Sunday, July 1, 2007

Bringing everyone up to speed

Adalynn Paige arrived just about 3 weeks ago and life will never be the same. The boys are so in love, as are we. But to bring everyone up to speed, we have decided to start our first ever blog. Not only to let you know about what is going on in our lives, but also to keep you updated about Adalynn's surgeries, doctor's appointments, and progress.

Well, we've been married for almost 11 years and 3 kids and 1 dog later things are very busy to say the least.

John is well into his Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia. He is working hard on research for his dissertation and should be completing everything in the next year or so. This means another move in the near future to wherever he happens to get a job.

Shannon is enjoying spending time at home this summer with Broderick, Camden, and Adalynn while John is working in the office. She will return to teaching 3rd grade in late fall at Bethlehem Elementary about 10-12 weeks after the school year starts.

Broderick is getting bigger everyday. It is hard to believe, but he will be starting kindergarten in the fall and will be turning 6 in October. He will be going to kindergarten at his mommy's school and according to him the best part of kindergarten will be going to her room everyday after school.

Camden is growing-slowly, but growing nonetheless. At almost 3 years old he barely weighs what Broderick weighed at 12 months. He loves to be busy and is a VERY active little boy. Most people already notice how agile and athletic he is. He will be starting preschool this fall instead of going to the babysitter's house. Our church, Mars Hill Baptist Church, is opening a preschool and Camden will be going 5 days a week for 4 hours. He is very excited about his new school, but is a little confused about why he can't go to Mommy and Bubby's school.

Adalynn Paige started stirring up trouble long before she arrived. We found out at a 20 week routine ultrasound that she was going to born with a cleft lip and possibly palate. We did all of our research and we were more than ready for her to arrive. She made her debut 3 weeks ago and has been doing great. Her lip and palate were both affected, but will be repaired in the next few months. She has already met with her "Team" at Scottish Rite part of Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta and her prognosis looks good. It appears as though the cleft is an isolated incident and not related to any other syndrome. The geneticist doesn't think further genetic testing is needed unless we decide to have more children-which doesn't look likely. We meet again on July 5 with the Occupational Therapist and Dietitian just to make sure she is gaining okay.

Let us know that you were here by leaving comments for us or signing the guestbook. We want to keep everyone as updated as we can and this is a lot easier to edit and add to than a website. Please check back often-we hope to post an update at least once a week.


  1. Congratulations again...What a beautiful family! (And what a great job you've done starting a blog!)

    Your family continues to be in our thoughts and prayers. Enjoy the rest of your summer--see you in the fall!

    ~Tanya Parker and family

  2. What a great idea, I look forward to more updates and pictures. 11 years, 3 kids, 1 dog...wow does time fly!

  3. Thanks for including me in your mailings. I love the pictures of the boys with Adalynn. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    She is a beautiful little girl and I know you are proud of her.

  4. Aw, I love reading about your family! Love to all!


  5. Wow! Congratulations!! What a beautiful family! I've heard so much, and would love to see you all someday soon!

    -Jill (used-to-be-Swartout)

  6. You are so blessed but I dont have to tellyou what you already know. We are so grateful to be a part of your friendship. We love ya;ll and look forward to talking with ya soon. Hopefully get together Wednesday.

  7. WOW! Eleven years already. That is awesome as is your little family. Thanks for the blog site. Its great to hear how family is doing even though I never get to see them. Love to all.

  8. To our son, dauther-in-law and A,B,C... You have been blessed with a beautiful family. Love and prayers Mom and Dad

  9. It is fun reading about your family. The pictures are great! I am so happy that Adalynn (love the name) is here and is doing so well. God Bless! -Megan Stephens

  10. Your family is beautiful! The pictures of your children are awesome. What a wonderful way to keep us updated on things! Good Luck with all your doctor visits, they can be very hectic. We will keep thinking of and praying for your family. Amy, A.J., and Conner Sims

  11. Wow!Isn't she amazing. What a beautiful addition to your already special family. Emily and I are upset that we are not the first members of our family to meet Adalynn. Not fair! Sara said she was such a cutie. We hope to come visit very soon. I want to hold her when she's still little. Enjoy every moment.

    Take care. Love to all.

    Eric,Carolyn, Sara, Emily & Ryan Dailey