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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Where Do I Begin ... Welcome 2009

2008 brought the Oatsvall's so much change ... Actually, the first 5 months are a complete blur w/ sweet angel girl Maggie followed by job change, school change, sweet Maria going home to the Lord, no insurance- insurance issues, meeting Katie, starting an adoption/orphan care ministry at church, many trips to the airport to welcome home sweet new children, and so much more ... I am thankful for the hardships/suffering/joy/hope because it was during those times the Lord became so clear to me ... So now it is 2009 and many wonder what it will bring and as tempting as it is to try to make goals, plans, and predict situations (I am notorious for this) in reality we are only promised the breathe we are taking right now ... I want to try to live in each day of 2009 as a gift to be unwrapped by the Father ... I want to rely on His grace and strength in this day, in this moment, in this minute!

I will be praying each day for Jeremiah's heart, Elijah's words, Emily's peace , Maggie's surgeries, Scott's job/financial peace, THE BOOK, miracle for Abe, Cade's eye, Joseph/Abigail, Katie's children, Chapman's, Shoahannah's Hope, and all my precious waiting sisters (some babies will be home this year praise the Lord) ...

I will pray that I can be kinder in my words to my children, I can soak up the word of God better this year, I can let God work in hearts instead of trying to push things on people, and I will give and meet the needs of others better this year ...

PRAISING ONE DAY AT A TIME, LIVING ONE DAY AT A TIME, SERVING ONE DAY AT A TIME 4 THE LORD IN 2009 !!!

Love To All My Blog Family ... You have given me so much in 2008 and I know you will stand tall w/ me in 2009 ...

30 kind words.:

Missy said...

Cheers to 2009! May God show himself in ways we can only imagine! I hope all of your dreams come true this year.

mom 2 many said...

Happy New Year!! Such an inspiring post! I truly enjoy reading your blog...your posts are uplifiting and inspiring! May your prayers for this year be answered!
Blessings,
Carla

Kristi J said...

So funny...I did a similar post tonight called My Year in Review...I put a pic of your sweet girls in it!! I"m hoping for our referral this week :) Oh, i hope it comes!!! miss you, kristi

Erica said...

Yet a beautiful post my sweet friend. My hearts prayer is exactly this: I will pray that I can be kinder in my words to my children, I can soak up the word of God better this year, I can let God work in hearts instead of trying to push things on people, and I will give and meet the needs of others better this year ...

Exactly. I was sharing just this with a friend yesterday. Amazing how God works and we meet like minded people in this land of internet. We're so blessed to live in this day and age.

Praying for you, your family, and all that the Lord has for you this year. Love your sweet heart and desire to do more.

Kathi said...

Boy, I sure know about being promised only the air we breathe...I never really looked at the saying "tomorrow's not promised" more than I have since my mom passed; but OH MY GOODNESS, is it ever true; I also never pass up an opportunity to tell a loved one that I love them .... so ..... I love you, too (saying it back to you, since you said it to me on my blog; thank you for the comment)

Kim K. said...

May all your dreams and wishes come true in 2009. I'll be your prayer warrior for Maggie's upcoming surgeries.

From one SN Mommy to another!!

Cheryl said...

Dear Gwen,
It has been such a blessing to read your blog. You have such a precious heart for Jesus.

We have been blessed to be able to take a trip to Uganda and bring in the New Year here. It has changed our perspective on what's important. We knew the Lord was calling us here to do something for Him. Our prayer is that we will be faithful to obey Him.

Amen! Amen! to the things you listed for the new year. I, too, will be praying for many of the things you listed. I will be lifting up your family as well.

May God use you mightly this new year. May He bless you abundantly as you have been such a blessing to so many others.

With Love...

Leigh Ann said...

Whew! What a year you have behind you...and what a year you have ahead of you!

Thanks for having the girls over during the holidays for camp - they had a wonderful time!

Thanks for your prayers and support these past few days with the death of my Mom, it gave me comfort.

Love You!!!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

May 2009 bring all of us Joy and Happiness..
I will follow you no matter what journey you take..
Can't wait for your book..
So glad to have met you on this amazing journey..
Hugs to you girly..

Marla said...

Beautiful post, Gwen! Happy New Year to you and your precious family!

Michelle said...

What a great point of view, Gwen. I just love how you express yourself. I have learned much from you in 2008 and look forward to more in 2009.

