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Monday, November 24, 2008

Love My Life ... It Would Make A Great Reality TV Show



So I had this brilliant idea to contact TLC (The Learning Channel) and submit a show idea ... You see I think my life is pretty colorful considering I spend a lot of time w/ my friend/soul sister Suzanne who has 6 kids ... We do the YMCA together, Walmart together, church, and just life in general ... We get the oddest looks from people, sympathy smiles (don't like those and would love to tell those people off), the ever famous "boy you have your hands full", are you a DayCare (you see we have 6 Caucasian children, 2 African American, and 2 Asian children between us), the BLESS YOUR HEART" looks, Are you done adopting?" (which we both answer NO to and they look at us like we have 6 heads), and pretty much the YOU ARE CRAZY PEOPLE ...

So I checked it out and you have to have a producer and the producer has to submit a short film on your behalf ... Any takers contact me ...

But in reality I think my life is pretty normal ... Today consisted of a dentist appointment, a Thankgiving program w/ Suzanne, workout at the YMCA w/ Katie, a trip to Target for new mechanical toothbrushes, picking up Jeremiah, dinner, and bedtime ... There were many humorous moments throughout the day and I just know we could brighten a few people's night w/ our crazy antics ...

And then I think about some of the other women in my life and how amazing their lives are ...



Carlee ... Carlee has been my best friend for 10 years ... She was at the birth of both Jeremiah, Elijah, and traveled w/ me to China to pick up Emily ... She now has her own amazing son. He is a warrior w/ a medical issue w/ his eye that has had them on an amazing faith journey and more surgeries in NY than I can count ... I admire Carlee as a mother, a woman, and Christ follower ...


Yolanda ... She is a mother of 6 ranging from college to 3 years old, she is a nurse that works nights, and the craziest husband I have ever met (You know I love you Jim) ... She inspires me w/ her strength and her determination to always do what is best for her family ... She was my rock while adopting Emily ... She was there at every turn ...


Anna ... This is one amazing junior in high school. I love her for many reasons, but mostly I love her because she is like my little sister. She loves my kids, she helps me so much, she is like a daughter to Scott, and we just don't know what our family would be like w/out her. We met her when she was a 5th grader and look at that beautiful face. I pray daily that God will keep her close when it is time for college ...


Katie ... I can't believe I only met Katie about 10 weeks ago. She is a fixture in my home and my heart. She has challenged me to be more. She shows me God in so many ways and I am thrilled to be a part of her life. I just know I will forever be in her life. I will watch her get married one day, I will be there when she has children, I will see her ministry forever flourish in Uganda. She is now part of my family and my heart ... (Suzanne and I are so glad we stalked her blog and made that phone call to you) !!!

There are many more woman who inspire me, get my life, and encourage me w/ their journey, but you get my point ... We really all have a life worth watching and we are watched by many ... What are people seeing from us ... I pray people see my heart for the orphans, the passion for adoption, the love of my family, my faith in Christ, my compassion for those around me, and lots of stuff to laugh about ...

The Title for My Reality Show would be ... ORGANIZED CHAOS "Many Families, One Heart" ...

Blessings to you this Thanksgiving week ... Remember to be thankful in all things !!!!!!!!!!!!

30 kind words.:

Melinda said...

Awesome post Gwen! I would love to see a true reality show featuring families like your's and Suzanne's. What an amazing testimony to God would that be! You are also inspiring to so many including me. You have such a compassionate, kind heart that is just contagious. This week I know I have so much to be thankful for and one of those things is the wonderful godly women I have met in blogland that encourage me daily. Hope you have a blessed week and Happy Thanksgiving!

amy said...

what a beautiful post about some of the women in your life. all of you encourage me and give me a bit of hope and make me want to be a little bit better

you rock

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Love the idea.. I love reality TV .. and this would be a Great one..
Love the Amazing women you have met and are in your life..
You are an amazing lady and you bring to us in bloggerville the love and warmth that truly shines through..
I love ya girly..
I will give BIG HUGS one day..
Have a Great Thanksgiving..

Kim Kenward said...

Thanksgiving blessings to your sweet family. Enjoy the chaos and all the excitement that goes with the upcooming holidays. Love ya!!

Leigh Ann said...

Your stories are amazing - I am sure it would it a hit! Being a mother is an incredible journey. I love my life as well and am truly blessed - thanks for the reminder to stop and "be thankful!"

emily said...

I would tune in daily! I love having a front row seat to your life, it spurs me on to be more like Jesus. I can't even believe that I will see you in 4 days! That makes me giddy.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jewels of My Heart said...

How fun..... what a refreshing program it would be! I love that you have surrounded yourself with loving women of God... I think you all sound wonderful.
Happy Thanksgiving Sister!

Carrie S said...

