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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Maggie Tara Chang Oatsvall




As most of you know by now we have been matched with a beautiful little girl from Hunan, China off the COP list. She will be 2 on August 10th. She has a severe burn on her skull and a face that screams HOPE ... I am so in love with her and can't wait to hold her in my arms.

The two things we ask prayer for is (1) Quick Travel ... We are asking for a miracle of quick travel ... They told us 2-5 months and expect the latter. (2) We are asking everyone to pray that her attachment goes well. We pray that somehow she will sense the forever love we have for her and believe in her heart this is where she was meant to always be.

I am already having trouble sleeping due to thinking of ways to care for her, the path of her medical journey, and just that mother's need to place hands on her and touch her, breathe her air, and kiss the place on her head where her hurt lies....

I know the Father has brought us this far and He will no doubt carry us the rest of the way. Thank you friends for all your support and encouragement. You have no idea how much you mean to us!!!!

50 kind words.:

Becca said...

Oh Gwen, that is so exciting. I can't wait to see pictures. Congratulations!!!

nikki said...

I have been thinking of Maggie (and you all) non-stop since you gave me the great news!
Can't wait to see more pictures of your beautiful HOPE!
I'm praying...

Linette said...

Congratulations Gwen! I found your blog thru Steffie's. :) Can't wait to see pictures of Maggie!!!

Tina4Hope said...

Gwen,
I am overjoyed for you... blessed beyond words by your family and the KINGDOM work you are all doing.
Can't wait to see pictures... but most of all to hear about the living picture of Jesus you are all becoming!!!!
Love you!

lauraknight said...

Gwen,
So glad to hear this wonderful news! I am thrilled for you and your family. Can't wait to see her.

KKamholz said...

Congratulations, Gwen (Scott, Jeremiah, Elijah and Emily, too). Can't wait to see pictures.

The Zehrs said...

So glad to hear your good news! We will pray that travel comes soon!
Ashley

lnipper said...

Sooooooo happy for you Gwen. Can wait to see photos of your sweet princess.

Carrie said...

We are OVER joyed for your family Gwen! We will pray that you all will be united VERY soon! I LOVE the way you claim your children. Blessings to you all!

Jamie said...

Congrats Congrats! This is awesome!

Steffie B. said...

You know how excited we are. I knew the minute I saw TN on my phone you were matched with her! ;)

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

YEAH... I am soo happy for your family...
Can't wait to see the pictures...
Congratulations again..
Kim

Kelly said...

COngratulations!! I know you guys are thrilled! I can't wait to see some pics!!

redmaryjanes said...

How wonderful Gwen. She's going to be fine, she has the perfect Mother and family.

Tina4Hope said...

Gwen....
Just looking at this beautiful girl you will parent... love... bless and guide...

She is lovely....
like her mother...

Tina

Emmie said...

oo Gwen...she has such a beautiful little face! You are indeed the perfect mother for her! Keeping you all in my prayers for sure...love ya!

nikki said...

Her little face is just so sweet. You KNOW we are praying for all of you. Try and get some rest - Maggie will definitely feel sooo much love in your home. What a blessing...c'mon quick travel!

Beckyb said...

We are SO EXCITED for you - God knew exactly which home to place her in!! I am praising him with you!!! (And I'm praying for less than 5 months!!!)

KKamholz said...

5 MONTHS....OY VAY!!! I hoping and praying for quick travel; I'm sure you'd be on a plane tomorrow if you could.

Are all five of you going? I know that's like REALLY expensive though.

LaLa said...

Tears of joy for you and your beautiful girl. Here's to speedy travel!!!

K1 said...

Congratulations. She looks precious.

Steffie B. said...

Check out Emmie's blog! ;)

lauraknight said...

Gwen,
She's beautiful!! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Leah said...

Hi! I found your blog a couple of days ago thru Steffie's & Becky's. I ended up going all the way to the first post & reading the whole thing! You have a beautiful family and a wonderful heart for God. Congratulations on your baby! I am so happy for you and cannot wait to watch her life story unfold. God has an awesome and exciting plan for this little beauty! I'll be praying!

Lauren said...

She is beautiful!!!! I know everything with her will go VERY smoothly!!! I will DEFINATELY keep her in my thoughts and prayers!!!

Christy said...

I know just from our brief meeting one another you will be a wonderful mother to Maggie. You are everything she needs!! Count on the Smith family for prayers for her.

Christy

Adele said...

I am so excited for you and your family! She is absolutely beautiful! Please know that we will have you and your family (including sweet Maggie) in our prayers. We will also pray for quick travel. Maggie needs to be with her Mommy as soon as possible.
God Bless You!

theghelertertwins.blogspot.com said...

Oh Gwen, I am so happy for you. She is precious. Beautiful and she needs you to put your arms around her and love her. I'm smiling for you.

Ashley said...

How exciting. She is absolutely adorable! Congrats. Praying for quick travel and her attachment.

Nesting For Natalie said...

Ohhh she is just gorgeous! You are in my prayers and so is she!

Amy

Steffie B. said...

Would ya look at all those comments! lol

jana said...

She is beautiful! Congratulations- we are praying for a quick trip!

Jana

LIZ said...

Found your blog through Steffie's, congratulations...Maggie is just beautiful! My Ava was almost 2 years old when I brought her home at the end of April...she seems to be adjusting and attaching quite well...kids are very resilient(?spelling)...I'm sure with love Maggie will attach very well.

Gracie said...

Congratulations! You are doing such a great thing and I am sure you will make a great mom! Feel free to visit my blog! And again Congratulations!

The Shocks said...

She is beautiful. I can't wait to hold her in my arms and love on her also. I pray you have a quick travel time as well. The waiting is horrible.

holly m. said...

Oh Gwen!! What a gorgeous baby daughter little Maggie is!!
God is so good to us, isn't He?! :)

I'll pray that your family feels the love of Christ wrapped around you as you wait to bring this precious child home and care for her!!

mommy24treasures said...

oh, she is precious. I will pray.

Jewels of My Heart said...

She is beautiful and my heart hurts for you to be able to hold her and help her heart to know everything is going to be ok. I will be praying for you and for her.
God's Speed

Brenda said...

Oh Gwen,
This has just moved me to tears, what love, what joy, what HOPE!
We will be praying and anticipating her sweet homecoming!

jennifer said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful. I will pray that your wait is short.

Londradical said...

ciao, nice blog

lnipper said...

I am praying for quick travel to bring that sweet baby girl home. What a blessing to have another baby girl to add to your growing family.

Kim said...

How wonderful, I'm very happy for your family!

Emmie said...

ooo..whoa! Do I see 43 comments! Congrats girl! =)

new girl said...

I found you through Nikki -- Congratulations on your newest beautiful daughter! I will keep you in my thoughts that she is well cared for and home in your arms ASAP!

kris said...

Nikki pointed me your way, a HUGE congrats, she is so precious!!

eggrolls and chopsticks said...

Congratulations. Maggie is just adorable.
She will be fine with you. Your love will lift her through it all.

Tiffany said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!! How VERY exciting! We'll pray that everything moves quickly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ruth said...

YEAH!!! She is beautiful! I am so happy for you. What a blessed little girl to be a part of your family and what a blessed family to get her. I know she will love you all and be so loved. Ruth

Steffie B. said...

Just wanted to make it 50! ;)