Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Frist and Family

Saturday we went to Centerville for several hours. The highlights were:
MamaJune's new iPod
and live music at the Chamber of Commerce on the square
On Monday we went to the Frist Center with Nana to see two exhibits. We saw the "Birth of Impressionism" and the Chihuly exhibit.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

back in Nashville

We arrived Thursday for a week in Nashville.
Friday night we went to the Stites' home for a potluck.

cup of good cheer

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


A few happenings...

We had a baby shower for Abigail in October. It was at Gail's house and she did a phenomenal job decorating. She thought of EVERYTHING! Here are the pictures:
The last weekend in October we had some friends over for chili, and the next night was Funival at church. Here are some pictures of our favorite church kiddos:
Chili Supper and Funival

The Nigerian quadruplets (and their mom, Ose!) returned home the first week in November. Here are Ose and me at the Funival:
Their last Sunday at church with all of the volunteers:
And here we are at their going away party:

Their story is here: http://osebabies.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Pretty flowers from the Williams... they go well with our tablecloth!
Things have been going much better the last day or so. The nausea is completely gone, I can walk fine, I am getting my energy back, and I have begun easing off the pain meds. I still have a few things... tightness in my chest, residual cramps in my stomach, and chills. Hopefully that will all be gone in a few days.

Today was my first day back teaching. The students (and teachers... especially the science teachers) were very curious about my Black Widow encounter. Most wanted to share with me their own spider stories... which I don't really care to hear right now! After hearing a number of Brown Recluse stories, I guess I am grateful I wasn't bitten by one of those, since that evidently causes your skin to rot (yuck!).

As Mom already mentioned, we won't be decorating for Halloween with spiders anytime soon!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Liz vs. Black Widow

Well I was thinking I would post about our 10 year reunion when I got back to Atlanta. However, the Saturday afternoon event takes precedence!

Saturday afternoon at approximately 3:20PM, Doug and I were watching TV at his parents’ house, when I felt stinging under my arm. My first thought was that it felt like razor burn, but it was so bizarre to have razor burn when I hadn’t shaved since that morning and it hadn’t bothered me at all earlier in the day. Plus it wasn’t really my armpit- just outside my armpit. I looked down and saw that it was pink and swollen… then I saw her. (I say “her” because Wikipedia says that male black widows don’t bite). Of course I didn’t know it was black widow at the time. I just said “Doug- it’s a spider- kill it!” He gasped and when I asked what was wrong, he said nothing and told me to go splash cold water on my arm in the bathroom. When I returned, he was in the process of trying to catch the spider in a water bottle. I was very annoyed that he didn’t just kill it, and when I asked what he was doing, he just ignored me. After a minute he caught the spider and went downstairs with the bottle.

I could hear serious voices talking downstairs. I followed a couple minutes later and he was showing his parents. They all pointed out the red hourglass and said that we needed to go to the hospital. Although you can't see it in the pictures, the red hourglass was really clear.
I thought they were overreacting… I mean my arm was just stinging- it didn’t really hurt or anything. I suggested going to a Minute Clinic, but they insisted on the ER.

While we were in the car, my arm started aching… kind of like after you get a flu shot. About 15 minutes later, it started hurting- stronger than aching- and had moved down my side and down my arm to my fingers, so that it was difficult to even sign my name. While in triage, my stomach started cramping up, as well as my back. Since Doug had the foresight to bring the spider bottle to the hospital with us, we were able to go back to a room right away since the hospital staff could clearly see it was a black widow. Once in the room, they hooked me up to a monitor- which I still thought was a little overkill based on the pain I was experiencing.

(at this point it was hurting, but I was mostly just annoyed at all the inconvenience I was causing... I think I still thought I would be out of the hospital in a few minutes)

Within another 15 minutes, though, the pain in my stomach and back was excruciating, as well as pain shooting down my legs, tightness in my chest, dizziness, etc. They did and EKG scan, took a urine sample, took blood, gave me morphine and Ativan, then put me on oxygen. When I started shaking a few minutes later, they put warm blankets over me, gave me an IV bag, and moved me to a room where they could more closely monitor me. As my pain continued to increase, so did my drowsiness (three more rounds of morphine and Ativan!), so between writhing in pain, I dozed off. They did a series of tests on me, most of which I don’t remember because I was so out of it.

