Sara Pybus, and her great love for others, including me and my family. Happy birthday Sara! (She also throws the best New Years Parties!)
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.
The beautiful sunny morning after a long night for Ryan and me.
The beauty of the clouds.
Prayer, especially spontaneous prayer and its ability to capture the words on our hearts.
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.
My ability to walk, which is so important to me in both my work and play.
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.
Spending some relaxing time at Axelrad with some PICU staff and seeing them love on and welcome Ryan too.
Ryan’s growing independence in his play.
Baileys patience with me. I love my dog so much!
My comfortable cool bed in the middle of these summer nights.
Routine. I need more and I’m grateful for what I have.
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.
Officing with Tom Sharon and feeling the good vibes, the great mutual support, and good friendship we have.
Snuggling with Ryan on the couch today.
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!
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.
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!)
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!
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.
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.
Playing disc golf at beautiful Evergreen yesterday, where I also shot pretty well.
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.
Seeing beach stuff and beach art all around my place and loving that relaxing feeling that comes with it.