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Monday, March 2, 2009

How Do I Do It ...


This thought comes to my mind on a daily basis ... "HOW DO I DO IT !!!" and the answer is always the same ... I am blessed beyond words to have a husband, who 8 years ago said, "I feel God calling you to stay home and be with Jeremiah and allow us more family time." ... Can I just tell you I did not hear that from the Lord ... I liked my career in teaching, coaching, drama productions, and more... Scott felt very strongly that this was our next step as a family and I gave him all the road blocks 1. We can't do this financially, 2. I like my career and I don't want to stay at home, 3. I would get to bored, 4. We can't do this financially, 5. I don't ever want to give up coaching it is my gift from God, 6. WE CAN'T DO THIS FINANCIALLY !!! Scott ask me to pray about it and I did (This was about April 2001) ... We decided to get our finances in order just in case and wouldn't you know by October I was sitting in the principal's office crying saying I would not be back next year that I felt God tugging at my heart to stay home with Jeremiah ... This was with out a doubt one of the best decision we have ever made as a couple ... God then begin to grow me as His daughter ... It was baby steps at first and now I look at my life and realize how fortunate I am to have a husband who wants me home, follows every crazy faith journey that God sends me on and always continues to do the hard work of providing while I get to be available for the kids during the day, volunteer for Amazima two days a week, mend Maggie's heart, get my work outs in at the YMCA, fundraise for yet another adoption of our two precious children somewhere in Africa, and continue to help educate myself and others on the ORHAN crisis in the world. I could do none of this without his support and love ... I am thankful the passion that God has called me to is important to Scott ... He sometimes looks at me with that NOT AGAIN look or please don't tell me another sad story about an orphan or stop forwarding me all those horribly sad videos, or sometimes I go to tell him a Katie story and he will say OF COURSE I BELIEVE she can do all that (no shock factor anymore ... He sees Christ annointing on her) ... You see I get my heart for those in need from my mother and Scott ... These two people have molded me over the years at very different times in my life ... Scott is the first person in a room to go over to the oddest or most out of place person and make them feel special ... He is the leader in our home and always points us to Christ! Plus he is one of my number one T-SHIRT sellers ...

Scott, I love you and am proud to journey life with you my best friend ... I pray your birthday tomorrow (March 3rd) is not just another day, but a day to be thankful for all God has brought you in life and for all that He is still going to aks you to do ... Thank you for allowing me the ability to fly ... YOU ARE TRULY THE WIND BENEATH MY WINGS !!!

Always and Forever !!!

23 kind words.:

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Happy Birthday Scott..
Knew you had to be special.. we both have bday's in March.LOL..
Seriously though..
I soo hope to meet you and your wife one day.. because anyone that is married to Gwen has to be the most AMAZING MAN.. just like her.. THE MOST AMAZING WOMEN..
Perfect Match...
Happy Birthday..
Love ya Gwen..

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

Ok that just totally warmed my heart and made me all teary! My sweet blessing is Scott too! Great name!

Praying his birthday is blessed as the LORD keeps him and loves on Scott!

Hugs and love Gwen! God has annointed you too!

Jill

Kristin said...

What a beautiful post about a wonderful husband and father.

Happy Birthday Scott!!

Kim K. said...

What a beautiful post and tribute to your husband. I can just feel the love coming right off this post.

Extra hugs!!

Laurel said...

Great post! Sounds a lot like my sweet hubby.

So ... are you bored yet? Loved that excuse.


Laurel :)

Kim said...

What a wonderful post Gwen! I love how you two fit together! Truly a match made in Heaven! What an amazing couple growing an amazing family!
Happy Birthday Scott!

Kristy said...

#1 I want to take this time to thank God for taking care of Maggie, he is so good.

#2 Happy Birthday tomorrow Scott!!!
You are so blessed, and at the same time your family is so blessed to have you.
#3 Gwen you are something else. I know one day we WILL meet in person.I know God will make that happen. And I look forward to that, you are a treasure.

Love and blessings, Kristy

Diane and family :) said...

Happy Birthday, Scott. You are Coach to one truly amazing Oatsvall Team:)!!!

Kristi J said...

Happy Birthday Scott!! What a great post!! I knew he was a great guy :) I love your heart towards your hubby....I love these men of ours support our crazy passions....I'll call and check on your tomorrow, kj

Leigh Ann said...

Happy Birthday, Brother in Law! We Love You!

emily said...

Happy Birthday Scott! This is a really sweet post to honor the man the Lord chose for you long ago. I love to see what He has done through your marriage- you guys live a life of faith and it is a blessing to witness.

Have a great day!!

Denise C said...

Happy B-day to Scott and belated b-day wishes to Elijah! Continuing to pray for sweet Maggie!! Love you guys!!!

Jewels of My Heart said...

Happy Birthday to Scott!
What a beautiful husband and wife you are... walking hand in hand, side by side with the Lord...
Thank you for being sensitive and faithful in the Lord's leading...
You bless us all and glorify Him!
Love you!

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday Scott.

Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five said...

What a blessed testimony!
Robbie

Kathi said...

Happy Birthday, Scott; You truly are blessed to have one another :)

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday Scott :) What a proud man you must be standing in front of your family....your family is like a gift, that keeps on giving :)

Steffie B. said...

sigh......all I can say is.....I wish we lived closer, you would be so good for me....

Learnin The Plan said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SCOTT!!
I LOVED THAT POST.
P.S THANKS FOR LOOKING AT MY BLOG!!!

~SARAH~

Wife of the Pres. said...

What a sweet post! I can relate to the staying home … I loved my job but being a Mommy is a calling, and so much better any day of the week! Well most days :)

Oh and did you notice that lady in the background with the glasses … what is up with her??? ;) I feel honored to show up on your blog! I wish I would've just gotten up the nerve to introduce myself at the Show Hope dinner as one of your loyal readers! Maybe I'll see you there next year!

Tracy said...

happy birthday scott! what a beautiful tribute----and i totally agree! :)

Bobby said...

Happy Birthday Scott
May God bless you from your tippy toes to the top ofyour head!!!!!
love the posting and thank youfor the t shirt, its beautiful and will be a perfect birthday present
xxxxx
s

jajbs said...

What a sweet post! What an amazing family!


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