Surely I am the most blessed of all women.

December 4th, 2011

[Thank you again, Joseph, for your help. One of these years I’ll catch on! Happy 18th birthday, oldest son of mine. You bless my life.]

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41 Responses to “Surely I am the most blessed of all women.”

  1. Gail Kenyon says:

    I love the videos! 

    Happy Birthday, Joseph!!!!!

  2. Beth in Atlanta says:

    Oh, that great big contented sigh Katie gives when she looks at her Daddy!   Such a precious girl.

    Happy 18th birthday, Joseph!

  3. Deanna says:

    Happy Birthday, Joseph!
    Great video moments, Susanna.  My favorite is Verity saying ‘Hi’.

  4. Barb says:

    I have melted into a big ol’ love puddle watching these videos. Blessed indeed. <3

  5. Anne Ross says:

    Precious.. For all the neglect she endured, knowing she is now loved makes me smile and cry….

  6. stephanie says:

    I keep hitting replay!! How beautiful!! I agree Susanna, you are so blessed!!! Gosh so much beauty to surround yourself with!!!
    And Smarty pants Verity!!!! I’m making Em watch the video too. Maybe she’ll catch…

  7. Jane says:

    Truly, blessed are you.  How wonderful that you recognize the precious gifts in your life.  Loved those videos.  Thank you.
    And Happy Birthday to your blog’s technical engineer…18!  Happy Birthday Joseph! 

  8. Colleen says:

    Happy Birthday, Joseph! These videos are wonderful!!!

  9. Joleigh says:

    Happy Birthday, Joseph!!  Love the videos.  They confirm what I have suspected all along about Verity… she’s a baby genius.  And I predict Katie is going to surprise everyone.  (Except maybe you…) :)  Videos are even more fun than still photos, which we all love.  Happy Sunday!!

  10. That was the most contented sigh I believe I have ever seen.  Just precious. 

  11. Holly says:

    I think I just fainted from the cuteness!!!  Verity is just so sweet and talking so well!  And Katie’s sigh!!  Oh that sigh of contentment is just beautiful!  Thank you for posting these!  Happy Birthday Joseph!!  18 is such a wonderful age!

  12. Joy says:

    More videos, please!! HOW PRECIOUS!!!!!

    Yes, you are truly Blessed, Susanna!!! Rejoicing with you in the beauty all around you!! 

  13. April (justonemorebaby) says:

    You truly, truly are. What beautiful girls. 
    Happy Birthday Joseph!!!! Thank you from Canada for all you do to help your family reach out and touch our lives. 

  14. Elissa says:

    That sigh is very telling. Katie knows it is ok to just soak it all up and take it all in!

  15. BrandyLynn says:

    My husband and I just cannot stop looking at all the wonderful photos and videos of sweet Katie.  The change in her is just magnificent!  Truly blessed is your family to have such an amazing daughter/sister as Katie.  I have not posted often, but we have followed the story of Katie and prayed throughout your long journey.   What a treasure sweet Verity is, too!  She’s an absolute doll as well! 
    Oh, and Happy Birthday Joseph! I pray it is a wonderful time full of those who love you most, and whom you love!

  16. MommyScott (christina) says:

    Just beautiful! :) Thank you for sharing

  17. Carol says:

    Thank you, Joseph! And Happy Birthday! You surely are blessed, Susanna. What a beautiful family you have.
    Do you see the email addresses of those who comment? Because April mentioned she is in Canada, and now I am so curious where! I’d love to contact her if possible.

  18. Katy says:

    That little sigh is the best thing I’ve heard! What an angel. She looks 10000 times better since you all came into her life.  Just think of how well she’ll be doing in another few months!

  19. Joni says:

    I love all of these…they are precious!

  20. Stef says:

    Happy Birthday, Joseph!

  21. <3  Just so VERY precious!  Thanks for letting us see a little bit of what you get to enjoy all the time! :) Praying that the Lord will continue to show HIS might and power through your family.

  22. Happy birthday, Joseph!!!
    What sweet videos!!  Thanks so much for sharing them with us.  Both Verity and Katie are so precious.  :)

  23. Valerie says:

    What a JOY to see Katie live in person! What a treat for us all! I’ll be watching her videos too much!  Keep ’em coming.  She’s such a miracle.  Verity is sooooo sweet!!

  24. Lorena says:

    Her face!!  Katie’s face looks like the face of a happy, loved daughter and sister!!  Your pictures are Just Fine – her face was all I needed to see!  Thanks for thanking the time to share.

  25. Christie says:

    How precious both of those videos are!

  26. Maureen (zingerMama) says:

    That’s lovely!!! Thank you Joselph & happy Birthday!!!!!

    (And it was loved by all here at casa de Zinger! Josh said ‘Play it again!!!!!’)

  27. Missy says:

    So am I strange that I just watched Verity say hi five times in a row? Oh my, I am smitten. I saw Katie rubbing her head with her fingers? Is that one of her self soothing behaviors? It seems pretty mild, not painful. My daughter used to put both thumbs in her mouth together when I brought her home from Romania. Take care of yourself aand snuggle some little ones for those of us without any.

  28. Sonya says:

    These videos are so sweet.  Verity is so smart and I think is going to be teaching Katie “the ropes” before you know it.
    Katie grinning and sighing that great big contented, “I’m in love” sigh just says it all.  Oh, my heart just melted!
    Praising God for this very special time for you family…having everyone home.  Praising Him for the mercy He has given to Katie.  I’ll continue praying that she keeps doing remarkably well and progresses in her transition into your sweet family.

    Thank you for sharing with us.  Happy 18th Birthday, Joseph!

  29. blackhuff says:

    These videos are so sweet. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  30. Penny Putman says:

    So precious!! Thanks for sharing!

  31. Cynthia McClellan says:

    It’s hard to believe Katie is 9 yrs. old…even knowing her story.  But she looks so good.  Personally, I think she has a little glow to her sweet face.  I’ve loved Verity since I stumbled upon your blog several months ago.  God be with you and your family.  So happy you all were able to bring Katie HOME!

  32. debbie fitts says:

    So FUN!!!  I too kept playing Verity’s “hello” over and over. Thanks for sharing.  Hope Joseph had a great day. 


  34. My how she is growing :O) Katie is forever in my prayers and many hugs and kisses are heading her way from me :O)))) God Bless

  35. connie says:

    Not lame at all.  All wonderful news.  Those two are going to be such wonderful playmates.  Rest lots!! :)

  36. Brigette says:

    So happy for you! Rejoicing that your new daughter is home with all of you! Look forward to seeing you soon! Love, Brigette

  37. Stori says:

    Yes, you are! :) please keep sharing.

  38. patti says:

    Happy birthday, Joseph!
    We’re blown away at Verity talking- so clear!!

  39. Holli says:

    I have not read any of the previous comments.  I have followed your blog for some time.  For some reason, the fact that Katie and Verity were the same size just escapsed me!  The pictures of the two of them…well, my heart breaks that a child could be nine years old!  and only be the size of a one year old!  It is truly a miracle that Katie has survived.  When I think of the pain she has endured.  Well, no doubt you have thought of all this, as well.  I’m sorry.  I rejoice with you all and with Katie that God has finally given her her forever family.  I will continue to pray for His blessing on all of you!  :)

  40. Emilie Roush says:

    I was wondering what a typical day (I guess “typical” is not a great word for it) in your household looks like with Katie home.

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