Morning by Morning (9/9/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The weekly email I get from the Mash-Up Americans, which has been both challenging and encouraging about the diversity and resilience of people around our country.
  2. Hanging with Aiden and Ryan this afternoon!
  3. The way shade feels on a warm sunny day.
  4. Aidens joy playing baseball. We are at a tournament today and he loves being on the field and being with the other kids and coaches.  They won the first game 10-2!

Morning by Morning (8/14/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The many fellow parents who both challenge and guide me in how to teach my kids about justice, racism, and living a life in line with the compassion and eyes of Jesus.
  2. The elders of our church who have served our church with faith and commitment for a long while. Their recent health struggles weigh heavy on my heart.  They love Jesus, and that is always seen.
  3. The Muslim woman, the black mother, and the white nurse who came in to the chapel to pray (separately) as I was writing this gratitude and reflected faith and humanity in their bowing down in tears.  They are part of the reason I am troubled and discouraged by the events and subsequent rhetoric in speech and Facebook interactions in Charlottesville.  Being human is what we all bring to the table, and justice and beauty is what we are called to seek.  When I am tempted to just be troubled and not lift my voice, I am grateful for them and the human face that needs my voice as well as my prayers.
  4. A great weekend with Ryan.  I love being a dad, and I love being his dad.  

Morning by Morning (8/7/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. A great weekend with a bunch of friends on the beach in Galveston, where we got to laugh a lot together, celebrate Ryan’s birthday, spend lots of time at the pool, spend quality time with Aiden and Ryan, watch Ryan brave waves at the beach, walk hand in hand with Elana along the sand, and enjoy the calming waters with good friends.
  2. A Sonic soda on the way home that helped with the post trip exhaustion.
  3. The Ciudad de Angeles orphanage in Cozumel who does the heroic work or caring for children who need support, and doing it well. I appreciate their work and their love of children and their love of God.  I appreciate our church friends who went to support them earlier this summer.
  4. The voices who encourage compassion towards those with mental health issues and challenge our behaviors and disregard for them.  This weekend reminded me of this with a couple of experiences I observed.

Morning by Morning (8/4/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The people who stand for reflection and peace during these hostile and divisive times.  Self reflection is needed for us to honestly deal with major issues and wounds in this world.  Reflection helps us see our desires for what they are and helps us to see others with the best possible intentions.  Reflection also helps us interpret history while looking into a mirror.  I only pray that we as people of faith are daring enough to be the people who are reflective.
  2. The friends I can count on for support here in Houston- Michael, Steve, Caleb, Stephen, Ben, Dave and others.  Much love!
  3. Opportunities to decompress from the hospital, especially talking through the situations I see. I’m still learning to do this well but each opportunity is still so appreciated and treasured!

Morning by Morning (7/6/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The July 4th neighborhood baseball game- lots of really good kids, lots of great parents, some really good baseball! And it’s what neighborhoods should be like!
  2. The way Ryan lays with me every morning and snuggles as he wakes up. He owns my heart every time!
  3. Amanda Vargas, an RN who I worked with yesterday on a challenging and emotionally draining death. Her wisdom and thorough care for the family was only surpassed by her own ability to laugh and be self aware in ways that only added to her compassionate care. I hope she got her rest- but I will definitely be grateful for working with her!
  4. The Mash Up Americans website and weekly email.  It’s a great way for me to open my eyes to the great culture of our world/country and become more fully aware of the concerns and struggles of people with mixed cultures in this country.

Pic of the kids on July 4th!