Perhaps not the post you were expecting…

November 15th, 2013

After a week in which I grew successively sicker until I caved in and spent yesterday and today in bed, struggled mightily with milk supply until I caved in and gave Benjamin some solid food, and wrenched my back badly enough that I was forced to cave in and let the big guys of the family do all the necessary lifting…

Last night I dragged myself out of bed and through the shower because I simply could not miss this momentous occasion, shared with two families, their grandparents, and a few close friends!


Our firstborn son asked this young lady to be his bride, and she said yes!




We are grateful to the Lord for the already-established, easy-going, drama-free friendship between our two families.




But most of all for His work in Joseph and Lindsay’s lives to bring their hearts together in a pure and joyful way.


This is supposed to be a ring picture, you guys!



May every prayer that was prayed over you two last night be answered, in the mercy of God.







P. S.  Thanks to some wonderful, generous givers, Mike and Katrina Nine were fully funded when they left for Bulgaria to spring Jaxon and Sebastian from the Pleven orphanage!



P. P. S.  The big Katie-posts are in the works, I promise!  Caving in and heading to the dr. this afternoon.



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33 Responses to “Perhaps not the post you were expecting…”

  1. Nicole says:

    Great  news !!! Congratulations !
    maybe, juste maybe… you need some rest !
    Bon courage !

  2. Galit says:

    Woo-hoo!  Or, as we say in my tribe, Mazal Tov!
    (One of my cousins just announced an engagement, too!)
    (And another had their third child, and another is pregnant with their first….)
    It’s fun sharing good news, can’t wait for the Katie report!

  3. maureen a. says:

    Tears of joy over here!  What wonderful news!!  Congratulations to all!  Praying for you to heal quickly and take the time that you need to rest and recover. 

  4. Melissa says:

    Congrats to Joseph and Lindsay!
    Feel better Susanna!

  5. Amy Boroughs says:

    Congratulations!What wonderful  happy news!

  6. Lea says:

    Congratulations!  What an exciting time in your family!
    Blessings to the newly engaged!

  7. Amy says:

    Congratulations to Linsdsay and Joseph! How sweet and special!!  May God richly bless them in the coming years!

  8. Linda says:

    What lovely news! And get better soon. 

  9. Sarah G says:

    Aww, what wonderful news! I prayed for their upcoming marriage as I read and will be praying for your health. Hope you feel better soon!

  10. lizzie says:

    What a sweet couple!  Congratulations to all!    Feel better soon sweet friend.  xoxoo

  11. Tami Ann Swaim says:

    She looks like a very joyful person, which will be a treasure to Joseph through out his life!  Many congrats from the Swaims!!!

  12. Tami Ann Swaim says:

    GOOD JOB LAURA and SIBS ON THE SIGN!!  In my opinion that banner just made the party set up complete! 

  13. MamaV says:

    Hooray! Congratulations! My little brother is getting married next summer… Getting lovely new family members is wonderful!

  14. Maureen says:

    Congratulations!!! I hope you feel better!

  15. Tami C says:

    Congratulations!  What a blessing.  (And, it’s NOT CAVING IN to take care of yourself!!!  You’ll be up and running again much sooner and for LONGER when you slow down as needed.  I know it’s super hard to do…. but it’s NOT CAVING!!!)   :D
    Hope you’re feeling better soon.  Let your loving family fill in the necessary gaps for you for a while… 

  16. Stephanie says:

    So thrilled that you are gaining a daughter in law.  It’s been so neat watching your family over the years.  <3  Miss you friend.  Please take care of yourself. :)

  17. Kim says:

    So happily teary for you all!  Healing prayers for you, Susanna!

  18. Holly D. says:

    Congratulations, Mother-in-Law, and prayers to feel better soon

  19. Holly F says:

    Congratulations to the lovely couple and their families!  I hope you feel better soon. 

  20. Congratulations on the (sideways) expansion of your family! I love your blog. Please take care of yourself; you have a lot of people depending on you!

  21. Robin says:


  22. Mary Winslow says:

    This is wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing!
    The Winslow Gang–NH

  23. Deanna says:

    We are so happy too!  
    Love the friendship with you all – you’re right – easy and drama free!  So Thankful!
    Looking forward to sharing life with you all and also Grandkids! :)  

  24. Saige says:

    Marriage! Happy dance! Congrats. 

  25. Jane says:

    God works in such beautiful ways!  Congratulations to Joseph and Lindsay and to both families!

  26. Hannah says:

    Hooray! How exciting. What can match the excitement of entering into a Godly marriage? (Not a lot so far! My husband and I just married this past summer and I think I’m still residing somewhere on cloud nine!)

  27. Missy says:

    Wow, Susanna a new daughter! And you didn’t have to fly across the world to get her! Many blessings to both of these young people. And I am saying prayers for your health right now!

  28. Thomas R Boroughs says:


  29. Beautiful Beautiful couple! What great JOY for you knowing both their hearts are for the Lord as they move forward on an amazing journey! Congratulations!

  30. Gina in Spain says:

    Awesome news!!!  but omigosh, please take care of yourself and get well soon!!!

  31. Cassandra says:

    I can only imagine your joy. That my children would marry another believer will make me happy in a way few other things can. 
    You will miss him, won’t you?  His presence will leave a hole. When my oldest son is at home it just feels like there is more oxygen in the house.  And it feels good and right to have him here.  But I know it is best that they grow up and cleave to their spouse. 
    Look at you with a foot in both worlds – mama and mama in law, mama and perhaps grandma someday. How will your daughter in law address you?  First name, last name, mom or mother?  In my husbands family culture the inlaws are expected to say, “Mr. Smith, Mrs. Smith.”  I think it is odd but they don’t. 

  32. Susanna says:

    Thanks for asking, Cassandra. Since we consider Joseph and Lindsay to be grown-ups now, old enough to be married, we parents told them they’re welcome to call us as their parents-in-law by our first names. We talked about it last night, as a matter of fact. :)

  33. Holly says:

    So exciting!  Congratulations to them both!

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