Tuesday, July 31, 2007

This is our life:

We've been here in Wake Forest for 6 months now, and we thought it would be fun to give you a tour of the seminary that Dan is attending and introduce you to some of our neighbors here:

Welcome to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary!
This is the main drive leading up the building where all admin offices are located.

the chapel

the missions buiding


Student Life Center

Isn't the campus beautiful?  And then you take a walk/bike ride about a mile down the hill and you arrive at our home.....
Welcome to Fletcher Village!

Here's our house, 328 McDowell Drive:

This is Nick and Ashley Bruner.  They live right beside us.  They are newlyweds!

This is Dustin & April Scott.  We've been friends since college, and are so thrilled to be here together now!  April & Dustin are expecting a little boy next month.

Meet the Fowler's!  Kyle, Crystal, Garrett, and Mason.  They just moved here from Florida, and we couldn't be happier.  They are those kind of friends that you just click with right away.  We have found life-long friends in these folks.

Meet Travis, Whitney, Isabella, and Olivia Henderson.  They are from Knoxville, TN.  Olivia and Lana are almost the exact same age!

This is Rob & Emily Lourcey.  They are from Florida, and are VERY newlyweds!  We are so happy to have them here...we have already forged a really close friendship with these two.

This is Ed & Jamie Singleton.  Christian, their little boy, is not in this picture, but he's all kinds of adorable, and is close to Lana in age, too.  Ed works weird hours (like Dan does), so Jamie and I have become very close since we've been here.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

1st birthday party at Falls Lake

Tonight was Lana's party at the lake!  We have had a busy weekend with our precious family: Friday we went to the State Farmer's Market in downtown Raleigh and bought all the fixins for a low-country boil that we had that night.  Yummy!  Saturday we spent the day at the zoo, and today we spent the day getting ready for Lana's party.  (We had a quick visit to the pedi this morning; she ran an inexplicable fever of 103 last night.  We suspect her one year molars are coming in.) 

Her party tonight at the lake was wonderful.  Lots of our wonderful friends here at seminary came, and of course, most of Dan's immediate family was here, too.  We grilled hot dogs, ate cupcakes and watermelon, and swam in the lake.  Allana did much better with cupcakes than she did with her cake before - she knew exactly what to do with them this time.  She inhaled the first one and insisted on having another!  Oh, well...you only turn one once! 

Thursday, July 26, 2007

A birthday surprise!

Uncle Brother, Aunt Janika, and cousin Jake arrived this afternoon from Mobile, AL.  They flew in to celebrate Lana's first birthday with us here in Wake Forest, NC - what a wonderful gift! 

We needed to go to Wal-mart to get diapers and milk and such, and I kept trying to get everyone organized to go, and Brother and Janika kept putting me off.  I even tried to just go by myself, but they wouldn't let me do that, either.  I couldn't figure out why they didn't want to go ahead and go, but we were just enjoying being together, so it was fine.

Later this evening, we had finished dinner and I was in the kitchen washing dishes when I heard a loud knock at the door and then Dan say, "What are you DOING here?"  I came around the corner and was so surprised - Dan's mom and dad were standing there!  We had no idea that they were coming.  It was such a wonderful surprise for our little girl's first birthday.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Dan's new job

Thank you so much to all who have been praying for Dan to find a second job.  He was offered the job as an order filler at the local Wal-mart Distribution Center.  He attends training on August 2nd and 3rd, and begins work on August 4th.  He is working the 2nd weekend shift, which means he will be working Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights from 3:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.  2 of our new neighbors will also be working this shift, which will make things easier on all three of them.  Please pray for the following things:
  • That his body adjusts easily to this schedule
  • That he and his friends travel safely as they come home in the middle of the night
  • That his classes don't suffer because of this added job
  • That he finds favor with his employers, and they allow him the time off to come home during Christmas vacation
Thank you so much for partnering with us as we prepare ourselves for lifelong ministry.  Your prayers are priceless to us.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Her first step!

Allana took her first step today!!  Our neighbor Travis was over at our house, and was holding her in the recliner.  He put her down on the floor, and she took one step, looked at us, and sat down.  We couldn't get her to reproduce it for the camera, but caught this picture later in the day.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Smart girl!

