Thursday, August 27, 2009

Life with Lana today (3 years, 1 month)

Sleeping: Lana successfully potty trained in January, between the time we got home from all our holiday travels and the time we went back to preschool.  We trained her for day & night at the same time – basically, we just got rid of diapers, put her in panties, and never looked back.  She did great!!  However, the one tiny quirk that we’ve had is that since then, she has woken up at least once most nights to go pee pee.  She doesn’t get out of her bed without us, so she calls us.  Which means that since January, most nights, we’ve had to wake up with her at least once. And during these hot months, she’s gotten up without fail, probably because we’re pushing so much water into her during the day.  But it’s better for her to call us to use the potty than accidents in the bed, so we can’t complain. 
However, for the past 5 nights, she has not woken up at all to go pee pee…!!  She’ll call us around 8:00 a.m. to use the potty, and Dan and I are always like – “Did YOU get up with her last night??”  Such a treat to be able to sleep uninterrupted for just a few days before Tucker makes his appearance.
Eating: Lana is like me in many ways, but she has a MAJOR sweet tooth like her Daddy!!  I have to be conscious not to keep sweet things in the house, b/c it’ll be all she wants to eat.  And it’s tricky, because Dan LOVES sweets, and misses them if I don’t keep cookies in the cabinet.  Thankfully, her sweet tooth extends to fruit, and I can satisfy it most of the time with that.  Blackberries and raspberries have been her favorite this month.  They are SO expensive, but Lowe’s had them 5 for $5, so she’s been snacking on those this week. 
She’s also developing a big interest in helping me in the kitchen.  She likes to pour and stir and roll out dough and wash dishes.  And it’s guaranteed that if she helped cook it, she’ll want to eat it!  
Talking: Lana is so verbal….always has been.  (Keep in mind, though, her gross motor skills took a while to catch up!)  We love talking with her and listening to her talk….it really is lots of fun!  Dan & I were just noticing this week how very little is left of her “baby talk.”  She uses huge words now like “Absolutely” and she’ll tell us that “Mommy, Badger (in a book) is bashful.  That means he’s shy.”  But there are a few remnants of her baby talk hanging on at 3.  She still calls bibs “dibs.”  Instead of yesterday, she’ll sometimes still say “lesterday,” a combo of last night and yesterday.  She still says “with” instead of “if.”  Our favorite is when she says, “I’ll help you with you want me to.”
Discipline: Our big focus in discipline this month seems to have been talking with and teaching Lana about considering others better than herself, and loving her neighbor as she loves herself.  She will tell you now, “Everyone is my neighbor!” and she can tell you that she should consider others better than herself.  However, she (like her mommy!) does NOT have this down pat yet.  We’re seizing teachable moments, like sharing toys that she doesn’t want to, or giving up things that she wants so that a friend can enjoy them or helping Mommy & Daddy with chores even when she’d rather be playing. 
Playing: Babies.  Babies.  Babies.  Feeding baby dolls.  Singing to baby dolls.  Changing baby dolls’ diapers.  Putting baby dolls to bed.  Repeat.  Some friends handed down a bunch of dress-up clothes, so she's started dressing up quite a bit - her favorite part is wearing the high-heeled shoes and being "Sue Sue."  Her imagination is beginning to run wild - she's very into making "cheetah food" these days and feeding it to her pretend cheetahs.  For her birthday, she got Candy Land, and she wants to play every chance she gets.  All this big girl playing is so fun, but kind of makes me sad.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

39 weeks

Today I am 39 weeks pregnant.  I only went to 37 weeks pregnant with Lana, so this is the "most" pregnant I have ever been.  

There are numbers on the scale that I've NEVER seen before.  Whatever.  

I lost my mucus plug 5 days ago.  I never did that with Lana, so it was really exciting.  So far, though, nothing else is happening.

I can't seem to sleep enough.  I'll wake up, feel rested, and then 30 minutes later, want a nap.  

The indigestion is terrible.  No matter what I eat or what medicine I take, when I lay down, I feel like there is fire in my throat.  My restless leg syndrome is off the charts, and I wake every hour at night to pee.  Then I'm thirsty, so I drink a big glass of water.  Vicious cycle, you know?  

