The nurses, doctors, staff, and others who are going into work still. As a chaplain, I am still considered essential, and I am still going but less often, and I respect those that have to continue as normal.
The day being done. Super long day, with meltdowns all around, so this was a well earned evening!
Grace Chang. Just love seeing her Around the CICU and having her refreshing honesty and openness about herself. Happy birthday Grace!
The poem, “The Flower in the Window”. Just brought joy to me tonight.
Ryans cute pic with my hat!
The health of my parents and health of my in laws at this point during social distancing, both physically and mentally hanging in.
Ashley Cobb. She and her family are always on my mind and heart! And happy birthday Ashley!
The Bering “Living Room Church” that Liz and I got to enjoy! It was so lovely to see faces from all around and see the smiles and hear the challenges each of our friends are meeting.
Keeping in touch with all of my family during this time.
The courage of my mom and dad as they work and support each other and so many of my family. It takes a lot to bear the worry of others as my mom does for family and face it in many ways like my dad does as helps keep the homes running with electricity and water of all those social distances folks in Riverside.
Walking the beach (mostly solo) with Liz yesterday and hearing the consistently faithful crashing of the small waves. Soothing.
Public health experts. We need their wisdom, and they are delivering with courage to people who are restless, losing jobs, and scared and still trying to be rooted in their expertise.
The delivery drivers who are keeping the supply chain moving.
Playing Hand and Foot and all the other fun card games. I will always be grateful for that first night I learned with Stephen, Dawn, Belinda, and Sherry.
Liz and I getting Ryan back today. It’s always a true joy having our family full and often more exhausted because of the good play.
This beautiful striped Barbados lily that has bloomed in our backyard!
All those who are practicing physical distancing and quarantining.
The relief of knowing I will still be able to work without draining PTO. This is an outright privilege and I don’t take it for granted, especially since I must protect myself so that I am okay to serve others in the hospital.
Naguib Kedeas and his sense of community and Gods steadfast love. I love his smile and warmth and Egyptian hospitality!
Having a small garden. We planted jalapeños, Serrano’s, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and squash, as well as sunflower seeds for Liz and Ryan.
Warm showers and good walks that both make for good mornings.
The sense that the world is in this together. I wish we weren’t all doing the corona virus thing, but this is a positive.
The creative ways people are finding to serve and support- bringing masks to the hospital, restaurants providing meals to families in the hospitals, food banks adjusting, people making calls to check on others, etc.
Aiden and Ryans quality time together during this time of schools being off. (And notice that Pepperdine hat! Appreciate that too!)
Chris and Natalie Peters, and the truly good friendship they bring Liz and I.
Daniel and Lindsay Marolf, and the joy they carry with them through life.
Our working vehicles that allow us take beautiful drives around Houston and get out of the house while still doing good distancing.
Elizabeth Hawkins, another chaplains whose faith and creativity in the palliative world has been a gift from afar.
Getting our spices organized…and by spices I mean the 200that we had! It’s good feeling like we can find the stuff we need for recipes so easily.