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, September 14, 2008

Catching Up!

"I'm riding in my PINK Cadillac"

What, where's the "junk in my trunk"

My Mom got Bella this outfit for her birthday, its so cute.

Grandma, Grandpa, Bella and cousin Max

Bella, Her Boys, and Max

Bella and her arranged marriage partner, Josh at the AGCI Picnic

Very special friend, Jenifer and Ana

Friends at Hannah's Hope Orphanage and in life

Sissel and Tiffany at the cottage after the Picnic

Our ND cheerleader

Let me just start by saying "How great is our God!". No other reason than to praise Him. To give Him glory, that's always my number one goal....all of Him, none of me.

So this is my effort in getting caught up on my blogging of Bella. Thankfully, it was a busy week in Real Estate and I chose to give my free time to my sweet family.

We had one more birthday gathering for Bella with Dave's parents. They purchased Bella her first set of wheel's....I have to say, this was one of my favorite gifts. There is a PINK car in my garage! How fun is that?! Bella is now crawling all over the place, going up and down the stairs, walking along furniture, standing and squatting with out support, she could totally walk if she wanted, but she doesn't. She now weighs 22 lbs and is 30" long, in the 75% on the US charts, so I have a BIG Guatemalan, however, she is still in size 2 shoes, boarding size 3, she has the tiniest feet. According to her Pediatrician, she is ahead of schedule with her development and is now starting to say several words and associate them appropriately; Mama, Dada, Boo (book), Ba (ball), she say's Mmmmm for Moo like a cow, can point to pictures in a book when I ask her "where's...." and my favorite new Bella thing-she is giving kisses! Oh my heart...she just lays her little head on our shoulder, puts her arm around our necks and gives us pats on the back and then looks at us and gives us kisses. Its just the best.

The boys are really taking off with their music, in case I have not shared this yet, Nate play's Electric and Acoustic Guitar and JAke is on the drums. Sam is just learning Piano. The neighbor boy plays base, so I have a constant rock bond going on at my house, its a little loud. They are really quite good, they scary part is that I know their music. They are playing songs from "Guns n Roses", "Metalica", "VanHalen". Fortunately, they do not sing or know the words, but they love the Rock. I am holding out for a little Christian Rock and believing it will come in time. I would love nothing more than to see them playing in our church's band.

We had our Adoption Agency's picnic last weekend, it was so wonderful to meet all the families and to see old friends again. We spent last weekend at the cottage with our adoption friends and then said good bye to the cottage for the season. Sad.... We love that place so. We can head up any time, but its just not the same with out the whole fam, both cottages lit up and "Jimmy Buffet" playing. I miss you fam!

This weekend was quiet and wet, my goodness, it has been raining for 3 days and many areas of town are flooded. Cant even imagine what it is like in Texas. On a fabulous note, Notre Dame beat Michigan this weekend, Go IRISH!

May the Lord bless all of you, here is to a wonderful week full of joy.


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

Thanks for updating your blog. You won't believe this, our daughter's are doing exactly the same things down to kisses, pats, shoe size and weight! I could cut and paste your post to mine!ha! WE miss you and WE must make plans for a visit! Love, Your Missouri Sister

Courtney said...

Love all the new pictures. Ok, you need to email me. cstarry1@new.rr.com. I found you a pink ND cheerleading outfit. On another note, my dad went to college at ND and played football. They go back every year for the alum. game. Courtney

Susie said...

Love Bella's car, and I wish I could hear the boy band you've got brewing! As always your faith is an inspiration to me. I, too, hope our paths cross one day . . .

The other other Susie

The Adoption Journey of Baby King said...

love the new car. it is great the boys love their music. my oldest is great on the piano, but only likes to tinker with it on his own.