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, February 12, 2009

Family Pictures















"So now faith, hope and love abide; but the greatest of these is love."
1 COR 13:13

My friend Jen took these photos for us about 6 weeks after Bella began treatment. I wanted to have photos taken before she lost her hair, the unfortunate thing is that she was on steroids which not only alters her look but also her personality. These pics definitely captured that time, but more importantly, they captured the love we have for each other and Bella as well as the adoration the boys have for their little sister. I praise God daily for giving me my hearts desire in my husband and children.


25 comments:

nancy H said...

The pictures are beautiful Susie. Jen did a lovely job. They will be precious to you in the future when you look at them a remember the joy that the Lord maintained in all of you despite the trials. And remembering you will remain strong. I hope you have one of these set aside for us. I love you all, XOMom

Gail said...

Susie,
These are wonderful pictures!! You have such beautiful children and the love you all have for each other is so evident.
Gail

GinaMarie said...

Those pictures turned out so beautiful!! You can DEFINITLY see the love you have for each other and for Bella! I love the ballerina!
Blessings,
Gina Marie
www.caringbridge.org/visit/noahhaugh

capperson said...

These pics are great. You have a beautiful family and she is darling :)

Pineapple Princess said...

Absolutely stunning! What a great job your friend did capturing the warmth and joy in your family. What an amazing family you have!

Leslie said...

wow i love those photos!!!

Bella has that same look abby does when she has on her tutu!!! LOL

hugs,Leslie

Vanessa said...

The pictures look great!!

Susie said...

What wonderful pics! As usual, your family is a good lookin' bunch! You're blessed beyond words--hope the boys had fun skiing and are home safe or will be soon.

Joe and Erin said...

Absolutely beautiful, Sus. Really.
~Erin

Rhonda said...

Those are absolutely the most adorable and loving pictures. Thanks for sharing them with us :-)

Marielle said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures of your loving familie.
Just love the picture of the boys and bella, with bella smiling so beatuiful

demp5 said...

Susie,
these pictures are so precious - as you well know. I hope that the boys had a blast on their ski trip, and you and Bella got to have some good girl time.
Meghan

MAUREEN said...

What a BEAUTIFUL family...!! I loved seeing these pictures. Your family is so special!

Mary Ann said...

Susie.... I love all the pictures! They are beautiful!!!! Your boys are getting so big too!I LOVE B&W Photos! They are timeless!

Heather said...

Beautiful pictures.Steroids and all.You have a gorgeous family and how very blessed you are.Prayers that Bella continues to weather this storm in the amazing fashion that she has been!

The Adoption Journey of Baby King said...

Beautiful pictures! What a beautiful family. The love for everyone is definitely seen!

Alex and Sam said...

susie.
what great pics!!! you have a beautiful family

alex

Our Family of 5 said...

What a beautiful family! The pictures are just stunning!!

Cheri (prounounced Cherry...really!) said...

I LOVE THE PICTURES!!! I want one for my shelf. You look beautiful!!!!

The gFamily said...

Absolutely beautiful pics!! Your boys are SO handsome and Bella, of course, is a beautiful princess! Mom and Dad look great too!! Thanks for sharing!!

Stacey said...

Beautiful pictures of your family! I also have three sons and would love to have a baby girl!!

Rachel said...

You have a beautiful family. I will be praying for Bella.

Jaime Salas said...

The photo's are stunning! Your family is beautiful.

Praying for your sweet little girl. Wishing your son a wonderful Birthday. ;)

La Familia Garcia said...

Talk about some sweet pictures! What a great memory!

Vashti said...

I just found your blog! Your family is stunning. I am praying for Beautiful Bella.
God Bless your family and give you strength to endure.
Vashti