His movements are really "big" now.  It's so cool to watch my belly literally roll around.  He prefers my right side, and it's often "higher" than the left side of my belly.  

Whenever  someone asks Lana when her little brother is coming, she says, "September 2," which is my due date.  She's being so patient waiting on him!  

I've totally gotten over most of the nesting, and am just doing the bare minimum to keep my house clean and laundry done for whenever he decides to make his arrival.  

People ask me all the time about when I'm going to induce.  I'm avoiding it if I can.  With Lana, my water broke, and then labor stalled.  They had to give me pitocin, and the jury's out over what good it actually did.  I'd really like my body to just do its thing this time.
I also have had several people suggest having my "membranes stripped" to help jump start labor.  Sounded like a good idea to me, but I did some reading on it, and one of the things it is associated with is an increased risk of infection.  Holy cow.  No way.  We want to avoid infection at all costs.  

I've contemplated writing up a "birth plan."  However, totally contrary to my normal personality, I don't really have a firm plan in place.  As with Lana, I'll go without drugs for as long as I can.  If I get to the place where I'm in enough pain that I'd rather have an enormous needle in my back than continue on, it's time for an epidural, you know?  I'll use the birthing ball and the shower and I'll walk and we'll see.  I learned with the birth of my sweet girl that my plans didn't matter.  Each labor and delivery is unique and special.  Our goal for Tucker's delivery is healthy baby, healthy mommy.  However that has to happen will be okay.  I sometimes set myself up for failure with having too firm of a plan, you know?  If it doesn't go the way I want it to (and it never does!!), then I consider it less of a success.  And that's (most often) just not true.  Clinging to and trusting in Proverbs 16:9: "In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps."

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Shower for Tucker

My friends Jacelyn, Stephanie, and Hollie hosted a baby shower for me:
What precious friends these women are!  

Oh, look at the delicious goodies:

Look at these prayer cards that Stephanie made for Tucker.
She gave me this one to display, and then had a bookmark-sized version for people to take home.

Those same Scriptures were on this decorative banner:

Spoiled rotten!
I had the most wonderful time opening all of that blue:

I wish I had thought to get a picture of everyone was the sweetest time, filled with friends from so many different areas of my life: North Wake, Little Lambs, etc.  Here are a few of my favorite action shots:

It was the sweetest time of prayer - I can't tell you how good it was for my soul to have these women go before the Father on my behalf.  I am eagerly anticipating this delivery!

That's so sweet of Jesus!

Today when I picked Lana up from Sunday School, her teacher told me that she had to sit in time-out on the playground for throwing mulch.  She assured me that Lana was not the only one, and we talked briefly about how bizarre it is how some Sundays they all want to throw mulch, and sometimes they never even think about it.  I thanked her teacher for disciplining her appropriately, and Lana & I left.

As she & I walked down the sidewalk toward the car, I asked her about sitting in time out, and she told me that her teacher put her there because she was disobeying and throwing mulch.  Here's how the rest of the conversation went:

Me: "Did that honor your teachers?"
Lana: "No, ma'am."
Me: "God tells us to obey those in authority over us, and your teachers are your authority.  Were you honoring God when you disobeyed your teachers?
Lana: "No, ma'am."

***a minute or so of silence as we got to the car & I buckled her in**

Lana: "Mommy, is God sad at me right now?"
Me: "Well, Lana, it does make God sad when we disobey and dishonor Him.  But, Lana, there's a way to make it right.  We confess our sins to God, and ask Him to forgive us, and the Bible tells us that He is faithful to forgive our sin and clean all that yuckiness up!"
Lana: "So I need to tell God I'm sorry?  I need to tell my teacher I'm sorry, too."

At this point, she is buckled in her carseat, and this 9 months pregnant mama is *finally* sitting in the cool air conditioning of the car.  What I wanted to do was go home and tell her that we'd tell her teacher sorry next week.  *sigh*  Not what I needed to do, though.

I unbuckled Lana and turned the car off, telling her that I was so proud that she was listening to the Holy Spirit speak to her about making things right with her teacher.

