Eight notes, and I hope you read them all.

April 7th, 2014

One)  We received the most astounding email from a young woman who has a heart to serve families who follow Jesus into difficult places.  She has offered to come help our family for up to two years without pay.  We know enough about her to have no hesitations.

The only problem is that we don’t have a suitable place for her to sleep, but we’re waiting on God to fill this need if it’s His plan for her to come.  I emailed her, “We’re confident that if this is something God intends to have happen, it will happen, and if not, it won’t.”

If you live in our local area and you would be happy to host a quiet, modest, unassuming, low-maintenance young woman in your home to enable her to serve our family, could you please email us?  susanna@theblessingofverity.com


Two)  Is any blog reader out there planning to attend the upcoming Northeast Adoption Summit?  The post-permanency support service available to us through our home study agency is paying our registration fees and reimbursing Daniel for providing care for his younger siblings during that time–what an enormous blessing.  We’d love to meet up with any of you who are also planning to be there!  susanna@theblessingofverity.com


Three)  One of the greatest joys of my life over the past couple of years has been getting to know a small group of other moms who have adopted kids with special needs from institutionalization.  One mom drives up from West Virginia, another comes from New Jersey, others from outside our immediate area.  We talk and listen and cry and laugh and relate and understand and encourage and share information and it is just wonderful. If you are a mom like us and you live within driving distance, we’d love to have you join us!

More information drawn from a recent email:

Hello dear moms!

This is just to let you know that we’re planning our next get-together for 2 pm on Sunday [date named] at [location named]. I so appreciate all the hero dads who take over for us so we can have these wonderful hours to connect and encourage each other!

For those of you who are newly added to this list, we hang out together in their semi-private back room and don’t leave until we have to. They’re really great about letting us have this time and space as long as we need it. Sometimes the last two of us are still to be found chatting there almost as late as closing time.

As always, if you know another mom in our general region who is adopting or has adopted a child or children with special needs from institutionalization, please invite her! Joe and I talked it over and have decided to make January, March, June, August, and October the months we regularly get together–always [the time, date, and location named] unless something needs to change for some reason.

We’re skipping May because of the Big Families and Friends picnic our family is involved in every Memorial Day weekend and skipping Thanksgiving and Christmas months as well because we want this to be a support and not a source of stress for each other.

So looking forward to seeing all of you who can come this month!

Love you all!


Four)  The above-mentioned Big Families and Friends picnic is on our calendar again this year for the eighth year in a row!  If you are a big family of any kind and/or love to hang out with big families, you are invited and very welcome!  Please email us for more information at susanna@theblessingofverity.com.


Five)  Coming soon, Deo volente: a family update that includes Katie’s birthday, Tommy’s first week of school, a few fun videos, and lots and lots of photos, all tossed together in one big mixture just as our family is in real life.  God brought us through the latest deep waters with victory, my friends, and I’m eager to tell you about it.  His goals for us are very high indeed; much greater than our goals for ourselves.  He’s training us in more than simply how to survive as a family with very disabled kids without “re-homing” Tommy, Ben, John Michael, Joshua, Joe or me.  “Nobody’s been voted off the island in the Musser reality tv show,” says my husband…

We love our sweet treasure from Pleven~IMG_4081


Six)  But that won’t be my next post.

My next post is far more urgent.

There are now FOUR more older children with special needs available to be adopted from the PLEVEN BABY HOUSE. 

God has answered the faithful prayers of many people and continued to open the doors of Pleven for more older children with special needs to be available for adoption.  Praise Him!  Now we need to pray for God to open the hearts of their families.

Please understand!  The Pleven orphanage has improved from a -50 to maybe a -10.  It is far, far, far from being a great place for little children, with or without special needs!

These four precious children are in great need of loving, committed families to value them, accept them, and care for them as tenderly and patiently as they would care for Jesus if He went to live at their house.

Email Shelley Bedford at shele337@gmail.com with serious inquiries about adopting Tiya, upper left, 8 years old, Brandon, upper right, 10 years old, Mikah, lower left, 12 years old, and Owen, lower right, 5 1/2 years old~



Seven)  There’s another little boy waiting in a different orphanage in Bulgaria who desperately needs to come home, as he is deteriorating quickly without the love and care he would get from a family who loves him.  Tiny Samson is only two years old, and you can read more about him here on his Reece’s Rainbow profile.  Please share his need for a family!

If you think you may be this precious boy’s family, please email Shelley Bedford at shele337@gmail.com



Eight)  What?  I’m still going to advocate for very needy, very disabled little ones waiting in institutions?  I’m still going to plead with other families to go and bring them home?  Even after all the struggles and difficulties we have been through since Tommy came home?  Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!

