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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

A PRICELESS GIFT !!!




What a surprise that came today ... Yolanda was coming by for a visit today and she brought me the most precious, priceless gift ... Jim (aka my adopted brother), who is beyond talented, painted me the most amazing scene of an angel peaking through the bamboo trees in China watching over my two baskets ... The baskets that held my precious Emily and Maggie till I came ... I just bawled when she showed it to me ... Jim can capture the spirit of emotions better than anyone I have ever met ... Hoping the picture on the blog does it justice ... I have found a place in my living room so that each time I pass it I will be blessed and happy knowing my two blessings are home ... Jim, I love you and am thankful God brought your family into our lives ... I will never forget the day I was walking through the parking lot at church pregnant with Elijah and you told me my daughter was in China ... LOVE YA!

Jim is the artist for the "Shoay and Dot" books by MaryBeth Chapman ... If you don't have one you should get one for your little one... The art work just brings alive the story ...

UPDATE ... Sleep is better ... Mags wakes about twice a night, but no tantrums in over a week ... Keep the prayers coming ...

35 kind words.:

Chrissie said...

Wow the paintings are so beautiful brought me straight to tears. Great reminder of our Father's love for these precious children. Even more so today when so many of China's waiting children are struggily with this horrible ice storm. I'm keeping your angels and the ones still waiting in prayer.

Denise C said...

OH wow Gwen...now that is a precious gift! You have some really dear friends! I love it! I also love those books....I gave one to my friends when she adopted from China in 2005. I think it had just been released....and I was so excited to get it for her! I am so in awe that you know not only the Chapmans personally but also the artist for their book AND...the Titan's coach and his family! My hubby wants to come over and hang out with you all during football season! hee-hee!
SO glad to hear that Miss Maggie is still sleeping pretty well...and that she has not had a night terror in awhile! God is so good!
I don't know if you got my comment about the Jesus Calling...so I really want to say it again....I am so blessed by this devo...and I just really want to thank you from my heart for introducing and recommending it...yesterday and today's pages were written FOR ME!
Love & Hugs to you my blogger blessing!

emily said...

Beautiful! What a treasure indeed. So thoughtful and what a sweet reminder for you to see each day!

Anita said...

Oh Gwen....WOW doesn't even begin to share my thoughts, but I'll start there. What a priceless gift is correct....it would touch all of our hearts who have daughters from China, I tell ya!! Maybe you should just give him a nudge and tell him he oughta put some into print to sell at the Christian bookstores!! HINT, HINT!! And you my friend...get the ORIGINAL!! HOW COOL IS THAT? :) And of course Kaylin has the Shoey books too and LOVE the artwork from Mr. Jim! So wish I was able to get together with you guys if I were still in good 'ol Tennessee!! Awesome to hear that Mags is still sleeping so well. I think she and Kaylin must have the same clock going on here with the twice a night wakings...somehow we've got to reset their clocks a bit! ;) HUGS to you my friend!

Kim said...

What a neat special gift it is! You can see the love that was put into it! I love those kind of gifts..from the hands to the heart. =]
I'm so glad to hear that Maggie hasn't had any tantrums! Looks like God is healing her painful memories and some of the homesick that she may have been feeling.
Enjoy the nice warmer weather that we're having today. =]
Continually praying,
Kim

BudnLeah's Fam said...

So glad to see a new post and to hear that sleep is getting better for ya'll. Your girls are so adorable, I love getting to know them through your blog. It's incredible to me to see all the people your paths have come across and how many people you've touched.

Ashley said...

What a gift! Absolutely amazing. So glad to hear that Maggie is sleeping better. Praise Jesus! Praying for ya! :)

John & Michelle said...

Such a lovely gift! I am most please to hear that Maggie is heading in the right direction. God timing is alway perfect!!!

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Gwen, how are you my friend? I did a post today for your SIL and I've been talking with your MIL. You have a wonderful family. Verna is doing a blog for your MIL to help her bow fundraising.

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

WOW!!!!!
That is beautiful...
I LOVE IT!!!!
I will have to look into that book.. I don't have that one..
Glad that Maggie is doing well..
Hugs to you..
Where is my picture????LOL
I know you are busy..

