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!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

US Embassy Day...She's Ours!

What a day! Bella is feeling much better now, but I am not sure she slept a wink last night nor Dave or I. Her eye's were really swollen and congested, but this morning, she looked so much better and now we have a prescription from her Dr. It's not Pink Eye, just a cold.

Our Embassy Apt was at 7:15 am. Now that alone is a story, but for what go through in an adoption process, I really expected a "presidential" swearing in and a Mariatchy band playing afterwards. We had two apts that lasted all together 5 minutes and you literally walked up to what felt like a bank teller window with glass. All this and it took 3 hours! Bella was a champ and she is now a legal US Citizen!

We also spent 2 hours with Birth Mom, what an emotional yet special 2 hours. I want to share more on this, but I am exhausted. I will try and post more on that later.

Tomorrow we are heading to Antigua with 2 other couples.

Bella is a charmer, you just cant help but fall in love with her.

Love to all, Susie


4.0 said...

Wow! Congratulations! What a nice addition to the family, she makes! It will be so great to meet Bella the American once she comes home! Love, Pam

blessedmommy said...

There are NO words to tell you how happy I am for you!! I am SO reliving all this as you go through it. Cannot wait to meet Bella, she is beautiful! You better watch out, Josh keeps asking to see Bella on the computer. He has fallen for her already! Looking forward to seeing you walk down that hallway at the airport very SOON!

Sue :o)
PS I got a BOGO coupon to Beaners. I'll be bringing over Teddy Bears next week :o)!!!

Mary Ann said...

Yeah!!! What a happy day!! She is so cute in her little Embassy outfit!!

Mary Ann

Sandra & Tom said...

Thank you for keeping us posted.. This has been great to see your special time in Guatemala. The girls have loved seeing all the pictures. see you Saturday!! Love Sandra

The Jeltemas said...

What wonderful pictures of the 3 of you, really beautiful! Can't wait to hear when you are coming home so we can meet this beauty...

Brian and Jenifer VanZanten said...

What a joy to read your blog each day! I am so very, very excited to meet Sweet Bella. I am praising God that you were able to spend some special time with birthmom. I can't wait to hear more on that meeting. Many blessings as you enjoy this amazing journey!
Love, Jenifer