Morning by Morning (12/29/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Joy. It’s one of the hardest attitudes/emotions but typically for me it is found with family gatherings at the holidays, the laughs of our kids, sharing another’s burdens with compassion, and the enduring peace of God- all of which tell me there is deep good in this world.
  2. Hang out time with Aiden and Ryan, seeing them play and laugh with Liz, and introducing Aiden to In N Out, and watching Ryan eat a whole In N Out Burger!
  3. Ben Snyder’s call today. 3 min phone call but it was great to hear his voice.
  4. Ryan trying bites of each of his barbecue chicken and mixed veggies. Such a relief to have Ryan opening up to trying new foods.
  5. A safe and good drive to family in DFW area, in which Ryan also went all the way with no tech.
  6. The willingness of Bridget Hughes and Jennifer Christian to lead or participate in the worship team at Bering. We are gifted with their voices.

Morning by Morning (12/26/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. A good first Christmas Day as a couple. It was good to share it with Liz, her parents, and Ryan.
  2. Giving gifts that bring smiles to Liz and Ryan.
  3. Maria Bryant. She is an amazing mother whose attentiveness, compassion, love for learning, and cooking are just lovely. Happy birthday belatedly to my awesome mother in law!
  4. Suzanne Dean, an RT at the hospital who is funny, faith filled, and an unflappable spirit. Happy birthday Suzanne!
  5. Dan Garrett, a friend from SWC. He is such a calm and supportive friend. Happy birthday Dan!
  6. 3 Brothers Bakery. I love their hamentaschen and love that I introduced Liz’s parents to that place.
  7. Liz’s moms baked pasta and damn good meatballs. Having an Italian for an in-law is quite a winner!

Morning by Morning (12/24/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Serving a family I love dearly as they loved their little boy in his likely last day. What a beautiful family! What beautiful parents! I’m heartbroken but grateful to have been with them today.
  1. Attending Christmas Eve mass with Liz and her parents, joining my new family’s Christmas tradition and adding a new one to my traditions.
  2. A good FaceTime with Ryan tonight. I can’t wait to have him back tomorrow.
  3. The stunning beauty and moving silence of a baby held by his faithful mother, a baby that carries promise and hope through a God who loves to enter the world. The picture of a young Mary holding Jesus and feeding and nourishing him and wrapping him in her blanket is just stunning and special. Come Lord Jesus indeed.
  4. Singing Christmas carols.
  5. The next week off to celebrate Christmas and New Years and lots of good family.

Morning by Morning (12/23/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Hilarious Christmas humor!!
  2. The beautiful Advent service this Sunday with all the Christmas carols and hymns that connect deeply to my spirit. Bering’s worship was beautiful, moving, and life giving!
  3. Sharing Christmas dinner with Stephen and Dawn. It is fitting that they were the first gifts for us to give and first gifts to open for this year.
  4. Whitney Deanne, a tireless RN who always brings energy and smiles to her work.
  5. The joy of choosing and giving gifts!
  6. My brothers and all those they bless in their work and lives.
  7. The hilarity of Eddie Murphy back on SNL. Some comedians just always have it.

Morning by Morning (12/21/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Ryans continued growing closeness and love of Liz. It warms my heart beyond measure.
  2. A good cup of coffee in the morning.
  3. The wise women in my life who consistently bless me with their gifts: Mom, Liz, K Pipes, Bobbie Huebner, Pam Krinock, Linda Moore, Nugget Skates, Cyndi Pardee, etc!
  4. Adam Boatz, a good friend and consistently funny and loyal person in my life.
  5. Neil Cross, whose quiet, gentle, but strong presence always was a pleasure at SWC.
  6. The book “Kitchen Table Wisdom” from Rachel Naomi Remen.

Morning by Morning (12/20/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The arrival of Liz’s parents today. They are always a great presence to have around.
  2. The beautiful Christmas lights in Prestonwood Forest and the beautiful girl at my side while we drive through the neighborhood last night. Christmas lights are so fun!
  3. Bonnie Ybarra, the admin for Language Services who put in 39 years of service at TCH and is retiring today. I got to go see her and ask for interpreters many times and she was always welcoming. She carries herself with joy, genuineness, kindness, directness, and hilarity!!! Congrats!!!
  4. Victoria Simms, one of the most lovely and sweet people I know. Also, it’s fun to celebrate her travels and have her friendship at TCH. Happy birthday Victoria!
  5. The wonderful special anonymous note of appreciation from another employee that I received today.
  6. Having great neighbors here in our Meyerland area.
  7. Little opportunities to bless others day, like walking people to their destination when they are lost, or praying for them, or making phone calls, and having fun in the elevator with kids.
  8. Ryans smile!!

Morning by Morning (12/19/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Ryans graduation to the next level at Wolfies Swim School! This was a long time coming but so good. My little man is learning to swim well.
  2. Our Legacy Tower 14th floor office get together, which was successful and full of laughter and good food. I love these events and love coordinating them!
  3. The anticipation of a good Christmas week with Liz’s parents, who are coming in tomorrow!
  4. Working on Christmas Eve day, which will help as we are without Ryan on Christmas Eve and most of Christmas Day.
  5. Vicki Rupe, a long time friend and encourager from Arlington CofC. She was helpful in giving me a place one summer as I got myself in order as a college kid! Happy birthday Vicki!
  6. Having a flexible job and colleagues who understand how schedules get affected with kids, sicknesses, and kids activities.

Morning by Morning (12/17/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. My aunts successful surgery, and for the support she received from my uncle, her kids, and the many people praying.
  2. Martha Haun. What a good friend over the years! She will always be appreciated for her hugs, positive spirit, willingness to be a rebel, and her deep faith as a teacher. You are awesome Martha! We miss you.
  3. Kellie Thiem’s heart as a nurse and the advocacy, compassion, and energy she brings to the families she cares for.
  4. The Advent and Christmas motif of Light. Light in darkness, a light is come, a light shines…these are profound and motivating images for me that draw me through the whole season.
  5. Doing Secret Santa/Snowman at work. It’s awesome to coordinate and see the joy and fun others have with it and see its impact around the office.
  6. Beach Christmas decorations. I love them.
  7. Reading to a child. Never gets old.

Morning by Morning (12/16/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The pictured and lovely Nativity image I saw on FB through Naomi’s post. This image has stuck with me all week.
  2. One more week of work before Christmas!
  3. Bob Flory, whose gentle joy and depth of wisdom as well as his skills as a developer of people make him a very cherished friend.
  4. Paul and Sally Nash. This couple brings so much energy and partnership to their work of chaplaincy, minister, and caring for kids in the UK.
  5. Spending time with Liz’s parents for Christmas. I love that time to deepen relationships and also to watch their love for their daughter.
  6. Some really good funnel cake at Moody Gardens…yum!

Morning by Morning (12/15/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The joy and purpose Liz brings to running.
  2. The fun of snow and ice for us here in Houston. Because it’s just fun and good activities and not something we are entirely surrounded by, we get to have it in ways that always make us feel like kids again, like making snowballs, ice slides, and ice skating.
  3. Gabby Prince, a good friend from old times at TCH. She always brings wit, hilarious ness, and deep love for those she is around. Happy birthday Gabby!
  4. Dena Michna. I love her joy as a nurse and the sense of calling and purpose she brings to her profession. But even beyond that, she is a phenomenal encourager, and that’s a gift!
  5. The cuteness of Ryans excitement staying in a hotel last night. So awesome to see what he feels is a treat.
  6. This silly picture at TCH that I love passing by.