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!

Saturday, March 29, 2008


Turning 40!!!!! Yes, that's right, the big 40 for me will be in 1 week! Above are 2 of my 4 very amazing and wonderful brothers. Tom and I are two years apart but share our birthdays 1 week apart, so our family gathered last night to celebrate both birthdays on his actual day. He may be younger....but he has more grey hair than me. John, the other handsome brother on the left will turn 34 a couple weeks after me. I just love these men of mine.

In case I have not shared, I want to take a moment and RAVE about my family. I am the oldest child of 6 children, 4 brothers, 1 sister, and 1 brother-in-law and 2 sister-in-laws that I consider my siblings as well. Between myself and the two brothers above, we have graced our parents with 12 GRANDCHILDREN! Yes, we are an Irish Catholic family. They are my greatest supporters and very best friends and I thank God daily for each and every one of them.

Next week, we (my husband and our boys) travel to St Louis to visit my sister and her husband and meet my new blogging friend Cheri! I am so very excited about this. A perfect way to pass the time of waiting for PINK.

As for my wonderful blogging buddies, Pam, Stacy and Meghan....I check your blogs daily just praying to see "OUT"! I am so standing with all of you in faith and belief. As for you Cheri.....CONGRATS on your PGN OUT! Cant wait to celebrate with you next week!

Blessings to all!


Mary Ann said...

Happy 40th B/D!!!!!!

A said...


You don't look a year over 20!!!

Happy 40th.

Cant wait to see Bella.

Pam L said...

That smile on your face tells it all! You are blessed to have such a wonderful supporting family.
Happy Birthday!
Can't wait to see your PINK post!

Mary Ann said...

Bella has been tagged by my girls.
Go to my blog to see.

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

I am so thrilled FINALLY some pictures again!!! You look like one HOT MAMA for 40 or 30 for that matter!!!! When is the actual day?! We will be celebrating this as well....SO much to celebrate in so little time. My life is more blessed having you as part of it. I thank God for you and the friendship we have developed. Happy Birthday my dear blogging buddy!!! Cheri

demp5 said...

I am so glad that you can post pictures of your gorgeous girl again! It is fun to see pictures from your birthday party, also.

Stacy said...

Hi and happy birthday! I just love seeing the pictures of Bella. She looks like one happy girl!!!
Have fun celebrating!

Chris & Lindsey Wheeler said...

Happy late 40th!!!! I am praying you get pink SO SO SOON!!!!!


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