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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Picture This With Me






SORRY THE PICTURES ARE IN REVERSE ORDER ... NO TIME TO FIX IT ... tell me my girl is isn't super brave !!! Mama and Daddy "Luffa You" Maggie ...

I have to start by saying (and this is nothing new to any of you) PRAYER WORKS ... I have felt strength from so many of you ... You have been amazing encouragers, you have been amazing at bringing food/ paper goods today, bringing gifts for the children, for checking in on us, and for caring about all of the Oatsvall Team ... My Maggie is a fighter, she is a survivor and she looked at me while in the hospital w/ the eyes of child needing her mama and it felt great to be the person God chose for this honor ... It broke and filled my heart for her to need me and for me to able to show her how love can comfort, change, and bring peace to a situation ...

We have a long 6 months or so ahead of us and I know you will not waiver in your thoughts and prayers for her ... I love you all so much ...

I hope the pictures aren't to graphic, but I wanted you to see since you have been walking w/ us !!

45 kind words.:

amy said...

Praying for you here in ATlanta

Steffie B. said...

We have been thinking and praying for you all here in the Beckering home.....hope she improves and is released as planned.....

Love you...
Steffie

Diane said...

You know she has captured my heart. Actually, she stole my heart in China and has had it ever since....praying on!!

I, too, am so thankful to God for choosing Maggie's perfect family. You guys are all she ever needed!!!

Much love and prayers for all of you....thanking God tonight for prayers answered and for always answering prayer.

Kim said...

Gwen,

YOU are a "Crazy Luffa" Momma!

Praising & praying,

Love & Blessings,
Kim, Tyler & family

Michelle said...

Oh Gwen, I just want to reach out and hug your sweet girl. She is a champ. I am so glad you got to go home and that she doesn't seem to be in much pain. I will continue to include Maggie in my prayers - for continued healing, without complications or infection.

Hugs to you,
Michelle

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

Oh Gwen she is not only brave she is PRECIOUS!

Our prayers are with you until this is all healed!

Love and blessings - Jill

I hope some people stop by from the give-away!

Kristin said...

Miss Maggie, we are sending up prayers for you. So glad to hear you are home. :-) Looking forward to more mama updates.

Amie@HeartSmiles said...

what a brave beautiful little girl!!!! We will continue to pray!!!

give her some hugs from us! And a few for yourself too!

:)
Amie

Jenn in GA said...

those pictures are much BETTER than what i was expecting, given you said she was going to have tubes outside her head for months to come! i see many cute head scarves in her future!

wonderful progress...blessings! praying for ya'll. bless jeremiah.

Cheryl said...

Bless her little heart...

Praying...

Hope you both get some good rest!

Blogging with the Moores said...

Gwen, you and Maggie are in our prayers.
Isaiah had to get plugs in his ears today (nothing like what Maggie is enduring!) but still it breaks a moms heart to hand your baby to a stranger (doctor) and just wait and trust they'll come safely back to you arms....
Love you guys!
Kara

blessedmomto7 said...

LOVE, HUGS AND Prayers to you and sweet Maggie!

Noboyz said...

Oh, Gwen, sweet Maggie is precious!
and will be healed! We are praying for her in Louisiana...
these pictures are worth thousands of words and I am sure tears.....

thinking of you all!

with love,
Marci

andrea said...

oh girl!
you are such a wonderful mama!
praying for you and scott as you take care of your sweet girl!

you're in my prayer journal!!

love ya gwen!

mom 2 many said...

She looks great!! We will continue to pray for all of y'all. You are blessed to have so many locally to be a source of support and strength.

Hugs from TX!!

Rachelle said...

Bless you all! Will pray especially for Maggie these next 6 months. Your sons concerns brought me to tears......What a beautiful family.

Susan said...

So happy the surgery went well. We're praying for your entire, sweet family. Jeremiah is a wonderful big brother! Lots of love to you all.

Anita said...

Awwww...sweet girl Maggie. You all will continue to be in our prayers as you walk this journey with your dear daughter. Hugs and Much Love!!

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holly m. said...

Gwen,
Precious Maggie has been thru so much in her short little life. I'm praying for healing, strength, NO INFECTION!!, that others will keepa their hands off!!, that Mags heart is healed, the rest of your children's hearts, along with many other things for your family.
May God Bless you and keep you, when you run out of strength, feel Him carry you, sweetie!
Love, Holly M.

em said...

Those pictures remind me of the ones we have of my little brother when he came out how emergency brain surgery...many memories flooding back...I will be praying for your family.

Brenda said...

