This picture was taken at the end of March, 2013. Back, left to right-Joseph, 19, holding Katie, 11, Joshua, 16, Joe, holding Stephen, 4 1/2, Susanna, holding Verity, 2 1/2, Daniel, 17 1/2, and Laura, 13 1/2
Front, left to right-John Michael, 7 1/2, James, 6, and Peter, 6
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 our eleven children with us. It’s getting harder for us to hide in a crowd!
God has given us Joseph, Daniel, Joshua, Laura, Jane, John Michael, twins Peter and James, Stephen, Verity, and now our Bulgarian princess, Katerina! We don’t take any of these interesting individuals for granted. We are well aware that the desire to have children does not guarantee having children.
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 called us to do this by educating them at home. 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!