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Monday, November 26, 2007

UPDATE AND THANKS ..

Well, no one said it would ever be easy and during this season of Thanksgiving, I am giving God all the glory ... We have been to the doctor again today then to the hospital where they confirmed that Maggie has pnemonia and then back tot he doctor for shots and breathing treatment ... I am past exhausted ... BUT HERE COMES THE THANKS !!

1. My friend Yolanda is bringing dinner tonight.
2. Fabulous Family sent $1000 to us for the $1000 we lost in China.
3. My sweet Maggie has me to hold her while she is sick.
4. My blog family is growing by leaps and bounds and I can't say enough about how you encourage me and always make me feels God's presence in your words !!! I can't wait to have a moment to check out your blogs (not sure when that will be) ..
5. My older 3 kids are doing great with Maggie.
6. A friend is sending someone to clean my house on Wednesday (can you hear me cheering).
7. I have a Lord and Savior, who is not surprised by my life ... I put Him in control and take comfort in His presence on this journey of life !!!!

Keep praying for Maggie ...We see specialist in two weeks !!!! I have to admit how amazing my little one is ... She has touched the lives of many men and seeing these Godly men cry over my child has moved my heart ... We are walking testimonies of faith, so I will praise the Lord in the good and the bad !!!!

40 kind words.:

Michelle & John said...

So glad to see an update from you. I check in often and will keep you all in my prayers. Your Maggie is a gift straight from God! She will continue to bless you I am certain of that!!!
Love from Illinois...God willing we'll be moved to Tennessee by Easter next year!
Michelle

Roy and Lori said...

Congrats on getting your
precious little girl!

Cate said...

I hope Maggie is feels better soon, and that the specialist has good news for you.

Your family has inspired me!

gretchen said...

Remember to celebrate those SMALL VICTORIES! We are praying for you and your family!

Tammy said...

Glad to read a post from you! Praying for your strength and endurance during this transition. Thanks for sharing your journey with all of us!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Glad to hear you are doing ok..
Pretty soon we can say you are doing GREAT..
Sorry to hear that Maggie is sick.... but mommy and daddy and her adorable siblings are there to comfort her...
I am sooo happy for all the poeple who are close to you and are helping out..
Wish I lived closer... I would be there to help you in a heart beat...
Can't wait to hear the good news from the specialist and see updated pictures of the family..
I will be thinking about you..
Hugs to you all
Kim

Nancy said...

Nice to hear from you. Hope all goes well with the specialists, and that Maggie recovers from her pneumonia soon.
I am thankful she has her Mama to hold her during these tough times.

Steffie B. said...

You already know how we feel about you and your family here in Tribe land. Hang in there.....the journey is difficult now, but it will get better.

Looking forward to talking with you soon! ;)

Hugs...
S*

mommy24treasures said...

I am so sorry Maggie is under the weather. Hopefully the medicine will work quickly.
So glad for all your thankful list. rejoicing with you!:)

~Amy~ said...

You are awesome...I've never met you but you ARE awesome. I love hearing about your family and sweet little Maggie. I'm so happy for what God is doing in your life. You are in my prayers every night!

XO-Amy

Anna said...
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Anna said...

Its so amazing to see that even through these exhausting days you are still finding the energy and time to be thankful for everything...it's truly God working in you and being your "life-support" during this time...you and maggie and your family are truly in God's hands...praying for you!
love lots
anna

Carrie said...

You all will persevere through these trials because you have God at the helm of your ship. You have choosen to put Him first in your lives and he has already blessed you for this and will continue to shower gifts upon you.

I will continue to pray for Maggie's strength and total body healing, fot the doctor's wisdom and knowledge and for your strength and endurance through this all as well.

Much love to you all!

Jewels of My Heart said...

I will be praying Maggie will be well soon. What a little survivor. She is my hero.
As are you, I love how you are a reflection of Jesus and such a sweet wittness of His faithfulness.
You are in our hearts and prayers.
Yes, you are right. He is on the throne. Everything is going to be ok.
Love,
Daleea

Mr.Brian said...

Thanks for such an uplifting post.I always love reading how God is working in people's lives.
God is GREATT!!!!
I hope and pray your little one is soon on the road to a very healthy life.
Again thanks for sharing how God is working in you life.
God Bless!!!
Mr.Brian

Mauimom1 said...

Congratulations on bringing sweet Maggie home!! I will continue to pray for your family. I hope Miss Maggie feels better quickly, and that you are able to stay rested and healthy while taking care of your precious children! What an inspiration you are to all of us!
Love from Oklahoma!
Melissa

Kim Kenward said...

Your story has touched my heart in so many ways. As soon as I saw Stef's posting in her blog, I was in tears. Your Maggie is a precious little girl. God's blessings to your family and to Maggie's continued recovery.

