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Monday, September 8, 2008

JUST TURNED A HUGE CORNER ...


Had to share w/ my cyberfamily ... Maggie said today, "Luffa you mommy" !!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the first time she has said it w/out me saying it first ... We were at Walmart (just her and I) ... I put my face down close to give her a kiss as we strolled and SHE JUST SAID IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you Lord for the word LOVE ... It says so much in just 4 letters ....

55 kind words.:

jennifer said...

How sweet. Worth the wait, I'm sure!!!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

YEAH!!!!!
LOVE the picture of you and the girls..
So happy for you..
LOVE ya girly..

Diane said...

Precious word!!! Precious Treasure, sweetie Maggie!!

Diane said...

AND....she is SO CUTE:)!!!!

dreamingBIGdreams said...

this makes tears come to my eyes!
:)Jamie

Laura said...

Gwen - I know this is a HUGE thing! I'm sure your heart was so full after that!!! Your girls are precious!

ADELE said...

This is WONDERFUL, Gwen!!! Those are the sweetest words ever and to hear them from our children is the best! Love the photo of you with your precious girls. They are beautiful and so are you.
Love,
Adele

mommy24treasures said...

oh hooray!!!!!!

about your email...
I get that one all the time too. Always have with Jacob and Chloe... Even at Gymnastics class the other day with Caitlyn and Chloe. Chloe answered that day. YES. We never explain. Always we just say yes with a smile.
I haven't really ever approached that subject with the kids. To them the answer is a simple yes and they haven't questioned it at this point. I think they wonder why people as sometimes because it is SO often. I know when Jacob and Chloe are a little older we will have to discuss things further but being homeschooled and with me 99% of the time I haven't felt it was time to go deeper yet.

Terry said...

Aw...I "luffa" love!:) That is a HUGE corner to turn. Way to go sweet Maggie (and mom...for helping her to love in the first place).

Katie said...

so precious!

Amy said...

Hooray, what a special feeling that is! Just knowing that they are finally "getting it" makes it worth it all!

A

Kim Kenward said...

What a wonderful moment. Your heart must have just melted. Hugs.

Mallory said...

So cute and precious!!

Panda-Mom said...

How very sweet and pure! ; )

Heather said...

Ohhhhh yes!! And we luffa you too, mommy for sharing this most tender of moments with us!!!

How incredibly wonderful, Gwen!!!

Love to you!
Heather

Steffie B. said...

An answered prayer sweet girl....her love for you is so evident.....I could see that when I was there! ;) You ARE her Momma! ;)
Hugs,
Steffie

Suzanne Kroeker said...

Wow; that's awesome!! I love it when we end up at fun things together. I so enjoy any time I get to spend with you! Thank you for sharing these precious moments with all of us!

Mr.Brian said...

So happy for you.Made me smile just thinking of the emotions you felt when you heard those words spoken from her .
May you continue to feel the blessings of god each and every moment.

holly m. said...

What every Momma longs and loves to hear from her babies!

So precious and such promise in those words..

Jewels of My Heart said...

Oh, Gwen.... I know how your heart soared..... What a blessing from God it is when we hear our babies tell us they love us all on their own...
Thank You Jesus for the miracle of children.

LaLa said...

God is good ALL the time. So happy she is feeling so loved and secure. : )

Michelle said...

What a precious and perfect moment. I bet your heart felt too big for your chest.

Thanks for the smile.

Nancy said...

It is amazing how one little word can melt your heart:)

Erin said...

Little steps on a huge journey of redeeming her precious spirit. What a sweet moment.

Kristi J said...

Too sweet!!! You can just see that child with you and know she "luffas" her mommy, but I know it is always good to hear...funny, Hal always spontaneously says it and my girls, I have to beg for it.....boys and their mommas (:
kristi

Michelle said...

Oh, Praise God!!
Gwen, I know how HUGE this is...oh, how I know! So happy for you and for Maggie!!!!

Much Ado said...

this post brought a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. this is what it is all about - God is good

kdetter said...

what a kiss from heaven!!!!

keri

Mommy Spice said...

