Morning by Morning (2/7/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. My last day of work for the next week and a half. I can’t wait to be in Brenham with the sweet families from TCH and then with my own sweet family in SoCal. I will be surrounded in love for the next 9 days. Awesome!
  2. Trying new things, like a concert for Sleigh Bells last night!
  3. Ryan growing up and being so cute. He is my world right now!
  4. Reading Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons with Ryan. He loves this book now!

Morning by Morning (2/7/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The ritual of attending church, which has provided great comfort and grounding throughout the difficult times in the last 8 years. Just the act of showing up has been a beautiful and meaningful act, regardless of worship or class or how much I’m fed. God is good and God has been good to me through Southwest Central.
  2. The many number of teachers Ryan has had at his daycare, Homegrown Kids, and the way they have loved on him and brought him laughter and play and comfort.
  3. The power of friendship.
  4. Going home to SoCal for a week next week. Home will be a welcome place.
  5. Cambry, Adam, and Jon. Good friends!

Morning by Morning (2/5/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Kim Najito and Shannon Barnes, some of the worlds best PICU social workers.
  2. The family of M, a boy at the hospital, and their joy in the face of difficult circumstances. I love his dance parties!!!!
  3. The freedom of letting go and having fun- This is what play is all about and what sustains me these days.
  4. Walking (not playing since it was real muddy after a rain) a new disc golf course yesterday- Jack Brooks Park- which was quite helpful for relaxing.
  5. Michael Bell. There’s a reason he was my Best Man!

Morning by Morning (2/3/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Having a tradition with Ryan and Aiden of Saturday morning donuts. It’s a really cool thing to look forward to every week.
  2. Ryan’s growing language skills.
  3. Lucas game night last night and lots of fun over Hand and Foot! I love their hospitality and friendship!
  4. The Salcedo family and their encouragement during my post college Arlington CofC days. Marcia was amazing and I loved her honesty and passion for her kid. Happy birthday Marcia!

Morning by Morning (1/31/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Sherry Lucas and the encouragement card she wrote me. I am so grateful for her and her family!
  2. The good news of the surgeries for Jacqui, my sister in law. It is great to see that the doctors took great care of her and have done great work. Hopefully continued progress keeps coming!
  3. Caleb’s wisdom, which has been helpful and supportive throughout my time in Houston. He is such a great friend.
  4. Elana’s work for our budget and our future.
  5. Pizza. Just not gonna beat it!

Morning by Morning (1/30/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The donut shop that Elana introduced me to by her dads house. They serve great breakfast tacos and their donuts are great too. It’s nice having a good place on the way to work because in the last 6 months my love for donuts has revived!
  2. Stephen and Dawn Lucas, and their awesome hospitality this week.
  3. My colleagues at TCH and the passion for providing top notch care to our families.
  4. Having an hour with medical residents on my unit yesterday and hearing their love for healing sick children and the ethical dilemmas that emerge in pediatric ICU’s. I feel blessed to hear their thoughts and their joy and their distress as well.

Morning by Morning (1/29/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Gods Word, which holds so many beautiful and stirring words that Center me and keep me grounded.
  2. Talking to my mom this morning and having a good encouraging time together.
  3. Playing with Ryan in the morning. What a great kid and I am so proud of how he is growing up!
  4. Ryan’s sight reading ability- he read almost the whole of Go Dog Go to me last night and did it with such a fun demeanor and sweet self pride.
  5. Having the encouragement to take one step at a time, especially in these coming months, and having people to support me in each of those steps.

Morning by Morning (1/27/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. The power of music to carry us and our experiences. It’s been interesting to pay attention to the songs, the tunes, and the lyrics I’ve been choosing and they need to be on point!
  2. Church time tomorrow. It will be welcomed and needed after a long week.
  3. Getting haircuts with Ryan this morning. He does so well with them these days!
  4. Gods enduring love and grace that gives me strength and confidence in myself to endure and explore challenging times.

Morning by Morning (1/26/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Watching cartoons with Ryan this morning. He is so engaged with Chuggington, naming his characters and so excited and worried during every up and down.
  2. The support of all my friends this week.
  3. Kathy, Carleigh, Lauren, and Cody (all PICU folk) for their encouragement, hugs, and laughter with me.
  4. Ryan’s laughter.
  5. Comfortable beds.
  6. Becoming comfortable with who I am and what I want.

Morning by Morning (1/25/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Ryan’s playfulness and snuggliness that keeps me sustained and my spark lit during long weeks like this.
  2. Jeff Childers, perhaps one of the greatest mentor teachers that I didn’t know that well. His wit and humor with his love for church history and grounded faith have meant a lot to me. I have appreciated his challenge to think critically about the roots of our faith and interactions with other faiths. Happy birthday Jeff!
  3. My loving church family.
  4. This!