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Thursday, January 31, 2008

CALLING ALL MY PRAYER WARRIORS ...


My sweet friend MaryBeth gave me two twin beds for the girls (Batman masks furnished by Jeremiah/Elijah) ... We put them up yesterday, got new sheets, and the girls bought these big Dora pillow dolls ... I am desperate to try anything to get some sleep ... I have been wondering if the girls sleeping separate would keep them from bumping, kicking, and hitting one another during their sleep and waking them up ...

RESULTS FROM LAST NIGHT ... Maggie only woke once for a change of her pull-up ... went right back to sleep and we all slept till 8:30 ... CAN YOU SAY MIRACLE ... Elijah didn't have school today, so we all sleep till we woke up ... What a difference a good sleep can make ...

SO PRAY IT WASN'T A FLUKE ... Also, the doctor wants Maggie to go for another chest x-ray next week ... They are concerned about her breathing again ... We are on steriods and breathing treatments again...

Not much else to report ... EXCEPT STEFFIE (NEVER TOO MANY) IS COMING FOR A TWO DAY FUN TRIP ... Steffie and I traveled together to get our daughters in 2005 ... My travel group has become such an important part of my life and I am just beyond myself that Steffie, Emmie, and Sofia are coming !!!!!!!!!!!!

Also, big thanks to all the laughs ... It has been a rough week and you all cheered me up so much ... Jamie's husband loosing his pants while he was sleeping was the funniest of all ... By the way (they found his pants in the freezer) ... HILARIOUS !

41 kind words.:

Anna said...

I guess I'll be the first to comment...that's so amazing that maggie didn't wake up much at all and only for a pull-up! It is truly a miracle...love ya lots!!!!!!!!!!!!
-anna-

nikki said...

That is GREAT news...I was wondering how things went last nite!
(Sorry I was so brief in my text, but I was at work.)

Their room looks awesome! I'll be praying for another good nite.

LaLa said...

YAY...sleep works wonders doesn't it! So happy that everyone had a good night and hopefully that trend will continue : )

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

YEAH!!!
I am soo glad you got some sleep..
Love their beds ...
I hope Maggie sleeps well tonight..
I am so glad you are going to have a fun visit...
Steffie is the best..
I so hope to meet you both one day..
You are amazing ladies..
Hugs to you..

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...
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mommy24treasures said...

oh wonderful news on the sleep, I will pray for Maggie's breathing.
Have fun with Ms Steffie and the girls!!!!!!

KKamholz said...

good news on the sleeping..hoping it continues; the girls rooms look so cute; and i love the beds; my sister and i used to sleep in twin beds; and share a room.

Bill and Melodie said...

Gwen, I have been reading your blog for a while (thanks to our mutual friend Lindsey). I have prayed for you and your sweetie often but have never posted on your blog. You are an amazing person! Sunday night I was up all night with a sick dog and I was really frustrated! God brought you to my mind so I said a little prayer for you and got over my frustration pretty quick! Still praying for your family!

Melodie

Jewels of My Heart said...

This post almost made me cry.... Thank You Jesus. It is so wonderful when He answers our prayers. Will keep praying for you.
The girls look darling and I LOVE their room.... Talk about a cheerful, happy place...
Sweet, Sweet Dreams Oatsvall family

Brenda said...

Great news to hear...SLEEP happened in the Oatsvall home :)

the girl's room is very sweet!

Maybe you can now have a bit of fun when your friends arrive on their visit :)

Denise C said...

WONDERFUL news!!! I am thrilled that Miss Maggie slept well..therefore ...mommy slept well! Thank you God for your tender mercies!
The girls room is so precious....and I love the batman masks!!! cute!!!
Have an absolutely wonderful time with Stef, Em, and Sophia! Oh, to be a mouse in the corner with all of you together!!! ;)
(((Hugs & Love)))

ingab said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your sleep. I have been reading your blog for several months and my heart ached for your little girl Maggie and still does when I look at her little picture and see such sadness. But, I do love to see a picture with her smiling big. I pray everynight now that God will be with the little children who have no forever families and I also pray for your little Maggie. Thank you for sharing your story and allowing me to follow along.

IngaB

Laura Nipper said...

Oh how wonderful to read that your princess slept so well. Praise the Lord. Its amazing what a little sleep can do for a person. The girls room is so cute and they look so happy in their new beds.

Laura said...

YEAH!!!! So glad to hear that you actually got a pretty good night's sleep!! Maybe this will continue! Maggie & Emily's room looks really cute! Love the ladybugs around the window!!

Have fun with your friends!

Kim Kenward said...

That's wonderful news about the sleep. Let's hope this is a continued habit for Maggie. The bedroom and those cute headboards are darling. Have a great weekend!

Hugs,
Kim K.

Laura said...

I didn't finish my comment before posting it. Sorry! So here's the rest of it!

I hope Maggie's breathing gets better. I can totally understand the breathing issues as we have those here at our house too. We look like a pharmacy here with all of our supplies (2 nebulizers, 4 inhalers, steroids, multiple supplies of asthma and allergy medications, etc.). And did you hear the latest asthma news? Knoxville is the asthma capital of the country! Yippee for us! And we wonder why our girls have such problems. Could it be that we're in East TN?!?!? We'll continue to pray for Maggie and that her chest X-ray comes back clear.