Back inside we went, and to her classroom.  She went straight to her teacher.  I couldn't hear what she said, but I tried to read her lips, and I think she said she was sorry for disobeying and throwing mulch, and asked her teacher to forgive her...or something similar.  Her teacher gave her a big hug, and Lana came back out the door to me.

As we walked BACK to our car, I asked her if her heart felt better.  "Yes, Mommy," she said.  "But I need to say sorry to God, too!"  So we stopped on the sidewalk, and I helped her to talk to God, to tell Him what she had done wrong, and to ask His forgiveness.

When we were done, she beamed up at me.  "Mommy, God's not sad at me anymore!!"  

"No, baby, He's not!  As a matter of fact, He's so happy!  And the Bible tells us that He separates our sin from us as far as the East is from the West...that He's thrown that sin into the sea!!  And He does that because of Jesus dying on the cross.  Jesus got the punishment for our sins...for all the bad things we do."

"Mommy, that's so sweet of Jesus."

Oh, yes.  Yes, it is.

Friday, August 7, 2009

36 weeks

We went today for my 36 week check-up.

His heartbeat is holding strong at 150 beats per minute, and he's still head down.
The doctor let Lana hold the little wandy-thing so that she could hear his heart beat.  She loved that.

They tested my hemoglobin, and it is still at a shockingly high 14.5!  It's unheard of for a pregnant woman to have an iron level that high.  However, mine ran that high when I was pregnant with Lana, and that rich blood literally saved my life as we ran into all the bleeding issues at delivery.  The best part: I don't eat much meat while I'm pregnant.  I just have an aversion to it.  So my iron REALLY shouldn't be any good at all.  We know that it's just God reassuring us that He is before ALL things.  As a family, we ask God often to do things in ways that can't be confused with anything that man has it when He answers like this!

They "checked" me for the first time today, and nothing's doing.
That's great news, mostly because I have lots of things on the calendar for next week!  A fun girls date with my dear friend Emily on Monday, a shower on Tuesday night given by some of my dearest friends here in Wake Forest, and maternity pics on Wednesday night: just gimme this week, Tucker boy!!

The best part of the ice cream cone.

This morning, we all went to my OB appointment.  Afterwards, we went to Gymboree to use a gift card given to us by a family friend....we got Lana & Tucker their first coordinating outfits - so fun!  After shopping, we had lunch at the food court, and Lana (of course!) chose Chick-Fil-A.  When she finished her meal, she traded her toy in for an ice cream cone.  (My personal favorite part about CFA.)  

Let me tell you, that girl can EAT an ice cream cone!  It's so funny....she doesn't spill a drop, and eats it in record time.  

As she got down to the last third or so of her cone, we started walking toward the restrooms in preparation to head back to Wake Forest.  

Lana was almost finished, Dan and I were talking as we were all walking, and all of a sudden, she held up the very last bite or know, that bottom part of the sugar cone...she held it up high in the air to me and said, "Here, Mommy!  You can have this!  I saved the bestest part for you!!"

You must know, that bottom part of a sugar cone is my VERY. FAVORITE.  I don't even care about the rest of the cone....I just want that last few inches where the ice cream has soaked down into the cone. it.

I don't know how or when she picked up on it being my favorite part....she must have just been listening the last time we had ice cream cones together.  But that was ages ago!

The fact that she remembered how much I loved it, and chose to give it to me spontaneously, without any prompting at all, turned me into a puddle of tears.  It was just pure selflessness on her part...pure love for her Mommy.

Now, she's not always like this.  Don't let me paint a rosier picture for you than it actually is.  But this was one of my favorite moments of all times with her....we could totally see the gifts of generosity and love that the Lord has planted in her.  

Monday, August 3, 2009

Praying for Tucker

Thank you so much for praying with us as we anticipate the arrival of Tucker Philip Davis, 
estimated due date September 2, 2009.

Psalm 127:3
“Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him.”

