{Gratitude Lately}

Monday, November 05, 2018

Lately I've been thankful for warm afternoons and front yard chickens.

For slow mornings reading by Stovezilla.

For backyard pumpkins ready for picking.

For a new season of change.

And for chances to play hard after working hard.
Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
Happy Monday, y'all.
What have you been thankful for lately?

{Worth It}

Saturday, October 27, 2018

{The City Museum} St. Louis

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Watching Tim's relationship with Brave grow has been as magical as experiencing her birth.
Feeling nothing but gratitude for the little road trip these two took to St. Louis last week.
Tim, you give our little root so many opportunities to grow in courage.
You are impacting her more than you know!
What's something you loved doing with your dad growing up?

{Today's Letters}

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Dear Timothy James, after long days on campus and regularly questioning my sanity about staying in nursing school you often remind me of why I started this journey in the first place. Thank you for helping me pivot back to my heart of caring for the vulnerable. Dear Fall-la-la-la-la, welcome back. You were missed more than thrifted flannels and leaf angels. Dear Resilience, lately you've shown me that I suffer more in my thoughts than I do in reality. Here's to growing in mental toughness and gratitude! Dear Brave, each morning you bang your pancake plate on the counter while trying to put it into the sink, leaving a trail of powdered sugar and syrup behind. Another six months and you'll clear this with ease, but for now it reminds me to embrace your smallness and all things sticky. Dear Mr. Loerke, to the man who loves the month of October as much as I do, please keep crushing cider donuts with me. To the moon!
Happy Tuesday, y'all!

{Stay Curious}

Monday, October 22, 2018

When you've been studying for 8 hours but your people bring you Thai food and cookies to help draw you out of your oxygenation and med admin hole.

Insulin draws served with a side of Sunergos coffee and humble pie.

How Brave and I really feel about diffusion and perfusion.
Keep channeling your anxiety into curiosity, brave ones.
Stay curious about the unknown ...
It will be one of the many things that help get you through nursing school.
Happy Monday.

{Mountain Rest}

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

"The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not healing, not curing, that is a friend who cares." -Henri Nouwen

I'm convinced the difference between living well and thriving is in part due to having someone who can help you see yourself and others more clearly. Call them a spiritual sensei, a mentor, a life guru ... either way they are delivers of hope suspenders of judgement, and messengers of grace. For the past 13 years this woman has been that for me. She's shown me the importance of self work and creating space to grieve all things, no matter how big or small. We work hard and play hard together. We support one another's families. We embrace the challenges of student life (only one more year until you have your PhD sweet Elizabeth!). We remind each other of how little we actually know and how much we are in need of forgiveness. I'm incredibly grateful for you, Elizabeth. The last four days in the mountains have filled my heartbox more than you know!

{Keep You're Head Up, Keep Your Heart Strong}

Thursday, September 27, 2018

This is the classroom where I took my first nursing class.
It's also where I fell more in love with OB and failed my first exam. Oops.

My ABSN program has by far been the hardest thing I've ever done,
but it's also been one of the most rewarding!

Hang in there felllow nursing students.
Keep doing the next faithful thing ... you're gonna make it!

{Morning Thoughts}

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Here's to remembering good food doesn't always have to be eaten with a fork.
Happy Sunday, brave ones.

{Good Vibrations}

Monday, August 27, 2018

As I harvested honey last night I thought a lot about the sound bees make when they vibrate their wings. This buzz is familiar to me, as are the vibrations caused by rocks moving underfoot when walking up a trout stream. Recently, nursing school has introduced me to a new set of sounds— external tremors, abnormal heart rhythms ... These vibrations are less familiar but nonetheless I find them equally as fascinating. Here’s to chasing the things that energize us (thank you Becky Page) and to staying curious about our surroundings.

{A Memorable Reunion} Arkansas

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Reunions with family have a way of grounding me. While in Arkansas we made homemade ice cream on the same ice cream maker I used when I was 8. At night I slept beneath an oil painting of my grandmother, a strong silver haired woman who gave me my middle name. We spent time teaching my nephew how to fly fish on the same waters where I first learned how to roll cast. We watched old family videos and was reminded of my father's love for gardens, staying connected to the earth, and his appreciation for old things. We took hikes and collected peacock feathers and driftwood. My sister Jen made me laugh more than I thought possible and my cousin and aunt gifted me vintage Orvis flies and a turquoise bracelet that was my grandma's. Family can be hard and complicated sometimes but one thing I've learned is that restoration is possible. 
Thankful to be a part of this beautiful group of people.

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