YES, as long as God gives me opportunity and strength with which to cry out, YES, I will cry out for these precious thrown-away fatherless children!  YES, we still consider ourselves privileged that He has called us to this ministry!  YES, we would do it all over again if we knew then what we know now!  YES, we now have even more reason to say to other families, “Do not fear to put your lives into Jesus’ hands and follow where He leads!”




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12 Responses to “Eight notes, and I hope you read them all.”

  1. Eight notes? How about eight blessings and opportunities! I am so happy to see you in your calling from God. It is a rare thing to see these days. I’m so glad to see the Lord puts people in your life to encourage you to do such work. I’m glad you have fellowship with other women who are doing the same and a woman who wants to come help you. How wonderful, Susanna. 

  2. Gina in Spain says:

    I am so happy for you Susanna!! I can just tell by the tone of your post that things are SO MUCH BETTER!  I am so happy for you and Tommy and your whole family!!! I love how you say “No one is being voted off the Musser Family Island!!” YES!! I know that was never an option for you anyway….Lots of love and so glad things are looking up! XXXOOOO

  3. cassandra says:

    I laughed out loud when I read what Joe said.   Nobody’s playing any strategy game here, either :). 
    Evidently,  a few less intense hours every day is doing your heart good.  Less intense as in Tommy’s care is not requiring 100% Susanna – vigilance for a few hours 5x  a week.  
    That would be so cool if it could work out with the young gal you mentioned.  If I lived in Pa. she would be welcome at our house.  We do love company and investing in a young christian’s spiritual growth is a bonus. 

  4. Melissa says:

    I love it, “No one gets voted off the Musser island!” How wonderful. And how absolutely wonderful is this selfless young lady for coming to help you! She is in training for her OWN set of miracles in years to come! More will be rescued because of her someday!
    Happy belated birthday Katie! May you continue to grow as Jesus did, in favor in the eyes of God and men. You are a miracle!
    “Owen” holds a special place in my heart. My husband and I have talked about going to get him before, and I’ve prayed about him, asking God if “Owen” (I inquired quite a while ago and now know his real name) is our son. Then we got our two foster boys and that was put on hold. I’m still praying…His medical needs don’t really scare me but the behavior issues do. At this time both my husband and I work…I know that if he’s meant to be ours, if we start down the path the doors will either open wide or gently close. Either way, “Owen” is in my heart!

  5. Missy says:

    I read about Samson on another blog and wondered if you knew about him. I’m praying that someone’s heart is cracked open for him. I am so tickled that a young woman wants to come and help you. I think that would be a wonderful way to grow and learn as well as a possible career choice. There probably aren’t too many nannies with special needs experience.  Of course, I am looking forward to some school pictures of Tommy. Remember that pictures are worth a thousand words and don’t tire yourself writing. We want you rested!

  6. Jen says:

    Love your updates!  Praying for you :-)

  7. Ruth says:

    I love how real you are… it allows God’s mighty power to shine through you! I also think it lifts many a discouraged parent, so many blogs are all about all the good stuff and there is no reality. 
    I continue to pray for you guys! I am glad you got Tommy into school! My daughter attends the local public school. It was very hard for me to let her go. But in reality, its the best thing that I could have done for her! 

    I hope you find a place for the young lady! 

  8. Kim says:

    Our two Bulgarian blessings are coming home on the 17th!   Will it be hard (like with Tommy)?  Of course!!
    I am not surprised that you are still advocating.  God didn’t promise us easy …he promised us Him and love….always love.  You have ample supply of both friend!!  xxooo

  9. Rachel says:

    Just blown away by #1. An answered prayer that I prayed for you – I wonder how many other readers did too? God is so amazing! I look forward to hearing the next chapter of your story! Thanks for sharing your inspiration and humor and opportunities to pray for you. It’s been a blessing to pray for you and play a tiny part in all this.

  10. Melissa says:

    Thank you so much for sharing Samson!! I wanted to let you know that he now has a donate button on Reece’s Rainbow!! All of our shouting and advocating for him is making a difference.  Now let’s please find his family.

  11. ((((((((HUGS))))))))) and LOVE from the Archers in MN!!  Can’t wait to hear about Tommy’s school!

  12. Jennifer says:

    I came across this and thought of you and Tommy.  I figure you might have heard of it from one of the kids’ therapists, but I thought I would share anyway just in case you hadn’t.
    I’m looking forward to your next posts.  I pray that you and your family enjoyed a truly blessed Easter season!

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