A riddle, a song of praise, and signing off!

January 3rd, 2013


First, a riddle for my dear blog readers:


What goes like this?


*Sound of a mama walking, turning toward the stairs with small child in arms*


“Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!”


Whispered “Oooooowwwwww.”

*more silence as the reality of a familiar pain comes sinking in*

Oh my goodness.

This did not just happen. 

“Laura, please come get Verity!  Quick!”

“I can’t believe this!”

*Helpless chuckle*

*Sound of hopping*

*Sound of mama laughing her head off, which sound continued for some time*


Any guesses?


The answer is this photo~

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The song of praise!

What?  A song of praise when I sprained my ankle 42 hours before I leave for Tommy’s country?  Well, I laughed a lot this afternoon!  What else could I do? It’s funny!

But that wasn’t the real song of praise!  Just wait until you get a tiny glimpse of how perfectly God has crafted every detail!  He is meeting our needs almost before we realize we have them!


~I had just come home from my very last errand when I felt and heard the *rip,* and all the work I have left to do can be done with my foot in ice water or elevated and immobilized.

~A large number of friends were notified and praying for healing within a short period of time.  One close friend is a nurse, one is a doctor, and I am following their strict instructions.  My pain has already greatly subsided!  [Joe is taking Katie to her DEXA scan tomorrow, dear E!]

~Good friends who live five minutes from us had an ankle brace and adjustable crutches to loan.

~I am traveling during the very earliest cleared space on our schedule.  This is ideal for so many reasons.

~Joseph, our oldest son, can drive the rest of our children fifteen minutes to the home of our friends every weekday morning while I’m gone, and drive them back home at suppertime.  He works right there for the father of this wonderful family where our children are so thoroughly welcome and feel so much at home!

~Some other friends, who “just happen” to live right along the route our children will be taking each morning and evening, have volunteered to do all our family’s laundry for the week!  Oh my goodness!  What a huge blessing!

~Four meals have already been dropped off or promised and a good friend is organizing more meals to help over the next two weeks!

~Two other good friends donated all the clothing I can fit into my luggage for the children in the orphanage, and a few of you have sent much-appreciated funds to donate as well!

~God has so abundantly provided for Tommy’s adoption costs through your open hearts and hands.  We are moved and humbled to see so many of you give freely and lovingly to bring this one small fatherless boy into our family.

We found out tonight that counting the airfare promised for the second trip and one more promised large donation, TOMMY’S ADOPTION IS NOW FULLY FUNDED!  Yes, FULLY FUNDED!!!

Praise GOD our Provider!!!


Signing off for now, grateful for all your prayers, and eager for Monday afternoon, when Tommy can feel the arms of a mother around him for the first time in almost sixteen years.


“I delivered the poor who cried out, the fatherless and the one who had no helper.”










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19 Responses to “A riddle, a song of praise, and signing off!”

  1. Cinderellamommy says:

    Oh, Susanna! You are a blessing, even in the most trying times! You are speaking volumes about God’s love through all you do, say, and share! I am praying for your complete healing and a wonderful trip! ~ Laura

  2. Desi says:

    Oh, I just cannot believe this is happening! Susanna, Susanna, do take at least today off – you need it, it will do the baby good – to just lie about and rest. Cannot wait to see you next week, cannto wait to read how the visit with Tommy is unfolding! And cannot wait to hear about Katie’s DEXA scan. Praying for a quick recovery and a safe, calm and joyful trip…

  3. Linda says:

    Dear Susannah,
    If you are still on crutches when you travel please, please take my advice and use a wheelchair/trolley service at the airport. I sprained my ankle on arrival at San Francisco airport a few years ago and wished I’d done so on my return flight. Hopping through the metal detector was not pleasant.
    Wishing you all the best for your trip, and looking forward to seeing photos of Tommy!

  4. Mandy says:

    Yay for being fully funded! Praying for your ankle and your trip. See you soon!

  5. Susanna says:

    Linda, thank you! Experienced advice is like gold! Emailing you with more questions!

  6. Jill B says:

    Praying for complete healing! Praise God for His provisions for what needed to be done for this trip, as well as being fully funded!! Awesome news!  Praying for a safe trip over there too.

  7. Kim says:

    I find that sometimes pain really helps me focus inward.  To not get caught up in the hubbub around me and listen to God within me.  I’m hoping it does the same for you (but not too much pain).
    Travel safe!  I am praying!  Kisses to Tommy!
    I’ll tell you all the GOOD news when you get home. :) Kim

  8. Deanna says:

    Fully Funded!  Great words!
    I couldn’t believe it when I’d heard your sprained your ankle….glad we had a few things to help!
    You’ll be on your way before we are home but know that we are praying for you and for Tommy and for this week!

  9. Gail Kenyon says:

    I also used wheelchair service. I e-mailed you.
    I will be praying!!!

  10. maureen a. ;) says:

    Jehovah Rapha ~ the Lord our healer.  Praising Him for being in control of all the details!  I am praying and will continue to pray as you travel.  Enjoy the time with your two sons (little one swishing around inside, and sweet Tommy) and the quiet moments on the plane and in your hotel room.  May our Lord grant you comfort, rest, healing, strength, protection from evil, and good health.  Thank you for filling in the blanks.  I wanted to call and check on you, but now I have the rest of the story.  Love you!

  11. sabrina says:

    Praying for you and praising with you!!

  12. Aimee says:

    We will be praying for you on your journey! May God bless you and keep you and heal that ankle. That picture of Tommy rips my heart out – will be such joy to see him in your arms, feeling a mother’s love that he so deserves.

  13. Jill says:

    So thrilled that the adoption is fully funded! Can’t wait to see pictures of Tommy- best of luck on your trip.  Praying that your ankle will heal quickly. 

  14. PRAISE GOD!! PRAISE GOD!!  Oh my I am so filled with JOY!! PRAISE GOD!! (((HUGS)))

  15. katrina says:

    maybe they will give you a good seat on the flights so you can stretch out your leg, you have such a great view on things I love reading your blog and can’t wait to see your little man in your arms. Hope you post lots of pictures. Also praying they let you see the other children.Praise the Lord that you are fully funded!

  16. lizzie says:

    Praising God from whom all blessings flow…..will be praying, and absolutely cannot wait to see pictures!  Sending you love!  xoxoxoxoxoxo

  17. Saige says:

    You are being prayed for, all of you!

  18. Lori L says:

    I love how you can see the positive in any situation.  You are in my thoughts and prayers for safe travels and a wonderful meeting with your new son!

  19. So amazing that the money to bring Tommy home is in.  We serve an awesome God!!
    Sorry you sprained your ankle, I’ll be praying for you and you count the hours down until your trip.  What an exciting time!!!  God has worked so wondrously in all this!!!
    Blessings and safe travels!!

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