Thomas bunch said...

That picture is awesome!!
How did last night go?

~Amy~ said...

So glad things are coming along great! There room is too cute! I'm soooo happy that Steffie, Em, and Fia are coming to visit you! You guys will have SO MUCH FUN! I can't wait to see pics and read all about it. Praying for you everyday girlfriend!

xoxo

Anonymous said...

gwen, i have been following your journey since you were in china. i am a friend of adele smith from mississippi. we are expecting a referral in THIS batch.
praise the lord for sleep and for him slowly healing your maggie's heart.

god bless you all... and thank you for sharing your story. it is such an inspiration, samantha huff
http://www.babyjellybeans.com/web/do/site/home?ID=133037

Steffie B. said...

Oh i ams o happy for you girl.....it hink both girls need their space...I think you will be amazed at the difference!

We can't wait to see you!

Jeanne said...

YAY for sleep!!!! I had trouble with no sleep on an airplane for just 2 days.....I can only imagine how hard it's been on you!

The girls' room looks absolutely adorable! I bet they are LOVING it, aren't they???

Can't wait to talk to you about our trip! God blew us away! Keep praying for us....we are sorting through lots right now.

Kelly said...

If I ever want a good laugh I go to Aaron's blog--he makes me laugh 9 X's out of 10.
Sleep makes a huge difference. Glad you were able to get a pretty good nights sleep. Looking forward to next week. Love ya Kel

jennifer said...

Yay for sleep!!! I hope you have turned the corner! I know you and Steffie will have so much fun together. What a blessing good friends are.

Anita said...

Oh Gwen...I don't know who I'm happier for...you or Maggie?? :) I know how much you've needed some REALLY good sleep and God just blew your socks off last night!! Praying for continued nights of sleep for everyone as well as health for Maggie..both physically and emotionally. What a GREAT momma you are my friend! :) HUGs! PS..now can I get the trick for Kaylin going right back to sleep when she needs a new pull-up? :)hee,hee!!

Beverly said...

cute cute cute.

Beverly

Kim said...

Gwen, the girls room looks so pretty and girly! I love the headboards! I bet the girls are really excited! Especially since Maggie got a good night sleep. I hope this helps her to sleep better at night. Please let us know what you find out about Maggie's chest x-ray. We will add that one to our prayer list.
I hope you have a wonderful time with your visiting friends. It's always nice to see old friends again! =]
Continually praying,
Kim

Anonymous said...

So glad you all got lots of sleep for one night. The pj's in the picture look familiar :) Will contiue to pray for peaceful sleeps.

Kristi R.

Heather said...

Oh my goodness - the picture is so cute!! And sleep - WAHOO, God! Oh we will pray you are flukeless and that this sticks...so unbelievably happy for you.

Hoping the breathing treatments work.

Blessings to you!
Heather

Jodee Leader said...

Love the new beds! I hope everyone continues to sleep!

holly m. said...

Baby steps is what your Maggie is taking, Gwen! So happy to hear of a little more sleep for you all!
Still praying for the Oatsvalls in Michigan!:)

Anonymous said...

hi gwen,
God just put it on my heart to share that every little (and big) sacrifice is paving a path to heaven. someday in heaven it will unfold before you, more beautiful than ever, for you to run to Him.

lots of love,
one of your prayer warriors

Nicole said...

I'm so happy she slept through the night, except for the pull-up time. Not too bad. I pray for you every night that you are blessed!

Emmie said...

Oh Gwen.
so glad to hear things are starting to go better!
They both look so cute in this picture..
can't wait to see them both
but most of all..
YOU!
love ya girl!

KKamholz said...

I got your message; I'm glad the girls like the panties; that's so cute of Maggie to wear hers over her pull-up; You take care as well; and please say hi to Scott for me.

The Shingletons said...

Love the room! Praying for the next doctor's visit. I took your advice and bought the devotional book. I think I'm going to really like it. I went ahead and bought a few extra since they were on sale. I love giving away books I love! Thanks, Shawnah

Franceskasjourneyhome said...

That bedroom is precious!!! And I am so happy that you got some sleep!!

Love, Kristy

~Amy~ said...

Gwen- Denise sent me a copy of Jesus Calling and I got it in the mail today!!!! I'm soooo excited to start it! I'm going to plow through January so I can get up to date! Hope all is well...hugs!

redmaryjanes said...

You are Steffie are going to have a wonderful time. She is so much fun. I'm glad that you had a good nights sleep. Hang in there my friend.

Denise C said...

Gwen,
I have to tell you how much I am loving "Jesus Calling"!!!!! IT is so amazing how this devotional speaks directly to me EVERYDAY! Like today....."Focus on Me...step by step...bring Me your weaknesses and receive My peace...I am sovereign over everything"..."EVERYTHING!!!"
Now that is powerful!!!
How can I ever thank you for recommending this wonderful book? It blesses my socks off every single day! Thank you so much Gwen! You are a dear person and I look forward to getting to know you better in the Lord!
Hope your little angels is still sleeping well in her cute little bed!!!!!!
Hugs and prayers to you, my friend!
Denise

Steffie B. said...

So........how is it going? We need an update!

gretchen said...

WE'RE STILL PRAYING for the sleep bug to hit hard at the Oatsvall home! :)