Friday, November 26, 2010


Hi all,
We are sitting here at the grandparents home in Claxton, Georgia. All the family has left and we are enjoying the company of grandma and granddaddy. Just got back from having the usual Friday night Mexican dinner at Cilantro's. We had alot of people here for Thanksgiving and it was so nice to see everyone. I was especially excited to meet my newborn niece Amelia. I still can't believe my brother-in-law Jason is a daddy but she is one adorable little girl.

Here are a few pictures of my beautiful little niece

Last Friday I completed my Drug Information rotation at the Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic is super nice and the rotation was pretty good. I just do not miss the early morning drive to Jacksonville and the long walk from my car to the hospital. It seemed like it was a 5 mile walk every morning. I had to text Dave one morning these pictures just so he could see where I had to walk to, the pictures just don't do it justice...

Getting a little bit closer...

I also had a classmate with me that completed his Drug Info rotation as well. A normal day consisted of coming in bright and early and we would sit at our cubicle desks. Physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals would either call the drug info center (me and frank) or send us an email and ask us a question that they need an answer for. We would get about 1-2 questions a day but there were a few days when we were working on like 4-5 questions. We would do alot of research using several different resources (PubMed, Micromedex, Clinical Pharmacology, Facts and Comparisons, package inserts, calling the Manufacturer [my favorite!!], and then google). We also had to complete 2 presentations during our month at the Mayo Clinic. One presentation was a Journal Club presentation and the other was a presentation on one of the questions we had received in the drug information center and we had to describe the process of answering the question. Overall, it was a pretty good rotation. I just didn't like not seeing patients at all and being cooped up in a cubicle all day long with no windows to see the sunshine. But one day we came in to find a gift from the residents...

Reese's for Halloween!!

There was also a day when they were giving treats to all of the workers at the Mayo Clinic. So frank went and got us some of the treats, they were these huge caramel apples with mini M&M's on the outside. I had to share with Dave when I got home. They sure are nice to their employees at the Mayo Clinic.

I can't believe I'm already a week into my 7th rotation. I'm at a Super Target near the base in Jacksonville. Three more weeks then I get a couple of weeks off for Christmas. I can't believe I am graduating in May. It just doesn't seem real. I don't wanna leave, I love school! Especially now that Dave is in school. Next year we wont have mailboxes next to each other in the office :( Someone else will be below his name.

Had to take a picture...

I feel like my life is perfectly described in the lyrics of the new Lady Antebellum song, American Honey. There is a line in that song that says "Couldn't wait to get goin' but wasn't quite ready to leave." I feel like our lives are going to be changing so much in the near future. From moving from our first home in our one bedroom apartment to a home on 3rd street, to graduating and actually having a grown up career, and then just maybe, Lord willing, we could start a family... but no comments please, this is a while down the road :) I love the place that David and I are at in our lives. He is such an amazing husband and God has blessed us so much.

Here's a picture of downtown where you can turn to come to our new home on 3rd street, can't wait for it to be done :)

Coming down 3rd street :)

As I had mentioned in a previous note, we were trying to read through the entire Bible chronologically in a year. We have been doing our reading but it doesn't look like we will make it in a year. We are currently in Leviticus. I am really loving the Old Testament. We have been learning about the history of the people of Israel and reading all of the stories of God's creation, promises, and protection of His people. I look forward to learning so much more!

We love you all,
Dave and Lins

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Slow Progress

Hi all,
Just a quick house update. Things are moving along slowly and hope to start getting the ball rolling here this coming week. The city has put a few kinks in the plans. Before we can get a permit and do anything, they want to know everything. What's going on the floors, what's going in the kitchen, what's going in the backyard, what's going on the outside, who is going to be doing the work, yada yada yada. So we (mostly mom and Fred) have spent these past few weeks getting quotes from different companies and we have had to pick out EVERYTHING before getting started on anything! Today me and mom went and finally picked out all of the flooring materials. Here is a picture of what we decided on. It's going to be dark wood floors throughout the kitchen, living room, and front hallway and then the carpet in the three bedrooms. The white piece of wood is the cabinet sample that we decided for the kitchen. Going for the classic Pottery Barn look :) (on a budget)

This is the kitchen look we are shooting for

Here's the backyard. Fred and his workers are probably going to be finishing this first. I'm so excited about our backyard! We're getting pavers!!

Hopefully we will get the demolition on the inside started shortly! Sure hope so because our lease ends at the end of January. It's kind of a bitter sweet feeling having to move out of our apartment. Even though we are renting, it's been our first home for me and Dave. I will always look back and be thankful for this little one bedroom apartment.

There are so many great things going on. The holidays are coming up, we get to spend time with family and friends, another rotation will be ending at the end of this week, another rotation will be starting in a week, small (very small) groups have been a great encouragement and a time of learning and growing in God's Word, there is just so much I am thankful for. God has so richly blessed us beyond measure!