Kim K.

Jody said...

Congrats on being home with your beautiful daughter. What a testimony you live on God's goodness and faithfulness through it ALL. I'm Nikki doctor's sister and have been hearing about you and your amazing family the past couple of years. I will continue to pray for the Oatsvall team and look forward to reading/hearing about the miraculous things God is doing in your lives.
Jody

emily said...

Suzanne sent me a text this am and have been praying all day. Hang in there- I love you.

Holly said...

Poor Maggie. I hope she feels better soon. She has been through so much already! Glad you are trying to stay postitive though, this is a time when Maggie needs her forever family the most. You guys are wonderful.

nikki said...

You know I'm praying...my whole (extended) family is too! We love you...you inspire us all.

Much love sent your way. Try and get some rest, sweet friend.

Janeen Jordan said...

I will pray that Maggie is better soon and that your family can find some time to just relax and enjoy one another. How blessed you are to have so many surrounding you, willing to help in anyway you need. I will be checking in to hear good news from the specialist.

Three Fold Cord said...

I just speak healing over Maggie Oatsvall in the name of JEsus!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thinkinf and praying for you today.

jennifer said...

You are such a blessing and an encouragement. I hope Maggie gets well soon.

Kelly said...

Praying for sweet Maggie's health, and your family's strength. I fell like I keep repeating myself, but you all are such an inspiring testimony. Thank you so much for sharing the good & the bad. Love ya--see you tomorrow.

Kim said...

Thank you for the update on your family. We will keep you all in our prayers. But now we have more specific prayers to list up to our Lord. I'm so glad that Maggie has you and Scott to take care of her. It looks like God used you to save Maggie just in time. But always in his perfect time. And in his perfect time Maggie will be fully healed from her injuries. And until that time comes Maggie will always be in our prayes and her new family. Love you guys! Call me if you need ANYTHING!!!!

Chris & Lindsey Wheeler said...

Gwen,
I am praying for health, for continued attachment....and for her to feel safe and secure in her new house and family! I am so proud of you and your strength. You are AMAZING!! Please, please let me know if we can help at all. I can do WHATEVER you need!!

Love,
Lindsey

Vietnam Baby Girl Smith said...

I am inspired by your ability to give thanks in the midst of this crazy, new, happy, sad mixture of a time!! I have been checking often and praying too.

Laura Nipper said...

Wonderful things to be thankful for. So happy that Maggie is home with you guys.

redmaryjanes said...

Well, all I can say is that she has stolen my heart. Just her little face brings me to tears. You definitely have friends who care. Thank you for the update. I want to know what the doctors say.

Jodee Leader said...

I am wishing Maggie a speedy recovery. Take good care!

holly m. said...

Praying God's peace on your Momma's heart and your family in this storm. So happy for you that Maggie is home safe and with her family that loves her dearly.

Steffie B. said...

It was so wonderful to hear your sweet southern voice yesterday....you have been so blessed....your faithfulness is such a testimony to all of us!

The Shingletons said...

I know you have so much to read that I hate to take up your time. I just want you to know that we are praying for you and have fallen in love with Maggie as well! Love you! Shawnah

The Shocks said...

Hey girl. You are always in my prayers. Stay strong and continue to lean on God. Satan is trying to win this battle but we know that our God is stronger. He only wants the best for His children.

Tina said...

He will cover you with His wings and shelter you...

He will put a word in your mouth to speak forth...

Your children are arrows in your quiver to go forth where the warrior can not walk... into a future generation.

I love you...

Terry said...

Gwen, you guys are amazing and I am praying for you all. What a journey you've been on. And yes, our King of Kings has provided all that we need. I'm praising God for your faith in Him and His protection of Maggie. Blessings, Terry from the BB (COP momma)

Shelly said...

I found you blog from Verna on the Bethany boards. She was sending prayer your way. I started from the begining and read, laughed, wiped the tears with your family.
Thanks for sharing your journey! God is amazing!
Waiting for our LOA for our joureny to Jackson Douglas waiting in China.
May God bless your family and bring healing and comfort to your daughter! AMEN
Shelly in Indiana

Chrissie said...

Glad to hear things are going well. I am continuing to lift your family up in prayer daily. I know that there is always an adjustment period for each family member when a new one arrives. Even harder sometimes when the adoptee is a toddler. I will be in TN Dec 1st throught the 12th. I would love to meet Maggie if she is up to it. I will understand totally if you are limiting the amount of new people/strangers during this attachment period.

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Beckyb said...

Know that I am praying over here - I sure do want to call but also don't want to interrupt at a bad time!!! Praying diligently for you!!