Morning by Morning (8/24/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Watching Ryan zip line. Just simple things right?!?
  2. A quality day at home with Ryan just cherishing being his dad and being a first hand observer of this little kindergartener.
  3. The little things Liz does to make our family run. So many errands, grocery trips, getting cards for friends, gift giving, thoughtful notes, last minute runs for Gatorade, and so much. Amazing.
  4. Antonio, a friend from my old church whose heart for family still is strong. His generosity and kindness to us is a blessing. Today he came and helped me put up a tree swing for Ryan. He’s just such a good guy and such a loving person.
  5. The needed day off of work. I was grateful to not have to think about work at all today.
  6. River Park Splashpad and Playground in Sugarland. Yes! That place is the bomb.
  7. Catch up time with DeAndre and King. I love laughing with them! But I love learning from them most.
  8. Urban gardens and the sharing and neighborliness they can create. So cool.

Morning by Morning (8/22/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Grace Episcopal Day School. Yesterday was Ryan’s last day there before Kinder, and I was just floored with emotions of appreciation for Ms Edolia, Ms Julie, Ms Candace, Ms Clementine, and Ms Ruby. They were challenging and encouraging, hard yet gentle, thoughtful and joyful and brought Ryan out of his shell, helped him find confidence and competence in so many things. And in it all, Ryan also grew in his little boy faith and learned thankfulness for blessings and praying. So much gratitude for this great little school! (We also enjoyed the last day luau!)
  2. Phil Rice. I’m not sure I can put into words how inspiring and genuine this man is. His gift of friendship and spiritual brotherhood have held me through ups and downs and his love and zest for life is contagious. But most of all, he makes me a better father out of his love for his daughter. Happy birthday Phil!
  3. Chad Lukkason, for his friendship and passion for faith and Chile. But also, because I played disc golf with him first and he helped it go from odd sport to prime hobby! Happy birthday Chad! Much love to your family!
  4. Joseph Austin, whose gifts for connecting people, generosity, and love for his fellow human being always show through. Happy birthday Joseph!
  1. The hard work of spiritual transformation.
  2. One weeks worth of success in Ryan waking up earlier than usual in prep for Kindergarten. What a relief!
  1. Printers that work.
  2. Ryan’s continued growth in swimming

Morning by Morning (8/19/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Liz’s strength and flexibility in helping me out so much and being a partner in every way this weekend.
  2. Ryan’s patience during the service yesterday. He was so good for Liz and so my son for asking lots of questions too.
  3. My participation in a celebration of life yesterday. I was more than blessed to work with this family, to work with the staff, and to put together a slideshow to honor the family. I’m glad to have been one of the people helping to make it happen.
  4. Gloria Kroeze, a friend through PCN and the Secretary before me. Her joyful spirit and cherishing of family are just breathtaking and a energizing gift every time I see her. She has a grandmothers heart and Gods joy while sharing life. Happy birthday Gloria!!
  5. A stepfather at the hospital who I have gotten to know well. He’s a good father. His heart holds sorrow and joy so well.
  6. The Maynes family from our days in the Mormon church. They were so good to my family and always so hospitable and loving. Happy birthday Heitonga!
  7. Chris return to work. Caring for entirety of Legacy was quite an effort, albeit very fruitful and laden with great opportunities. But I’m glad to try to find some routine again.
  8. Playing disc golf again for the first time in a month. So good to be out doing it.

Morning by Morning (8/17/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. A day at the beach with Liz, Aiden, and Ryan. I wasn’t as relaxed today as usual but it was still good.
  2. The Kinder coloring book that kept Ryan occupied and playing for a solid hour today. It is so good to see Ryan playing on his own and being creative.
  3. Kelli Bryant, who was one of the most brilliant people I know. And she added great compassion to her brilliance. It was a pleasure it go to seminary with her. Happy birthday Kelli!
  4. All the connections I have to the Fry family- relationships with Virgil and Kyle and Kacie, with connections to Spencer and Novie and so many others.
  5. The successful Kinder play date at Kolter today. Liz and I were so pleased and happy to see Ryan walk off with new people that would become his friends.
  6. The jalapeño cheddar sausages from City Market Meats in Schulenburg. Damn good. Can’t wait to try the garlic and pork sausages too.
  7. That feeling of cleanness after all the sand and sunscreen are washed off after a good shower.
  8. Street art…or graffiti art. LA had lots of it. I love it wherever I see it.

Morning by Morning (8/16/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Attending a memorial service for one of the best husband, dad, and friend I know, and sharing in that grief with a bunch of PICU friends. May you rest in God Chris.
  2. The brother in law who delivered Chris’ eulogy. I have rarely been more amazed at someone’s life than after his message- he crafted a reflective, humorous, and honest picture that spoke volumes of this man and his family.
  3. Hanging with Liz all day.
  4. Liz’s endurance. She survived a memorial service that was heart wrenching and helping me put together a heart wrenching slideshow for a sweet kid who is now in hospice. That’s strength.
  5. My sweet phone call with Ryan tonight.
  6. That feeling after a long day and the completion of a major project. Relief.
  7. The beautiful city of Avalon on Catalina Island. Gorgeous city that reminded me of Cinque Terra kinda.

