The flowers that greet us in our neighborhood when we drive near the bayou.
The work of Kolter’s leadership, Ms Crossett, Ms Francisco and Ms Richardson in evaluating and educating and cheering on Ryan.
Catching up with Linda, my aunt, this past Sunday. I love her deeply and I am grateful for the ways in which she has blessed my parents over the years.
Justin Pardee, with whom I am grateful to share the journey of fatherhood and faith. Happy birthday Justin!
Jason McMullen, whose wisdom and full hearted character make him a great nurse, a great father, and a dedicated VAD coordinator. He is one hell of a hard worker, and he loves God on top of it all. Happy birthday Jason!
The education and advocacy of Embrace Race. I appreciate the thought provoking reflections and deep look at the nuances of our culture.
The new coffee beans from Java Pura. Those people do it well!
The moving kids book, “The Mountain Who Loved A Bird.” I have been so overjoyed reading this book to Ryan a bunch this week. I am grateful for the way it teaches Ryan how connection changes us.
Stanley Gay, whose faith and commitment to those he loves is a reflection of how God works in him. I am deeply appreciative for knowing him!
Donald Denham, an uncle whose love of his mother and hard work have always been clear to me. Happy birthday Donald!
Don Bryan, a man of faith and one of the most hospitable and welcoming people I have come to know. He just enjoys life. I was very blessed to get to know him and his wife through Lifeline! Happy birthday Don!
Our utility workers, who like my dad, are working during the entirety of the pandemic and keeping our usages straight and our utilities like water working.
The ways we are fortunate to have enough food, shelter, and other luxuries.
The Chappell Hill sausages we have been enjoying lately. We love stopping in at their store and seeing all the goodies!
Ryan sleeping in.
The sunshine this morning after a long day of thunder and rainstorms yesterday.
Creating wedding ceremonies that bring couples together. I’ve been blessed to perform weddings for so many couples and to see the joy of a beautiful moving ceremony.
Jamez Terry, a chaplain whose work and ministry remains profoundly moving and supportive of people on the margins. He is a reflection of good and love to its fullest, and I know from the stories I hear.
Tyson Ward, whose genuine advocating voice for LGBTQ and appreciation for life and search for beauty and peace in all he does continues to encourage me to a deeper humanity.
The beautiful poem, “Benediction,” by Georgia Douglas Johnson. I’ve thought about this poem regarding Fathers Day and the spirit with which I am raising Ryan. Read it here: https://poets.org/poem/benediction
The music of Oumou Sangare, who Liz and I heard for the first time yesterday. Gorgeous Mali music!
The wonder of watching Ken Griffey Jr as a kid. What a player!
The friends who are supporting, listening, and caring for Liz as she is walking a journey of grief for her mentor.
The Juneteenth joy and celebrations I see all around. These are great invitations to deep conversations, deeper friendships, and a depth of empathy for the power of freedom.
Marion Carrion. I celebrate the motherhood of a sweet nurse and friend, and the sweet little girl Mila, and blessing of fatherhood for Martin too!
Disha Patel, whose kindness and supportive presence in the PICU has always had an impact on me! Happy birthday Disha!
Sara Reynolds, and her incredible energy and passion in service as a pediatric chaplain. Happy birthday to a wonderful peds chaplain!
Bob Flory enduring presence and friendship, and the way he cherishes life as a gift. I have much to learn from him.
Officially finishing my service as PCN Advisory Council Secretary today. This council has changed me, and grounded me because of the friendship and sharpening of Lavender, Lindsay, Mark, Erin, Ryan, Matthew, Jennifer, Kate, Brent, Kimberly, Rebecca, Mark, and many others!