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, November 2, 2008

Lady Bug, Halloween, and Birthday!

Pretty Little Ladybug....what happened to your teeth?

Look what I found outside?

Love of My Life....Happy 41st Birthday!!! So very glad you were born. You make my heart happy. I prayed for you and God gave me the desire of my heart in you. I love you!

Dave with "The Boys and His Princess".

Trick or Treating with the cousins.

Joe Joe is not so sure about his cousin Bella.

Grandma and Bella

Halloween not only marks Trick or Treating, costumes and fun for our family, but its also my husbands birthday. Like I said before, he is my treat not my trick. Bella and I are pretty much trapped at home all day as the Leukemia effects her immune system to the point where we are told she has none, so I took her up to the children's hospital today to pick up prescription diaper creme and to visit her nurses in her costume. Grandma came by later for a visit and then I got the boys all dolled up for a night of trick or treating at their cousins. None of the cousins were sick, so we were able to take Bella with us and again, she lit up when seeing her Joe Joe. We get very few smiles during the day from this sweet girl (chemo and steroids make children very grouchy and uncomfortable)....that is really hard for me, but she always smiles when she see's Joe Joe.

On Saturday night, we celebrated Dave's birthday, 41 years! He still looks like my high school sweet heart. Dave and I met our senior year in high school in religion class and started dating...we have been together ever since. Dave was the quiet, obedient, smiley boy sitting next to me in religion class. I was the chatter box and bubbly. However, this sweet man would sit in class and talk my ear off and when the teacher asked a question, he would raise his hand and answer it like he was paying attention. Then the teacher would call on me and I would not have a clue to the answer because I did not have the ability to talk with him while my heart was pitter pattering and listen at the same time. I love you Dave, and I love sharing my life with you and our sweet children. You are truly a gift and a treasure from God.

I have so much on my mind to post, I hope to have time this week to gather those thoughts.

Monday is another big day for Bella, she will be sedated in the morning for a Lumbar Puncture (pulling bone marrow to see how many leukemia cells the chemo is killing, I expect a great result) a spinal tap injecting chemo into her spinal chord (the spinal chord is the first place that active and inactive Leukemia cells try to hide) and she will receive her intervenious chemo. Fortunately for Bella and I, she will not feel any of this. Were believing for a great day.

Blessings to all!


Aimee said...

Bella looks just beautiful and like she had a fun night! My daughter had a very similar costume on!!! Still thinking of you guys daily.

Vanessa said...

I LOVE that first picture!! She's a cute little ladybug!!
My prayers will be with Bella on tommorow and everyday until she's healed!!

Magen said...

What a beautiful ladybug! I am glad that you guys got to get get out and enjoy Halloween. I hope this week of all of her new treatments and tests goes well.
God Bless

nikki said...

Bella looks so cute in her costume!! So glad she got to go out with her cousins!!
Will be praying for you guys this week as Bella has her treatments and tests.

Courtney said...

Bella looks so darn cute in her costume. Sweet girl. Good luck on Monday. Poor peanut, I hope all goes well. Thinking and praying for you guys. happy birthday as well to your hubby. what a sweet story being high school sweethearts. Courtney

Stacy said...

Bella looks SO CUTE in her costume! I could just eat her up! I love your high school sweethearts story.
Praying big time for Monday for you and Bella. Believing with you for a GREAT day!

Anonymous said...

What a cutie! So glad she could go out with her cousins! What a great night!

demp5 said...

I am praising God right now for all the wonderful news that you will hear on Monday! Thank you Jesus that Bella is continuing to improve and that her body is fighting off any infections. Thank you for her mommy's strong faith and kind heart, and thank you for her daddy's birthday.
Your little ladybug is precious!
Believing Him for great things,

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

SO HAPPY that you got to GET OUT of the house! I thought of you, and was praying everyone was well for YOUR sake! You are such a social bug, I know the home duty is hard on you...you know that I'm usually available for a phone conversation (if Malae allows it!ha) Happy Birthday, Big Dave! You don't look a day over 30-ish! I miss you all and love you! Cheri

Mary Ann said...

Susie, Bella is the cutest lady bug I have ever seen! Looks like you all had a great time!

Amanda said...

Bella and your family have been on my heart since I first read of Bella's diagnosis. I'm constantly praying for your strength, comfort and victory in this battle. I'm so proud of your joyfulness in this time of trial. It is inspiring-- and I know that is the Holy Spirit working through you so we may be more faithful.

Despite the fact that we've never met in person, I of course, feel connected to you as an adoptive parent to our angels from Guatemala. I will continue as a prayer warrior for your Bella and family. Please know how much you are loved.

And I love Bella's costume. Gabi's room is all ladybugs. Bella is precious!

Amanda and Gabi Austin

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Joe and Erin said...

Sus, throughout my life I have seen you collect different ladybug items, but you've hit the jackpot this time. I have never seen a ladybug any cuter than this one. You've really out done yourself ... She's a keeper! :-)

The Adoption Journey of Baby King said...

What a beautiful ladybug!

Thinking of you all everyday.

Will and Aileen said...

Bella is a beautiful little ladybug! We pray that all of the news tomorrow is not just good, but fantastic!

Rhonda said...

She is just the most beautiful ladybug ever. Praying so much for your little one and hope to hear that you have awesome news today.
blessings, Rhonda

Our Family of 5 said...

Bella is just a beautiful little lady bug. Sending up many prayers for Bella and her test on Monday!

Robyn said...

What a beautiful ladybug!! I am continuing the prayers for Bella!!

The gFamily said...

Bella is a beautiful ladybug! I love that costume!! I pray that you and Bella are able to rest after your day! Believing God for miracles!

One Busy Momma said...

What a beautiful ladybug!!!!!!!

Keeping Bella and your family in our thoughts.


Jaime Salas said...

Love the photo's!!! Where did you get that cute lady bug costume!?

Prayers to your little Bella...

Anonymous said...

I saw your link from Randy's care page. I'm a friend of Sue H as well. I just quick skimmed down your blog. My breath was seriously taken away on the 4th photo of your daughter on this post. It is amazing. She is so beautiful. Blessings to your family.