Morning by Morning (5/24/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Stephen Lucas, one of the great friends I have. Stephen has a unique sense of humor I appreciate, a wisdom I have needed, and a loyalty that has been unmatched. Thanks and happy birthday!
  2. Donuts in the morning.
  3. Summer heat. I know you probably think it’s too much but I love it!
  4. When I make Ryan laugh- it feels so good to be the reason for the laughter.
  5. The gift of listening to others and being listened to.
  6. Good eye contact in conversation.
  7. The prayer my colleagues shared over me yesterday at staff meeting, and their great supportive presence in my life.
  8. Balloons!

Morning by Morning (5/23/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Officing in the same building as my units! I never knew what a great gift it would be to be so close to the units and near my office while working.
  2. Feeling like Gods timing was perfect in using me for families. Sometimes good timing feels like luck, and sometimes it feels like God worked it out. I don’t know exactly how these things work but trusting that God called me or you to the right place for a struggling parent is such a marvelous experience.
  3. A dinner of fresh veggies and hummus or ranch or guacamole. In the summer, a dinner of fresh cold food tastes refreshing.
  4. Hugging Ryan as I picked him up at school. I missed my little man the last two nights.
  5. Praying with a nurse.

Morning by Morning (5/22/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The amazing work of PICU and PCU staff in helping move patients and families into the new Legacy Tower. The planning, the execution, the exhausted follow up to cover little details- it was all a privilege to see! I love these units and these people I get to work with!!!!
  2. The gift of having therapy dogs at work. Elsa, Bailey, Pinto, three of the most awesome presences ever!
  3. Petting a dog. Like whenever.
  4. The PCN Advisory Council and their love and support and leadership.
  5. The PCN Conference that is happening this week. It is always an event to be at and a gift for those who can go.
  6. Laughter with nurses.
  7. Feeling proud of what I do as a chaplain.
  8. Sand volleyball!! It’s one of my favorite sports!

Morning by Morning (5/19/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Hitting the hilarious child development milestone that tests my patience but brings me a smile: the constant asking “why?” from Ryan. This week, and yesterday specifically, Ryan began challenging everything with why. He is thrilled with his newfound skill in thoughtful delay of the inevitable! That’s my boy!
  2. The Sugarland Skeeters baseball park, which provided a good place for Ryan and I last night, with its splash pad, large playground, and bounce houses.
  3. Hearing people say Inland Empire and feeling hot about my hometown!
  4. Haircuts with Ryan and his calm acceptance of getting his haircut. I love it!
  5. Having tons of fun with some friends at Axelrad and the Museum of Fine Arts on Thursday. These are awesome folks and full of laughter.
  6. Small groups that meet weekly. It’s such an encouragement to have it as part of the routine of the week.

Morning by Morning (5/17/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Coffee and Coke Zero, my caffeinated drinks of choice. What would do without them?
  2. Ryan’s sweetness and gentle spirit when he apologizes. “I sawwy Daddy.” Just melts my heart in love for him.
  3. The immense support of friends at the hospital, especially today Jackson!
  4. The gift of bringing calm and wisdom. God has called me into this place of the pediatric ICU and I treasure getting to use those gifts with families and staff in whom I daily see Gods presence.
  5. The release that forgiveness brings.
  6. The wall of goodbye hands for the PICU, which has hands across the generations of staff who have served. I’m proud and humbled to have mine up there. Just 4 more days!

Morning by Morning (5/15/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Swimming with Ryan. His exuberant joy while playing in the water and learning to swim just brings me such deep peace and joy.
  2. My brothers, whom I love deeply and who I love talking to. I can’t wait till the day we get to travel and hang out a ton together.
  3. “No Hard Feelings” by The Avett Brothers. It speaks to me deeply now.
  4. The wonder I feel as I fly above the clouds. I feel like such a child every time I get to fly!
  5. My parking garage for work. It may be difficult to have to park off campus but I get in a walk and I get covered parking, which is amazing grace in the summer when I get back to my car.

Morning by Morning (5/14/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The three sweet and fun Parker girls. It was a real pleasure getting to visit Tim and Sam but also get to laugh and play with their kids some.
  2. Seeing Ryan again today. I know I’m a broken record at times, but weekends without Ryan are hard, so I can’t wait to be with him again and hear his laugh and grow in my purpose in being his dad.
  3. Hiking Devils Backbone this weekend. It was a beautiful hike, with great open views, and the fresh Colorado mountain air was so refreshing.
  4. The call to love my enemies that I heard resoundingly in yesterday’s sermon at the church in Fort Collins, during my hike at Devils Backbone, during my morning meditation walk, and throughout conversations I had. This is particularly challenging during this time with two people I know, and yet I am grateful because forgiveness is the key to moving forward in the best way possible, and I want that.
  5. The delicious food and breweries of Colorado, which were fantastic parts of my trip.
  6. On time flights!

Morning by Morning (5/12/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Checking off another stadium in my pursuit of visiting all! Coors Field was beautiful and the crowd was awesome.
  2. Biker Jim’s gourmet hot dogs- I had the “Widow Maker” with chorizo sausage and queso and fried Mac n cheese. Oh my goodness it was delicious!
  3. Ryan’s smiling face on the FaceTime call last night. It was a gift on an already good night.
  4. Talking with good people like Tim and Sam.
  5. That feeling when I am warm and under my blankets on a cool/cold night!

Morning by Morning (5/11/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. An awesome time last night at Chama Gaucha and Tasting Room with new friends. It was full of laughter and joy and it was really relaxing.
  2. Having friends who love my dog Bailey and are willing to watch him on a whim!
  3. All the great structure and processes and planning being put into the move of Legacy Tower. I am so privileged to work in this place!
  4. Seeing the Parkers and going to Colorado tonight!
  5. Feeling like I have honored Ryan with my choices and standing up for me and him throughout this entire process of separation and divorce.
  6. My bosses boss, Michelle L, and her leadership and friendship.

Morning by Morning (5/10/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Blessing the new Legacy Tower as part of its soft opening today where leadership and staff can come to see the ribbon cutting and get excited about all the moving in. This is one of the best parts of my job!
  2. Blessing hands of the nurses for Nurses Week. What an honor to hold both of their hands and proclaim a simple prayer over truly healing hands of so many nurses! The work they do in the PICU is just awesome.
  3. Jokes and laughs from patients and families at TCH.
  4. Ryan’s continued comfort with his new life, and the bravery and fearlessness he is reflecting with the new routine, new school, and new groups of people. I love seeing him come out of his shell so much and use his imagination to help himself step forward.
  5. Having a place I not only call home but feel as home.
  6. Kissing, because I miss it. Not being dramatic or a downer- it’s fun, I’m grateful for it, and I look forward to it again!