Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Christmas Morning Fun!!!

Matthew Ray checks out the crumbs and milk stained glass that Santa left!!!! He said, "Boy, he was hungry!"

Meredith waits patiently to open her gifts! She knew they were all fun things to do on the plane ride!

Madison guesses that the big present is a Barbie computer-She was right!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


We have a praise! Meredith gave her life to the Father just a few weeks ago while we were in training. This truly is an answer to prayer! Because of policy we were not allowed for her to "have a swim" during training. While traveling back to see family we stopped at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel to spend the night. We found out that the hotel had wireless internet so we organized our skpye with our home "fellowship" back in Pensacola. We were able to do the "bath-tism" in the hotel bathtub while our "family" in Pensacola watched and listened througth skype! It was such a special moment!!!! (Madison and Matthew Ray watched while sitting on the back of the potty!) Here's Meredith just before the big event!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Pictures of our New Apartment!!!!

We received an email with pictures of our apartment. We are so blessed to have such a great place. We just wanted to share them with you. It won't be long- We will be there soon!!

View from the balcony!

Master Bedroom!!!! Isn't it cool?

View of Living Room from the front door-

Meredith's Room-


Madison and Matthew's Room

Saturday, November 18, 2006

We Have Great Friends!!!!

Are you ever just grateful for great friends? We are!!! Eric, Amber and Caleb flew a long way to see us this weekend. It really was a timely visit. We needed some "home people" if you know what I mean! The only thing missing was Mariah and Micah. They had to stay back in Pensacola. (Thanks, Mariah for letting us borrow the rest of your family for a couple of days!) The kids just picked up where they left off with playing together, Matt and Eric caught up on solving the issues of the world and Stacey just sat back and enjoyed all having a great time.

Here's Matt and Eric sitting in our "oh, so comfy" living room.

After visiting for a while, we decided it would be fun to eat sushi and habatchi at a wonderful local Japanese restaurant. It was a great time of fellowship and entertainment.

FRIENDS FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Meredith, Amber, Caleb, Madison and Matthew Ray had an exciting afternoon playing on the playground. It was just like old times!

At the end of the evening we really tried something new!!! Stacey took a haircutting class this week at camp so she would have the skills if she needed them overseas. So, Eric allowed Stacey to "practice" on Caleb and Amber. We didn't catch a picture of Caleb but here is Amber sporting her new-do. The plan was just to trim a little but Stacey made a slight mistake. So, Amber now has a very cute, shorter cut! She said, "Hey, it's like Meredith's hair!" (Sorry, Mariah!)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


We have a squatty potty here! Matthew Ray is the only one in the family that really enjoys using it!!! Here he is with one of his new friends after trying it for the first time. Maybe there's a rabbit in that hole!?!

Sunday, November 05, 2006


Stacey, Madison and Matthew Ray had their birthday party at Stacey's brother and sister-in-laws house. It was so much fun! We had a wonderful time eating non-cafeteria food and sitting in a real living room. Thanks Phillip, Mary, Holly, Phil, and Jake!!!! We love you !!!

Meredith even got a present from Uncle Phillip and Aunt Mary and it wasn't even her birthday!

All worn out, but still holding the toys they received! (a guitar and a Baby Alive)


Here's Stacey showing one of the many emotional phases she has gone through!!!

Phase two!!!

Phase three! I'm really okay, mom!!!!


This was a very neat time here at camp. It was amazing to see the end result after eveyone got to put their picture on the map!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

WE ARE STILL ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey,everyone! Yes, we are still alive but barely!!!! Our lives have become quite busy here at camp. We have been taking pictures but we have not had time to download them to add to the blog. Hopefully, we will find a moment soon. One experienced person here said that we won't be this busy when we move to our destination.

Madison, Matthew Ray, and Stacey have their Birthday's this week. It should be a fun time. We are having a Bob the Builder and Princess party at Stacey's brother's house. We are so excited to see family in the midst of all of this craziness!!!

Be looking for a new blog with pictures!! Thanks for logging in-it means you haven't forgotten us!!! We love you!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

On the Road Again!!!!

Yes, we are traveling again!!! Before heading to the training center we have gotten to see many
in our family!!!

Many have grown up so much and we have also had some new additions!! We love you all very much. Thanks for letting us crash at your homes and eat your food!!!!! Christmas is coming!

After today we will be at the training center. We will post as often as we can. Please remember us during this "new phase" in our lives!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Can the Dunavant's Go Anywhere without visiting the Doctor?!?

After a very long weekend of packing and good-bye's, we FINALLY loaded our family into our van at around 2 pm on Monday. Matthew Ray was very cranky all morning long. We couldn't wait for him to go to sleep on the long journey to Arkansas!!! Not long into the trip he began screaming with a bad headache. We couldn't figure out what was wrong. We stopped many times trying to console him and giving him pain medicine. Nothing was working. We stopped about 1 1/2 hours south of Memphis and discovered he was running a high fever. After calling our pediatrician she told us to go to the nearest children's hospital because she feared he may have menengitis. We arrived at the hospital at 12:30 am on Tuesday morning. Thankfully, Matt's sister lives in Memphis so she came and picked up the girls. We were seen at 4 am by the doctor and they proceeded to do a spinal tap. The menengitis test came back negative, but his white blood cell count was very high. He had to have an antibiotic by I.V. and then we had to stay in Memphis one more day for him to have another I.V. the next morning.
We arrived in Arkansas at Stacey's parent's house on Wednesday evening. By Friday morning both girls had the same bacterial infection that Matthew Ray had.Pediatricians in the area were not seeing new patients so Meredith and Madison had to go to the Arkansas Children's Hospital. It was a VERY TRYING time!! You know, we should be used to this type of drama-we can't go anywhere without visiting the doctors in the area!!!!


There were so many great memories from our last day at our fellowship! We just had to share more pictures!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Our home group had a farewell party for our family on our last day! It was a great time! Much sadness and many tears were shed. It was such a bitter/sweet time! Thanks to our friends from home for a WONDERFUL eight years!! WE LOVE YOU AND ALREADY MISS YOU!!!!