Gwen..by now I'm hoping you all are getting some much needed rest..your words and pics say it all...We'll conintue our prayers and for sure add in your continued strength...health :) Best to all!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Maggie is amazing.. but like I have said before .. she gets that from her AMAZING family..
Hugs.
She will get through this.. think of the end result. Maggie is sooo strong. we are all out here for you my dear friend..
Love ya..

Kristy said...

So glad you were able to be there for your sweet Maggie when she needed her Mama. Such a sweet moment in a difficult time, I am sure. I will continue to pray daily for Maggie and you and your entire family. God is good and he does hear our prayers. Thank you for being a witness to that. Sometimes even I need a reminder.

Shelly and Family said...

Sweet Maggie...we are so praying for her and your family. I have been following along with her story and she truly is one amazing little girl...God Bless

Carrie S said...

Ahh sweet Maggie..so glad she came through okay and continued prayers for you all. God's love is shinging through..

redmaryjanes said...

I am praying girl, I have been for days now. I am glad that things are going well.

Tracy said...

precious maggie! she is so brave and so is her mommy!...strong and courageous! love you and praying, praying!!

Terry said...

Was happy to see this today...and we are praying. She looks gooD! God is so wonderful...His promises are true...Praise you Jesus!

Leah said...

Hang in there, girly. You are exactly right when you say that you are the mom God chose for her. So that means that YOU CAN DO THIS. Even if you, at times, doubt. God knows and we know that you can do this for God and for Maggie. (((hugs))) Praying in MO.

Kim K. said...

We have been thinking and praying for you all. I hope each day gets easier. Maggie is amazing little girl. There are big things in store for her. Hugs and prayers!!

Leigh Ann said...

What a brave soul she is! Sending prayers and lot of love ya'lls way!

Jewels of My Heart said...

Oh, Gwen, Maggie looks so good! It is just such a relief to see her sweet, beautiful little self looking so well.
Your family will be covered in prayer.... we are going to pray you through this... and please know that everyone feels that way about you.... You my dear Sister in Christ Jesus Shine Bright!
You and your family are a beautiful beacons of hope, faith and love for Jesus Christ and you bless us!
God's peace and God's healing.

Kristi J said...

Man, I love that little strong cookie you have there...She is amazing...not to mention her very strong momma!! See you tomorrow with lots of comfort food :) kj

Tina said...

In my heart I am squeezing you right now with a bear hug of gigantic proportions.
I love you and I am PRAYING showers of healing and blessings on Maggie!

:)

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. It does put us there with you. Maggie truely is a brave girl! We will keep her and the family in our prayers during the healing process and other surgeries to come.
I am so thankful that God chose the OATSVALL TEAM to be Maggies forever family!! You can tell in the pictures that she feels safe and loved by her family. =) Let us know if we can do anything for you PLEASE!!
Love and Prayers,
Kim Medlin and Family

Kristi said...

Our prayers remain and may our loving Father continue to hold each of you as you travel the road to recovery. We are in this with you for the long haul! Thanks for sending the pics so we understand the situation that much better. Hoping the Oatvalls are getting some much needed rest!

coffeemom said...

Praying for you all. For strength, healing, comfort and courage. And rest, energy, joy, perseverance. Will continue faithfully.....M

Joelswife said...

Thank you for the pictures....nope, not too graphic. Praying for all of you!

Terri said...

Oh, honey I am so sorry I have not posted before now but I have been on vacation visiting my parents & did not realize your sweet Maggie was having her surgery. My thoughts & prayers are with you all & I will be checking back in to see how she is doing. She sure is a trooper.

Take care & God Bless,
Terri

P.S. Love my t-shirt, thanks!!!
Terri

Kathi said...

I'm hoping and praying the painless and infection-less journey continues... she does look better than I expected also

April said...

And what a beautiful fighter she is, praying for you Maggie and we will continue to do so!! Many hugs Gwen!!

~Amy~ said...

Oh sweet maggie....I'm praying for her and your family! She is one tough cookie! Love ya gwen!
-Amy

Table for Six said...

Gwen, these photos are not graphic (to me) they are just the opposite. They are beautiful. They are a perfect picture of God's love, faithfulness and promise.

Love
JS
PS.. got the extra shirt we ordered - the right size LOL :O) but the great thing is now both Bob and i have shirts!! and it is a small way to help bring those babies home!

Ashley said...

Maggie ~ Prayers and good wished continue to be sent your way!

Also, I got my tote bag in the mail today - I it so awesome!! I found you through Michelle's Born in Our Heart blog - as I told her I am planning on using it for my new "teacher's bag".

Praying for your Forever Family, Ashley