What a gorgeous, perfect Sunday it was for our big Thank You Open House! You know we always love having a house full, but seeing everyone who came to be a part of that day was incredibly moving.
If you helped in any way to bring this young lady into our family, and you didn’t pick up one of these Josie-Musser-autographed photos on Sunday…
…we have TWENTY left for the first twenty of you who shoot us an email and ask for one! firstname.lastname@example.org
Let me stress again here that we were exceedingly conscientious to allocate all your donations according to your directives, and we used every penny of a sizable HELOC loan for everything else in what turned out to be an extensive project involving septic and HVAC systems and more. Most financial donations that came in were given specifically to help toward Josie’s room and that, my friends, is how they were used.
God has provided in countless ways, from labor donated with willing hearts and hands to discounted materials to large and small financial gifts from so many loving friends. THANK YOU. The videos below are for you. You have helped to bring about and furnish an entire new life for one special girl, and some of you further helped to lift a burden from us and transform our household. We will never be able to pay back what we owe you.
Last Thursday evening, the twenty-second of September, while Joe and I put our four littlest children to bed for the night and the other ten enjoyed the fourth annual Hobbit Party at Joseph and Lindsay’s house, the final required septic work was finished. We received our final permit in the mail on Saturday the twenty-fourth, the day before the Open House. What a satisfying sense of completion and of moving from one family epoch into the next.
Before I post the video walk-through of Josie’s room and sign off here on The Blessing of Verity, a few notes for your consideration…
~We’ve used this blog as well as a private email list to help publicize the annual Big Families and Friends picnic held each Memorial Day Saturday. We plan to continue to post at least one reminder here on the blog next year, but we’ll be happy to add your name to the email list if it isn’t already included, just to make sure you don’t miss it! email@example.com
~Is there a kind reader in the Wilmington, DE area who would be able to help us out by meeting up with me and holding our baby during the short periods of time while I’m with Josie at A. I. duPont Hospital for Children pre-surgery and while I’m with her in the post-anesthesia recovery unit before she’s moved to her hospital room? Nathaniel will be almost ten months old at that time. If you may be able to do that, please email me for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your consideration!
~Are there any other Gray Havens fans out there? They became favorites of ours even before Joe and I went to hear them sing at the Rabbit and Dragonfly cafe last fall. All of our verbal children down to three-year-old Benjamin can sing along with Dave and Licia after listening to their CDs all the way to northern Michigan and back this summer, and we are planning to celebrate Joe’s fiftieth birthday by taking the whole family to hear them live in York, PA. Get your tickets here and please come say “Hi,” if you see us at the concert!
~As I will explain at the end of the second video below, Josie wants to video journal her upcoming surgery adventure, and I plan to post the videos on our YouTube channel, TheBlessingOfVerity, so watch that space for those and other Musser family videos.
~Finally, and by far the most importantly!
It’s no secret that the most needy, voiceless, helpless, broken and unwanted children have my heart and always will. It gives me immense joy to be able to tell you that the last few adoptable older children with special needs, especially those who spent their early years suffering severe neglect in the Pleven baby house, are coming home to experienced Pleven families.
Chris and Grace (Knuth) Tegtmeier are bringing 14-year-old Hannah Joy home to join 11-year-old Samantha, home from Pleven in 2012, and almost 17-year-old Tony, home from Pleven in 2014.
Mark and Virginia Miner are adopting 5-year-old Owen and bringing him home to join their other children, including 14-year-old Ana (formerly known as Garnet), who came home from Pleven in 2015.
Matt and Andrea Glewwe are welcoming almost-11-year-old Tiya into their family, which includes 12-year-old Krassimir (formerly known as Kramer), home from Pleven in 2013.
Friends, you have been generously tolerant of the many favors I’ve asked of you during the past six and a half years, but I’m being bold to ask you for one more.
Would you please take time to read Andrea’s blog post about Tiya? One of the most silent and frail of them all.
Today, as I prepared this final blog post, I received three photos of Tiya with her new daddy and mama.
How fitting that I’m going out as I came in, with tears fresh on my face for the love of a little one with special needs.
This time, by the grace of God, they are all tears of joy.