Over Memorial Day weekend, we finally got to meet a very special person, the newest member of our family, little Kaylene Joy.
Isn’t she a doll? Look at those eyelashes!
Although she was born in March, we weren’t able to get over to Art and Lenn’s place near Austin for a couple of months. By then, however, she was able to focus on us and interact more, and she’d even had her immunizations, so it worked out really well.
Of course, we were very eager to hold her and let her know how much her grandparents love her. She was having some challenges taking nourishment and that didn’t allow for a lot of cuddling, but we treasured this first opportunity to get to know her, and we pray for many more.
Although we’d been told to expect rain every day, we actually had pretty nice weather, right up until the afternoon of Memorial Day itself, when the big storm hit. Once the tornado warnings sounded, Art started emptying out the pantry so we could huddle in there until the storm had moved on. It left a bit of a lake in the back yard, but that drained soon. Sadly, homes in other areas didn’t fare so well.
Motivated by the loving desire to protect their daughter, Art and Lenn have asked that family and friends not post pictures of her online, so we won’t be sharing photos on Facebook, but we can share them with you. We promise not to abuse that privilege. 🙂
We are so grateful to the Lord for making Kaylene’s birth possible and for his protection on Lenn. She’s feeling pretty much like she did before her pregnancy, which is troubling and presents many challenges in normal daily life, especially when it comes to caring for an infant. She is under the care of an excellent rheumatologist, Dr. Paul Pickrell. Thank you for praying for wisdom for the doctor and healing for Lenn.
One last note: The Lord made it possible for me (Steve) to have surgery about six weeks ago to repair an umbilical hernia and remove a lump from my neck. Everything went really well — I didn’t have any post-op pain and the lump turned out to pose no threat to my health.
Thanks so much for upholding our family in prayer.