The many opportunities to help others after the hurricane. These are good chances to remind myself of what we as humans and as Christians are called to do. Plus, as a person who does work that is emotional and social, manual hard labor feels therapeutic and meaningful.
The awesome volunteers who are blessing those helping with home made sandwiches, snacks, bottled water, free snow cones and all sorts of other stuff. These people are encouragers and supporters and remind me of the many different ways we can be neighbors.
A needed three day weekend.
Scrambled eggs. Delicious!
Steve Sandifer and all the hard work, pastoral care, wisdom, and laughter he brings to our church and me!
A wonderful day with Ryan, including good toilet training, shopping and him pushing the cart, playing in the backyard, the pool, and building a cardboard airplane. I love my time with him!
Getting to hang out with DeAndre, Keyshon, and Taylor at the pool today. I marvel at their fun and resilience, but I am also very impressed and grateful with their gentle encouraging interaction with Ryan.
Dinner with Elana and Carleigh and Levi! I can’t wait to officiate their wedding and I am so blessed to have gotten to know them outside of TCH!
Chicken salad with apples and pecans, one of my favorite foods.
When Ryan talks, period. His vocabulary is expanding and he gets so excited talking!
The little boy I see at TCH every time he has chemo (I see many but I have one who I visited today) and whose energy and smiles and oversized joy is so humbling in the face of his amputated leg. What an amazing boy and an amazing mother too!
A great evening with Ryan at the park, playing on the bounce houses and in the splash pad. His joy was so infectious!
Aiden’s love of Rat a Tat Cat. I could not have imagined how much he loves playing it and strategizing.
Dawns fantastic herbed shrimp linguini tonight. So delicious! I love shrimp and how it can be done so many different ways.
My family in Cali who have supported me and encouraged me through every stage and season of my life. Aunts, uncles, cousins…these people are my people and family that I love more than they will ever know.
Watching my jubilant son jump off the couch onto pillows with high energy. So full of life!
Amanda Vargas, an RN who led the care of the patient and family during a very difficult and challenging death yesterday. I was particularly moved as she shared about how fulfilling it is to be there for those families and then to connect that with the gentle and loving way she cared for the family. I think the world of Amanda and her energizing compassion.
MR, a teenage girl that I had a great opportunity to connect with in our hospital last fall and then she moved on to another hospital closer to home. I always marvelled at her faith, her desire to pray, her laughter, and her positivity that was grounded in her faith in Christ. M died a couple weeks ago and her memorial is today in DFW.
Honey sriracha brussels sprouts. Yeah, I know BJ’s serves this but I made them on my own yesterday and loved it!