In time for Thanksgiving!

November 22nd, 2010

Last week, we received this remarkable letter with a Samaritan check~

“Dear Joseph and Susanna,

I have learned through many trials, including presently, that nothing comes into our lives that does not pass through God’s hands, and that God is love and is good all the time.

I praise God for forming Verity perfectly in your womb.

I praise God for His healing hand upon her in birth, during and after her surgery, and always.  She must be so precious to the Lord.

May her first thoughts and first word be, ‘Jesus.’

May the Lord draw her heart toward Him from birth and transform her into a woman of strength, valor, love, compassion and joy.

I pray that the Lord would give Verity His heart–a heart that cries for the lost, the hungry, the sick, the needy, and the suffering.

May Verity grow to be a great light in the darkness, drawing many to the love of Jesus shining forth through her.

May the Lord fill her with His joy and laughter.  May her outlook always be bright and hopeful.

May she see all people and circumstances through Jesus’ eyes.

May the Lord’s blessings always be upon you and may you sing of His great love forever.

With love and joy,


To that we say, “Amen.”  May it be so.

We’ve been receiving the last few checks and notes (sixty-one left to come in) from Samaritan members–in time for the best celebration of the year!  Pretty soon we’ll be able to pay the last of the medical bills that stretch all the way back to July.  Thank You, Lord!

There’s something else we’ve been working on since July that just this afternoon came to fruition.

TA-DAAAAAAA!  Verity can kiss! This is the first time she has responded directly to verbal prompting alone, so that there was absolutely no mistaking that she understood what I wanted her to do, and could follow my instructions and example!  I can hardly express what this proof of cognitive processing means to me!  It makes me all the more excited for the future!!!  She still needs to learn to pucker properly, but we’ll take this for now!  We are SO proud of our baby!

By the time we got our act together to catch it on video, she was slowing down, but it’s now preserved for the family archives!

So she can nurse, she can kiss on command–it must be time to teach her how to read!

[Thank you again, Joseph for posting this video using what you described as the “most frustrating piece of equipment it would be possible to work with!”  Hahaha!  You’re getting better at it!]

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16 Responses to “In time for Thanksgiving!”

  1. Anna T says:

    YEA Verity!!  It’s definitely time for her to learn to read : ) !!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, we have so much to be thankful for!!

  2. Jen says:

    She is so adorable!  Every time I see a picture of her, my heart turns into a pile of mush :)  Thank you for sharing :)

  3. Denise says:

    YEAAAA  Verity!!

    She is soooo darling!!!

    This is such a great testament to God’s love and grace– both with your needs being met by other believers and Verity’s progress.

    WOW!!  I am so thrilled for you guys!!

    PS:  Is she nursing w/o all the extras now?  just wondering–

  4. Marilyn Osborn says:

    Tears of joy!  Is that not the most precious thing!?!!!?!!!  WOW!!!!!!!!  Thank you so much for sharing this with us.  I LOVED watching it!!!  She has a huge group of cheerleaders, you know?  :)

  5. sabrina says:

    Yay on the kisses!! What a sweet, smart little girl!!
    What a blessing on the letters and prayers and provisions for her bills. So wonderful to see the church in action.

  6. Joy Horton says:

    AWESOME!!!!!! Thank you SO much for the video!! It’s SO incredible to see what she’s doing!!! And she is JUST beautiful!!!!

  7. Patti P. says:

    Absolutely precious!

  8. Marci says:

    I cried watching her! She is simply adorable and beautiful and oh-so-cute! Congratulations, Verity!

  9. Amy says:

    So super sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for posting! :)

  10. Rebecca ~asplendidtime says:

    Oh that did so make my day!  How wonderful Susanna and Verity!!!

  11. Stephanie Blanchard says:

    Oh amazing!!!! :) (And thank you Joseph for your perserverance!!!)

  12. michele says:

    She is such a beautiful child!!! She gave  me a much needed smile!!!!

  13. That is so sweet!!  Thank you so much for sharing your Verity with us!!

  14. Shari~hotfudgecustard says:

    I’m enjoying that video with you!  So cute!

  15. Kim ~ kdand7 says:

    Verity is so darling!  How wonderful to be able to see her kiss!!  :)  My kids gathered around to see this “cute baby”!  Thank you so much for sharing her with us and sharing your story of God’s grace and goodness!

  16. kris says:

    This video made me smile and brought tears to my eyes…so adorable!

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