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!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Challenges, Yet Peace

So the first picture is my Nikola, technically my nephew, but when get's home next week, he is all mine! Is he not the cutest little thing? I kid you not, I have the most beautiful 9 nieces and nephews in the world. Everyone of them gorgeous and uniquely perfect, I just love them.

Well, we had a bit of a rough week with Bella's chemo. A couple weeks ago when Bella had a flu bug, she had to have her blood drawn by a different nurse and it was not a happy experience for her. Bella is a child that requires earned trust. So this past week on Monday when they tried to access a vein, she was not thrilled even though it was her regular nurse. Her veins were week from the the flu bug and on top of that, she worked her self up in to a terrible fearful fit. So after 5 poke efforts, they stopped and rescheduled us to come back Thursday. We did, and went through the same thing again, only this time, after 4 pokes, her nurse threw everything done and said "that's it, were done, were putting in a port". Nurse Mary was broken hearted as Nurse John and they quickly made the executive decision that Bella needs a port. They love her dearly and they just don't want to see her suffer needlessly and either do we. So Tuesday afternoon Bella will have minor surgery to have an internal port installed in her chest that will allow the nurses and doctors easy access and no pain for Bella. So, with the benefits of no chemo and no steroids this week, I took Bella took the park and we had a great time playing together on the slides and swings in the 60 degree sunshine. God as always made good of an ugly situation and we have wasted no time enjoying our steroid free princess.

Our oldest Nate is in his high school musical "Cinderella", last night was opening night. We took Bella along and she really did enjoy it, however, every time the lights went out for a scene change she would yell "all done" and you could hear the entire auditorium chuckling. Every time Nate was on stage she would yell "See Nate, See Nate!". Sadly, he did not hear any of it.

We are absolutely loving this Indian Summer week we are having in November, so completely out of the ordinary. The heat has been off and the doors and windows have been open. We took the liberty to put up the Christmas lights as all to soon, the snow flakes will be flying, but oh how we love the snow.

Have a blessed week, again, we so appreciate all the prayers and warm thoughts. God is so faithful and we receive Bella's healing every day!


Susie said...

Love the update! So glad that you were and are able to savor every moment of time that Bella is herself and healthy enough to be out and about. I especially live the story about the play--that is sooooo Ryenn! Hugs from Okieland!

The Vukics said...

That little boy is adorable!

Bella is really growing up - I can't believe it.

Gotta go, little guy is waking up - argh!

Aggie said...

We will be praying that all goes well when Bella gets her port. Thank God that she will not have to have all those pokes anymore :(

Gardenia said...

beautiful baby boy. love his name. and adorable beautiful Bella. continuing to Pray for her and your family, and that her port surgery goes without a hitch next week.

Cheri said...

I decided I better check on you! I know I've been awful about keeping in touch! LONG hours are no excuse. I'll pray for our girl and her mama tomorrow. Let me know as you have time. love.

Joy Winner-or-Whiner said...

I haven't been to a school play in a long time. Those are the best..especially when family is starring in them!

Rhonda said...

So sorry about poor Bella's experience with the flu and then the blood draws. Awwww, just a cutie pie that little nephew of yours!!! Blessings, Rhonda

Michelle Riggs said...

You will love the port. It takes a little getting used to, but it is so much easier.

I LOVE all of the pics. Bella looks more beautiful every time I see her.She is gorgeous.

Momma said...

Hi checking in on Precious, Precious Bella and the rest of the Ferricks. Praying everything went well. Please let us know how everything went just as soon as you can.


The gFamily said...

What a cute baby!!

Thanks for the update! I am glad that Bella won't have to get poked so often now! I am praying her surgery goes well! Bella looks great and I am glad you got to enjoy the beautiful weather at the park!

Joanna said...

I am going to steal your nephew...oh my gosh, precious. I'm so sad to hear about Bella and the port. :( But your optimistism is so beautiful, for both of you. So glad you got to play in the park with your beautiful little princess. Just say no to pokes. :)

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Amanda said...

I love hearing about your beautiful family! So sweet. Hope Bella is doing better with her port. I'm surprised they hadn't done it before... less pain and trauma. Incredibly sweet, beautiful girl.

Amanda and Gabi