But first, we are excited to announce some special McCropder expansions. These would be in addition to the McLaughlin baby coming in March. :) First, many of you know that Carlan Wendler, a friend of all of ours from Michigan/Knox church, has long expressed interest in joining up with us long term. Earlier this year he moved past interest and into commitment phase. We are excited to have him along for the ride! He is currently in his third year of emergency medicine residency at Los Angeles County Hospital, and will finish June 2012. He was out visiting us last February, and everyone enjoyed having him around with his fun personality and willingness to play with our kids.
The other important expansion is that Alyssa Pfister, the other Post Resident at Tenwek, has also just decided to come on board! She has been working and living alongside us (literally--she moved into the upstairs apt next to the Cropseys) this past year, and has quickly become a wonderful friend. She is from Nashville, and did her Med-Peds residency at the University of Alabama. You can check out her own blog here. Although we are all thrilled that she is going to become a long term part of her team, Eric is especially happy that we have two more primary care docs to round out our surgery-heavy team.
Now the real question is, what to do with the McCropder name? We worked out some new configurations, like PMcCropdlers (silent P, like Alyssa's name), but decided in the end to just keep the original McCropder name. The Cropseys might be willing to share their "p", and the Faders could share their "er" with Carlan. :) Stay tuned for more parts of the update, including the where next question, as well as exciting new blog features!