
  6. The final months of this year. As terrible as this year started, these final months have so much excitement and love present. Halloween now will have a new set of friends to trick or treat with, friends who have walked alongside of Ryan and I all year. Thanksgiving turkey trots with Liz. Christmas joy with family in Houston and Dallas. Lots of new activities and fun that we are pursuing. And lots of great people around that remind Ryan and I that we are loved beyond words and always held in Gods hands.

Morning by Morning (10/24/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Our Spiritual Care Department’s Annual Bridge Event, where we greet, talk, color, giveaway, bless, and have fun with families and staff who pass us by. And I get to do it with a pretty good chaplain team! (pictured!)
  2. The time I got on Sunday during service to talk with Kacie, Mycayla, and Layla. They were sweet and brought smiles to me. I love this family very much!
  3. A roof over my head, in heat and cold and rain. Fortunate indeed.
  4. Tania Alfaro, an RN who I have enjoyed serving alongside for the last couple years. She is so fun, adventurous, and open about her life. I have been grateful to see her heart for the families and love for her family and friends. I pray she finds beauty in her next stage of life, safe travels, and lots of the experiences that bring wonder and joy.
  5. The big puzzles Ryan loves to play with. Because he loves them, and I love doing them too…

Morning by Morning (10/23/18)

My daily gratitude for:

    Ryan’s patience with me in the evenings as I manage dinner, laundry, snacks, Bailey and any number of other things. Playtime with him is wonderful, and while he would have every reason to fuss at me, he is quite patient and understanding.
    My tiredness, which is a reflection on my enneagram 9ness, but also a reflection of managing a lot. The tiredness is a signal, and a needed one that reflects the joy and happenings of full good days.
    My first three Plated meals, which have been really good and have had opportunities for Ryan to help and participate too.
    The many buildings I walk into where I don’t have to worry about AC or heater, safe or sound. I assume them in most places and it makes me grateful for all the modern tech and design that make it so assumed.
    The rain, mostly just for washing off my car!
    Paul Robertson, a mentor and guide during my formative years in chaplaincy training. His ethic, his humor, his perceptiveness, and his respect of me as a person have been so foundational for me. Happy belated birthday Paul!

Morning by Morning (10/22/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. A good sleep after a full week. That feeling is so nice. (Ryan was already feeling it at 7pm…pictured)
  2. A great weekend around Paul and Maria, Liz’s parents, with lots of laughter and lovely conversation.
  3. Meditation that redirects any anger or hurt that pops up, and helps me to be in the moment better in the face of those tough emotions.
  4. Legos, because Ryan is beginning to love them a lot.
  5. The Bible Class teachers who have done so much for the children, like Martha Watson, Laure Tucker, Bonnie Darroh, Brandy McDaniel, etc. they have done a great job loving our kids through teaching.
  6. Having a jacket (multiple of course) as the weather begins cooling towards winter. This world has too many who can’t afford one, let alone many, and at least today I am thankful for what I have.

Morning by Morning (10/20/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Liz’s parents! I have been so thrilled to meet them and spend good time with them.
  1. The vibe at the Child Advocates 5k run today!
  2. A sense of accomplishment running a 5k today, and feeling like I could do it a lot. And I loved being playful and acting crazy to have fun too!
  3. Anytime I can sit, eat, and enjoy on a patio!
  4. Breakfast pastries.
  5. Seeing all the kids at the 5k today. It was so sweet and heartwarming.
  6. The calm feeling of home.

Morning by Morning (10/19/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Dress up date nights with Liz. Blessed!
  1. Some really good visits where I provided good support to families who weren’t particularly religious. I love being able to show parents who are not into any religion how they can still receive meaningful, encouraging, and non evangelistic support from a chaplain.
  2. The great weather I’ve enjoyed the last 2 weeks in Houston and SoCal.
  3. Ryan’s increased comfort with Liz, which even included snuggling a little yesterday.
  4. Ryan traveling well with two flights, traffic, Uber’s and transitions this week. His mellow personality and adaptable loving nature really showed through.
  5. Feeling proud of the work I do and the life I live.
  6. Good talks with Russell Braman. I love his heart!