Morning by Morning (6/7/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Sara Pybus, and her great love for others, including me and my family. Happy birthday Sara! (She also throws the best New Years Parties!)
  2. Having Ryan alive and relatively well. I’ve run into a number of families who don’t have their children in their arms anymore, and who have always reminded me to be grateful for having my son, regardless of sickness or health.
  3. The beautiful sunny morning after a long night for Ryan and me.
  4. The beauty of the clouds.
  5. Prayer, especially spontaneous prayer and its ability to capture the words on our hearts.
  6. Small group through Ecclesia. Our group is so full of laughter, compassion, and care for Ryan and me. They are such good people and a great second church home at this point.
  7. My ability to walk, which is so important to me in both my work and play.
  8. Smiles from strangers.

Morning by Morning (6/5/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Holding Ryan in my arms as he cried hurting from a tummy ache in the middle of the night. I am so tired this morning because of it but I feel so full of purpose holding Ryan to my chest and talking him to sleep while he is hurting. For most of the night he laid on me and it was so special to me.
  2. Spending some relaxing time at Axelrad with some PICU staff and seeing them love on and welcome Ryan too.
  3. Ryan’s growing independence in his play.
  4. Baileys patience with me. I love my dog so much!
  5. My comfortable cool bed in the middle of these summer nights.
  6. Routine. I need more and I’m grateful for what I have.
  7. Having some discretionary funds and some flexibility in my life right now. I didn’t earn it all and know it’s a gift to help me explore life in my new season.

Morning by Morning (6/4/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Naguib Kedeas and the friendship he has brought over the last couple years. I miss him here at Texas Childrens and hope his ministry is continuing well!
  2. Being surrounded in prayer by my church yesterday, and feeling the love of all the hands, tears, and hugs that came with it. God is good.
  3. The full weekend Ryan and I had together, which included parks, soccer, beach, pool, church and watching a Jurassic Park movie.
  4. Ryan’s smile.
  5. Quiet time.
  6. My body being sore and tired, which is a reflection of good play and running yesterday.
  7. The smell of the beach and coast. Maybe I’m weird but I love it.

Morning by Morning (6/2/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Conversation with Ryan Campbell. Encouraging, insightful, and just a fantastic time of laughter and friendship!
  2. The parks around our neighborhood that Ryan and Bailey get to enjoy.
  3. Using anger for my own growth rather than trying to hide it.
  4. Ryan playing in sand. He will get it everywhere but he always gets fully invested in the throwing, plowing, moving, pushing, healing of sand.
  5. Hanging with King and DeAndre. It’s a blast with those guys and Ryan loves them too!
  6. Shrimp, especially the spicy variety!

Morning by Morning (6/1/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Feeling a part of the PICU and finding belonging there.
  2. Air conditioning on hot summer days.
  3. Knowing I am good at what I do and loving what I do on top of it.
  4. Lunchtime! What a welcome break!
  5. My upcoming weekend with Ryan.
  6. Pizza. It has been clear that I love pizza and love any pizza and anything on pizza- looks like I have never left college in that respect!
  7. This quote, which I felt captured how I feel about Ryan in my life.

Morning by Morning (5/30/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Seeing a counselor. He’s been a great guide and sojourner on this journey.
  2. Mikey, who will never know how much her friendship, compassion, care for justice, and support over the years has meant to me.
  3. Ryan’s new favorite word “Of course!” It’s really cute!
  4. Finding my desire to cook again. It’s one of those things that went away during marriage but as I am on my own again it is coming back and I see how much I enjoy it.
  5. Sunny mornings, even the overbearing hot ones!

Morning by Morning (5/29/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. Officing with Tom Sharon and feeling the good vibes, the great mutual support, and good friendship we have.
  2. Snuggling with Ryan on the couch today.
  3. Ryan’s great morning and even better attitude. He was happy and willing to get up, to get dressed, to go the bathroom, to go for a walk with Bailey and walk Bailey, and also go to school. It was a great morning. If you are a parent, you know these mornings are rare!
  4. Jennifer Prechter, and her great work covering for me at the PCN conference. Her care and passion is so appreciated by me and our advisory council.
  5. The sugar cookie cheesecake I made yesterday! A rainbow sprinkle sugar cookie bottom, cheesecake in the middle, and rainbow sprinkled whipped cream with bits of sugar cookie on top. It was delicious! (And the picture doesn’t do justice…the heat melted the shaped dollops I made!)

Morning by Morning (5/28/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. A needed three day weekend!
  2. Getting to hang out and help George and Shannon paint their new house! It was great to catch up and play a little with Cooper and Bennett. They are one of my favorite families because of their welcoming hospitality and great humor!
  3. Seeing Ryan at church. This was my off weekend from him and with the new tower opening at work this week, I didn’t see him much. Watching him run to me with a smile when I arrived at church was beyond words.
  4. All Songs Considered, which has helped me get into more music and helped me discover some artists I love, like Pinegrove, Sylvan Esso, and The Decemberists.
  5. Playing disc golf at beautiful Evergreen yesterday, where I also shot pretty well.
  6. Friends that have filled my weekend, like Stephen and Dawn, Cody, Levi, Carleigh, Steve, Ben, Caleb, and many others. I am surrounded by good people.
  7. Seeing beach stuff and beach art all around my place and loving that relaxing feeling that comes with it.

Morning by Morning (5/26/18)

My daily gratitude for:

  1. A chill Saturday morning.
  2. Petting Bailey, which I forget to do too often, but when I do it’s super calming.
  3. The coming of summer.
  4. The routine that I am slowly settling into.
  5. The board game Munchkin that I had only played once until last night but provided a ton of laughter. My character got pretty awesome!