Saturday, April 28, 2012


Your rolls are more than I can handle. I love them so much... and your clothed-up bum is beyond. Our special moments while Sissy is sleeping are the greatest blessings for me.

Happy 9 months baby girl :)

rain rain don't go away

It was raining and your eyes lit up.

We ran outside cautiously... you stayed close behind.
Once we stuck our hands out to touch the water falling from the sky, you fell in love.

"Threw out my old raincoat, set sail without a boat... for places somewhere far beyond my dreams."

Thursday, April 19, 2012


have you ever heard a baby laugh this hard?
brings you to tears.
major major tears.

you, Siena girl, are precious.

Monday, April 9, 2012

healthcare at its finest

So, you know, things have been a little crazy lately.

I got a job.
There's that.

I was more than surprised and excited to hear that I had been offered a position at Maricopa Integrated Health Systems. It used to be called Maricopa County Medical Center, but it has since been revamped, rejuvenated and rebranded into MIHS.

I had my first day of orientation today... it was a pretty shocking experience.

I was shocked to hear the CEO and COO come in and talk to us 27 new hires and tell us how much they treasured us... to tell us the amount of importance they put on the service they provide their patients... to tell us that much is expected of us, as servants, as stewards and as patient care workers. It was so awesome to see the secular world being drilled with "every single person must be treated with the utmost dignity and respect and care, they are more than due your time and effort, they are worthy."

The COO came in and told us his five rules that he expects of us:
1. Wear your badge, always. You transform when you have that badge on, he said the badge is "magical," that much is expected of you when you wear that badge.
2. Introduce yourself, to every person, always. They are worth your eye contact, that one-on-one attention, that individualized patient care.
3. Escort every single person that looks lost to his destination. Once you get to his destination, hand him off to the appropriate MIHS employee.
4. After you escort them, you must ask, "Is there anything else I can do for you?"
5. Wear your badge, always. This time, with a sense of ownership. This is your facility, your hospital, your home, your responsibility. It's not anyone else's responsibility.

I literally thought this was the coolest thing. The COO found it important enough to come look me in the eye and tell me that I was worth it, and that I should pass along that same sentiment to the sick, the weary, the homeless, the imprisoned, the widowed.

Who else called me to that?

No where else in the state could I have the same experience as I will have at MIHS.

I will serve the homeless.
will serve those in handcuffs.
will serve the poor.
will serve the weak.
will serve children.
will serve the smallest of babies.
will serve those scarred by burns.
will serve those fearful of death, of life, of disability.
will serve the widowed.

will serve these people, in no other way than I ever could have imagined. I will serve these beautiful creatures that the Lord looks with favor upon, and I will serve them with dignity, with grace, with love.

Just as I have been served, by Him.

Monday, April 2, 2012

weekend reads: {from} march 31st


California Bill Threatens Vaccine Freedom of Choice ---> mothering
what I love about this: "And it’s a government intrusion into our personal freedom to make health care decisions for our children."

Awake My Soul ---> Thoroughly Alive
what I love about this: "Sometimes you come awake to God as if jolted from a dream."

Words as Worship ---> MomHeart
what I love about this: "I have to decide, before the explosion of the day’s beginning hits, to consecrate my mouth and choose whom I will serve with my words."

When they ask you what you did today ---> the gypsy mama
what I love about this: "'We ran cherry blossom laps,' I tell him."

The Quiet in a Mama's House, a Mama's Mind ---> (in)courage
what I love about this: "We can’t talk and swallow at the same time, we call Jesus our bread even in the minuscule quiet moments, and then we take and eat."

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