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Friday, February 29, 2008

Blessed Beyond ...



My sweet girl told me the other day with no prompting "I lufa you." I think we have turned a corner here and I just know that God has used you all to keep my heart full and focused. Taking each day at a time with Maggie made the journey so sweet. On the hard days, I just prayed Lord help me get through this day. On the sweet days, I said Lord let me catch every blessing ...

Maggie loves her home and feels so safe. I am leaving her home w/Scott more now to run errands or whatever and she is doing fabulous. She is understanding who we are ... To see her run to Scott when he comes home from work just makes my heart leap out of my chest ... Her brothers and sister adore her (even when she scratches and bites ...still working on that) ... They don't shun her, but try to teach her to be soft ... I am so proud of how they are loving their sister ...

We are healing here and it feels good. God has made us stronger because we were so weak... He gets all the glory...I love you all and when I say you have helped me through this I mean it ...

P.S. Thank you Verna for my new look .. What a selfless and sweet friend you are ... Praying for smooth adjustment for Noah ...

P.S.S. Check out the top icon on my sidebar ... Becky has set us up a great Adoption Fundraiser Blog ... Check it out and buy all your gifts there ...My honey got me the Africa Necklace for V-day from the Junk Posse site ... It is beyond fabulous ... Let's support bringing children home to their forever families and give a gift that will bring blessings forever !!!!

30 kind words.:

Steffie B. said...

love the blog girl......and I am so glad things keep getting better and better. God is so good....can't wait to see you again. David keeps asking me what we are cooking up together? *Wink*

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

Love the new look...
It is sooo cute...
The pictures are WONDERFUL...
Looks like the kids are enjoying life...
Glad things are going well.. you deserve the best in life.. you are an AMAZING woman...
Hugs to you..
Can't wait to meet you one day..
I hope I get that chance..

mommy24treasures said...

isn't it wonderful to ice out your dream? Even in the hard places to have such joy deep inside, knowing He is at work.
You are blessed beyond measure and I am so happy Maggie and everyone is doing so wonderfully and I give Him glory with you for His amazing plan.

mommy24treasures said...

oh and yes how sweet of Ms Verna. If Verna is like me she was having an itch to create, and its fun for her, I know she enjoyed making the new look:) Looks great. And isn't Noah the cutest little thing??!!??

Katie Jo said...

So glad to hear such sweet news.
I really love the new look of your blog. I really gotta do that. Who helped you again?
Loved the adoption fundraiser blog someone started. What a fun idea.
Hope to play soon. Give us a call.

Laura said...

Love the new look - very spring looking! Now if only the weather would feel like spring!!!

So glad to hear that Maggie seems to have turned a corner.

Love the pictures! The kids all look like they are just loving life!!!

Thomas bunch said...

LOVE your new header...your tummy is so flat:)

Kim Kenward said...

I love the new blog look, Gwen. It's so cheerful. As always, great pictures of your kiddos. Continued blessing towards Maggie's healing.

Love, Kim K.
PS. Only 11 days until we leave for our SN daughter in CHINA. I can't wait.

Kelly said...

So glad things are getting better for you guys. Love and security can do that for a little one! Kinda like what Jesus does for us, huh?
Love the new look! Blessings!

Leigh Ann said...

Love your new blogger template! Glad things are getting a bit easier. Give everyone our love, when are you doing the b-day's...we would love to catch everyone and say hello. Mailed Elijah's & Scott's card...will wait a few days for the rest:) Ya'll keep a girl busy in March! Love ya!

Tiffany said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the new look!

LOVE LOVE LOVE that Maggie is turning the corner.

LOVE LOVE LOVE God and His perfect ways and timing.

LOVE LOVE LOVE you!

Praying for you!

holly m. said...

What a pretty blog, Gwen!!