I love your heart Gwen. Thanks for your wonderful posts.
Carrie

April said...

Sounds good to me, you know we would watch..the girls love to watch Jon&Kate plus 8..it's one of the very few TV programs I let them watch..so I am all for more positive family value TV programs...

LaLa said...

Love this post!! Isn't it amazing how wonderful our lives are no matter how busy.

Oh, I saw a button that said "we are going to keep trying until we get an ugly one" LOL

Kathi said...

You encourage me beyond what I can tell you. Even though this'll be a very tough week for us, I'll try and think of all the things that we're thankful for (actually posted these things on a new post on my blog)

Happy Thanksgiving to the entire Oatsvall clan. Love you guys.

Anna said...

Love you!!! I don't want to know what my life would be without you and your family....love you all so much and hope college will be close too....
love ya lots!!!

anna

Kim said...

I would be tuning in daily to your show. And those of us who follow your blog Gwen could post similar stories about how you impact our lifes as we follow your bold walk! I am thankful for you this Thanksgiving and pray God allows our paths to cross more often. I will keep my eyes open for you at The Y, Target and Walmart. If you don't hear our crew coming ... then you will surely hear the "Got your hands full" comments from perfect strangers! Love & Blessings, Kim

Kristi J said...

You can have your own show as long as I can sit in sometimes with my crazy crew (: Can't wait to catch up on Monday..have a great turkey day!!! kj

auntie katie said...

i think that you are just fantastic. i know you know that... i just cant seem to read your blog without posting. i don't ever care to know what my life would be like without you and suzanne... your sweet children, husbands, homes, lives...

i cant wait for the day when all of your children and all of mine dance together in heaven... how beautiful :)

Michelle said...

You are surrounded by such amazing women. I see everything that you wish people to see in you and so much more!! You, my friend, are inspiring.

Kristy said...

What a beautiful post Gwen! You are on my list! But I too, want those same things, those same things are the things I pray that people see when they see me. I know that I struggle with a few things, but I do try to live for HIM everyday. I just pray I get better.

Love, Kristy

You are so blessed.

Steffie B. said...

Love you girl....you do have one amazing life....you are very lucky...have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your beautiful family....
Hugs,
Steffie

Dannye said...

wishing you and your family a blessed thanksgiving!!

Kelly said...

I would watch :o)
You & your family are considered a blessing to ours.
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

mommy24treasures said...

sweet post... Very sweet.
I know what is it about people and those 'looks'?

Ondrea Harrison said...

Hey there, I just figured out that you live in the Nashville area too and I am laughing at myself because I ran into you somewhere the other day (now can't remember where) and kept staring and felt really weird about staring so much? Was it possibly at the Mom's Market at Fourth Avenue Little School? I can't remember, but anyway, was worried that you thought I was a stalker and it just dawned on me when I saw your photo on Katie Davis' blog that I put the whole circle together. Anyway.... I also get those stares and the "poor you" comments and the "are you done" and the "you have your hands full" (granted, my four are often hanging off me, running crazy, or someone is crying, but still) anyway, I understand that maddening practice and it really bugs me too... there is a song by a lady with nine kids from Nashville (Mary something) where she talks about how if those well-meaning people could see what she sees (not the number of heads, but the love and personality in each child) they wouldn't question why.

Anyway, that was random, but happy Thanksgiving... and Suzanne probably doesn't remember me, but I used to work with her hubby David... so hi to you both and I'm glad to know you live near me... since I love your blog! :)

Ondrea

Meredith Teagarden said...

You go girl!

Kristin said...

Thanks for stopping by to see my girls video the other day. :-)

Your post about the women in your life/quest for a TV show is great! You have some amazing friends! They've been there with you for both happy and challenging times. That's what friends are for. wow.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Denise C said...

Well...YOUR show would be my most favorite one of all!!! I'd DVR you each week, girl!!! You know.....you could get tons of sponsorships from Reef and J Crew flip flops!!! hee-hee!!
Thanks for sharing all the amazing people in your life...YOU are one very blessed child of GOD!
Hey....we are coming your way next weekend....wanna get together??? Email me...and I'll fill you in!
Hugs and love!!!
Denise

Tracy said...

Girl, you won't be done until Jesus is done!.....me neither! I thank God for your walk and how you live your life out LOUD!.....don't stop! Love you! :)

delucchi family said...

Wow, you have so many friends, you lucky thing. Lovely photos
Love Jules
xxx

Nikki said...

If anyone can do it - YOU CAN. I think it would be a wonderful show...I would certainly tune in. But, you are so right: people are watching us now. My heart's cry is for them to see Jesus in me!
Thank you for always inspiring me to keep on keepin on.

Love you!

Laura Nipper said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Its nice to read a post on all your wonderful friendships. Love the music you have on your blog. :)

Lynn said...

I would so watch your show!