A VOL is short for Volunteer, as in Tennessee is the Volunteer State and in our case the mascot for the University of Tennessee Volunteers, better known as, you guessed it, a "VOL".
On July 16th 2010 Chris and I discovered (via three different tests) that we were pregnant with our first child. After nearly peeing ourselves with excitement and terror, we immediately began discussing ways to tell our parents and my little brother that we were pregnant with their first grandchild and neice/nephew. Everything in our life is a family affair. Chris literally proposed marriage to me in front of his parents, my parents and my brother. That is how family oriented we are. So, we knew it had to be something with everyone there.
Ultimately we decided to invite everyone over to smoke a pork butt. We ordered custom Jone's Soda bottles in orange. The label was a picture of Chris and I proudly displaying our PREGNANT EPT. It was called "It's a Vol Orange Soda". The ingredients section very cleverly said something about adding another member to our family, and we knew one thing: It's a Vol. We planned to pass them out while we were smoking the pork butt and see the excitement and shock on everyone's faces.
Haha. God had other plans. A little over one week later on the way to the lake, we stopped at a gas station so I could go pee. I was bleeding. I panicked and called the OBGYN who immediately said go to the ER. So, instead of fun soda bottles our family got a blubbering phone call telling them that we were on our way to the ER, pregnant, but bleeding. Again, our life is a family affair.
Needless to say, everything turned out just fine. Evie popped out 39 weeks later.
Evie is a she, and she is also a Vol!