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, May 28, 2008

Opening the Cottage!

Memorial Weekend has always been the long time tradition of "Opening the Cottage"! When my boys were little, the use to chant the entire 45 min drive "the cottage, the cottage, the cottage". So cute, hopefully they teach Bella. What a wonderful time spent with my parents, sibblings, nieces and nephews. This is our life for the summer...thank you God for this amazing blessing, thanks to my parents as well. :)

The weather was wonderful, for the most part, it was sunny. We had 2 warms days and 2 cooler days, and the boys all managed to get a nice sunburn because their Mom forgot all about sunscreen. Ugh....I have never done that. Little Ms. Ladybug is already sporting an awesome tan. We enjoyed time at the beach, laughs, even managed to get the docks in and the shore stations which is always entertaining to us girls who sit on the beach directing the boys. Bella did so amazingly well, she just seems to adapt where ever we go, as long as we are with her. She loves her cousins...and Grandpa, oh he is the King Kahuna! He has Ring Pops. I will post those pictures later this week. I so love my family, I am blessed beyond compare to have most of my siblings in town as well as my parents. We sincerely enjoy each other and spend most of our time together laughing.

Bella was not too sure about the sand, but eventually decided it was pretty fun to eat! She really liked the hammock as does her Mom.

Hope everyone had a blessed holiday weekend.



Carla said...

Susie, what a beautiful family you have. I love your photos. The cottage looks like a beautiful place. Glad to hear that Bella is adjusting well.

Pam L said...

I love the pictures!!! And what a wonderful place to spend the summer.....at the beach, a little bit of heaven on earth :)
So glad to see all of you so happy!
Blessings, Blessings, Blessings!

4.0 said...

Okay when is the party? HA! Can't wait to see you all this weekend! Love, Pam

Mary Ann said...

Looks like a fun weekend!

lovingourtwoguys said...

The Cottage sounds amazing!! What beautiful pics!!