Through the Lord’s mercies

August 27th, 2016

Playing in the wading pool one more time before putting it into storage for the year…








…and stocking up Josie and Katie’s new backpacks and printing out reading lists and school log sheets for the rest.

Make that social stories and related word flash cards for Verity.




For us, no matter what the calendar says, once school has begun in earnest for all the children, summer is officially over.




Our home school has logged fourteen school days so far, Katie began attending her new class on Wednesday (hope to have a good report on this soon), and Josie’s first day is Monday!




The school-aged kids enjoyed all their late-night activities one more time this past week.  We’ve accomplished our last few summer goals.








Turning briefly to look back at the past few months, how could I fail to have a heart overflowing with gratitude for how God mapped out our summer?




Because of our limitations as parent caregivers to several children with disabilities plus many others…




…of course, it takes far more effort to accomplish far fewer and more modest activities.








A much greater percentage of our time must be given to disability-related tasks like personal care, appointments, paperwork, phone calls, emails and advocacy for the best interests of our children who cannot advocate for themselves.  *Aka, “Put your big girl pants on and stay strong, Mama!*




Our summer bucket list would not have looked impressive to most…





…but we refuse to get into the comparison game.




Besides, and most importantly, we all know it doesn’t take Impressive to fill up the hearts of children who are unconditionally loved…




…as well as happy and secure in the awareness that their daddy and mama are building an ever-stronger marriage…




…and that underneath are the everlasting arms of a God who is for us.




Right now, I am deeply grieving with several families who are reeling from the sudden, traumatic losses of beloved family members; they are also struggling terribly with self-blame.  And I’m praying for some pretty heavy difficulties within the families of several other dear friends.




For reasons known only to Himself, God decided to hold back the hard stuff from us for the past several months.  Instead, He poured out extras on us that we could not have expected or obtained for ourselves.




I no longer believe that is directly connected with our obedience or lack thereof.




I no longer try to guess–let alone assume I know–why God sends the specific circumstances He does.




I don’t believe we can determine from our circumstances whether God is pleased with us and loves us.  His love for His children is unconditional.  That means it does not change with our emotions or circumstances.




Our safety and provision is in His hands and isn’t in our own caution, ability, or obedience.




Neither worrying nor trying not to worry will prevent the most painful tragedies from happening.




Our understanding and power are limited, and our concept of justice is inaccurate…




…unlike our infinite God of absolute sovereignty, absolute wisdom and absolute goodness…




…Who sometimes allows great hardship, suffering, and even devastation in the lives of those who trust and love Him.




Always, always, always, His grace is available to us.




Always, always, always, He does have a purpose…




…and always, always, always, His purposes for us are good.





Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.



P.S.  The only photo here that I shot was the one measly photo of Katie.  Wait–I also took the one of Ben reading on the chair.  I took both of these on one of the days I was sorting through all the books that had been in storage.  I’m such a loser as a photographer lately that I completely forgot to get family photos while we were all together and dressed in our best for my niece’s wedding.  Can you believe it?  Not one photo!  A big thank you to everyone else in my life who takes great photos of my family!






Coming up soon…

August 27th, 2016

Don’t forget the Thank You Open House on Sunday, September 25th!  We’re holding a drop-in dessert social at our home from 2-6 pm!

Any of you, along with your families, who helped in any way to make this girl’s room a reality, are welcome to come check it out for yourselves!

Hope to see you here!



A little story of God’s faithfulness

August 21st, 2016

Our family arrived home from an evening wedding very late last night.  Close to midnight, before going to bed, we checked email and found the following [edited] in our inbox:



I have a 2003 Ford E350 handicap-accessible, [ten] passenger wheelchair tie down van that I would like to give to you if you are in need of one.

It has approx 87,000 miles. It is maroon sort of red with vinyl seats and rubber matting on the floor. It is a basic van with no extras. It has a side entrance lift. The lift was put in, brand new, in 2012.   [It] is in excellent condition and works very well.

It runs great; I have not had any engine problems.  I fixed the air conditioning last summer, so it is super cold. It is currently up-to-date in inspection. It has good tires. It has some cosmetic issues, a couple dents and scratches here and there. I have lots of kids and they tend to leave their mark.

The wheelchair goes right behind the front seats, then there is a three-seater bench and four-seater bench in the back. The seats/interior are in good condition. No tears or stains that I am aware of.

When praying on what I should do with my van, your name, actually Josie’s name, kept coming to mind.

I would prefer to keep this confidential.

Email me any questions or a time when you want to come look at it.



——–, we are speechless at your offer coming right at this time. It is just another proof to us that God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and can move them whithersoever He pleases.

Let me explain.

We currently own three vehicles. First is a 1995 fifteen-passenger with nearly 300,000 miles on it that we’ve used hard for almost eleven years. Its transmission is beginning to go, so it stalls a lot and is generally unreliable. We removed the rear seat years ago and use it as an eleven-passenger.

We also have a 1994 Buick sedan that had a book value of $700 when one of our kids totaled it recently. Nobody was hurt, and the car is still legally drivable, just uglier than ever and lets the rain in!

Then we have the wheelchair minivan that came with Josie; I drive it unless Laura is using it when I need it, then I drive the big Bessie.

Well, when Joshua’s pickup truck died some months ago, he drove either our big van or Buick to work every day. Now he’s just driving the smashed Buick while he attempts to create one usable truck out of two unusable ones. Why yes, our property is beginning to look like a car cemetery!

I hadn’t driven the big van in some time, so when I needed a vehicle for Verity’s dental appointment while Laura was working all day every day last week, its deteriorating condition registered with me. Joe and I discussed it briefly and wondered, “Well, God, how will You provide this time?”

When your email came in the midst of a full and joyful weekend (my niece and her sweetheart were married Saturday evening, and we all attended), we were so thrilled and grateful to see His answer to that question.

YES, we are in need of the vehicle you have offered to us. Please accept our humble and very grateful THANK YOU and know that your obedience to the Holy Spirit’s prompting has encouraged our faith!

In Him,
Susanna for all the Mussers


We’re so proud of how well Verity handled her very first visit to the dentist!

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