Awwww, the sweetest words coming from a little one. Especially the first time they say it on their own.

April said...

Oh Gwen, that makes me smile and have tears all at the same time...How precious is that word to hear it from her for the 1st time, just beautiful...that made your week I know!!!! sweet..

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Bobby said...

I love that! I just need to brace myself for the day Lily learns the power of those words and turns it around! Every parent knows what I’m talking about.

Kelly said...

Did you do the ugly cry? :o) How sweet, and precious she is. Most of all absolutely blessed to be an Oatsvall. I Luffa you, too.

Jeanne said...

Well, now, that just made my heart do flip flops! I can just imagine what yours was doing in that precious moment! Love you!

Anita said...

More aawwwsss coming your way!! What a precious God-moment for you two to see all that He has done in her little life and in yours as well. It was Mother's Day for you all over again on Monday!

Beverly said...

I luffa that!! How sweet!

Kristi said...

Precious! The heart is the wellspring of life and her love just bubbled up and out without her even having to think about it!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Wow, I got chills reading your update!! How sweet :-)

Love, Sherri

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Kim said...

My heart sings for you! What a joyful blessing!
I cannot wait to meet you all face to face!
Kim

Joy Portis said...

There is nothing sweeter than those three precious words! What a wonderful memory. I just found your blog today and look forward to following along, praying for your daughters surgery and waiting for your Ethiopian journey to begin. I noticed your Pingjian post on the side....my son is from Pingjiang. He was 3 1/2 when we adopted him almost 3 years ago. I have found very few children from PingJiang. Which daugher was from there? Did you get to visit the orphanage?

Many Blessings
Joy

Lauren said...

Wonderful, beautiful words!!

April said...

How sweet and beautiful.

Nikki said...

Woo hoo!!!!!!
I know that was music to your ears, sweet friend. (And, it never gets old, does it!?)

Kathi said...

YAY MAGGIE!!!!! That sounds like a word that's gonna stick (meaning, even though she'll know how to say "love", she'll want to say that..a term of endearment, let's call it)

emily said...

How beautiful! Precious.

Shawnstribe said...

Precious so so precious!!!!!
Gwen i bet you just melted there on the spot: )
i can't wait....my eldest said whilst holding her lil sis....it will be strange when eventualy i have my own child....she won't turn or push me away,....
we can't wait till that day when X X just relaxes into us : )
xxx
s
s

Tracy said...

So precious! I've been seeing her beautiful eyes saying "luffa you mommy" every time she looks at you!---so happy she could say it with words from her sweet heart....I love that baby!!!

Shelly and Family said...

Oh Gwen...that is super dooper sweet and a moment you will always remember (I can still remember the first time Francesca said it to me...I think I cried for three days and I still get misty whenever I think out it.)

missy said...

Awww, sweet Maggie...you melted mommy's heart!!!

Gwen, I am so happy that Maggie is so happy and "feels the love" and is able to love you in return.

God so rocks!

Carrie said...

I am thanking the Father for all that Maggie has been shown within your family Gwen! She truly has felt safe, loved and cared for and in that moment of heartfelt expression it was the Father's gift given back to you ten fold. What an incredible precious gift!

Kristy said...

I am so happy for you Gwen!!! How worth the wait was that!!!! God bless all of you.

Love and blessings, Kristy

missy said...

Hey girl...
I tried emailing you twice, but both bounced. My email isn't doing too well.

Yes, Paige's clothes are from Matilda Jane.

If you need info on the TN. trunk keeper and how to order, email me!

Ruth said...

Thanks for making me cry. Oh priceless. I can't wait to hear those words again for the first time from my child.

Denise C said...

OH Gwen....what a precious moment!!!!
I have to tell you....Chelsi and I both use Miss Maggie's word...."Luffa"....we both say I luffa you...all because of your sweet little angel!
Thanks for sharing this most precious moment with us....what a blessing...what a gift your Maggie is!!!!
Love you sweet friend!!!

andrea said...

oh gwen..tears again!!!
sweet precious miracle maggie..i love that child and ive never met her!