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!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Still Chillin

You cant see them, but Bella has in two "piggy's", she looked like Cindy Lou Who.

This is what happens when you turn your head for two seconds and you have a crawler. She loves paper, hours of enjoyment. Only problem is, she wants to eat it.

Nate diving off the Pontoon Boat

Sam jumping

Jake Jumping

My three sons, being silly with the pontoons life preservers. All 3 are strong swimmers and thought it would be funny to float around in the middle of the lake with them on.

As Bella's hair grows, its getting a little wave to it, especially when it gets wet. This picture reminds me of the "jokers" hair from batman.

Were still chillin at the cottage! We are now home a few days so that I can get some things done, but we are heading back by Wednesday. We are so blessed to have this gathering place for all of us to spend together. The kids love hanging with their cousins all summer long, there is never a dull moment.

Bella continues to make rapid mile stones. Yesterday, her two front teeth broke through giving her 4 teeth with the 5th making every effort to make its appearance. Today, she pulled herself up for the first time from a sitting position to standing....I'm wondering if tonight will be a challenge in her crib. She's not quit sure how to get down once she gets up.

Not much else is knew, praying for all the other Guat children to get home.

Blessings to all!


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

Thanks for the update, Sus! I can't believe how much Bella Boo is growing and changing! I could so see her dog ears in the first pic. So cute! Glad things are going smoothly. We have a Billy Goat in our house too! Malae wants to eat paper! love, Cheri

Candy said...

Oh YEA girl still GREEN with ENVY that you get to CHILL at a COTTAGE and the kids have so many AWESOME COUSINS to hand out with...HUGS

Auntie G said...

Sounds like Bella and Johanna have the same diet . . . paper. I joke about changing Johanna's name to Dyson, Hoover or Kirby. She keeps the floor clean of debris. LOL

Susie said...

Oh Susie! What a great family you have! Bella is growing up just like Ryenn . . . too fast and adorable to boot! Time flies and our God IS great to bring us these blessings. Enjoy the rest of your time at the cabin!

Julia said...

You have a precious family! I love Bella's beautiful hair!

The gFamily said...

Love the pigtails! Absolutely adorable!!

The cottage looks like so much fun! Family time is SO important!!