Morning by Morning (1/17/21)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Michael Bell, who is a man of integrity and a man passionate for his faith and love for Jesus, and who I love for his attuning to good music and vision. Happy birthday to one of my favorites!
  2. Gabrielle Prince, a friend and Child Life Specialist whose laughter, simple joys, and depth of spirit made for a great coworker on the PICU. And I love watching her live into motherhood and watching her contagious joy in her kids.
  3. Josh and Hilary Dildine, a couple who creates beauty together and whose lives together radiate light and creative joy and being vessels for Gods work.
  4. Eric Bethel, one of the CICU RN’s who I love for his consistency and constant energy with patients and staff.
  5. San Antonio…such a great city!
  6. Tacos ahogadas…Guadalajaran style drowned tacos, just delicious.
  7. Finding Luchador masks for Ryan to wear..I love them.
  8. Mexican hot chocolate!

Morning by Morning (1/16/21)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The podcast session “The Double Standard” from Hidden Brain. It makes me uncomfortable and thoughtful about how every single person in this world operates with unconscious wired ways towards a double standard. The show makes me so much more empathetic towards others, and humble in holding my views.
  2. “Con Huevos Tacos”, a breakfast taco place that we enjoyed this morning! Maravillosos! I love refried beans as part of breakfast, especially breakfast tacos.
  3. Dr Tim Willis, one of my religion professors at Pepperdine who challenged to me to grow (up) in my writing and critical thinking, and whose dry humor was so fun.
  4. Jeremy Loy, a former chaplain i met some years ago and who made an impact on me in our short time getting to know each other. I still am struck by his gentle invitations in conversations and incredible empathy. Happy birthday Jeremy!
  5. Jon Schmidt, a friend from Pepperdine who is fun loving, astute, funny, and awesome.
  6. The Q and A podcast about relationships from The Enneagram Journey this week. Really thoughtful, thought provoking, and challenging.
  7. Mexican cokes. Delightful.

Morning by Morning (1/15/21)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Tacos, because they are perhaps Gods greatest creation.
  2. Ryans “Tacky Day” costume. Truly laughed so hard when I saw it!
  3. Kim Najito, a friend and SW who truly exhibits compassion, focus, and a calming personality. She made the PICU a better place and makes all around her feel heard and appreciated.
  4. Mr. Harold Bain, my architecture/drafting teacher in high school. He was quite fun, relaxed, and one of the most supportive teachers I have ever had.
  5. Torey Deterding, a PT at the hospital who is perhaps one of the sweetest, kindest people I know, but who pushes her patients with spot on encouragement. She’s good, good at her job, and embodies goodness.
  6. Working with amazing physicians who are willing to be vulnerable about the hard parts of health care.
  7. The courage some of our parents have when they cannot work because of a baby in the ICU and they have to manage so many stresses. These mothers I meet are often the most gifted, deeply faithful, and heart on their sleeve salt of the earth I will ever meet.
  8. The restaurant workers who cook and serve and do so during a difficult time.

Morning by Morning (1/14/21)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Scott Osborne, a physician who always seems to act out of compassion and wisdom. I so appreciate his attentiveness to families and their values! Happy birthday Scott!
  2. Stephen Szypulski, one of Liz’s good friends who we celebrated tonight with a virtual cooking class. He brings such a great joy to Liz, and his care for friendship and way of connecting to others is second to none! Happy birthday Stephen!
  3. Connecting with parents in the hospital as a father, not just a chaplain!
  4. The widow of Mr Rogers, Joanne Rogers, who died today. What a gift she was to him and to others!
  5. Margaritas.
  6. Good humor!

Morning by Morning (1/12/21)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Making ordinary moments sacred.
  2. Zahraa al-Lawati, a physician who I first met at TCH. Zahraa remains one of the most clear minded, curious, engaging, calm, and spiritual physicians I know. She’s awesome!
  3. Justin Thompson, the soon to be new director of Lifeline Chaplaincy. I have met him before and feel the hope that Virgil and the Lifeline have for him as he continues the good work.
  4. Johnna Faber, a colleague chaplain at TCH who is deeply committed and a staunch advocate for the expecting women coming to our hospital. Her love for those mothers and their babies, and her presence with their grief is exemplary and moving.
  5. Connecting a teenage patient with a fellow teenager who has had cancer.
  6. The Kolter crossing guards. Kind and courteous always.
  7. El Arroyo’s hilarious signs!
  8. Our gorgeous national parks in the US. I am consistently stunned by the way nature creates, and continues to do so.

