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, June 4, 2008

Video of our Adoption Journey

Photo and video editing at www.OneTrueMedia.com

I put this still photo video clip together for Bella's Welcome Home Party so that others could experience our journey. Warning, it's 9 1/2 min. long. Please don't feel you have to watch the whole thing, but I wanted to share it with all my blogging buddies. The two songs carried me through the process and absolutely are an expression of my heart for God.

I continue to stand in amazement of God. I truly understand and know what it means to be an "adopted child of God". I hold my daughter and am utterly dropped to my knees by the overwhelming gift of her. One of the biggest questions I am asked is "Is the love the same?" Meaning, do you love her the same way you love your biological boys. I take no offense to this question and the answer is always a resounding YES! And that's what amazes me, our heavenly Father loves us the same way we love Bella. He looks at us and sees Christ, I look at her and see my daughter.

The journey is hard, its a pain I never experienced when pregnant. My pregnancies were all very normal, any discomfort I had with my pregnancy had nothing to do with worry...I was just pregnant and big. But with adoption, my heart hurt often, my emotions if I allowed them were on a roller coaster ride, and yet through it all, my God's steadfast love and Word was always near, with in reach, a reality. Had we not gone through the wait, the experience, the journey, I would not know Him the way I do today. I would not have ever experienced the true love of our God. It's worth everything! Every tear, frustration, disappointment, and time lost...its worth it. And God has more than made up for that time lost exactly as He promised He would "for I will replace the years the locust have took".

For those still in process, God has perfectly designed your journey just for you, and He will not be late! My prayer is not just that your child is home, but that you receive all He has in store for you through this journey. I have stood in His glory, and when you do, its like a really good dream that you don't want to wake up from. You know the kind, the ones where you try to fall back asleep and hope it continues. That's what its like to stand in His glory, and once you do, you never want to leave.

God Bless, Susie


Julio said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!
Made me cry and gave
me HOPE!!!!

Stacy said...

BEAUTIFUL journey and video of Bella and how God has answered your prayers! He is faithful!!!


Jenne said...

Awesome video! Made me cry! That's great that you got to meet the birthmom. I wish we would of.
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One Busy Momma said...

Beautiful video!!!!


Pam L said...

I get as far as the words "My Faithful Father" and then it stops. Maybe that's the message for me. My God is and always will be "Faithful" and I just need to hear it over and over (because I've tried and tried to see the video so I've heard it several times) I'm sure it's beautiful!
You have been such support over this journey and right now it is getting especially hard! As you well know the "no news" times are the worst. But I KNOW my God is FAITHFUL and will carry us through this walk. I just hope I'm not using a cane by the time we get there ;)

lovingourtwoguys said...

That is just so beautiful and what a wonderful video. Break out the Kleenex!

P.S. To the message on my blog about using the UNICEF posting, of course you can!! The more we get the word out, the better.


Chris & Lindsey Wheeler said...

AMAZING!!!! You are such an encouragement to me.

Susie said...

Wow! What a wonderful way to recap your journey. You are an inspiration to so many. Bella is beautiful! Thanks for sharing this!