Dear givers to Katie’s care fund…

January 26th, 2013


Did you know we believe that God always keeps His promise to us that He will provide, one way or another, and that sometimes He does this in unexpected ways?

Did you know that two years ago we never would have guessed that God would use your generosity to provide for the needs Katie has that are not shared by Samaritan Ministries International?

Did you know that she is incredibly motivated to be up and moving, but that her progress was slowing due to the misalignment and instability of her feet, ankles and legs?

Did you know that recently, we drew from Katie’s care fund for a pair of custom-made, hinged Dynamic Ankle-Foot Orthoses, aka DAFOs?

Did you know they cost over $800, but that this was a bargain, because Katie was given a 70% discount as a patient of the Clinic for Special Children?

Did you know that they will help align her feet, ankles and lower legs to an optimal position to enable her to continue to progress toward walking and moving in proper ways?


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God really does provide for those who trust in Him, and this time, He used the gifts you have given out of loving hearts.

Thank you.

Joe and Susanna Musser



P. S.  We don’t use Katie’s care fund for Verity, but she received Sure Steps the same day Katie received her DAFOs and I wanted you to see them, too.  We’re eager to see the progress both girls will make after adjusting to their new orthoses!

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“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’  Or, ‘What shall we drink?’  or ‘What shall we wear?”

“…for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” 




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15 Responses to “Dear givers to Katie’s care fund…”

  1. Kim says:

    What about the pigtails?  Who paid for those :)  How can I contribute? :)
    You have spoken directly to me this morning my dear!
    Much love,

  2. Cassandra says:

    Pigtail question i can’t help with but on the right hand side of this page, under Katies photo, there is a “Pay Pal” button where you can contribute.  It is labeled “Katie and Tommy’s Care Fund.”  I have never donated using this button.  Maybe Susanna can explain how it is private and how the donation really ends up in the right place.  That’s the part (does it truly get to the recipient?) that has prevented me from donating on line. 
    I read Susanna’s post with awe as I recall that it wasn’t very long ago that she was introduced to this new world of Special Needs Children. Susanna, only in God’s beautiful and perfect economy could this fairy-tale like story (family finds their long lost children on the other side of the world) be true. 
    You seem to have an unlimited capacity for caring about others. Does it ever make your heart feel heavy?
    Be blessed today. Hope you are feeling well as you grow the newest sibling. 

  3. Cinderellamommy says:

    So happy for your cute, sweet girls! :)

  4. Susanna says:

    Cassandra, it’s just a button that goes directly to the Paypal account we keep separate for this purpose. I guess this would be a good time to explain to the general public that we never would have thought of asking people for help to pay what Samaritan doesn’t share for Katie’s needs. I’m pretty sure we would have died before setting up a fund for this and putting it on the blog, except we had multiple people asking us to do just that, and some of them have been giving regularly each month for the past YEAR, and even pledged a certain amount each month for a certain number of years. Completely unasked-for. Amazing to see this kind of faithful love.

    It should also be said that if God wasn’t using one means to help provide, He would be using a different one, as we have seen thousands of times over the past twenty years of our marriage. We are only one of countless families over the centuries who would personally attest to the faithfulness of God to provide for us. Sometimes He blesses Joe’s business, sometimes He sends expensive equipment or other helpful items via others who no longer need them, sometimes He has medical providers offer services for free or greatly reduced amounts, sometimes He uses the care fund. We are trusting Him, and He is faithful.

    Kim, the THANK YOU was half my purpose for writing this one, and encouragement was the other half. Love you!

    Pigtails (we call ’em ponytails if they’re not braided) cost a few moments of mama time each day and keep the hair cleaner during meals and ointment-face season. :)

  5. Brianna says:

    Verity has a perfect grip on that crayon!  Any kindergarten teacher would be proud : )  I am so happy that we (my family and I) are on this adoption journey with you and your wonderful family.  I had a dream not too long ago that we got to meet your family.  I hope that it is true one of these days and all our amazing “P” kids can reunite as healthy, thriving, loved sons and daughters (brothers and sisters).

  6. Susanna says:

    Brianna, it’s the cutest thing to watch her tiny little fingers handling utensils so perfectly. It’s utterly charming to me to see her hold her fork correctly in her baby-sized hands, poke her bite, put it into her tiny mouth and close her lips, put her fork down and chew her bite thoroughly, then pick the fork up again for the next bite. Sometimes she still needs assistance getting the utensil into the correct position, but then she maintains it so well. She is what I’d call a dainty eater, and you wouldn’t believe the joy it gives me after the hard work of teaching long and consistently.


    I have the same dream, only the reunion takes place in a sunny, grassy meadow. Maybe in heaven? :)

  7. Carol says:

    It’s funny because I had a dream I got to meet you and your family too, Susanna. :) It was a dark, rainy night, and we took refuge in your home.
    Yes, if not here on earth, there will definitely be a grand reunion in heaven.

  8. Aunt Carol says:

    Praise the Lord for His provisions for your little ones.

  9. Denise says:

    It is really amazing, Susanna, I understand.
    The Lord has provided EVERY SINGLE NEED we have had with Matthew.   We have not subsribed to any government help.   We felt the Lord confirm this with our family that HE would supply our every need.  ANd he has…..2 weeks ago we got our AFO’s for Matthew and this week we got his walking crutches….the expenses are steady– but EVERY SINGLE TIME there is an expense the extra $$ comes in– it is beyond words…. I cannot explain it.    
    I’m not surprised because I still have NO idea how we were fully funded to go get our son in 5.5 months….where did that come from?    The Lord–  he made a way– and that was our confirmation–
    God is good!!  He provides for his children.   I stand in awe as I watch what the Lord has in store for this new blessing in our family–  AND YOURS!!  I love reading your blog–  I love it–  
    I pray the Lord continues to use your blog to share HIS goodness with others and encouarge others to step forward to experience the INCREDIBLE!!!
    I cannot wait till May!!  (to see all of your blessings!!)

  10. Merry Jo says:

    My daughter Lily, who has spina bifida, just got her dafos recently too!we used to have regular afos, but we love the dafos! So very happy for you and your girls! I love following your story and praying and rejoicing along with you. Thank you so much for this window into your journey!

  11. Katie says:

    How big are Verity’s feet?  Her SureSteps seem so tiny!  The kids’ I take care of have two straps.  And they do help the one little girl (who spent her first four years in a crib) to walk SO much – now that she’s wearing them and using her gait trainer regularly, I have video of her walking independently!  I was researching them recently but I don’t remember what makes AFOs/DAFOs necessary over smaller orthotics.  Do you mind sharing what it is for Katie?  Obviously she needs a lot of support but I didn’t know if that alone made them better or not.  
    Also I read all your posts about visiting Tommy.  I wish I could put into words all the things I want to say.  Mostly, I’m just overcome with thanks for all the blessings of your trip… especially visiting with all the children… oh my heart.  How I pray for them all.  There are so many things I want to ask you… but they will have to wait.  For now I’m just so thankful that you were able to give them a little bit of love… so thankful.

  12. Susanna says:

    Verity’s wearing a size four wide shoe, Katie. Very petite feet. :)

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Your faith is so inspiring. Thank you.

  14. Jenny Watson says:

    My children have pooled some of their cash together and would like to send it to you along with some hand-drawn cards and a letter. What is the best way for us to do that? 

  15. Susanna says:

    Jenny, this touches me so much! Emailing you!

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