Morning by Morning (1/11/21)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Enjoying a fireplace with a fire going almost all weekend.
  2. Emeshea Petty, a friend who impacted me through her passion for missions, her love for Jesus, love for family, and her ability to engage in the fun of the moment. Happy birthday Emeshea!
  3. Stephanie Lenoir, an RT who embodies gentle strength and consistency of character. Happy birthday Stephanie!
  4. Bobbie Huebner, a friend who is attuned to Gods presence and always tries to see with Christ like eyes.
  5. Brent Peery, the director of Spiritual Care at Memorial Hermann. I appreciate how he gently cares for his staff, nurtures their ministry, advocates for outcome oriented chaplaincy, and reflects humble leadership.
  6. Playing Battleship with Ryan, and teaching him strategy.
  7. Seeing both the Browns and Bills win a playoff game in the same weekend. I think this is quite fun!

Morning by Morning (1/10/21)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Our FaceTime with Josh and Jacqui and the kids in their snow covered property…Ryan got so happy and thrilled to see them, and we were enthralled by the snow too!
  2. A good family day at home, with Candyland and Battleship and Wii and dominoes and lots of baking. Good day indeed.
  3. Katy Courter, a friend and nurse who has a heart of gold, lives fully for moments with others, is an intelligent nurse, and is so warm hearted. Happy birthday Katy!
  4. Barbara Hightower, who started me on my sourdough baking in 2020.
  5. John and Frances Hunter, two beloved members at Bering whose life and now legacy shine bright still.
  6. The feeling in my lungs after a nice big deep breath. So relaxing and releasing.
  7. Our warm sweaters and clothes on a cold day.
  8. All of our Hot Wheels and Legos. These are both toys for Ryan and toys for me!

Morning by Morning (1/9/21)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Our dinner of rack of lamb, smashed potatoes and spinach paired with Merlot. A great date night meal with a great date!
  2. Ryans love for his scooter, and his adventures in doing tricks on it.
  3. Adam Jacobs, a friend in SoCal who is always principled, supportive, and a musical king with his crazy ability to play so many instruments! Happy birthday Adam!
  4. Katie Castro, an RN who has so much energy and bubbliness and is so good at managing so many tasks of nursing. Happy birthday Katie!
  5. Jason Eggleston, one of my friends from Pepperdine. Jason is loyal, deeply thoughtful, and was always respected for his ability to let his friends be heard and welcomed. Happy birthday Jason!
  6. The win for the Buffalo Bills today, and the connection Bills football brings Mike Moore and Chris Moore as father and son.
  7. The water service we get from Ozarka. I drink more water because of it, and it makes for great sourdough and coffee.
  8. Finally getting our Christmas stuff all packed up. I don’t mind Christmas stuff but it was causing some clutter!

Morning by Morning (1/7/21)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The TCH PICU and CICU nurses and physicians. I am eternally grateful for how the staff overall have grown me, grown my voice, grown my ministry, and welcomed me and my family for years.
  2. My grief for events in DC. I am grateful not because it happened, but because I feel the tragedy that it happened in the first place. Grief turns into action as I often see at the hospital. I am grateful for how grief will harden my voice to those I love and care for in this case.
  3. Antonio and Antero, the two men who serve SWC and Bering as essentially facilities minister, but who both bless the body of Christ through their work. Happy birthday Antero!
  4. Laure Tucker, because her love and spiritual nurture helped root Ryan in his life. Also, I love Laure because she has a heart of gold, knows hospitality and welcome, and shows great love for her marriage. Happy birthday Laure!
  5. Amber Brady, an RN in the CICU, who blessed patients with her sweetness and compassion, and whose deep love has an enduring impact on the families she serves.
  6. Vivian Ackerman, who all week long has been a great encourager for me and who as an RN helped me understand on a basic level cardiac issues and how to watch some numbers.
  7. Our PCN support call today. Just what I needed.
  1. The words of many Republican and Democratic Senators and Congress-people after the events in DC, especially Mike Pence. Words that were sorely needed, probably days and weeks ago too.
  2. The gingerbread stout Liz got for me from Buffalo Brewing. Quite delicious.

Morning by Morning (1/6/21)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. My mothers family, including 3 states of people, aunts and uncles, and cousins, who reflect the love that I crave.
  2. Gods creation of beautiful minds that can research and think scientifically, especially in times like this.
  3. The nurses in my hospital and many others who in caring for COVId patients act as nurse, doctor, chaplain, SW, and child life because they are one of few who can be in the rooms. They deserve all the love for their heart-full work.
  4. The ability to donate blood, and to honor the kids I have met at the hospital by giving that blood.
  5. Our staff meeting yesterday that was encouraging and full of laughter. It was so good to see our small crew together in the new year.