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, March 12, 2009

Rock A Bye Baby....

Our sweet baby girl. This has been a little bit rougher week with chemo and steroids, but overall, she has done amazingly well, were home and NOT in the hospital and I am not expecting to go back! That's my confession and I am sticking to it.

Bella was not feeling well today and just wanted to be rocked, this is tonight after an hour long cry in my arms in the rocking chair. I would not have traded this moment for anything in the world, in fact, she fell asleep with in 10 minutes after rocking her to sleep and I continued to rock her for an hour. As I looked down at her sweet little face and bald head, all I could see was my baby. The same baby I held at 3 weeks of age. I knew her hair loss would be difficult, and the first day it started to fall, it was, but now, I find joy in seeing my baby again, of touching her perfectly smooth little head and I rejoice in the fact that this time I will be given the privilege of watching all that beautiful shiny black hair grow in the months to come. I missed that her first 8 months. I knew with all my heart that God would replace the time lost, I just had no idea that it would be so perfectly wonderful. Isn't that crazy? Who would ever have thought that chemo side effects would have joy. Yet He promised there was joy in all things...I love looking for those moments every day.


Leslie said...

awwww sweet girl!!!

I know someone had said to me when i was sad that i missed out of 8months of my abbys life.."think of all the Years and years of memories you will NOW have of this girl"...i felt much better 6 months isnt too bad!


Pineapple Princess said...

Bella is just so beautiful- even when she is asleep!

Not a day goes by that we don't pray for you all.

Thank you for encouraging my faith.

Alex and Sam said...

praying for better days ahead!!!


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

Sweet Baby Bella, May God wrap his healing hands around you. May you have a good day that is comfortable and painfree.

nikki said...

She is just so beautiful!!
Sorry she is having a rough week. Praying for your sweet little baby!!
I really admire your strength and attitude Susie!!! You are such an amazing Mom!!!

Vanessa said...

I continue to pray for Bella and I'm glad God is providing you moments of joy in this time of trial!

Susie said...

Your spirit is truly inspiring to me!

The Burk Family said...

I too am always in awe at the good and precious gifts God seems to hand us during our trials. Like any parent LOVES to bless or even spoil His children during hard times! When we become children of God, there is joy in EVERY circumstance! We just have to be willing to see it.

I am so blessed by your willingness to always see the GOODNESS of the Lord.

Great things are heading your way! :)

Love in Christ,
Dana Burk

Barb said...

She's still beautiful...when I see her all I can think of is...how blessed you are to have her and she you and your family!!! Give her an extra hug again for us..
the Harkemas

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Hooray for JOY - thank you, God!! :)

Jaimee said...

She is soooo sweet, I love that photo! And, it's so wonderful that you have been able to concentrate on the positive things. You are amazing!!! I can't wait to see all of Bella's fun hats, headbands, etc. And, I love her bald head too, her eyes shine even brighter. :-) Always praying for you!!!