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Monday, July 16, 2007

Preparing for Maggie

What a whirl wind week we had last week. My dear Pingjiang Family left from our fabulous reunion to the phone call Tuesday morning at 8:48 with news of our precious daughter. I have set up my ped appt. for Wed. to discuss our medical steps once home and get stocked up on meds. to take to China. I have found the address for her orphanage and will be sending her a care package this week. I have filled out travel stuff for Tempo Travel and ordered some beautiful scarves, headbands, and babydews (thanks to Emmie's cool online searches) for Maggie. I may be babbling, but that is probably what you can expect for awhile. My mind is a hundred yards in front of my mouth at this point. I just can't believe God saw fit to make this fabulous creature my daughter. I stare at her picture all day and long to hold that face and look into her eyes and assure her that Mommy is here and you are loved so much.

The kids where playing around with the bandannas we had around the house and Emily was trying on one of Maggie's head scarves because they want to support her. We want her to feel comfortable with or without them obviously, but they are thinking how cool if they can all match when we leave the house. I just adore my children and they are so excited about their sister and Elijah and Jeremiah are very concerned for her and sad about what has happened to her. I just know God has so much to teach us and so many areas to grow us again with our second adoption.

Thanks for the prayers .... Will keep you posted....

23 kind words.:

Beckyb said...

I think that's awesome and yes, you have GREAT kids!!! We are excited right along with you!! God never ceases to amaze me!

Verna said...

That is so cool. It is great that they are ready for her. Love the bandanas.

Chrissie said...

You kids look so cute in their bandanas and scarfs. I can't wait to see Maggie in her place right beside them.


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Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

I am so excited for your family... Cute headband..
I am ready to follow your journey to China..
Have fun shopping..
Kim

ADELE said...

Oh how precious! That is so sweet that your kids are already preparing for their sister. Please know that I am praying for your sweet Maggie and also for your family as you get ready for her arrival. I know you can hardly wait to get your hands on her and love on her. I can't get her beautiful face out of my mind. I guess this is God's way of reminding me to constantly pray for her.

Jewels of My Heart said...

How sweet and kind your children are. What a thoughtful gesture on their part... makes my heart smile.
Praying for a quick TA
God's Speed

redmaryjanes said...

I just want to say that you are beautiful. When I first met you I saw the physical beauty, but that is nothing compared to who you are on the inside. Maggie has the perfect mother coming for her. Your family is just amazing and I can see why your home was God's chosen place for this child.

Laura said...

Looks like you may be starting a new fashion trend in Brentwood! I'm so excited for you guys as you now have a face to put with the name. Maggie's sweet face will be smiling soon once she meets her family! Praying for quick travel!

jennifer said...

congratulations! What a great way for your other children to learn compassion towards others. I am so happy for your family.

Lauren said...

That is just adorable. They are soo compassionate and I think it is awesome that they understand.

Lauren said...

That is just adorable. They are soo compassionate and I think it is awesome that they understand.

Wendy said...

Gwen,
What sweet girl! so beautiful!!
We are so happy for your family!

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nikki said...

OK Gwen, I'm crying now. Your family is just so incredible! Maggie is gonna love being an Oatsvall. We are still just so excited for you all. We'll have to plan another trip to Tennessee to give Maggie a big hug when she comes home.
XOXO

Steffie B. said...

Seeing this picture just brings tears to my eyes. You and Scott have done a wonderful job with these children. Maggie will be so blessed to be apart of your home and love!

Kelly said...

How precious!
She is a beauty! Praying for your family.
I love that you have already started shopping. It is exactly what I would be doing!

KKamholz said...

Gwen, are all five of you going to China to pick her up, or just you and Scott? Well, that'd probably mean the kids would be out of school for a week or two, but what a fabulous learning experience for them (especially, I think, Emily; she may still be a bit young, but she can sort of "get" what you guys went through to pick her up)

Olivia said...

Congratulations on sweet Maggie!!!

The Shingleton family said...

So excited for your family, especially for Maggie! You are all blessed to have each other! God is overwhelmingly more than we could ever think to pray for! I heard the Ebensbergers news on Mon. and asked them if they knew anything about you?? I was so excited to finally get home and check the blog! Congrats to all of you! Love you and praying for you, Shawnah

Nesting For Natalie said...

How sweet your children are! IOt will be lovely tyo see them with their little mei mei!

Amy

Emmie said...

Maggie is so lucky to have such a wonderful and supporting family. This picture is to cute! It's so great Elijah,Jeremiah, and Emily and into it as well! So happy for you! Love ya!

The Shocks said...

YOu have wonderful children. They are all so loving and giving. I enjoy the times that I get to spend with them.

JulieM said...

Congrats what a precious little doll God has blessed you with!! I wish I could make some bandanas for you but I think bows is where I draw the line. Thanks for getting some more bows during the reunion. Hope you are enjoying them!

Leigh Ann said...

It's so exciting, we can't wait for ya'll to be together!