Our life is nothing short of an adventure...

Wind in our hair and screams of delight but also unpredictable turns and unknown outcomes. We are a family of six; Dave, Susie, Nate, Jake, Sam, and Bella.

God has been faithful in our marriage and through the birth and blessings of our boys.

God has been faithful during our adoption journey and united Bella with us in May of 2008. We were privileged to visit with Bella's birth mother; therefore, Bella's family in Guatemala will always be dear to our hearts.

On October 16, 2008, Bella was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia. We are now battling the disease with 2 years and 3 months of treatment. We believe God will continue to be faithful!

Our family is committed to living life to the fullest...even on the hard days. Thank you for checking in and journeying with us!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


"The joy of the Lord is my strength"

Here are 3 of my joys last spring break, 2007.....love my boys and oh so grateful for them.

We awoke today to another new layer of fresh powdery snow. It was one of those snow's that sticks to the tree's....it really was quit pretty. However, I found myself immediately annoyed and in a "grouchy mood". I am personally a "summer girl", I prefer the outdoors more than anything, hence, my passion for camping, water, boats, etc. I absolutely struggle emotionally in January and February as I begin to feel cooped up and trapped within my home and surroundings. I for one cant tell you that I officially feel "complete" with winter!

However, every day, my heavenly Father not only supplies me with enough strength for the day as well as my needs, but He also supplies me with enough joy. It's up to me to receive this new joy everyday and live it. I must admit, some days are easier than others to do this. I wish I could say the wait gets easier....but its tough! Some days, it takes every bit of energy I have to just to get out of bed in the morning. But I do it.....again, "I consider not my body" and I make a choice to live the life I have been blessed with and all the wonderful people and things in it. I seek the joy the Lord has given me for the day, I praise for all that has been given to me and pray that He will continue to reveal himself more to me.

We are still waiting for our Birth Certificate for Bella. It has now been 4 weeks since originally being registered with Mixco Civil Registry. The good news, is that the Civil Registry does appear to be releasing BC's and we are hopeful and expectant of our BC....."today is the day"! Please continue to pray and praise for the release of the corruption strong hold in Mixco CR and Minors Court.

We received our monthly update DVD yesterday of Bella getting her bath....she loves WATER, what a relief. She is absolutely my "chunky monkey"....they are still giving her 2 bottles at night time! Her weight, height and head circumference all stayed the same this month, she finally slowed down a bit in her growth. As a reminder, she is 24" long and 16 lbs and 16" head circum. She is precious, very content and sweet and loves to focus on faces. Oh how I long to just hold her and kiss those chubby thighs and cheeks. I am believing and speaking that this will be our last medical update as we will be there to pick her up by the end of March. That's my story today and I am sticking to it!

My oldest son Nathan is in the state spelling bee today, we are very proud of him. He is also currently the main character of "Nate the Great" at our local Civic Theatre! He turns 13 tomorrow, how can it be that my first baby is going to be a TEENAGER! Oh yikes, not so sure I am ready for all this....but again... JOY!

I continue to pray for all of my blogging buddies and I so appreciate everyone that checks in and continues to support us through your notes of encouragement and prayer. We need it more than ever right now. You are all such a blessing to me.


Auntie G said...

I am praying you hear about that bc this week.

Stacy said...

Just checking in to say hi!
I enjoy praying for you. I can't wait until we can see pictures of Princess Bella again!!!


Donnie, Cheri, Brock, Alex, Logan....Coming Soon Malaena-Sloan said...

I got the feeling good news is coming for both of us!!! I'm saying tomorrow will be our day. Donnie says the phone call will come Friday. Call me when you get your call! Cheri

demp5 said...

Dear Susie,
I totally understand about the sun and winter! I am so grateful for Guate. right now and the sunshine. I am praying for the release of your BC this week and no more medical updates via a computer.