Morning by Morning (8/25/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The surprise birthday party that Elana threw for me last night!!!! It was awesome to have everyone greet me as I opened the door and hear the singing of happy birthday and receive the awesome gifts and feel the humbling love of everyone around me.  What an awesome blessing!!!
  2. The way the staff in the PICU cope with everything that comes their way with flexibility, strength, hilarity, and big hearts for little kids.  I’m glad that if I have to come to the hospital this weekend, I will be enduring a storm alongside them.
  3. The disc golf bag I received from Elana- i feel like school kid with a new back pack!
  4. The opportunities I get to celebrate Ryan’s growth and development, and not missing them by things feeling life is going too fast.  “Good job Ryan” is a great phrase to share and I love his feeling of joy when he hears his father and mother be proud of him.

Morning by Morning (8/19/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. PCN friends, like Lavender Kelley, Lindsey Bona, Dan Roberts, Gloria Kroeze, Bob Flory, Mark Brown, etc.  The list is quite long as full of people I am grateful to learn from as we serve and share experiences together.
  2. Getting a haircut…while my scared son melts down in my lap! Oddly enough, it was a reminder of how he thinks of me as safe- he leaned in, burrowed, dug in, all in finding comfort in his daddy.  Though the haircut was stressful, it was a gracious reminder!
  3. Soccer- all forms of it.  I am more and more fascinated and captivated by the skill and nuances of the game, especially as I am going to more Dynamo games.
  4. Living in Houston…what a great place to live!!!
  5. Facetiming my mom and dad and letting them see Ryan!

Morning by Morning (7/15/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Disc golf in the rain!!! Love it!
  2. Toddler birthday parties, which are fun and cute and seriously…who doesn’t like cake!!! Ryan is just now to the stage having friends and consequently, going to birthday parties.  It is so cute watching Ryan saying happy birthday and playing with a friend.
  3. Ryan’s crazy fun love of balloons! (We found this at a birthday party of course!)
  4. This…

Morning by Morning (6/23/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Watching the Houston Dynamo play FC Dallas with a packed and lively crowd.
  2. Observing phenomenal Emergency Center staff, including physicians and nurses, tale care of babies and young children in crisis today.
  3. The weekend, after a decent week on my new schedule.

Morning by Morning (6/5/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Disc golf in pouring rain! So fun!
  2. Getting to lay on the couch during the rainy day and enjoy the evening with Elana.
  3. Making pineapple pulled pork tacos on Saturday night.  It was good food accompanied by some selfish ice cream cake.
  4. Our youth group and their conversation and questions about Genesis 1-3.  They are an astute and open group of kids and I love serving with them.
  5. My working car.  I drive a lot and rarely acknowledge that it is a gift and privilege to have a car and keep it nice.

Morning by Morning (6/3/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Getting to play disc golf again this morning for the first time in three weeks.  It was great to out in the sunshine and at the park.
  2. The omelette I made today with my own home grown Anaheim chile peppers in it.  Delicious and a kick!
  3. The many people who inspire with their courage in the face of hate and persecution in our own country- Muslims, blacks and browns, the LGBTQ community, to name a few.
  4. Moments like these:

Morning by Morning (6/1/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Watching professional soccer.  Those players are so amazing and I am so impressed and wowed, and it hasn’t hurt that the Dynamo are 7-0-1 at home this year and scoring like crazy right now.
  2. A new shift starting in two weeks that will give me mornings with my family.  I will be working 11am to 7:30pm.  I’m looking forward to it!
  3. Laying down at night next to Elana and knowing that she will be by my side in the future, which is quite comforting.
  4. Naps together!

Morning by Morning (5/29/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Waking up feeling better than yesterday.  That was probably the worst I’d felt in a while, so this morning is quite welcome.
  2. The beginning of Ramadan, which is always a window into faith I always appreciate.  
  3. My mother in laws care for me yesterday.  She came and watched kids, got me Gatorade, washed our sheets, and made me go nap in my room.  It was so nice to be taken care of, but much more importantly, so sweet of her to come over and show her care.
  4. Houston Dynamo tie on the road.  First road point of the year, albeit quite late!

Morning by Morning (5/9/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The church that welcomes Elana and I as preachers and proclaimers of the Word.  It is a privilege that is unbelievably humbling to me because of the sacred role of interpreting Scripture and making a claim about what I know about God, and yet the whole time knowing that I have only one understanding of faith in God. Thanks to Southwest Central for supporting us in that.
  2. Ryan’s love of throwing discs (from disc golf) with me in the front or back yard.  What a great daddy son activity!
  3. Sleep.  I have never been so exhausted and tired than the stretch of weeks I have been on, and I’m not quite sure why sleep has been hard.  But I am so grateful for the deep sleeps when they come.
  4. Family camping trips- my Cali family went on one big trip this past weekend and while I wasn’t there I think they are fun and give us the stories that make us laugh and smile.  

Morning by Morning (4/24/17)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Getting to get up before the rest of my family in the mornings for a little quiet time, even if for 5 minutes.
  2. The discharge of 3 of my favorite children this past week, meaning they are doing very well post bone marrow transplants or falling in the pool or rare but critical illnesses. This has brought me such joy this week.
  3. A Dynamo win!!! (Love the season tickets)
  4. Ryan’s friendliness with a frog.  It was proud for me to see Ryan be all boy in getting his hands on this frog and pursue his curiosity.