Very happy to hear of the love beginning to return to Momma and Daddy from your precious girl, Maggie! God will use Maggie in a Mighty way as she heals, grows and matures. The kindness and love that your children are showing Mags even in her aggressive behaviors towards them is a wonderful reflection of you and your DH.
Thinking of and praying for your family. Take care!

mommy24treasures said...

how did I type ice out your dream instead of live out your dream???!!! Thats kind of sad typing;)

jennifer said...

I LOVE the header - too cute. I am so glad things are going so well. They are so cute. Love the nightgown and socks on the trampoline!

Tina said...

I just gotta say that I LOVE the new look!!!!!!!!!!
And it was just a treat to get to see you and hug your neck!
I love you my sweet friend. What a profound imprint you have made on my soul.

Heather said...

Blog looks gorgeous! ANd I will get your package out to you - just so sllloooow these days -I think I need spring:)

Loved this post, makes my heart leap to read about turned corners - we've turned a few of our own and have some to go! He truly gives us what we need, when we need it - amazing.

Thanks for bringing more smiles to my home:)

Have a happy weekend.

Heather

Denise C said...

Those are some very precious kiddos!!! Love those sweet smiles & bare feet on the trampoline!!! ("Now that's what I'm talking about"...Chelsi & I are ready for some bare feet days!)

To GOD be all the glory for Sweet Maggie's journey! Isn't it wonderful to know that each morning holds brand new mercies!!! You are right....one day...only one day at a time!

So glad you got the special necklace you mentioned...She has some really beautiful items!!!

Have a very blessed weekend my sweet friend!

Love,
Denise

Jodee Leader said...

Love your new blog look. I am so glad things are getting better each and every day. You have an adorable family!

Michelle - Blessed Mother of Two said...

Love the blogover, but even more importantly am glad to hear that Maggie and your family are doing better with each new day. Your children are precious.

Kristi said...

Gwen, What a bright and happy blog encounter this morning! Love the pics, love the header with each family member and what good news in your update! Made my Saturday morning as this was the first blog I went to. God bless you! Kristi

Mommy Spice said...

I'm so glad things are going well for your family. Maggie is just precious.

I looked a while back at your blog, and saw the devotional, Jesus Calling. It was on sale for $5 at Lifeway. Well, I went and got it and it's just been awesome. My husband recently lost his Pastoral position due to major budget cuts. We've been in full time ministry for 14 years. We're in a difficult place right now, but that devotional is written as though Sarah new we'd be going through this right now. Thanks for advertising it.

Jewels of My Heart said...

Thank You Jesus! What beautiful words of healing to hear.... He is oh, so faithful.
Your blog looks darling and I love to Joseph and Abagail's names on your sidebar. Can't wait to see their sweet faces too... God's Speed dear friend.

The Johnson Family said...

Cute pics!! Bella hd such a good time playing with the girls and I really enjoyed all the good lovin I got from miss maggie!! I am sure emily can teach her who her favorite aunt is!!!:) love ya

emily said...

What a blessing to read! I love the family at the top of the blog now:)

Don't you just love your necklace? It makes me feel closer to my babies- my heart truly is in Africa.

Hoping to see you real soon!

redmaryjanes said...

I love the new blog and I love Becky's site. It is fabulous. I am so glad to hear that Maggie now is understanding what you have known all along...that she is an Oatsvall. It does my heart good to see the children together looking so happy.
You donation came for the postage fund. Thank you my friend. : )

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

All the kids look SO happy...

nikki said...

I can't believe I am so late reading this update!
first, your blog looks great...thought I was lost when I first got here! Verna IS so sweet.
Second, I love the pics of your kiddos! Absolute sweetness, and Maggie looks SO happy! Yay!

(I saw the Africa necklace on that site...it is amazing.)
Take care sweet friend.
LOVE YOU!

OH MY #6 said...

what a fabulous post!

Lea

Anna Grace`s Jie Jie said...

The new blog design is great!! I love it!! The girls are precious!!

Laura Nipper said...

Oh I love the look of your new blog it is just darling. So happy to read that Maggie is doing well to. How awesome to hear the words I lufa you. What a blessing.