“When we fear God, we have nothing else to fear. But when we don’t fear God, we have everything else to fear.” 
– our pastor, Larry Trotter

Preparation and pregnancy:
Philippians 4:6-8 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Isaiah 43:7 “Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory, I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
• Pray for a healthy baby boy. At our last ultrasound, there were several “bright spots” on his heart – these are sometimes an indicator of things like Down’s syndrome and other genetic birth defects. Please pray that those spots were an anomaly, and that Tucker is perfectly healthy in mind, body, and spirit all the days of his life. Pray that Rachael experiences no more anxiety about this.
• Pray for Dan, Rachael, and Lana to be prepared physically, emotionally, and spiritually for the time of delivery.
• Pray against any infections. With Lana, Rachael carried an infection in her uterus (chorioamnionitis) during pregnancy that we did not know about until delivery that caused extensive complications during birth. This occurs in less than 2% of women. You can read more about chorioamniontis here, knowing that Rachael had no symptoms before delivery, making her infection an even more rare case. The medical experts tell us that there is no way to predict if she will have this infection again, so it’s just a “game of wait and see”….except we know that it’s NOT, and we are so grateful that you will approach the throne of grace and pray protection over her amniotic fluid.
• Pray for our parents as they prepare to come help us with the arrival of Tucker. Because of the magnitude of complications with Lana’s delivery, we know that it’s hard for them to be so far away, and it will be a long trip here for them. Pray for peace to surround them in the days leading up to delivery. 

Labor & delivery:
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind.”
John 16:21 “A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born, she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.”
A short, very incomplete summary of our birth story with Lana:
Rachael had a perfectly healthy pregnancy, and her water broke at 37 ½ weeks. We went into the hospital expecting a normal delivery. Labor did not progress well; she had to have pitocin and still labored throughout the night and most of a day. She went without pain medication until she began running a very high fever. She had the already-present infection (chorioamnionitis) and contracted another infection during delivery. Her fever became dangerously high, and Lana began running a fever. As the doctors were preparing for c-section, Lana began to crown, and Rachael delivered her without surgery. We thought this was the end – it was just the beginning. Because of the infections, Rachael’s uterus was weakened and did not contract. She hemorrhaged and bled out, literally losing half of her body’s blood volume in minutes. It was a crisis situation. Thankfully, the nurses and doctor made good choices quickly and saved her life. She underwent two blood transfusions, and many, many rounds of IV antibiotics. However, her fever lingered on; for almost 2 weeks we stayed in the hospital. The doctors called in specialists – measures such as a DNC or flight to UAB were discussed. In the end, God very clearly stretched out his hand and healed Rachael, and we were all able to go home.
• Please pray that we will go into this delivery JOYFULLY, with no fear, relishing in the power that comes from knowing and fearing the Lord. 
• Pray that this delivery is the opposite of what we experienced with Lana…pray that it is quick, smooth, and as “normal” as possible.
• We will be delivering at Rex Birthing Center under the care of Raleigh OB-GYN. Pray that Rachael and Dan find great favor with the staff at the birthing center. Pray for the doctor who will deliver Tucker, that s/he has great wisdom and discernment. Pray for the nurses, that Rachael is able to connect with them quickly.
• Pray that Rachael will be able to relax during labor, without fear of complications of infections, bleeding, or hemorrhage. 
• Pray that Dan will be rested and refreshed, able to love Rachael well during delivery. Pray that God gives him the peace that passes all understanding.
• Pray for Rachael & Dan to be refreshed and uplifted during weary, frightening, or discouraging moments.
• Pray for Lana and the friends who will care for her as we deliver baby Tucker & wait for grandparents to arrive. Pray that she will not be anxious or afraid, but peaceful and calm. Please pray that she obeys well and is a blessing to whomever is caring for her. 
• Pray that even if the Lord chooses for this delivery to hold complications, that Dan & Rachael’s hearts will magnify the Lord.

