We apologize to you for our long absence and overdue update. I will give a quick overview of the past several months so we can get back on track.
In November of 2012, Meagan voted in the presidential election for the first time. She was so excited. We were sorry to learn the outcome of this election, but God is still in control and we rest in that knowledge. Later in the month we went to Tennessee to celebrate Thanksgiving with James, Elena and Gabby. The fellowship was wonderful, the food was great. A nice, relaxing visit!
|We love the mountains!|
|Gabby and Kaitlyn raking leaves|
|James carving the turkey|
|Delicious pecan and pumpkin pie!|
|We stopped at many rivers to play... Meagan was not allowed to jump around rocks this time around!|
In early December, Diona had four emergency eye procedures within an 8 day period. The retina in her right eye was separating from her eye ball. After two laser surgeries, cryo treatment, and a gas bubble inserted in the eye, she had to sit upright for ten days straight. But all is well and the eye is fully healed. Unfortunately, the left eye has begun to do the same, so more surgery to come in the near future.
|Diona wearing a plastic eye patch. We are so thankful for her eye doctor!|
Christmas was a blur. We did manage to do some caroling, baking and wrapping of presents. This year was our first year with having daycare during Christmas. Our daycare parents took us by total surprise, got together and bought us a photography package for our whole family! We cannot wait to use it!
|Our tree had 13 strands of white lights... Meagan put them on and caused a fuse to blow!|
|Todd and Collin hanging the lights outside|
|homemade cookies in a jar!|
|We always remember our mail carrier|
|Kaitlyn in the ambulance|
|Look at that appendix... 5 times the size it should be!|
|3 of Kaitlyn's cute pink bandaids|
|Kelsey the therapy dog came for a visit!|
|Kaitlyn and Kelsey... the human! :)|
|We had fun with the doctor's gloves!|
|Meagan and her "other dad" Mr. Jim|
|Sweet Ruthie, Bob and Sue came for a visit!|
|And of course sweet Spirit!|
|Meagan's biggest surprise... Ashlyn and her fiance Zach came all the way from Gainsville!|
|John and Kathy Jones were great visitors!|
|As well as Kameron and Karson who brought flowers and movies|
|even Meagan's skinny jeans were too big!|
|Drinking contrast at Tampa General... Meagan was so hungry she downed it no problem!|
|Visitors had to wear blue gowns, purple gloves and masks because Meagan was considered "contagious"|
|Collin was a good brother and massaged Meagan's feet|
|Coach Bruce and Rita came to visit!|
|Our daycare babies made lots of signs and posters for "me me's" room|
|Meagan's first venture outside of hospital walls in 26 days!|
|Almost time to go home!|
|Annette, Meagan and our wonderful chiropractor, Dr. Heather|
|Recovery at home was tough. Family and good friends make it all the better!|
|Meagan hates her steroid cheeks!|
|Paul and Ellie|
|Kaitlyn and Ellie share a bed... only for a few minutes!|
|Ellie wanted to be right beside Meagan while Meagan was sick.|
|The LeVines surprised us with a visit and some yummy soup and gifts!|
|Thank you so much LeVine Family!|
Our week days are spent caring for 6 children in our home. We enjoy watching them grow and learn new things each day. Our spring soccer season just ended, the summer is upon us, the pool is just about perfect and we've enjoyed relaxing in it already.
God is good and we are thankful for His love and mercy.
Thank you everyone for all your love and encouragement during this crazy beginning of the year! We are truly and richly blessed.