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.
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.
A dinner of fresh veggies and hummus or ranch or guacamole. In the summer, a dinner of fresh cold food tastes refreshing.
Hugging Ryan as I picked him up at school. I missed my little man the last two nights.
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!!!!
The gift of having therapy dogs at work. Elsa, Bailey, Pinto, three of the most awesome presences ever!
Petting a dog. Like whenever.
The PCN Advisory Council and their love and support and leadership.
The PCN Conference that is happening this week. It is always an event to be at and a gift for those who can go.
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!
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.
Hearing people say Inland Empire and feeling hot about my hometown!
Haircuts with Ryan and his calm acceptance of getting his haircut. I love it!
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.
Small groups that meet weekly. It’s such an encouragement to have it as part of the routine of the week.
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.
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.
Hiking Devils Backbone this weekend. It was a beautiful hike, with great open views, and the fresh Colorado mountain air was so refreshing.
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.
The delicious food and breweries of Colorado, which were fantastic parts of my trip.
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!
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.
Jokes and laughs from patients and families at TCH.
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.
Having a place I not only call home but feel as home.
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!