Healing and transition:
Colossians 1:17 “He (Christ) is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together.”
• Pray for quick physical healing for Rachael.
• Pray that the transition of going from 1 child to 2 will be easy….and fun for all of us.
• Pray for Dan as he begins an (intense!) internship and fall classes just weeks before the due date. Pray that he has great wisdom as he balances the demands of work, school, ministry, and his growing family!
• Pray against any postpartum depression or “baby blues.” It was months before Rachael felt/acted normally after Lana was born – it was a dark time for all of us. Pray for renewing of her mind in the days and weeks after delivery.
• Pray for health in the Davis family, especially as we enter the winter months and return to preschool.
• Pray for quiet moments for Dan & Rachael to grow in their relationship with the Lord and each other. Pray intense protection over their marriage and friendship during this time of transition.
• Pray for Rachael’s milk to come in quickly and for nursing to be easy. Because of her significant illness during and after delivery, Rachael’s milk never did come in well, and it was a major struggle for our family to deal with. Pray that the Lord blesses us to overflowing! ☺
• Pray for Lana as she transitions from being an only child to being a big sister. Ask the Lord to give her great patience with her new baby brother, and to find great delight in helping care for him.
• Pray for SLEEP for everyone in the house!

Continued Scriptures to pray over our family:
These are Scriptures that we have posted around our home to remind us to pray for our family and children.
• Pray that Jesus will call Lana & Tucker and that no one and nothing will stop them from answering His call. Matthew 19:14-15 “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven’. And He laid His hands on them….”
• Pray that Lana & Tucker will respond in faith to Jesus’ faithful, persistent call. 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promises, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”
• Pray that each member of our family will individually experience sanctification through the transforming work of the Holy Spirit and will desire more and more to fulfill the greatest commandments. Matthew 22:37-39 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself.”
• Pray that, as they grow, we are able to train Lana & Tucker’s hearts well, instead of just changing their behavior. Matthew 23:27 “Woe to you…you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean!”
• Pray that we will boldly share the gospel. Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”
• Pray that when the time is right, Lana & Tucker will GO. Matthew 28:18-20 “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And, behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
• Pray that our thoughts and conversations as a family will be pure. Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, think about such things.”
• Pray that Lana & Tucker will not be entangled in intimate relationships with unbelievers, especially in marriage. 2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”
• Pray that for all our days, our family will seek the TRUE treasures of knowing Christ & following hard after Him. Colossians 2:2b-3 “…resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Life with Lana today (3 years)