Early Sunday morning, I was looking at a small board book with her.  Each page had one picture on it.  We went through the whole book, and I pointed to each object, named it, and sometimes she tried to repeat what I said.  After we finished, I opened up to a random page that had a car on one page and a cat on the opposite page.  I said, "Allana, where's the cat?"  She looked at both pictures and pointed to the cat.  Well, she's familiar with the word cat, so I tried it on another page - and she again pointed to the correct object!  We went through the whole book; I sometimes chose objects on the right page; sometimes on the left.  She only missed one - I asked her to show me the flower, and she pointed to a girl in a dress.  I said, "No, that's a girl.  Here's the flower."  When I said "No..", she wrinkled her little forehead up and turned the page.  

What a fun experiment!   I am one proud mama.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

UTI update

We went back to see Dr. Dirk yesterday to follow-up after Allana finished the antibiotics for her UTI.  He said that whenever a child this young has a UTI, the standard of care is to have an ultrasound done, and if there had been any fever, to do a complete work-up.  

Since there was no fever accompanying her infection, we will begin with a consultation with a pediatric urologist and an ultrasound to make sure her kidneys appear normal and are functioning properly.  If the ultrasound shows anything unusual, or if she has another UTI anytime in the next several years, we will have to do a complete work-up.  Please pray for a normal ultrasound reading on August 1!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Visit to the ENT

Allana had her appiontment today with Dr. Mark Brown, her ENT.  When we told him about how many ear infections she has had, he immediately recommended tubes, which we completely agree with.

SO...Lana will have a set of tubes put in her ears on August 10th at HealthSouth, near Rex Hospital. 

Although there was a time that I was very apprehensive about her being put under anesthesia, I am confident now that this is the right thing for us to do.  I have a complete peace with having this procedure done.  We have tried everything else, and this is a last resort, so I know it's the best thing for her.

Also, we return to her pediatrician on Monday to follow-up about her UTI.  We have heard that standard practice is to do a dye cath, but we'll talk with him about that.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Our first visit to the beaches on the East Coast

We were so blessed this weekend to be able to go with Dustin & April to their friends' condo in Wilmington, NC, just a mile away from Wrightsville Beach.  It is a gorgeous stretch of beach on the Atlantic Ocean.  The sand is so different from what we're used to at home...it's mostly black, very very soft, and sticks to you everywhere! 

Lana LOVED the ocean.  She kept trying to crawl into the waves; she didn't get that she should have been scared of the big waves!  She crawled up and down the beach as long as we would let her.  It was a lot of fun to see her have such a wonderful time.  We had lots of time to relax and spend wonderful time with our dear friends.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Lana's first UTI

Lana's been sick with a stomach bug since last Thursday.  For the past two days, she has been so irritable.  NOTHING makes her happy - I thought we were going to pull our hair out.  Also, she was refusing anything solid to eat; just spitting it out of her mouth.  The only thing we could get her to eat at all was toast and water.  We thought it was just the leftover traces of her virus. 

When we woke up this morning and were changing her diaper, though, I knew immediately that she had a Urinary Tract Infection.  No wonder she had been so ill!!  They are incredibly painful, and she couldn't tell us. 

Of course our pediatrician office was closed.  Their nurse advice line kicked over to WakeMed, which is the closet ER.  Well, they were closed, too.  So I talked to a nurse in triage, who sent us to a Pediatric Urgent Care on the other side of Raleigh. 

They were so wonderful there, even though it was a tough experience.  They had to cath her to get a urine sample, which revealed that she did indeed have a UTI.  So they gave her a shot of Rocefron, to be followed with 10 days of oral Suprax.  Hopefully this will clear it up for her.  They are sending the results of the culture to our pediatrician, so we'll go see him on Friday.

We got back home and the poor baby slept for 2 and 1/2 hours!!  She was so tired.  When we woke up, we did walk down to Dustin & April's for a lunch cookout - so yummy!!  Hamburgers, potato salad, corn, and homemade ice cream!  After another short nap, Allana was still feeling pretty bad and being really irritable, so we decided against going to see fireworks and keeping her up too late.  Instead, we threw together a little cook-out with our brand new neighbors, who are already blessings from the Father!