BTW, I was thinking about THE BOOK yesterday. I just posted our part 2 (or part 3) yesterday and will have another story when you publish THE BOOK 2. :)

Gail said...

Gwen, I'm so happy we've met in 2008, and thank you for your prayers and support with our little Will...who is doing quite well BTW. Time,trust, love and many prayers have helped us all.

I pray all your hopes and dreams for 2009 come to fruition. I'll be praying for Maggie this year with her surgery, and will help you in any way that I can :)

carlee Brian said...

yes, i am posting a comment after much persuasion! i am thankful for the blessing of 12yrs. of friendship and for the all the memories we have shared...it has been so neat to see the Lord work in your life and the many doors he has opened for you through adoption.. can't wait to see what he has in store for you and your family in 2009. will be right there with you on the journey with maggie in the next few months. thank you for your constant prayers for cade..love you

Terri said...

Happy 2009!!! I just love reading your post because it is always so uplifting & inspirational, you bring a smile to my face afterwards. You can journal so well I can't wait to read the book.

Wishing you an amazing 2009, I am sure the Lord has wonderful plans in store for your family!!!!

jennifer said...

Happy New Year! I'm hoping it's a great one!

How is Abe? I lost the link to their post, so I haven't heard.

Lori said...

What a sweet and open post! I pray for all of the same things this year and that we can grow more...

Lori

amy said...

You have been such an encouragement. If you check out adoption blog (haha) we found videos of our sweet baby

Steffie B. said...

Love ya sista....beautiful words and goals for 2009. I'll email this week to throw out some dates to you....it's Coldstone Time! lol

Di and Jeff said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog and am encouraged by your strong faith. All the best to you in the new year. God bless.

Brenda said...

I'm already living up to my goals for 2009...and that's to ACT...I've just finished ordering some coasters for Darci's journey home...and will continue to act monthly on your causes (sidebar)...also have made the ACT on the twins on Crystal's blog...a monthly comitted cause ...

Thank you, again, Gwen .. for your prayers that have brought me to ACT

Happy New Year!

Kristy said...

I always love your posts. And this one is no exception. You are truly an inspirational women and friend, and I Thank God everytime I remember you.

xoxoxo Kristy

Kristin said...

What a wonderful post. Wow. 2008 has brought you many changes. My wish for you for 2009 is an amazing year. :-)

Rhea Anne said...

What a wonderful post. Praying I can do just as you and rely on the Lord only during 2009. God bless.

Tracy said...

In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3

I'm expecting amazing moves of God this year in your precious family and all those close to your heart! :)

emily said...

Where oh where is my comment?? I sure thought that I posted one to this incredibly precious post. I was just putting Abe down and praying for you and I came back to check......no comment!

I'm so blessed by you. You are such a faithful friend, a lover of Jesus that points me to the cross each and every day! I love you dearly.

We are ready to witness the miracles on the Oatsvall Team and in little Abe.

Here is to one amazing 2009.

Ondrea Harrison said...

Hey chica, thanks for today... how did we do? I hope you get a chance to read the post I blogged about it. I just felt the Spirit lingering here after everyone left. He was here with us, I felt Him and I am still having chills and can't stop crying because of His awesome power! I'm with you on your resolution... I'm renewed!

By the way, it's me... now you have my address again! :) http://ephesiansonefive.blogspot.com

Ondrea

Shawnstribe said...

Gwen you have been an inspiration!!!!
May He hold you in the palm of His hand!!!!
Happy New Year
xxx
s

Waiting for Mia Hope! said...

"I want to try to live in each day of 2009 as a gift to be unwrapped by the Father"

What a beautiful goal! I just enjoyed your post so much...thank you!

Happy New Year!
Robin

Heather said...

Hey Gwen - Happy New Year!! Can't wait to see what 2009 brings! You are such a blessing Gwen, a true instrument allowing Him to be seen through you! And you bless me with encouragement, strength and a prayer warrior for the journey. Thank you.

Wishing you His richest blessings for a beautiful New Year.

Love,
Heather

Nikki said...

Just trying to get caught up in bloggerland, and it cracks me up how you and I are SO on the same page for 2009. ONE DAY AT A TIME, baby!
Love you - and hope we see each other this year. I MISS YOU!
XO