The presence of God surrounding me, through Liz’s enduring love, Ryan’s trust, strong staff at the hospital, colleagues who are supportive and encouraging, best friends with loyalty and humor, and the still small voice of God that calms me and calls me towards mercy and peace.
Sharing a Thanksgiving meal with the Lucas family this week. They fill my family with love.
Sharing a Thanksgiving meal this weekend with Josh and Jacqui, our cousins, and Louis and Marian. We love our family and sharing a table and joy with them is worth it! Smoked turkey and all the sides, with plenty of smiles!
The staff at TCH, PICU and Heart Center, who show perseverance, compassion, advocacy, protection, and selflessness at every turn.
The roasted turkey that I made and looked beautiful!
Christmas smells, with spices and food that are so rooted in my memory and bring great spirit!
Being able to stay home with Ryan when he’s feeling under the weather.
Zoe Fuller, and the journey I have watched her go through as she grows up and enjoys acting. We loved watching her star in Curtains last night!
Mothers like Teresa Childers and Alanna Cornes, phenomenal mothers whose love is tough, persevering, beautifully honest, playful, and enduring in the face of all life has to offer. Happy birthday to Teresa and Alanna!
Sarah McCollister, whose kindness and positivity is always lovely when I drop Ryan off at school. It’s really great to share a kids school with good friends at the hospital.
The ordination and celebration of Courtney Webb this week! What joy!
Our family Polar Express trip, and seeing Ryans joy to see and play on a train and also to see Santa.
Watching fall leaves fall and float slowly onto our yard. It’s kinda mesmerizing.
The cooler weather, which brings the opportunity for hot chocolate, hot tea, and coffee!
Our family group hugs. Ryan loves them and so do we.
The hard work Ryan put into his first major project- his PBL project on gorillas and their habitats!! He was so proud of his work!
Anna Coleman, one of the nurses in the CICU whose heart, faith, and peacefulness make her a phenomenal presence and nurse. I love seeing her on the unit and catching up!
Arlanza Elementary School. This will always hold a special place in my heart, as the place where my first friends were, where a couple of my favorite teachers were, and where my personality emerged.
Having my grandparents live a couple houses down during my elementary school time. What a gift it was to live close!
The field that was behind our family’s house on Crest. As kids, that field was full of fun, mystery, and stories, from dirt hills for bike riding to raising chickens to pomegranate trees to baseball and football.