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Monday, July 23, 2007

Thinking of Mags


Okay there is so much to report, but I had to stop and blog this before the moment got away from me. We are about to run out the door to the YMCA when I tell Emily to put her flip flops on when she says this ...

"I have to cover my baby so her don't get burned."

Can you feel my heart? Can you see my family changing? Can you see God growing us all? I am about to ramble here, but I have a few thoughts and updates to share.

1. The verse that talks about "a friend that sticks closer than a brother" was brought to my mind this past week when Pam Shockley and Yolanda Chapman both told me if we wanted Maggie to have a wig their daughters would grow their hair out for Locks of Love. Tears just fell ...

2. My sister-in-law gave us a full size mattress for the girls and we set it up and Emily sleep all night in it ... Praise the Lord...

3. Our care package is ready to send to Maggie and our Ped has located a specialist for her and is going to send her file now to be looked at.

4. Our pastor preached on us getting off the shore and out of the boat and going to the deep water for some intimate time with the Lord. I just loved that thought of being helpless and totally reliant upon the Lord. The thought that I need to venture out into uncharted waters for Him to grow me. I am going to share our story about the how and why of the Children of Promise list soon. Red Mary Janes said something in a comment that has encouraged me and would love to share our thoughts soon.

Love you all and thank you so much for your prayers !!!! Still missing my travel group!!!

17 kind words.:

Steffie B. said...

We miss you too.....can't wait to see Maggie in your loving arms my friend!

Jewels of My Heart said...

What a beautiful, heartwarming post.... thank you for sharing.

Beckyb said...

Brought tears to my eyes - I love to see God at work - and I love seeing how it changes us too!! Praise Him!!!

nikki said...

Oh my gosh! That Emily...I think I would've lost it when I heard her say that...gave me goosebumps.

God is doing more incredible things in your family and I continue to be amazed and inspired.

love you and miss you soooo much.
(your idea of sittin' by the pool chatting sounds real good to me!)

Lauren said...

What a neat post!!!

Holly said...

Hi I'm Holly! Our family has also adopted from China. I have been enjoying reading your blog. Your daughters are beautiful and I know you cannot wait to bring Maggie home. Please feel free to visit my blog as well!

www.hollysmeimei.blogspot.com

Sophie's Mom said...

Awe... bless her heart! Maggie is adorable, and can't wait to see her in your arms.

Verna said...

Gwen, I think you have very sensitive children. They are going to be the very best siblings for little Maggie. What a perfect match for your family. Love you all.

lnipper said...

Very sweet. Its amazing what children pick up on. She is going to be a great big sister.

ADELE said...

This post brought tears to my eyes. This journey to Maggie is already so exciting because God's hand is very evident in this whole thing. Wow, God is good! My heart just melted when I read what Emily said.
I went to a Beth Moore conference several years ago and her focus was about getting out of the boat. If we keep our eyes on Him, He will take us places and grow our hearts more than we could ever imagine. I am praying for your sweet family and of course, Maggie.

Emmie said...

Beautiful post Gwen! You left me wordless!

Amy said...

Emily has her Mom's heart. Maggies is a very blessed little girl and I can't wait until you get her home. Praying daily!

KKamholz said...

Emily is 3, and she said that? OH MY GOODNESS!! What an incredible child(ren) you have. I'm completely blown away by that...

Emily and Moody said...

What a beautiful little girl! I miss Corinne terribly and would love to meet you as well so hopefully I will make it to TN soon. So excited about the Lord's work in your family and I look forward to following your journey to China and ET:) Blessings.

Laura said...

Emily is such a sweetheart! Thanks for sharing that story - very touching! Maggie is going to be so happy becoming an Oatsvall!

redmaryjanes said...

Gwen,
I have been thinking about you and your little Maggie. It makes me feel great that my comment is on your mind, you have really touched a lot of people with your faith and love.
I have been thinking about throwing a baby shower for Maggie on my blog. I threw one last weekend and it was a lot of fun. It would probably be in a month or so if you would be up to it.
Let me know, timnkim@gmail.com

LaLa said...

Awww...what a great big sister she is going to be. Can't wait to see them together at last.

Oh, and Emily..way to go in the big girl bed!