(now I was reeeeeeally miserable)

Doug was so good- he stayed by my side the whole time, calling my parents and sis to keep them informed, holding my hand, rubbing my back (the pain in my stomach and back were the most unbearable). Finally a little after 11PM they said that my vital signs had stayed strong through the most critical period, so I could be discharged. I was shocked when I realized that my legs were so weak that I couldn’t even walk on my own. I hobbled out holding onto Doug and his mom. I ate a couple bites of pimiento cheese sandwich when we got home and then fell asleep until 2AM. At two the pain was back, but it was another hour and a half before I could take another dose of the pain medication. I tossed and turned and was not able to get comfortable. Even after I took the meds at 3:30, I had a hard time going back to sleep. It was so hard to get in a comfortable position when every part of my body was hurting. The nurses told us at the hospital that once the venom is in your bloodstream it attacks muscles all over the body.

We had intended to attend South Fork this morning, but considering I couldn’t walk (or eat due to nausea), we decided to go ahead and head back to Atlanta. Not a fun ride between the hurting, on and off splotchy skin, and nausea! We picked up my prescription for pain medication and for antibiotics at CVS, and to top it all off, the nurse practitioner at the Minute Clinic confirmed what the Dr. had warned might happen- a bladder infection caused by the venom breaking down in my system.

So now I am just hanging out in bed… but I’m not very comfortable! And all I have eaten today are two small yogurts. On the bright side, my legs are doing a lot better this afternoon and I can walk from one room to the next without holding on to things.

The doctors said I should be doing better in a couple of days, so I won’t be working tomorrow, but hopefully I’ll be able to go back to work Tuesday.

So, not the Saturday I would have imagined, but I am thankful to be home and to be getting better!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

10 years?

Tomorrow morning we go to NC to visit Doug's family and attend my 10th high school reunion.

10th? Really?
Well I guess it has been a while since...

...cheesy senior class playground picture

...Daniel on retro day

...little Katie Jean and Lilly

...visiting with Kendra and Kelli on one of their visits home from Lipscomb

...retro Halloween dance

...birthday party for Daniel

...exploring Dad's knife collection

...Homecoming queen Sarah

...little Jess and Les

...Kendra's favorite dining establishment, Ronnie's

...quite possibly the scariest picture ever

...and it was another before until I met Doug, but here he is as a Senior, playing in the homecoming band :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Saturday night

This past Saturday we invited three Lipscomb friends who now live in Atlanta over for supper. Eryn and her husband, David, Ashley (her husband was in TN), Holly, Shawn, and their two cute boys came over. Fun was had by all :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Busy weekend

The last few days have been filled with lots of church-related activities...
Thursday night I went over to help out with the preemie quadruplets. They are all so tiny! There are some pictures on their blog you can see here: http://osebabies.blogspot.com/
Saturday morning was a Time2$ave coupon workshop at church.
Saturday evening there was a fish fry to benefit NETworks Cooperative Ministry.
Sunday afternoon was the Walk for Honduras to benefit Predisan.
And finally, Sunday night was small group.
A busy, but fun and fulfilling few days!

Friday, September 3, 2010


Terre Conner, the wife of our dear CBC director, Denis, went home to God last night. She had cancer for nearly 12 years. Here is a song that she wrote and the Brooks Avenue praise team came to sing at their house a few weeks ago.

Terre was an incredible example of faith. She will be missed!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010


This summer was my 15th year in a row at CBC. Doug has been going longer than me, but he has missed a few years. Every Saturday morning, we get a warning message from Geoff:

And each week ends with the awards ceremony... Allena is quite the award-winning crafter!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

little update

-We've been back in Atlanta for 2.5 weeks
-School started this Monday
-Doug's orientation at Mercer is next Monday

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Trends we missed out on while in France

After spending a week at camp with 150 teenagers, it has become apparent that we missed a few trends while abroad:

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Moving day

We were so blessed to have help on moving day!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Last days in Lyon

During our last week in Lyon, we visited a chateaux for lunch and the Gallo-Roman museum in Vienne with the Hendrixes and with Nathan, an American studying French in Lyon during June.
We had our last church potluck.
Wandered the beautiful streets of Lyon for Fete de la Musique. (see album pictures below)
Fete de la Musique

We closed our bank account.
And had our last bike excursion to the park.

Then we had a day of airplane food...
and a few long hours in the Newark airport, comforted by our first frappuccinos in a year...