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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

BABY SITTING FOR JESUS

Only at the Oatsvall house do things like this happen ... I got an email yesterday from our agency in dire need of a family to do interim care for a 2 day old baby girl ... Anyone who knows me, knows I was totally on board w/in a minute... I told Scott that I figured out what I wanted for my birthday (Oct. 5th by the way) ... He looked at me w/ those wondering eyes and I told him, "There is a baby girl that needs a family for 2 weeks to love on her, pray for her and just be the hands and feet of Jesus." ... After a few persuasive agruments he said if that is what I felt God calling us to do then we would do it ... This is one reason I love this man, he does love my heart no matter how crazy it gets.

So today around 4:30 they are bringing me a baby girl to cherish for the next 2 weeks ... I will ask you all to pray that during these two weeks this birth mother finds the forever family in the profiles she is viewing and this family's heart will be prepared to welcome this angel into their home forever ...

I am over joyed to say the least ... Emily is on poopy diaper duty, Elijah is doing peepee diapers, and Jeremiah has agreed to wake w/ me in the middle of the night to help feed, Maggie & Daddy are on kisses duty ...

Side Note ... Suzanne and I have been to Target and stacked up on diapers, bottles, and many friends pitching in what they have that I will need over the next two weeks (remember it does take a village) ... So stay tuned for some fun middle of the night post ...

36 kind words.:

Laura said...

Gwen,

Somehow, this doesn't surprise me in the least!!! I guess things were just getting too calm around your house!!! HaHa!!! Seriously, what an awesome thing you're doing. I love the title of your post - Babysitting for Jesus! You are a remarkable woman my friend!!!

Teresa said...

How wonderful! Love on that baby girl. Praying that she finds the parents she wants for her baby. She should be there about right now as I type. Post pictures if they allow it!

Teresa

Diane said...

Me again....well, you know me by now, I'm over the top excited about this...and, I live how far away???? :)

Just had to stop by and reread your post, I love that your family was chosen to cherish!!!!!

Covering you all in prayer!!

amy said...

what an exciting surprise. Enjoy this as you pray for her and her family

Tracy said...

I know many an interim family who turned out to be an eternal family! So excited! Can't wait to see her on Friday! What is her name???!!!

dreamingBIGdreams said...

so awesome!

we had the most amazing interim care family for our deacon. they are still dear to us and on our christmas card list FOREVER. they were so important to us. They loved him when we couldn't. I CHERISH THEM!

Love this role, enjoy it, cherish it, you will be fabulous!

:)jamie

LaLa said...

What a wonderful opportunity to serve. Enjoy your sleepless nights : )

Ashley said...

Love the title of this post!! That's who it's really for!

Kim Kenward said...

I'm not at all surprised at your latest 2 week obligation. You have the most generous heart. Have fun loving up that baby!! She couldn't be more loved.

Gail said...

How exciting for you all! Will be praying for the birth mom and baby girl.

Katie said...

put in a good word for us:)
hope your time is wonderful!

jennifer said...

You are the perfect mom for the job. What a gift you are giving the adoptive family who will have the priviledge of raising this baby girl.

You ARE crazy though!!!

Michelle said...

oh, what a special blessing! sounds like you have all areas covered with your helpers..

loved your post below about the wrong kid at the birthday party...as a fellow mom to 4, I can SOOO relate! lol!

carlee Brian said...

so glad you got your birthday present early.. love on her and may she see the "hands and feet of Jesus!"

mommy24treasures said...

oh my goodness how fun! That would be my perfect birthday gift too!
You have fun! Give her a couple of snuggles from me!;)

Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five said...

That sounds like such fun! What an awesome way to share the love of Christ!
robbie

Nikki said...

I had a feeling this was your fun news...sounds very exciting!
Definitely keep us posted - I only wish I were there and could have a duty too.
XO

Kristy said...

Gwen you are a special lady. My life is so blessed just by knowing you even if it is online. You never cease to make me smile while sitting here in this chair. thank you and God bless all of your lovies!! And may God bless this baby with a loving family.

Love, Kristy

Michelle said...

Happy Early Birthday!! That's a pretty big (or little) surprise gift! If I lived closer, I'd volunteer for kisses duty. Have fun & I can't wait to hear/see more!!

missy said...

I love it...babysitting for Jesus! I can't think of a better sitter. Give that sweet love some kisses from me : )

ADELE said...

Oh how wonderful! I am not surprised one bit because you have the biggest heart I know of. I pray that the birthmother will find peace in finding the right family for this precious child. I will continue to remember her as well. Enjoy the sleepless nights. Can't wait to hear all about it.

Anita said...

Awwww.....what a huge blessing your family is to this little baby girl! My mom and dad fostered a little one when I was 4 yrs old. They had her for 9 months and so desperately wanted to adopt her, but were told no as they already had children. I know this will be a special time for all of you!

April said...

Oh Gwen what a great privledge to have this baby the first few weeks of her life to pray over her life and before her forever family is found..we will be praying for this baby girl everyday...

mom 2 many said...

Oh what fun!!!! That would be such a great gift!
Happy Birthday early....mine is the end of the month!
Enjoy your 2 weeks loving on that precious baby girl!!
Blessings,
Carla

Erica said...

Beautiful. I love how God works. Baby fix for you. Blessing for a sweet baby. A beautiful heart you have my friend.

Kathi said...

How exciting for you guys!!! Can't wait to hear updates on "little princess" I will be praying for her family

Shelly and Family said...

Oh Gwen...what an awesome and amazing "birthday present"! (I think your agency just knew you & your family would be just perfect for this 'mission'...!)

redmaryjanes said...

Oh my word, how wonderful is that? I know you are going to love that little girl to pieces!

Janeen Jordan said...

Oh how precious and what a wonderful birthday gift!! I know you will so enjoy loving on that little one for 2 weeks. If you need anything at all, please please email me!

Kelly said...

The title is perfect. "Babysitting for Jesus." All I have to say is your family is Awesome!!!!!!!!!!! :o)

Kristi said...

May God bless your service and faithfulness! And may you have a blessed birthday dear friend!

Beth said...

That is amazingly awesome!!!! How cool and exciting! And Scott's reaction is FABULOUS. God Bless! I've been reading your blog for a while and I know that that little girl will have all the love of the world thrust upon her during these weeks! I hope and pray that everything goes smoothly, and that God will prepare your hearts for any of the twists, turns, or hurdles along the way. I commend you for following God's leading and commend Scott for his God-centered reaction. Have fun!!!!!! Maybe it will prepare the kids for the new additions from Ethiopia!
Beth

A Momma in Waiting... said...

YIppee! Sounds like a lot of activity for the next couple weeks....I be back to read those midnight posts....Terry

Terry said...

I have a feeling you and your family are going to be a true blessing to this precious child! Thank you for listening to His call! This sweet little girl has no idea how much love she will receive over the next 2 weeks.

Shawnstribe said...

you guys are AWESOME!!!!!!
cant wait to hear more : )
xxx
s

Denise C said...

OH Gwen...you are so precious!!! I LOVE the title of this post! What a perfect title!
OK...now I want to see pictures of you cuddling that sweet little doll!!!!! Oh gosh...I wish we lived closer...I love babies!!!!!
Hugs, my sweet friend!!!
Denise C