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!


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hope in the Storm


I want to go home


Feeling better and playing with toys again.


Bella and her favorite nurse Nancee.


Bella and her boys, they are so ready to have both of us home.

Today had moments of joy and moments of emotional heartache. Bella is really tolerating things well, but she is burned out on all the poking and prodding. Today she had her second round of Chemo via a shot in her Femur muscle. It was followed by a temp check, blood pressure check and heart check, 3 oral medications and then a dressing change for her port. It was unfortunately emotionally traumatic for her, but she is filled with the spirit and quit resilient and she bounced back after an hour and half nap with her Daddy rocking her. The hard part for me was her crying...screaming and the fact that I had to change her dressing as we will have to do this at home. On the joyful side, Bella gave many smiles today, a big snuggle to Nancee her nurse who is amazing and played with her toys and snuggled her Mom while reading books in our bed. We had to special visitors in the morning...my friend Sue and sister-in-law Tiff with Bella's cousin Joey. Bella just lit up when she seen him come in the door. I felt bad for her as she wanted to touch him but couldn't.

The plan is that we go home tomorrow...and that's what I am planning on! I am so anxious to be home with our boys and snuggled up close to my husband in bed. I am looking forward to a day of no "vital checks", doctor visits, Leukemia Info meetings, social worker checks, etc. I cant even have a single conversation with out some kind of medical interruption. My head is spinning with information and I cant seem to really get a grip to what is happening and how this will effect our lives, yet I have peace in this storm, peace in the Lord and His promise to Bella and our family. We have seen the face of Jesus more times than we can count in the last 8 days, I pray every day that I notice the big and the tiniest of blessings God sends our way.

It was one week ago today that we were informed of this diagnosis, at this time, they were desperately trying to get an IV in Bella for a blood transfusion because her levels were dangerously low. It was a night that I wont forget, yet their are moments I do not even remember. Life took on a whole new meaning, and I became very aware of how fragile this physical world is and how dependent we truly are on our God. I know Jesus personally, and I cant even imagine this walk with out Him. The adoption journey prepared us for this next journey, and we expect nothing less of God, another victory in the life of the Ferricks.






20 comments:

Brian and Jenifer VanZanten said...

What a doll!!! She is looking SO much healthier!!! I can't believe how different her coloring looks already! (I guess the tres amigos really do have the same skin-tone! :-) Praise God for the blessings you have experienced so far, and the many more that are ahead. We continue to pray for you daily. Lots of hugs, Dear Friend. I look forward to hearing about a cozy night of sleep in your own bed.
Love and Prayers,
Jenifer

Susie said...

I'm so glad you get to go home soon. I think about your family all day, every day, and pray that you feel peace and happiness during this crazy time. With this post, I know you're feeling the prayers. You truly inspire me. Sending hugs from Oklahoma . . .

the other other Susie

Vanessa said...

My prayers are still with you and your family!! My heart is so full of emotions reading your journey and I want you to know I'm praying for nothing short of a COMPLETE healing for Bella!! Just remember God only gives us what we can handle and through this journey He is preparing you to help those whose children come to this in the future!! He will strengthen you and provide you courage in your moments of sorrow! Hold you chin up and know LOTS of prayers are being lifted for Bella and before you know it she'll be healed and you'll have witnessed another miracle in your life!! Cyber hugs coming your way!

ConnieRae said...

She is SO beautiful!!!!! I am humbled by the faith you have and pray that God will continue to sustain and strengthen you in the hours and days ahead. We'll be praying too that she'll be protected from any germs that may invade her little body, so she can be at home. We love you and wish we could be there for you in a more tangible way. Love, Connie, Mike and the girls.

Kim and Xochitl Clara said...

The Lord always has a plan, and that is evident in his bringing Bella to you. You are obviously just the family that was meant to be hers...had she be raised in Guatemala she likely wouldn't have survived this. He must have something very special planned for her life to align so many things (your family, expert doctors...) to help her get through this challenge. Bless her, bless you, and bless your whole family. You will be in our thoughts and our prayers. Kim and Xochitl
http://xochitlclara.blogspot.com

Candy said...

OH MY GOSH...I am shaking and crying so many tears for you....I really can't even write this comment...we just got home from vacation we left the day before you posted the first post about Bella...The last post I saw was the FUN Halloween Party...girl I really had to check this BLOG a few times to make sure I was on the right BLOG and and and I am in shock...NOT BELLA...NOT YOU...Why another one of my Great Friends going thru this. I am going to be praying for you al especailly SWEET BELLA...Oh girl I am going to call you tomorrow. LOVE YOU ALL Candy, Kya, and Jagger

Rhonda said...

I am so sorry to hear of the news and am saying so many prayers for your sweet little girl. She is truly soooo adorable and I just know she has so many angels watching over her.
Blessings.....Rhonda

Trish said...

Hi girlfriends, I hope you are sleeping and that early in the day the Drs will write discharge orders and you will go spend quality time with the boys. I am so proud of the way you all have journeyed the last week. It has not been easy but you have pressed on in the storm. I know God will prepare the way for what the future holds. Celebrate well this weekend....sorry to miss it!

Ashley said...

Hi, I am very sorry to hear about your beautiful little girl.

However, I wanted to ask that you reconsider keeping your home address listed on your public blog. Your blog is going to be circulated around, and you have no idea what kind of creepo could be looking. Maybe you could replace it with an e-mail and that way you can give it out that way. A little more safe.

Kelly said...

You are all in my prayers.

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

So glad you are headed home. love, Cheri

Courtney said...

Oh Susie...You and your family are always on my mind. I pray for Bella so she continues to stay strong and have the strength she needs to fight. I am so happy to hear you are going home. I hope all goes well. Enjoy your family. Let me know what I can do for you. Courtney

Carrie said...

I just found your blog from Sarah's. My heart, love, and prayers go out to your and your sweet Bella for a peace and health and happiness. You are so strong. I just read your story. We are thinking of you and praying for you. Our daughter from Guatemala is 2 1/2. My blog is private because we are in process to adopt from Kazakhstan right now.

Love and prayers,
Carrie and Savannah

nikki said...

Found your blog from Candy's. So sorry to read about this battle that your little girl will be fighting. As a childhood cancer servivor myself, I remember the emotional rollercoaster of that first week. God will be holding your family in the palm of his hand during this battle.
Prayers and hugs
Nikki

Amy said...

I'm praying everyday for your daughter.
Hugs from Florida from a fellow guateamama

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

I'm back to being your "blog stalker" like before the girls got home! Praying you went home at 4pm today! Enjoy your Halloween party...can't wait to see pics!

Sig said...

After you hear the word cancer, you realize how much faith you really have. It changes your world. Now that I am at the tail end of it, it is even more apparent.
Hang on to every moment, they are blessings.
Hugs.

The Jeltemas said...

So happy to hear you're going home!
With continued prayers we lift you all up knowing that God truly is faithful and that you are not alone on this new road in the journey. Bella looks so beautiful and happy, what a treasure she is.

Stacy said...

We are out of town, but HAD TO check in on you.
I am always in prayer for your doll baby!!!

Leslie said...

YOur family is in our prayers!! Your baby girl is just beautiful!!!

Many prayers from Guate-Mama to another!

Peace,Leslie