Morning by Morning (8/15/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. My very best friends- Stephen, Tim, Cambry, Michael, Dave, Adam, and Jon. I am a better dad and husband because of them.
  2. Penelope and Mark Goode. My family is blessed to share fellowship with them and share both passions and raising small kids.
  3. Daniel Marolf, one of the most real and funny people I know. I love how he brings his humor to serious work and serious faith.
  4. The joy Ryan has as he plays at school. I love that smile.
  5. My coffee and the Chemex that Liz and I use. I am loving this delicious coffee and loving trying stuff from all over the world.
  6. Daily emails I get from Grace DaynSchool, which helps me see what Ryan has eaten, read, and played. It is always a highly anticipated email!
  7. The needed rain we got last night.
  8. The time I get to disconnect from tech.

Morning by Morning (8/14/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Only one more month to go to the wedding. How exciting!!
  2. Engagement photos…love them!! It was fun to do them and fun to see them!
  3. Church family. After being away for a while I long to be with them and share in fellowship.
  4. The PICU staff. It made my day to join them at shift change and share in prayer and comfort together. These nurses and staff and doctors are such great friends.
  5. The Jesuit practice of casuistry, which essentially is to descend into the particulars because context matters. Thanks to the podcast of Revisionist History, I have a greater understanding of what it means to have courage and offer consolation.
  6. The friend Ryan made last weekend at the park in Riverside, Indy. He played for a couple hours with him, shared his snacks and drinks, and laughed a ton. It brought joy to me. (They are pictured)
  7. Grilling chicken with boysenberry BBQ sauce- and the chicken actually being cooked well. Small things right?!?

Morning by Morning (8/13/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The gift of grieving with someone.
  2. Every breath that Liz and Ryan take. Their lives, as mine, is not guaranteed.
  3. Steve Sargent, and the way he is a channel for Gods immense love to all and the ways in which Gods love is seen through ordinary and in simple things. He has been profoundly important to my growing faith. I have appreciated him before here but i was reminded of his friend ship a number of times yesterday.
  4. The two fathers I met yesterday who are losing their children to unfortunate events. Both wept. Both were strong. Both love their kids more than words can express.
  5. Bonnie Hedrick, and her big smile and warm welcome to the Heart Center, and her overall wisdom about many medical issues and the consequent compassion she carries into those rooms.
  6. Eating Ryan’s leftovers for breakfast. Often the Mac n cheese or burgers he gets are not bad and I get to enjoy them as he is not much of a leftover fan.
  7. Comfortable shoes. Thanks Mom and Dad!
  8. That moment when I get fully unpacked from a trip.

Morning by Morning (8/12/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Ryan’s positive attitude going into school after a long break away.
  2. The amazing and unsung work that interpreters do being go betweens and representatives of culture, tone, and meaning. They do hard work, and I worked with two of the finest today, America and Jose.
  3. Dr Das, one of the worlds best pulmonologists who gives care and heart and intentionality with all of his patients.
  4. Rebekah Riddle, who has always been a fantastic host and full of liveliness and care to me. From the beginning when I met her some years ago throughout the time of last year her continued support of my life at the hospital and my new family has been such a blessing. And I’m grateful to share church with her now too!
  5. Patrick Jinks. I am grateful for his genuineness and appreciation for family, and his timely wit and wisdom as a fellow pediatric chaplain. Good good man.
  6. Catching up with some of my nurse and RT friends in PICU today while helping with some families.
  7. Learning to be better. In every way I can always grow and learn and those places of opportunity are hard but worth it.

Morning by Morning (8/10/19)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Jon and Allison Burdett, another friend couple that Liz and I got to spend time around on Thursday night. It was a fun dinner with a gracious, fun, and energetic couple.
  2. The beautiful and sweet smelling white rose around Koreatown as we walked to breakfast. It’s stunning!
  3. The quality time and laughter my parents got to share with Ryan over the last 2 days while Liz and I traversed SoCal. Ryan feels so comfortable with them.
  4. The stunning views of mountains and ocean from the ridges of Catalina.
  5. SoCal beach time with my beautiful girl Liz.
  6. The many restaurants over the week that have shown Liz great local California food: Pier 76, Heroes, Saucy Mama’s, Mrs Knott’s, El Patron, NDMK Fish House, Met Her At A Bar, and Dong Il Jang. So much good food this week!
  7. Ms Ruby, one of Ryan’s teachers at Grace that has helped him come out of his shell further and helped him gain lots of confidence about his learning. He wanted to pray for her last night!
  8. Martha Haun, a former teacher at UH and a wonderful Christian heart whose hospitality and realism always bring depth and energy around her.
  9. Samira Fitts, and her deep positivity and uplifting faith. I enjoy seeing her posts on FB and welcome at church.
  10. Having a safe, accident free trip over the last week. We have covered a lot of freeways and a lot of traffic, so it is such a blessing.