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, August 20, 2008

A day at the Beach with Friends






We spent a day with our friends the Harkema's at Lake Michigan Monday. So fun to have the Guat Tot's together. Bella was a little off that day, not her normally smiley self. She is all smiles at home, but you take her out of her normal environment, and she gets a little nervous. The kids had a great time playing in the waves, and the big boy got to jump off the pear for the first time.

We are heading to the cottage for the last "ha-ra" of summer. Not sure if I will have internet access, so it may be a couple weeks before I can post again. Hoping to be able to post before Bella's first birthday next week. Oh my goodness, I think of my emotions a year ago...we had been waiting 7 months for our referral, and here we are, a year later and she is home. Glory to God!

God bless, thanks for checking in.

9 comments:

Stacy said...

I hope you can post sooner than later, but in the meantime...
Happy first birthday to your beautiful princess!!!

Have fun at the cottage. We're all a little envious!

Stacy

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

Can we come up for the last HOOP-LAH?! It would be funner with the two of us together! What is Bella's exact birthday...I know I know! Brock's is Sunday and DH's is Tuesday. We are partying Saturday, so cleaning house non-stop! I miss you and your princess (Dave too) so much! Love.

Susie said...

Oh Susie! I want to come live with your family. What's four more people to have in your house, right?! Enjoy the rest of your summer and Happy early Birthday sweet Bella baby! What a blessing you are!

By the way, Ryenn is the same way when she's not in her normal environment--there's always a price to pay after most long outings with her, but she's getting better with it every day. It's hard to believe these milestones are coming up so quickly isn't it . . .

Vanessa said...

Looks like the kids had a ball!!
Enjoy your last summer fun!

Candy said...

Ok I am SO ATTACHED to YOUR COTTAGE...I think you should HOST a GIRLS WEEKEND THERE...HA

Ok I WANT LOTS OF PICTURES of your LAST Trip

Hey when did you take Bella off Formula????

Jaime Salas said...

Your pictures are incredible- what a beautiful family!!!

David and Marianne said...

What fun!!... and Guat Tots, I love it! We'll be celebrating Sarah's 1st birthday soon too... what a beautiful season we're living in!!

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

Come home and post regularly...I am having Ferrick Family Withdrawls! Love, CHeri

Courtney said...

Great pictures...............Bumemr summer is over. I used www.blurb.com to turn my blog into a book. Courtney