Bill and Melodie said...

What an amazing gift!

Jewels of My Heart said...

I dont have the word... What a precious gift. He no doubt saw the truth... I am most certain that Jesus had and has his angels posted around our little ones... My heart is comforted in this reminder that His angels are posted over all of the little ones that are still awaiting their families and during this most difficult time in China.
I am so glad our babies are home and thank God that He continues to watch our babies that we know only in our hearts.
So glad Maggie is doing better.
God Bless You.

Leigh Ann said...

They are absolutely beautiful! Give the kids hugs and kisses from thier Aunt & Uncle and cousins.
Love and Miss You,
Leigh Ann

Jodee Leader said...

Wow! What a great gift! I am so glad Maggie is sleeping better!

Janeen Jordan said...

What a beautiful gift! Keeping Maggie and you lifted up - praying that the tantrums have left for good.

~Amy~ said...

I love the painting...it is gorgeous! I am glad things are going well for you. Maggie with no tantrums must be wonderful. God IS awesome!

Started reading JC last night in bed...I'm reading fast through January to get to the current day. I read some last night and just sat back and thought about them. They really do hit home. What a wonderful time I (we) get to share with God...

Steffie B. said...

Ok...that is just beautiful....and I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT! YEah...Em and I are coutning downt he days. She is having the worst time ever at school....coming to see you will be good for her and she is already talking about coming in
the summer.

See you soon...glad Mads is doing better.

Laura said...

So glad to hear that the nights are getting better for you and Maggie! I hope the night terrors are a thing of the past!

Jim did an awesome job on that painting! I'll have to come check it out when/if I'm down there this summer for the state tennis tournament (assuming we make it!).

Jeanne said...

Wow! Jim is amazing! What a beautiful gift!

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Oh I love it...

Anonymous said...

What beautiful detail. Now, that is someone who prayed and imagined that Angel guarding your babies. WOW!! Ask him, to consider doing a print for all of us.... I would love that!
Samantha Huff

nikki said...

Jim did an incredible job of putting on paper what we all visualized in our hearts before our girls were home...brought me to tears too. So glad you are surrounded by such wonderful, Godly people in your life. What a blessing!

Also glad to hear Maggie is doing so well at night...she wakes up fewer times than Lily!!!

XO

Thomas bunch said...

Such vivid communication without saying a word, fabulous!!

jennifer said...

THat is beautiful! What a wonderful gift. So glad to hear the sleep is better- That makes everything better!

kristihend said...

What a treasure! I was so moved by this incredible painting. So glad Maggie is improving and still praying for peaceful all night sleep to come soon! KristiHend

Beckyb said...

That is such a wonderful and priceless gift -you are blessed girl!!! It's beautiful!!

Kelly said...

The painting is beautiful. Jim is so talented. I got your message about Thursday, and I will pray for Maggie's appointment. We should reschedule soon. Love ya

sara said...

What an amazing amazing gift. As hard as it is to put into words or paint - that about does it:) What a beautiful thing for your girls!!

We love the Shaoey & Dot books and have them!!

Laura Nipper said...

Simply beautiful. So happy to read that Maggie is sleeping better.
My sister in law picked up a Shaoey & Dot book when she was on buiness in China and give it to my kids. It is a darling book. Who would know that you know the artist personally. Hope your week is going well.

Beverly said...

That is incredible.

Beverly

mommy24treasures said...

beautiful!!!!

I am glad sleep is better...

Denise C said...

Gwen,
Were you all affected by the tornadoes??? I had your family in my thoughts as I learned about the devastation near you....we eventually did have some strong winds up this way (Bristol area)...but no tornadoes. I pray all of you and your families are safe and well!
Love,
Denise C

Anna Grace`s Jie Jie said...

That is SO cool- Your girls' are beautiful!!!! Hope you can check out my blog

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

How are you doing girly...???....
Just been thinking about you..
Hope all is well..
Hugs to you and the family..
I bet you are getting ready for you special visitors...
I am sooo jealous....
I know you are going to have the best time...
Can't wait to see the pictures...

redmaryjanes said...

Ok sister, I found out what's going on. 2?