Photo taken December 27, 2015
Back, left to right, Jane, almost 14, Susanna, Joe holding Benjamin, 2 1/2, Laura, 16 1/2, Joshua, 18 1/2, Lindsay and Joseph, Mindy Walls (honorary Musser), Daniel, 20
Front, left to right: Verity, 5 1/2, Katerina, 13 1/2, Stephen, 7, Peter, 9, Josie, almost 13, John Michael, 10, and James, 9
Eleven days later, on January 7, 2016, Nathaniel Job arrived safely into our family, to the great joy of many…
Our names are Joe and Susanna, and we are a very ordinary couple who probably wouldn’t stand out to you if you saw us out and about. Well, unless we had the rest of our family with us. It’s impossible for us to hide in a crowd!
Long before God brought Joe and me together, He gave each of us a strong desire to someday welcome many children. We are living the privilege of doing exactly what we had always dreamed of. We love having a house full!
Part of the reason we hoped to have many children was that we are Christians who believe that the Word of God is truth and applies to all of life. God says that children are rewards. We agree with God. We stepped out of the cultural boat because Jesus called us to do that, and we have found that there is solid ground under our feet out here.
We also believe that discipling our children is the primary ministry God has given us at this point in our lives. He has shown Himself to be faithful at every point in showing us how He wants us to carry this out.
We’ve been learning that when we stop trying to be the top boss of our lives, He writes our stories in very different ways than we might have written them. It so often looks like He isn’t sticking to the rules! Life is an adventure when God is in charge of it instead of us. We are better off trusting Him than trusting ourselves. If you knew Him in His perfection, and knew us in all our flaws, you would agree!
Thank you for looking in on this little bit of our family’s journey. We welcome each of you and hope you take time to talk to us!