Sunday, December 21, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
He was the grandson of a slave, who was only allowed to cook food for white soldiers when he volunteered to serve his country, but he lived to vote for the first black president. He was always proud that he worked hard his whole life and took good care of his family. I am proud to have known Pop during these later years as he welcomed me to the family with his booming voice and firm hug. I married his beautiful granddaughter and am the father of his newest great grandson.
He is now with his dear savior Jesus and his beloved wife Sarah who went a few years before him. We all wish he could have stayed longer, but are happy for the bold and loving impact he had on this world.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Things go well here in Ecuador. I started working at a free clinic yesterday. It is good to finally get to medical care. I wish I could say we are progressing quickly in Spanish but those verb conjugations have our tongues tied, but things are going well. We are staying with a wonderful family and loving being here and learning about Ecuador and the Andes.
Talk to you later.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Cuenca is a beautiful old city and we can walk to most places from the Cabera´s house. We will update you more soon.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Hopefully we will have a lot of interesting stories and thoughts when we return.
For the next month The Gridbook Blog will be silent. I don't know if we will be able to get much internet access but if we do we will try to post updates here. Keep us in your prayers.
PS: Posted Gridbook Blog presidential endorsement yesterday. Click here to read.
Monday, September 22, 2008
I suppose the biggest news from me is that I am now exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up: I am the primary care doctor of a small town. It is truly a wonderful job but it is also exhausting. I love what I do, but it keeps me away from home a lot, while my amazing son is growing so rapidly and my wife has her hands full with his exuberance. (I mostly miss the people I worked with in the ER, but my wife misses the schedule.) My friends also complain that they don't see much of me anymore, therefore as you might expect my blog frequency will drop.
But a full life isn't a bad thing, and I will try to keep you updated on things. Once we figure out a way to balance everything.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
No need to keep working up a bowel abnormality in a baby who is growing well and seems so happy. Right now he is in the 90th Percentile on weight and length so for now we are just going to watch and wait. We always have a really good pediatric surgeon who knows him well, so if problems do come up we will be ready. Hopefully the whole thing was an anomaly that resolved on its own. We will let you know if more happens but hopefully the good news will be no news at all and we won't have to worry about TMD's bowels agian.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I think of Eduardo (who changed his name to Edward Patton when he immigrated) growing up in Ortona and my little TMD growing here in my lap. Eduardo died on Christmas day when I was only a little boy. One of my strongest memories of him is only a few days before he died telling me about the beautiful farms in the seaside village were he grew up.
He has been dead for decades now, and no one in his home town remembers his name. He is even a distant memory to me. It makes me realize that even though I am 30 now I will also someday be gone and forgotten even in the places that were once my home. This makes me glad that I am a father. TMD may not know it now but his great-grandparents who will only exist to him as black and white photos have left themselves in J. and me. Similarly I will leave myself in him.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
The biopsy showed nerve cells which means it is not Hirschsprung's Disease. At least at this point surgeon and pathologist are saying that it may be Intestinal Neuronal Dysplasia, which is similar to Hirschsprung's. This is an even more rare condition than Hirschsprung's so I didn't know much about it. The good news is that at least for now TMD won't need surgery. The bad news is that unlike Hirschprungs this can be treated but not cured. Apparently the seriousness of Intestinal Neuronal Dysplasia runs the spectrum from severe to mild.
We are going back to Augusta next week to see his doctors and discuss this so hopefully we will have more information then. The good news is the our little man continues to grow beautifully and seems happy and well (asside from the occassional fussiness that is common to all babies). He is 7 weeks old today and we are loving the little personality he is developing. Hopefully we'll have more pictures up soon.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
He continues to grow well and seems quite happy. He has recently been diagnosed with Hirschsprung's Disease, which is a genetic birth defect of the nerves of his colon/rectum that was making his belly bloat and causing him increasing discomfort. It is fairly rare (1 in 5000 babies) and it has some risks of serious infection, but the good news is that is can be cured with surgery. Although the X-Rays almost certainly show Hirschsprung's, we will go to MCG Children's Hospital in Augusta tomorrow for a biopsy required to confirm the diagnosis. Then hopefully he will have the surgery in the next month or so.
While we have a healthy level of concern, we are very optimistic. We were very impressed with the kind and competent surgeon who will be caring for him. We are doing washings of his colon several times a day and already he appears to be feeling much better. It is a joy to watch this boy grow and I am already impressed with his little personality. We are certain that everything that happens is in God's gracious will for our son. We will be busy over the next month with many trips to Augusta. I may not be able to be in touch with everyone personally so I aim to use this blog as a way of keeping everyone updated on TMD's care. Keep him in your prayers and stay in touch.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
We just returned from our trip to Florida where TMD met more relatives and got his first beach experience. I'm not sure our one-month-old was as excited about the beach as his older cousins, but at least he'll have some great photos of his visit when he gets older.
Here are some photos from the trip as well as some other photos J and TMD took for me for Fathers Day.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Apparently all the links I have posted to photo albums on Facebook are gone now! Facebook lets you make an album "public" and gives you a link you can give people. The catch they never mentioned is that that links disappeared after a few weeks and just lead to an error message and asks you to join Facebook. Apparently Facebook doesn't really want any of the content I choose to share to really be public--they want you to see the album and sign up for Facebook so they can advertise you to death! Social networking sites are nice for keeping in touch with people, but sometimes they can be so annoying in trying to force how you use their site. I personally blame Mark Zuckerberg for this arrogant, idiotic, penny-wise-pound-foolish scheme!
