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Monday, June 23, 2008

Party w/The Oatsvall's ... Lake Fun, GNO, Birthday, and more ...

This is a super long post of all that has been happening over the last couple of weeks ... The Lord has blessed me w/ an amazing family and some extremely loyal and loving friends.... Friendship is a true gift from the Lord ... He created the avenue of relationship and for it to work it has to be two-sided ... I pray that I am always available to these people who have shaped my life and touched my heart ...


My brother and his family have moved back to TN ... We had a great time catching up ... My SIL is in the military and I am SUPER PROUD of her ... She will be commuting for the next 3 years as she finishes her tour here in the states. My 4 beautiful nieces are amazingly talented ... Tori plays soccer for Kings College in Bristol, TN and the other 3 are well on their way to making a name for themselves ... I am so glad they are home !!!




Emily and Nana shared another exciting birthday together ... We are honored to have our princess share a birthday day w/ her great grandmother. They love each other in a special way... We started calling the party "THE UNITED NATIONS" ... We had several countries represented and it was just great fun seeing all the colors of the rainbow represented. We are blessed to have wonderful friends and family to share this day w/ ... Thank you all for coming and making the Queen and Princess feel special ... We raised $150.00 at the party for "Maria's Miracle Fund" ...





This was our second "Girl's Night Out" ... We raised $150.oo for a family starting the adopting process just by sitting around eating chocolate and talking ... It was great fun and while we were there a couple of women shared their hopes of adoption ... God is working miracles in the lives of so many around us ... We will be honoring SHAOHANNAH'S HOPE w/ our next two GNO ... Please continue to pray for the entire Chapman family ...




This was a super fun few days at the Lake w/ our sweet sweet friends ... My friend Suzanne (who most of you will remember was adopting Caleb domestically while I was in China getting Maggie) ... She has 6 amazing children and my 4 think they are family to us. We do life together ... The good, the ugly and the extremely blessed ... All I can say is watch out if we are all together ... That is 10 kids from the ages of 12 to 7 months old and MAMA DON'T PLAY !!! Shout Out to my girl GRACE ... She is in the picture w/ Jeremiah and sweet baby Caleb ... She is a dream of a girl and I just adore her ... She loves on my kids and Emily considers her one of her "bestest buddies" ...





14 kind words.:

Brenda said...

passing through Gwen and I enjoy this stop...whether it's hard news or fun news..... :) what beautiful people and stories you share !

holly m. said...

I love your family times that you share, Gwen. Super pictures..the only thing that's needed in the pic of the kiddos around the pool would be a few more kids!!! :)

Maggie is looking great!

Still praying here for the Chapmans.

Denise C said...

OH wow! I am loving all these pictures!!! Such a beautiful family you have girl! So glad that you guys had a fabulous time at the lake....and at the United Nations b-day blast! hee-hee!

Oh such sweet, summer blessings!
Love ya!
Denise

BudnLeah's Fam said...

Looks like so much fun! I'm jealous of your tan. I stop by your blog often, just don't always leave a comment.

emily said...

Just makes me miss you more and more! Sweet times with sweet friends and family. God is so good.

Beverly said...

love the pics. It is always nice to have family close by.

Leigh Ann said...

What a great post - I enjoyed catching up as well. The birthday party rocked and so did the strawberry cake.

Thanks for the words of encouragement - they are so appreciated! Please keep us in your prayers - the girls especially, I am going to miss them so much. And of course your brother, too. LOL!

Love ya!

Jewels of My Heart said...

HOw fun! Love all the photos and hearing about these special times shared with family and friends.... You were wrong about one things though... it wasn't long.... I was reading and looking and then BAM it was over.... I wanted more. lol
Love you sister of mine...

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

WOW... looks like you have been busy and having sooo much fun..
LOVE boating..
The kids are all soooo beautiful..
Have a Great Week..
LOVE YA GIRLY...

Michelle said...

What a fun summer you and your family have been having! I like your "United Nations" party. Our family often jokes about my Mom's United Nations grandchildren - two from China, two from Guatemala and one from Russia. ;-)

Kim said...

Just stopped by to see how your doing. Looks like your having a great summer so far. =) Maggie looks great and Emily is just getting so big. =)
Oh, my brother and SIL had to put their adoption on hold. She's pregnant and is due on Nov 21st. They are having a girl! But sad that they have to wait on Micah.=(
They are a little confused on what God is doing. They have so much money invested in adopting Micah and now they will lose that. Their hearts were really set on bringing a boy home to be a brother to their other son, DJ. So, until McKenzie is born they will have to wait in adopting Micah. I told my brother that Micah probably isn't here yet and that's why God has blessed them with a child created through them. =)
Talk to you later,
Kim

nikki said...

I'm so happy you had an update...I love hearing about all the HAPPY things that have been going on with your family lately. I adore all the pictures with all of the amazing kiddos...Maggie really looks like she is coming out of her shell!

I love you and miss you tons.

Kristy said...

Oh Gwen everyone looks just beautiful and so, so , happy!!!! God is great!!

Love, Kristy

Kelly said...

Sent off our application :o) I treid to do it on-line, but couldn't get it to go through. I thought it was my computer, but I tried another computer & it still didn't work. I snail-mailed it yesterday :o) I'll keep you updated.