Morning by Morning (1/31/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The end of the week. It has not been a bad week, but it has been long. I am ready to relax, have fun, and enjoy a good weekend.
  2. Matt Vandagriff. This guy became a good friend through basketball at his church but he remains someone I appreciate and look up to for his wisdom and genuineness.
  3. Liz and Ryan collecting canned food for the Cub Scout Food Bank activity. Their hearts are big!
  4. Ryan learning to read on his own!
  5. Catching up with Will Decker tonight. I learn to be a better father around people like him.
  6. The teamwork that makes up every code in the CICU and PICU. It takes one hell of a team every time, and it’s humbling to watch.

Morning by Morning (1/30/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Gladys Rodriguez, an RN I work with who always is attentive to her patients, has such good spirit, and always connects with her families. Blessings on your work Gladys!
  2. Watching Liz work with Ryan on school projects and fun ideas. Liz throws herself entirely into it each time and Ryan enjoys the fruits of their shared labor. Yesterday Ryan went to school as a crocodile, including a cool homemade headband and green shirt thanks to Liz.
  3. The recent couple opportunities I have had to walk down to PICU and to support families and getting the chance to say hi to nurses I haven’t seen in a while.
  4. Blessy Philip, one of most awesome smile filled people and pharmacists you can find!
  5. Having a job with PTO, and now collecting a good amount of PTO for emergency time too.
  6. My eyesight.

Morning by Morning (1/29/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The LEGO art display at the Museum of Natural History, which had this beauty of a father and a boy on display. So moving and heart wrenching, and I had a number of fathers in mind as I reflected on it.
  2. Sara Fudge, whose voice and heart permeate at Bering. Sara is so bubbly and full of life and we appreciate her passion for education too.
  3. Natalie Peters. Our department and our hospital families have been sustained by her consistency and efforts in the evenings the last two weeks and more, and she has risen to the challenge with grace and grit.
  4. Our Bering small group and the immense compassion and care and laughter that is shared their.
  5. My chaplain resident class. They taught me a lot about being yourself but had great patience with me too. Thanks to Tom, James, Russell, and Diana!
  6. A positive compare ting relationship between me and Liz and Elana.
  7. A responsive and thoughtful kindergarten teacher for Ryan.
  8. Peanut butter sandwiches. I just like them a lot.

Morning by Morning (1/26/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The gift of grace. Mess ups, mistakes, arguments, difficulties, struggles…the human condition. But Gods grace is warm and welcoming and life sustaining.
  2. Ryan and his best friend Alex. These are moments and this is a friendship that has blossomed and hopefully will continue.
  3. The prayers of our church this last month. They have been poignant, moving, and heart full.
  4. Andrea Engel. I saw her today at Fuddruckers and her joy and spiritual comfort are always so immense. Her encouragement and support of my hospital ministry continue to lift my spirits so much.
  5. Nelson Beckett. His welcome and hospitality were one of the reasons I got rooted here in Houston. I appreciated his wisdom and smile and still do.

Morning by Morning (1/25/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Our coming summer Belize honeymoon. I can’t wait!
  2. Our Cub Scout activity and watching Ryan interact with his new friends Max, Matan, and Jeffrey. They all loved hiking and I was grateful to lead the crew.
  3. Ryans love for helping.
  4. Sharing fellowship with Liz, Stephen, and Dawn while playing games. This is always one of the best times we ever have.
  5. Playing disc golf again today, and playing well too.
  6. The Levin family across the street. Their kids are great and the parents are super helpful.
  7. The neighbors that helped Liz and later I, find Hershey after he hopped out a new found hole in a broken fence post.
  8. The visits to the Lollar house in Abilene while I was in graduate school there. Abi (happy birthday Abi!) and Nate loved making salsa and loved to host and chat. Such good people.

Morning by Morning (1/23/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. 8 hours of sleep last night. So so good.
  2. Jon Burdett, whose friendship has been consistent and life giving to me. Happy birthday good friend!
  3. My colleague, Jessica Shannon. She is gifted with play and reflection with kids, and I have much to learn from her. She is truly a good gift to the Texas Children’s system of chaplains.
  4. The hospitality and kindness of Oksana and Nabil for hosting us in Austin and sharing great conversation.
  5. Paulette Hoftsetter. Y’all, she is awesome and so energetic and full of mama bear love. She is an awesome nurse!
  6. MLK’s words and challenges for justice. I feel greatly challenged, humbled, and appropriately called out for my lack of action at times, my slowness to my neighbors side, and my own prejudices and blind spots. I’m grateful for prophets.
  7. A good cry.

Morning by Morning (1/21/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Our night with Ryan last night, which is always special for us that first day back after a weekend away.
  2. Chermaine Crooks, a coworker whose heart and kindness and openness about her life make her a good friend.
  3. Starting Spanish lessons last night. I have longed to learn but been slow to start but it brings me excitement to see this developing.
  4. The warmth of my beanie on this very chilly morning.
  5. The amazing music of GlobalFEST 2020. I look forward to hearing the music every year although I’ve never gone.
  6. Terry and Teresa, a random couple that Liz and I hiked a portion of Pedernales with. They were so pleasant and kind and quite funny!

Morning by Morning (1/20/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Listening to God through the stillness and nature of Pedernales State Park and Huntsville State Park. Great places to listen to Gods voice in his creation.
  2. Quality time with my wife over this past weekend, especially in nature and on our drives together.
  3. K Pipes, one of the dearest women I know. Her voice is both loving and prophetic, and her impact in my life will always be great. Happy birthday K!
  4. The Heart Center and PICU half marathon runners. They did a great job, and I love seeing the accomplishments of those I work with.
  5. Aidens relationship with Ryan. They mean so much to each other.
  6. The much welcomed sunshine of this weekend. Great hiking weather, great outdoors weather.

Morning by Morning (1/18/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Our relaxing Saturday morning. It’s so nice to wake slow and quietly.
  2. Michael Bell, one of my best friends and one of those whose friendship has been grounding and challenging me into a better Christ follower and human being. (Congrats on another birthday!)
  3. Catch up time with Phil Rice last night. I appreciate his love for his family and his faith, but his humor is awesome.
  4. This mural from our Austin street art tour today…I love the quote!
  5. The excitement of interviews for TCH chaplains. I’m thrilled about the vision of our department.
  6. The Hill country terrain and pretty views.
  7. Meeting new people on our adventures!
  8. Sycamore trees. So beautiful.

Morning by Morning (1/16/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Playing Forbidden Island with Liz. She is pretty competitive so it’s fun trying to play a cooperative game and trying to beat the game together!
  2. Catching up with one of my favorite OT’s, Tara Mullikin this morning. It was a treat to see her.
  3. The way Bering Drive embraced Ryan for his Pinewood derby success. The church made an announcement during church, people came up to see his car, and he got a couple of encouragement notes in the mail. And he smiled because of all of it!
  4. All the people involved in making and delivering my food- the farmers, harvesters, packagers, deliverers, drivers, and many others.
  5. A healthy self, healthy wife, and healthy son. I am always aware of how fragile and precarious that is and how it isn’t taken for granted.
  6. Reading Gods word this morning during my meditation time.
  7. My walk with Ryan into his school every day.