So in summary, none of the links to old photos on this blog are working anymore. I'll be taking my links (and their add revenue) to Google, but it may take a while to get all the photo album links up again. Sorry!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
He had lots of visitors recently. J's family was in town for a week and just left yesterday, so he got to bond with his Aunt, Grandmom, and Granddad. He also got to meet the cabin-maties, my beloved group of roommates from college. He also got to meet the ladies at his own baby shower on Saturday.
Now after his eventful social calender he is back to the dull home-life of having to hang out with just Mom and Dad.
CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS
Monday, May 26, 2008
He really is a great kid. Still a bit fussy in the middle of the night, which makes for some odd sleeping schedules. This really is an amazing time. It seems every day he adds new expressions and sounds. I wish I could stay home longer. This is the age when you want to stay in the quiet of home with the new baby and not go anywhere.
TMD has had some more visitors. The Okies came by on Thursday. He got to meet his uncle and cousins on Saturday when they came with my parents. His godparents also got to meet him for the first time. Today he meets the Carlisles and Chris (as well as seeing the Drakes again). Yes this young man is set with a community of people that really love him. Then tomorrow J's parents come to town. He is their first grandchild.
Click Here for More Photos of TMD's Neonatal Adventures
Thursday, May 22, 2008
This morning we took our baby boy home from the hospital. He gets a clean bill of health, and is also quite kissably cute.
After 2 nights on the maternity ward it is so nice to be home. TMD feels much more like my own when I have him here in the house where I will raise him and read him bedtime stories.
Here are some photos of TMD's second day out in the world.
We also want to thank MaryFrances Drake for watching the dog while we were gone, and the Okies and Smolko's for the wonderful food.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
This morning at 1 am our baby boy made his long-awaited appearance. Young TMD is healthy and seems calm and happy. J. is recovering well and as beautiful as ever.
Click here for some pictures.
By the way he was 7 lbs. 9 oz.
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Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I'm pretty excited. Last week my wife called me "a big ball of fatherly mush."
So we put up some photos of our recent visit to Tennessee for J.'s baby shower. I also got to visit some friends up there from my residency. Good times. Now it is time for the kid to get here.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
(Unfortunately just gridbook.com was already taken, but such is life) Of course, my exciting web domain is just a page pointing to the same blogs, fiction, and other whatnot that I already had online. But hey it still feels fun to have "real webpage." Much thanks to Bob Weigers the web genius who made it possible.
Otherwise life goes well. The boy is growing well in utero. He is already getting hyperactive. Joy says he kicks and wiggles much more when she eats sugar. Wow is life about to change!
Friday, February 29, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
So if you are in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, or Tennessee get out and run your government!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
The cruise was nice. Despite all of my disagreement with cruises in general, I really loved having a chance to get time with Joya's family. I particularly felt that I got a chance to really grow closer to Joya's siblings Tommy and Sheila. It is nice that they now know me as more than just that odd guy their sister married. I really like my in-laws.
You can see the pictures here.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
For some of you, this Christmas greeting is our only contact all year long, but that makes us all the more excited about Christmas time! We look forward all year to being able to send you Christmas greetings from our family and hearing from you as well. We think about you throughout the year and embrace the tradition of Christmas greetings.
We hope that your year has been as filled with good things. Here's an update on our lives.
We are expecting the arrival of Baby Davis the end of May! What joys and change that will bring. We have loved every minute of our lives together as a couple and filled them with unforgettable adventures and spontaneous fun. Although life will be different, we are thrilled to introduce a new life into the amazing lives God has given us.
We spent the month of July traveling through Europe together. We bought rail passes and traveled through Greece, Italy, Switzerland, France and Spain. You can see pictures here. We got to visit Jonathan's grandfather's hometown of Ortona, Italy which was a real treat. Italy was definitely our favorite.
After a year at Campbell Law School, Joya decided that she did not want to continue her legal education at that school for several reasons. So we moved to Athens, Georgia to be closer to family and friends. We bought a home and are settling into the area. It is wonderful to be able to make day trips to visit Jonathan's family and many friends who have been a part of our lives since childhood.
Joya is teaching piano and violin and hoping to start a graduate program at UGA next year. “Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.” -John Dewey
Jonathan graduated from residency in June and is working in an Emergency Room near Athens. This has been an exciting and challenging experience and he is always filled with fascinating stories. He is adjusting to being the sole caregiver and having the final responsibilities of medical care rest with him.
So it is with the Davis Family. We eagerly await hearing from all of you. Know that we love you and even though many of you hear from us just once a year at Christmas, you are dear to us all year long.
Jonathan and Joya Davis
PS: More news to come on a post later today.
Monday, January 7, 2008
I only wish that Georgia could have done the honors this year instead of LSU! I think Georgia was actually playing better than LSU at the end of the season. We certainly showed it by humbling the unbeaten highest scoring Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl. How 'bout them Dawgs!
The final rankings just came out: number one and two for 2007 LSU and Georgia, both SEC schools.
The SEC has yet to lose a Championship since the BCS. The BCS is a joke and stacked against teams from harder conferences like the SEC, but isn't it beautiful to see our teams get in there and demolish other conferences? At least we can enjoy these games until college football wakes up and puts together some sort of playoff. Wouldn't it be great to see Georgia, USC, Kansas, West VA, and LSU keep playing to decide who really is the best team in the nation?