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Monday, August 11, 2008

It's My Party !!!!



Can I just say that friends and family truly spoiled our girl ... She got so much stuff and watching her open it after everyone left was a moment I will never forget ... Every time we brought her another package she "gasped" as if she couldn't believe this was all from her ... It made my heart sing ... You know how after birthdays or Christmas we say our kids got to much or we went over the top ... Well, this was not one of those times ... She did get a lot, but I felt like she totally deserved it ... It was her first birthday party and she adored every minute ... Thank you all (P.S. she is currently sleeping in this outfit ... )


These are some of Maggie's Peeps ...




Pre-party Picture ... The Oatsvall Team feels like a Champsionship Team on this Day !!!



To The Mother Across The Ocean ... I just pray that in some little way you can feel that the child you gave birth to is treasured beyond words ... She will be loved, cherished, and cared for forever ... She has changed our lives so much and we will forever be thankful you choose life and that God allowed us to be the parents of this amazing little girl ...

51 kind words.:

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

LOVE the pictures...
Maggie's face is PRICELESS...
She has PURE JOY all over her pretty little face...
WOW.. can you say a PARTY..
Love the picture of the family..
You are an amazing family..
Love ya girly...

amy said...

that bottom pic rocks. What a wonderful day for a deserving princess. These are beautiful and I am glad everyone had a good time

Laura said...

So glad to hear that Maggie had such a wonderful birthday! I love the picture of you and Maggie cheek-to-cheek!!!

Kim Kenward said...

What a beautiful party for a beautiful little girl. May each day feel like a celebration. God bless.

Steffie B. said...

Love you girl....so glad she had a wonderful day...
Hugs,
S*

Janeen Jordan said...

typing through my big ole tears - that last picture is absolutely precious!! I can see the peace and comfort in her eyes - she's home, she's safe and she is loved!!! Happy Birthday Maggie girl!!!!

Gail said...

I have tears in my eyes seeing your amazing little girl. Thank you for everything Gwen, I'll continue to keep you posted about William.

Tracy said...

What a joy to celebrate with sweet Maggie! She is definitely blessed to be a blessing! We love your precious family!

That last pic is so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Happy 3rd Birthday to Maggie :-) You are all an inspiration !!

Sherri

www.caringbridge.org/oh/kara

Leigh Ann said...

What a grand time - she looks so happy:D

Love you, Maggie!

Rhea Anne said...

Happy Birthday to you sweetie!!! I would love for you to give my blog to your friend that is adopting from Korea. There doesn't seem to be many that I have ran across yet. Thanks for the comment. Have a blessed week. rhea anne

Bella's momma said...

It looks like ms. Maggie had a wonderful party.

I love what you wrote to her birth mother~ so special.

Have a wonderful day,

Krista

Kelly said...

Beautiful, Special, Priceless. . .

ADELE said...

Happy Birthday sweet Maggie! I just love all of the pics. I can see the love in all of your pics! You are such a wonderful Mom, Gwen. I just want to come over and hang out with you all one day. Yall are such a fun and loving family.

jennifer said...

Happy Birthday Maggie!!

I'm so glad she enjoyed it so much!

Mommy said...

Happy Birthday Maggie! May it be the first of many yet to come with your amazing family.

Kristi said...

Dearest Princess Maggie,
What a blessing you are! Happy, Happy birthday to you! Looks like you had a party fit for the princess that you are! Love to you and your happy family!

Denna said...

Sweet!!! It looks like she had a great birthday.

Katie said...

looks like she had such a great day, you are right, not spoiled, just her first ever birthday party! What more could you want?!

Anna Grace`s Jie Jie said...

I love the pix!! The last pix of you and Maggie is precious! She is beautiful!

missy said...

A party fit for a Queen!!! Yes, she deserves all of it and more. She only has a "few" peeps...lol! A lot of people love sweet Maggie. I hope she continues to blossom more and more every day.

emily said...

Amazing!

What a wonderful celebration of life- she does deserve it all. Wish we lived closer and could celebrate those milestones together.

Love you- should be packing or shopping, but I'm blogging instead. :)

lisa K. said...

She is one very special little Three year old and I can tell you are one amazing family. The Lord hand chose you to be her forever family. Thank you for trusting him and keeping your faith even when things got tough. I love your heart and how god has moved in your lives. Adoptions is an incredible life journey. it can grow and stretch you beyond measure.

Many more happy birthdays to your precious girl.

Lisa K.

April said...

Gwen...so sweet, I loved the pics of sweet Maggie, and I know you had a great day with your birthday girl, I am so thankful tonight God leads us to the child He has for us and it gives me faith to keep holding on that one day it will happen, you and Maggie are living proof!!! I loved all the pics...

Kristi J said...

Her sweet party was awesome and I feel so grateful to have been a part of it. Your two posts about Maggie are so sweet and I'm so glad I got to see her blow out her first birthday candles...I love the pics of Maggie..she is so adorable, but so is the whole fam..she fits in well, kristi

Shelly and Family said...

