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!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Busy Week!


I love this picture of the Mama! How many of you Mom's feel this way at times? Oh my goodness, I laughed so hard when she walked by me. I love you Mart!

Roughing It! Life at the cottage, could it get any better?

Bella and her cousin Joey. Their first experience with bubbles. Bella reacted the same way she does when water splashes in her face.

The Cool Cousin, my son Nate. He was playing his electric guitar and quickly drew a crowd.

My Sam....any sport, any time, any place.

Bella and her Grandpa (My Dad)

The grandparents at Dedication

Family Photo after Bella's Dedication. For us, this was only a formality. Truly, Bella was dedicated to the Lord before she was even conceived.

Phew! What a week. Seems like we were racing around all week long. Many new firsts for Bella, ears pierced, meeting my friend Martha's Puppies, first time on the trampoline, Sammy's last baseball game, weekend at the cottage and Dedication on Fathers Day. Bella is either feeling the effects of teething or the several different hands that have held her and I am not sure which it is. She has been very fussy the last 3 days, only wanting me to hold her and letting others know by verbally fussing. So we plan to lay low the next few days and see what happens. She has only been home 6 weeks, and she came home to several people who love her so dearly. The last family from our area and agency is bringing their daughter home tomorrow. They picked up their daughter Anaya the same day we picked up Bella, only they did not have their Birth Certificate yet and fostered in Antigua. Tomorrow is a big day for this family and we are so excited to meet them at the airport and welcome them home as well as celebrate the end of this journey and the beginning of the next.

Thanks for checking in, looking forward to a little quieter week this week.

God Bless.


Cheri (prounounced like the tree, like the fruit, as in Cherry Pie) said...

Malaena-Sloan is in her crib fretting in her sleep...darn teething! We are laying low tomorrow, too...well, that is the plan. Miss y'all and so glad you posted a new family photo...awesome. We have yet to take one...shame on Mama. Love.

Courtney said...

I love her swimming suit. Where did you get it ??? And, her earrings are too cute. Courtney

Mary Ann said...

Susie, those pictures are just too precious!
Mary Ann