Morning by Morning (2/26/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The song “Create in Me a Clean Heart”, which I was dwelling on for my meditation this morning. It was a humbling song and phrases to hear as I reflect over the Lent.
  2. The leadership of Natalie Peters and Pam Krinock for Ash Wednesday at TCH. Such a big day and such thorough planning!
  3. Ryans love of reading.
  4. Snuggling with Ryan on the couch when he’s sick.
  5. A workplace and colleagues who are flexible so I can be home when my kid is sick.
  6. The warmth under a blanket on a cold morning.
  7. The game Go Fish. We love it in our house!

Morning by Morning (2/25/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. This lovely note that Ryan (and Liz) made me for my arrival home on Sunday after camp!
  2. Adam Boatz. He has been a true friend and an anchor for me over the last couple years, as someone that I trust and someone who is quite hilarious too. Good to share dinner last night!
  3. The cafeteria workers at Ryans school. I had lunch with Ryan and his class last week and I saw a group of people who were tirelessly working to serve, nurture, clean, and bless all the kids with good food and good lunch time.
  4. The clear blue sky and energy lift it brings.
  5. Seeing the stars and being mesmerized this past weekend. So so cool.
  6. The community garden that has been and will continue to be a part of Kolter Elementary.
  7. Alarm clocks that keep me up when I am dozing away in bed.

Morning by Morning (2/24/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Having enough. Enough clothes, enough food, enough “toys” and games, enough house, enough all. Want continually expresses itself but I have enough.
  2. Hang out time as a family with the Luber family (Sam, Sally, and the kids). They are good people who came around just as Liz and I were growing into family and became great supporters!
  3. The Harrod’s and their hospitality to us. Happy birthday Jim!
  4. The good coffee Liz got for me from House of Coffee Beans.
  5. Liz surprising me with a trip to kombucha while I was away for the weekend.
  6. The bus ride back from Camp for All with great conversation with Will Decker.
  7. Liz and Ryans comfort at Bering.

Morning by Morning (2/22/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Liz’s support and appreciation of my career and work as a pediatric chaplain.
  2. Sharing quality time with the Decker family and seeing them grow as a family.
  3. Supporting fathers at the Retreat of Renewal. It is humbling to watch their love for their families and also to be the receiver of their memories, their stories, and their hopes as they move through grief.
  4. Playing capture the flag at camp.
  5. Jeff Fischer, who was so important to me in my short time in transition in SoCal before I started at TCH. His humor and brotherly kindness supported me so much. Happy birthday Jeff!
  6. Brittany Goldy’s engagement!!! This makes me so happy for her and for the future God creates for her.
  7. The health of my family. Any time at this camp reminds me to appreciate the people around because life itself is fragile.

Morning by Morning (2/20/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. My partnership with Liz, which is foundational for all the beautiful and hard things life brings, and consistently challenges me towards the person God created for me.
  2. Lunch with Ryan and his friends today. I love sitting with 5 year olds and love seeing my son interact with his friends!
  3. Ms Gonzalez, the admin who welcomes and cheers and watches out for all the kids at Kolter. What a gift she is to Kolter!
  4. Officiating at weddings and having the humbling privilege to pronounce a couple husband and wife. It’s such a privilege to me.
  5. The quiet afternoon.
  6. Completing a major project and feeling relief with its finish.
  7. Girl Scout S’mores cookies!!!! They bring me joy…and I am passionate about them so much that I had Liz jump out of the car to grab a box randomly passing a set up troop outside a pet supermarket. lol.

Morning by Morning (2/19/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The story of the temptations of Jesus. Today as I was doing my normal reading, I was taken not by his knowledge of Scripture, but the reflection of trust through his interaction.
  2. Jessica Vaughn, whose heart and love as a RN and more importantly, as a follower of Christ, is constantly a source of inspiration and hope. Happy birthday Jessica!
  3. Ryan growing up. It’s beautiful and yet hard to some extent as a parent, but it’s humbling to see regardless.
  4. Working with Rainey and Kiersten yesterday, and seeing their Heart center leadership.
  5. Feeling the trust from the couple whose wedding I’m officiating tomorrow. They are young and hopeful and of course nervous, and I treasure their trust during the vulnerable time.
  6. Hiking with Liz. It’s some of our best time together, with great conversation and laughter.
  7. Feeling in good health all around today.

Morning by Morning (2/17/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Gods presence in stillness.
  2. My parents preparing to move to Houston. I love following them step by step and knowing that a year away has become months!
  3. Buescher State Park, where Liz and I enjoyed a hike yesterday. I loved the elevation changes, the lovely yaupon hollys and live oaks and loblolly pines, and the beautiful smell of pine on a cool day.
  4. This Valentine I received from a family and little one I know! So cute!
  5. Andrea Sawyer Gray. I got to know her as an RN in the PICU and now I get to see her all the time in Cardiology. I love the way she brings voice to her work, a voice that carries wisdom, humor, and advocacy as a genuine person.
  6. A weekend with lots of outside time and things I love to do.
  7. A Bucc-Ees drink and snack on long car drives and after hikes. The choices there are great for us after sweating on a hike!

Morning by Morning (2/15/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Our Valentines dinner with grilled Wagyu sirloin and grilled Chilean Sea Bass!!! It was a good night together eating and playing dominoes.
  1. Angelea, an RN who over this week showed her incredible acumen and leadership in the ways she managed a critical patient and advocated with gentleness for his family.
  2. Winona Johnson. I came across her picture and the agenda of her memorial service and my heart filled with gratitude for her spirit and life.
  3. A week of good visits that affirmed my giftedness in chaplaincy.
  4. The love and affection of our two dogs, Hershey and Reba.
  5. The warmth of a cup of coffee in the morning.

Morning by Morning (2/13/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Ryan and Sylvia Mack. Their faith and friendship as a couple will always be a great reflection of Gods love through a family. (Welcome to the new little one too!)
  2. Dr. Craig Churchill, one of my profs at ACU who truly empowered my education with his passion for research and books, and his curiosity about my life as a mentor. So much appreciation.
  3. The great sushi we made last week.
  4. The Facilities folks at TCH who maintain equipment in good shape and work so hard behind the scenes caring for patients.
  5. Ryans newfound love for the Imagine Dragons song “Believer.” It’s cute.
  6. The big clear blue sky this morning, especially after continuously cloudy skies for three days.

Morning by Morning (2/12/20)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Marriage as the place where iron sharpens iron.
  2. Ryans forgiveness. As a parent, his kind understanding is a pure gift.
  3. Sally Nash and her pastoral leadership with pastors and chaplains in the UK. Happy birthday Sally!
  4. Michael Mercer. Wise people who are open minded and big hearted are hard to come by. Happy birthday Michael!
  5. Getting to the end of a container of coffee and knowing I have a brand new bag of great coffee to open thanks to Liz.
  6. Our dinner prayers, whether by Ryan or me or Liz. I appreciate it every night.
  7. Speaking of prayers, prayer humor…!!!!