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!
Our church opening a position for a new minister!!! This is fantastic!
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.
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!
King Mbani, for loving Ryan and I more than I could have hoped for!
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.
Spending great time with two awesome best friends, Stephen and Ben, and having a ton of fun while we are at it.
Crisp air on sunny and cool-ish mornings. Seriously not much better.
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!
The sound of Ryan’s laughter that is so enduring it sticks with me when he is with his mom.
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.
Getting to encourage a parent at the hospital and seeing their gratitude and lifted spirits.
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.
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.
Being given the responsibility of serving on other certification committees for chaplains. It is a giant responsibility but an even greater privilege.
Playing MarioCart with Liz and having a fantastic calm evening last night. I have missed playing Mario Cart!
Fresh juiced orange juice that Liz made this morning. So delicious!
The return of a beautiful sunny morning. This morning is so beautiful.
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.
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!)
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!
A roof over my head, in heat and cold and rain. Fortunate indeed.
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.
The big puzzles Ryan loves to play with. Because he loves them, and I love doing them too…
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!
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.
The great weather I’ve enjoyed the last 2 weeks in Houston and SoCal.
Ryan’s increased comfort with Liz, which even included snuggling a little yesterday.
Ryan traveling well with two flights, traffic, Uber’s and transitions this week. His mellow personality and adaptable loving nature really showed through.
Feeling proud of the work I do and the life I live.