I am officially a Chaplain Resident at the Penrose – St. Francis Health System. That means I’m a chaplain at Penrose Hospital (pictured below) and at St. Francis Medical Center. So far my first week of work has been filled with orientation and lots of technical things that come with training in a new facility. Next week I will be on rotations and able to visit with patients again, which I am very excited about!
Beginning this new job has been both exciting and somewhat sad. Exciting because it’s a ministry that I love, but sad because I no longer spend my days playing with Malia. Thankfully we are all adjusting to this new time. Malia has done amazing at our friend Bridget’s house (she spends four days a week there) and she had a great first day at the Hope Academy Montessori School (one day a week). When I picked her up from Hope Academy the teacher told me she did great and was so happy throughout the day. Before we left she was already making new friends and sharing the book she had in front of her with another little kid. The picture below is Malia sitting at the table in her little chair.
I definitely had a much harder time leaving her at the school than she had with us leaving. When we left she was already climbing on the stair structure and exploring the new things around her. Although she’s doing great, I think it will still take her a little time to fully adjust. In September my rotation time is from 1:00pm – 9:30pm at St. Francis Medical Center, so I’m thankful that I will be able to spend the mornings with Malia, but sad that I won’t be home for her bedtime. Chris has already said they will come eat at the hospital cafeteria with me for dinner some evenings! So I’m already looking forward to those evenings.
I really feel blessed to be starting this year of residency. I know there will be tough moments both in the ministry and in adjustments to my home life, but I feel confident that this is where God desires me to be. I am thankful for all He has done to get me this far, and pray He will continue to strengthen me, lead me, and even carry me in my weaknesses. I know God will show me amazing things during this year of residency.