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!


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Irish Eyes are Smiling....


3 Leprechauns and 1 Wild Irish Rose




I just love these chubby little fingers, and she sure loves McDonald's Nuggets.


Yup, were Irish! Well at least the boys and I, Dave and Bella are adopted into the Irish Heritage. It was the most beautiful St. Patrick's Day I ever remember, 72 degrees, sunny and blue skies! Bella and I had a McDonald's picnic on the front porch, we all went on a bike ride and we ended the day with green "Guatemalan Corn Cake". Last year I spent an entire day cooking Irish food and nobody liked it, green cake is much easier.

Tomorrow starts round 2 of "Dealyed Intensification", not only does Bella get a spinal tap, but an all day chemo drip...it will be a long day and I am going prepared with things for both of us to do. Also, to clarify things and not confuse any one, "Delayed Intensification lasts 4 weeks", it is the last round of the intense chemo, but we still have 1 year and 8 months of treatment after this. I think I may have confused some of you when I said only 3 more treatments left. However, its my understanding that come the middle of June, our life can resume more "normalcy" as the hard part will be behind us. Yet again, we just give Praise to God for being faithful to His Word, Bella has done remarkably well, quit honestly, after the first two months, the worst part has been the steroids.

I am trying to figure out how to shorten some of my video clips so that I can post them. I have a really cute one yesterday of Bella laughing so hard at her brothers jumping on the tramp. Stinking cute!



13 comments:

Leslie said...

It was soo nice here in Ohio too....I miss summer!

Abby loves her nuggets too....

hugs,leslie

The gFamily said...

Ahhh, spring weather is wonderful! I love that Bella is on the porch eating her chicken nuggets! SO cute!!

I will be on my knees praying for tomorrow that it goes well! Big hugs!!

Vanessa said...

That little Irish rose is too cute!! All your kids are gorgeous!

The Burk Family said...

Those pix are just too precious! It's nice to see you celebrating your heritage. My Grandmother actually had quite an unusual mix. She was half Irish and half Cherokee Indian. She had the redest hair with blue green eyes and the prettiest dark complected skin. Definitely unique! Unfortunately she didn't take pride in either heritage. As a matter of fact, her parents hid both of their origins.
I have German and Apache on the other side. So that makes me....uh....a true American! LOL

My prayer focus will definitely be on Bella tomorrow! Call me if there are any specifics that need to be addressed! I have an entire team of prayer warriors standing by!

Believing Bella continues to sail through and comes out of this fire not even smelling of smoke!
(Daniel 3:27)

As always not just praying but Proclaiming Victory in the name of Jesus,
Dana

The Adoption Journey of Baby King said...

It was beautiful here in MO too! We had a great day.

Bella looks sooo good. I love the bows and hats!

I have video of Luca laughing hysterically while Nico is tickling him with an electric toothbrush...I just can't get them loaded!!

Prayers that this last treatment is easy on Bella.

Alex and Sam said...

susie,
your family will be in my thoughts & prayers today!!! as well as every day

alex

Robyn said...

Beautiful pics!! I am continuing the prayers for Bella!!

David and Marianne said...

I love it... a green Guatemalan cake... truly a family that embraces their multi-cultural heritage : ) I love your darling and precious bald beauty!

One Busy Momma said...

Such Cute pics!!!!!!!

Must be some link between tots and their nuggets!!! ;)

Hope the treatments went well.

Pineapple Princess said...

Ahh! I love their St. Patty's Day clothes! You did a great job, Mama!

That cake looks delicious. My mouth is watering right now thinking about it. I'll have to try making one next year. Did you get a green tongue? Ha!

Praying and believing with you as always!!!

The gFamily said...

Just checking back in to say that I am thinking of you and Bella today and praying for you! I am praying for God's amazing strength to touch you in a special way!!

Jaimee said...

Yummmm, that looks good! I love the kids coordinating outfits too. How cute are they!

Rhonda said...

How precious. Love seeing the kids all together. Have a great weekend.