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!

Monday, October 13, 2008


Dressed up kids

Enterance in to the front of our home

Our Family Room...I literally wallpapered our cream colored walls with brick wall paper, spider webs and orange lights. Our ceiling is red and the fireplace and trim are already black. We made our own dance floor and painted it black and have a ground fogger for when the party starts. Our good friend Brad is a DJ and blessed the party with his equipment and talents.

My Three Sons last year.

Let's get this party started right...by dancing!

My brother John and I

2 weeks and counting....the conversion has begun! Here are a few pics from last years Halloween Party. My kids love this, it takes me 2 weeks to convert our home, but like I said, I get "cool Mom" award for at least a month. Last years my oldest sons's friends were saying "you live in a haunted house, for the entire month of October?" I have no idea why a couple of the pics uploaded sideways, I tried to correct it, but they keep loading this way.

Bella is improving, but its slow. She is finally eating a little bit, her fever is gone, and we have gone from not sleeping to sleeping non-stop.

We went to the apple orchard Saturday to pick pumpkins and apples. Bella did pretty well, but still, slept a lot.

Thanks for checking in.


Susie said...

Alright--I'm going to check out airfare to see if I can afford to come to this shindig for a few hours! Holy moly that's awesome! I can't wait to hear all about it!

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

I LOVE to get all dressed up and party! When are you throwing this party this year!?! I want to surprise you!!!! Wouldn't that just be awesome. I miss you. Love.

DJ Holly Rock said...


I'm commenting on an old post because I wanted to give you some info that I didn't want to look like advertising on a newer post. My mom and I supply Abby Riggs with all of the headwear that you see her wearing in all of her pictures. We send her care packages every week to two weeks full of kid-size bandanas and bowdanas which is basically a bandana that has button-holes so that you can slide a bow into it(we created it especially for Abby). My mom has a headwear website and makes headwear(mainly surgical caps) and I have a bow website. Abby LOVES all of her hats and bows and so does Michelle.

I would love to do the same for you guys. We don't want any plugs or advertisements of any kind, we just want to help make Bella(and your family) a little happier.

My two kids were also adopted from Guatemala(they are 2.5 and 1.5 and bio siblings) and I can't even imagine what you are going through.

We have over 1000 fabrics for you to choose from or we can just surprise you like we do to Abby. We have Blue's Clues, princesses, Disney and absolutely anything you can imagine, with a matching bow for them ALL. Just let us know what Bella likes and we will deliver.

Please contact me at hollygirlone@gmail.com

Michelle will vouch for me:)

:)Holly Grigoli
Mommy to Gia and Nino