Sleeping: Two funny little sleeping quirks have popped up this month.  The first is that she has become a little afraid of the dark, and wants to have a nightlight in her room.  It has NEVER bothered her before….we have always kept her room pitch black with a darkening shade and everything.  But a few weeks ago, she started crying a few minutes after I put her to bed, and when I came in, she said, “I just can’t see.”  I stuck a nightlight in her room, and we’ve been memorizing Proverbs 56:3 “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” 
The other funny sleeping anecdote is that she could retell me a dream in the morning for the very first time!  One night she woke up around 2 a.m. just crying and crying.  I went in and knelt by her bed – she was sitting up, and holding her toe.  “That fish bit my toe, that fish bit my toe,” she kept saying.  I kissed her toe, and asked her what kind of fish it was, and she sort of woke up and said she needed to pee pee. The next morning, I asked her if she remembered the fish biting her toe, and she retold me this story about how she was sitting near the pond in her bed, and a lady told her there were fish in the pond, and one of those fish bit her little toe.  I put a video of it on her website.
Eating: Lana’s favorite thing in the world to eat right now is a hamburger at Sonic!  I think she would eat there every day if I let her.  She’s also become a big fan of the white part of boiled eggs.  Summer eating is lots of fun….we eat breakfast outside almost every day, which she loves, and many times we’ll have a sandwich picnic for lunch or dinner at the pool.  She’s still a big fan of having her foods separate….casseroles just aren’t her thing. 
Talking: A major focus for us this month has been teaching Lana to speak when she’s spoken to.  She is naturally on the shy side, and never more so than when strangers speak to her.  She’ll often duck her head and look away, very rarely answering.  It has been difficult for us to decide how to handle it….we don’t want to push her, but it also comes across as rude or disrespectful sometimes.  We’ve had several conversations with her about how she can respond if someone speaks to her while we’re out running errands (grocery store, library, etc.).  We do lots of role-playing while we’re in the car headed somewhere: “Lana, what could you say if someone tells you that you have pretty curls?  Lana, how do you respond if someone asks you how you are doing?”  On and on…..we just keep rehearsing how she can speak when spoken to.  It really seems to be paying off!  She is doing lots better with this.
Oh, and my favorite things she’s said this month: Dan’s sister gave birth to her daughter Sofia on July 23.  When I told Lana, she excitedly told her friends, “FiFi cracked out of Aunt Kenzie’s tummy!”  She’s totally envisioning Mackenzie’s stomach like an egg!
A couple of days after her birthday, she woke up from her nap, and said, “Okay, Mommy, I’m 3 now.  I’m ready for Tucker to grow out!!”
Discipline: We’ve heard that the “terrible 2’s” are nothing compared to the “terrible 3’s!”  Since she just turned 3, we’ll have to wait and see if that proves true for Lana. Right now, we are memorizing the Fruits of the Spirit and helping her equate those with her behavior.  This has, of course, been very convicting for me as I talk through it with her…. 
Playing: Her very favorite things in the world right now to play with are her babies….she interacts with them endlessly throughout the day.  She reads to them, feeds them, changes their diapers, puts them to sleep, etc.  It is so neat to see her being so nurturing – she’s going to be great with Tucker!
Last month, we realized that we needed to work on Lana’s ability to play independently for an extended period of time.  Last week, I began implementing “Room Time” for her each morning.  This is time that she goes in her room and plays by herself with the door closed.  She has books, puzzles, babies, a little table in her room that we let her use for an activity of her choice during Room Time….playdough, coloring with colored pencils, etc.  We set the timer, put it in her room, and tell her that when it beeps, she can come out and find us.  We started with 10 minutes, are at 15 right now, and will work up to 30 or 40 minutes.  My hope is that she will have this Room Time while Tucker is having his morning nap, leaving me with a few minutes to check e-mails, answer phone calls, talk with Dan, fold laundry, or just put my feet up!  At first, I think she felt like she was being punished, but we have worked hard to make it positive, and she’s begun to look forward to it.  One day, she came out of her room with the timer and said, “Mommy, I’m not done reading my books!  I’m going back to Room Time.”

Happy 3rd birthday, Lana!

We celebrated Lana's third birthday on Thursday, July 30!  I woke up so happy to celebrate her, but quite sad that time is passing by so quickly.  She is such a treasure to our family...we can see the Lord building into her some special gifts: she is a nurturer and encourager, and has the same gift of mercy that her Daddy does.  Oh, how excited I am to see what God does with her!

On the morning of her birthday, Dan got up early and went to Daylight Donuts.  He got her favorite kind of donut (chocolate covered with sprinkles), and when she woke up, we sang Happy Birthday to her and let her blow out candles on her birthday donut!  
Then we took her outside to see her birthday present: a battery powered red Mustang convertible!  Such an extravagant gift for a worthy little girl....we never could have given it to her if it weren't for the kindness of God and dear friends.  The Lyon's won this car at Bay Leaf's Toy Chest 2 Christmases ago, and their girls no longer have a place to ride it.  They have kept it in excellent condition, and they gave it to us to give to Lana for her birthday!!
After a ride in the 'stang, we took off for swimming lessons!  She did so well....although she's the youngest in her class, she's by far the most confident in her abilities, so she's having a lot of fun!  we hung out at the pool for a while after lessons, and then let her choose where to have her birthday lunch: CiCi's Pizza!  After nap time, our friends the Fowler's arrived, and we had a great time with them.

We had her Wake Forest birthday party at Holding Park again this year.  It was on Saturday, August 1 from 9:30-11:00.  We had cookie cake, popsicles, water and juice...and LOTS of friends!!
We are so we left the park, Dan & I were overwhelmed with how rich our life here in Wake Forest is.  To spend the morning surrounded by so many whom we love dearly was an incredible reminder of the kindness of God in bringing us here.  Yes, it's hard to be away from family and friends in Alabama; yes, it's hard for Lana not to be with her grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins; yes, it's scary to think about having a baby so far away from my mom and mom-in-law; nonetheless, our blessings abound.