Happy Birthday Maggie! So looks like you did have a ton of fun!!!

And I too love the last photo. It so melts my heart to see a mom with her little girl...

Anonymous said...

I think Maggie had a great time on Sunday. Thanks for letting us be a part of her special day. I think the last picture says it all, what a great smile.

donna v

redmaryjanes said...

Happy Birthday Beautiful Maggie! We are sending our love from Michigan!
Thank you Gwen for your constant support.

Michelle said...

This just makes my heart smile to see her beaming so big on her birthday!! She has so many people that adore her. I love the last picture of Mom & Maggie - just beautiful!

Brenda said...

Gwen, that picture of you and Maggie, is one of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen :) Happy Birthday Maggie!!

Laura Nipper said...

Oh the Cinderella photo is breath taking. Looks like such a fun party.

Denise C said...

Miss Maggie Cinderella is the cutest little darlin' I have ever seen! SO glad her 3rd b-day was so very special. Her precious little smile in that last picture snuggled up with her sweet Momma...oh my...brought tears to my eyes.
Love you sweet friend!

Shelly and Family said...

Hi Gwen...we got a double stroller from One Step Ahead. I have a photo of it posted a few posts back on our blog (not sure what day) but oh it is amazing! I called the company and was able to "negotiate" a price that was more than half off and got free shipping too. (we are still trying to save as much as we can for China...so every little bit of a saving helps).

Kathi said...

I hope she had a fabulous birthday

I just got your message on my blog; Leigh Ann taught me how to put up some pics...I just have two of Vegas now; will get the rest when I finish off the throw away camera that has the majority of 'em

Anonymous said...

gwen, it's stephanie....you are so right....she deserved it all ....and so much more...she's so blessed to be an oatsvall!!!! sorry about my mini-meltdown at the gym...you are just touching peoples' hearts like you wouldn't believe. THANK YOU for being bold teaching others how to love like that!

Leslie said...

Awwww … thanks for the happy tears! Happy 3rd Birthday Maggie! You know, Gwen, our Susannah will celebrate her third birthday on October 12. I hope we could get the girls together someday! They are close in age! It will be her first time to have a birthday party too! We are just praying hard she will be home and not in the hospital :(! It will be close but God can do it! Still hoping for Sept. travel! BTW, I went back and read Maggie's story the other night when I could not sleep! AMAZING! MIRACLE! FIGHTER! LITTLE BUNDLE OF PERSEVERANCE! BLESSING FROM THE LORD! LIVING TESTIMONY OF HIS PERFECT PLAN! Thanks for sharing your story and letting me have a peak in! Hope the book is going well!
Leslie :))

Kim said...

I'm so happy that sweet Maggie had a wonderful, fun and exciting birthday! =) The Oatsvall family is so blessed by God! I'm so happy for you all!
I loved the pictures!
Kim

Kelly, Mom to the Putty's said...

So sorry we were unable to make the party. It looks like she had a blast. How sweet is that picture of you and her. Look forward to the 24th.

Gail said...

Gwen, Just wanted to say hi and that we are starting to have some better days, thank you for your support, great advice and prayers. Thank you for reaching out to me, I can't say enough how it's helped. I just did a post with some recent pictures.


Gail

Jewels of My Heart said...

Oh, I am so thankful that sweet Maggie had a wonderful birthday celebration.... how fun that she knew everything was about her.... I pray she knows how special she is one day....
Love,
Daleea

Terri said...

Happy 3rd Birthday sweet Maggie, I hope you had a wonderful day!!!

Terri

Beverly said...

Happy Belated Bday. love the pics.

Emily said...

I've followed your blog for a lonnnnnnng time and thought it was about time to comment :)

Happy 3rd Birthday, Maggie!!

She is so cute! I love the picture of her in her Cinderella outfit.

nikki said...

Hello my friend!
SOOOO glad to see that your sweet girl had a wonderful 3rd birthday. I'm so glad she was showered with love and pressies. (That was QUITE the crew you had over for the party...not that I'm at all surprised!)
That last pic of the two of you just made the tears flow.
She is such a miracle, that one!
Love all you Oatsvalls!
XOXO

holly m. said...

Happy Birthday, Sweet Maggie Pie!!

Gwen, Maggie looks wonderful! All that lovin'!!

Nicole said...

Your daughters are SO lucky to have you as a mother. I am so glad Maggie was able to find her way to the Oatsvall family. I'm sure she had a WONDERFUL birthday!!! Give her a big birthday squeeze from me and my boys!!

Leslie said...

Your children are gorgeous!!! That is some party for you bday girl! She is soo cute in that princess costume!

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Happy Birthday Miss Princess... I hope you had a wonderful day

The Shingletons said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Maggie!
Hey, saw you husband on tv at the Titan's game! FUN!

Pam said...

I am glad that she had a great day. I am thankful that she is realzing how much you all love her.

mommy24treasures said...

ohhhhh she did deserve a special special day. Happy Birthday to your sweet beautiful Princess.