Monday, July 31, 2006

Ultrasound Update

We have our 2nd prenatal ultrasound scheduled for this Wednesday and we can't wait to take another peek inside. We are so excited and just hope that everything looks perfect. Hopefully I'll be able to post some photos at some point. Thank you to everyone for all your prayers and support, it means so much to us and we know the Lord has been taking good care of our new little family to be =-).

Happy Birthday Lauren

Our niece Lauren turns three tomorrow and she had her birthday party out at the ranch on Saturday. I can't believe how grown up she's getting!!

Lots of Chocolate

This is a picture of Reagan and her new friend Riley, Stuart & Autumn's male lab that came to visit this weekend. They sure make a cute pair, too bad Riley's fixed!

Friday, July 28, 2006

The Sun kills 60,000 people a year

Article on today

Sun kills 60,000 people a year, WHO reports

WASHINGTON - As many as 60,000 people a year die from too much sun, mostly from malignant skin cancer, the World Health Organization reported on Wednesday.

It found that 48,000 deaths every year are caused by malignant melanomas, and 12,000 by other kinds of skin cancer. About 90 percent of such cancers are caused by ultraviolet light from the sun.

Radiation from the sun also causes often serious sunburn, skin aging, eye cataracts, pterygium — a fleshy growth on the surface of the eye, cold sores and other ills, according to the report, the first to detail the global effects of sun exposure.

"We all need some sun, but too much sun can be dangerous — and even deadly. Fortunately, diseases from UV such as malignant melanomas, other skin cancers and cataracts are almost entirely preventable through simple protective measures," Dr. Maria Neira, Director for Public Health and the Environment at WHO, said in a statement.

The report, available on the Internet, advises that people seek shade, use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, and stay out of tanning salons. "The application of sunscreens should not be used to prolong sun exposure but rather to protect the skin when exposure is unavoidable," the report advises. Snow, sand and sea foam reflect ultraviolet light, the report notes, and thinning ozone filters out less and less of it.

"Ultraviolet radiation can neither be seen nor felt," the study noted. Time of day, latitude and cloud cover all affect the amount of radiation reaching the ground. "A person's skin type is also important. Fair skinned people suffer from sunburn much more readily than dark-skinned people," WHO said in a statement.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Girls Weekend

Kenny spent the weekend at the deer lease last weekend but I wasn't too sad because my friend Elizabeth Taylor came to visit me from Birmingham. Liz is a 2001 graduate of Belhaven College but we met and became friends when she came to A&M as the RUF intern while I was working on my master's degree. We had a great time catching up before she begins working for the Alabama Republican Party.

Farewell Ferguson Family

After church we had a farewell luncheon for the Ferguson Family. They are leaving WPC & TAMU RUF after 7 years of service. They are headed now to Peru with their 5 children to help establish campus ministry in that country. I've known John & Heather since I was 14 when they served as our youth leaders at WPC. I will really miss them, so many memories.
Here is a pic from the luncheon of me, Liz, & Heather

Monday, July 17, 2006

We Have BIG News!!

Kenny & I are excited to announce that we are expecting! ! We got to hear and see lots of strong heart beating today, one of the most amazing moments of my life. We are still very early in this and just pray that this will be a smooth and healthy pregnancy. We can't wait to be parents!! We are due sometime around March 9, 2007.
"For this child I have prayed"----1 Samuel 1:27

Thursday, July 13, 2006

A Day at the Circus

We had great time yesterday taking our niece Lauren to the Ringling Brother's Barnum & Bailey Circus that came through town this week. We enjoyed all the classic circus food like cotton candy & popcorn. I think the adults enjoyed the cotton candy as much as Lauren did. What a blast!

Monday, July 10, 2006

More Pictures of Luke

Aunt Dana & Uncle Shawn

Cute outfit!!


Granny Debbie

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Happy Birthday America

We had a fun 4th of July inspite of the torrential downpours. Rebecca and Nathaniel joined the Lockes, Kenny & me at the ranch Monday night for a cook out and they brought some fireworks for us to enjoy. Boys love setting fires no matter what age they are. We also played a round of Trivial Pursuit in which the ladies humbled the menfolk. Very fun. The net day we watched the storms roll in, ate some delicious ribs, and took it very easy. Not a bad day off.

I love the 4th of July

Boys will be boys =-)

That is my mother's crazy dog Jodie trying to attack the fireworks.
All of the other normal dogs just sat by us and quivered.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Congratulations Christie & Eric!!!

Christie & Eric Cloutman welcomed their first child, daughter Taylor Layne, into the world on the afternoon of Friday June 30th in Lake Charles, LA. Congrats on your beautiful new baby girl. We can't wait to meet her someday soon and wish her all the best that life has to offer!!!