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Monday, May 18, 2009

Dream With Me ...

First, I have to say that I am really missing you all and hope to have a BLOG CHECK IN day really soon ... I know God has been doing some amazing things in your life and that encourages me, so I want take some time and visit w/ your blogs ...

Secondly, we were on a basketball trip this weekend so I took a book to read called THE DREAM GIVER by Bruce Wilkinson and I am inviting all my friends and family to read it with me so we can all be on the same page ... I know you, just like me feels a CALL by the Lord to something big and the beauty is that His DREAM for us is EVEN BIGGER than our own ... He desires us to follow that DREAM that is deep in our hearts planted by Him, so we can show others HIM and bring glory to Him (see the HIM theme) !!! This book is so simple, yet has some amazing truths in it as to why we don't follow our DREAMS or how to handle those who get in the way of our DREAMS or discourage our DREAMS ... (p.s. We came in first in our tournament .... 7 championships in a row baby !!)

Thirdly, we sold over 50 shirts this weekend, so keep the orders coming .... BRINGING AWARENSS to the orphan crisis is definitely one of my DREAMS/CALLINGS FROM THE LORD/PASSIONS ... Thanks so much for helping me spread the word ... COMING SOON ....THE BOOK and HANDBAG ... I know I am crazy, but my goal is to produce an entire outfit that SCREAMS "Look at the Orphans of the world and SEE them and CARE." .... hee hee ... Love You All ... shopoatsvallvillage.blogspot.com

please feel free to leave me an update on the comments section and let me know how you are doing ... MISSING YOU ALL ...

Joseph update ... Homestudy done, Immagration papers filed and Custody papers sent to Uganda ... SO EXCITED TO BE MOVING FORWARD ... I can't wait to hold him in my arms and see him running around the house w/ his brothers and sisters .... I will be posting a picture of his room soon ... Elijah and him will be sharing !!!!

13 kind words.:

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

So glad things are going well..
Sounds like Joseph should be home soon..
LOVE the idea of the bag.. I will have to check it out... you know me..
Soooo ready to see the awesome shirt and hat.. and the book will be AMAZING..
Glad you won the tournament.. great job..
We are busy busy busy..
Nick has 2 graduations this week..
1 from his law enforcement school and 1 from High school..
I just can not believe my baby is done with school and off to serve our country.. he will leave for bootcamp for the marines Aug 3...
Have a great day.. I know you are busy..
Love ya girly..
Can't wait to see Joseph's room..
Hugs..And him wrapped in his special blanket..

One of God's Girls said...

I can't wait for you to get him either. I was at the airport this past weekend and there were a ton of people there waiting to welcome home a soldier. I thought to myself it won't be long and the airport will be full of people waiting to welcome home Joseph when Gwen comes back with him. I love your blogs and your passion. It creates such a stir in my heart to read them. Keep them coming.

Lisa

Coby & Brandy said...

Hey Gwen!! I am always checking your blog out and keeping updated on you guys! Coby and I just planed a trip to the Bay Area, CA and made sure we would be back in time for the Point of Grace concert!! I am excited you still have some of thoes tee's!!!! I loved them!! How about a L for me. Do you have a men's XL for Coby?? Let me know the $$. Can I send you a check?? Thanks a tun!!

Adrienne said...

Hi Gwen. Thanks for the book recommendation. We have been attacked by the enemy in some very real ways in the last few weeks,but we are STANDING FIRM in our beliefs and in our quest to bring our little girl home. Please check our blog:
http://ourjacquelinemei.blogspot.com/
Adrienne in TX

Mark, Rebecca and Sophia said...

You are a MACHINE! I'll check out the book.

Susan Smith-Alltop said...

Congrats on your new son, Joseph! What a wonderful & exciting time to be adding to your family, God is working in your life! I am also a mid-tn girl, follow me to China to meet my new son, Cameron. God bless you & your beautiful family!~SSA

Kristi J said...

I can't wait to hug that sweet boy in person :) kristi

Eight Isn't Enough said...

First, congratulations on the basketball championship:-)

Thank you for such a wonderful post...definitely a book I need to read.

So excited about all the paperwork coming together...I sure understand about that side of adoption. It won't be long now and Joseph will be in your arms. Can't wait to see pictures of their bedroom...such an exciting time.

Blessings to you and yours!!!!

Anita said...

Hey Gwen - I read that book about 4 years ago!!!...right before we brought Kaylin home! And yes, it was a dream from the Lord for 15 years to adopt and He fulfilled it!! AWESOME book and even more AWESOME GOD to fulfill our dreams! :)

Spirit of Adoption said...

Hi! My friend just showed us your blog. She had bought one of your shirts for me and necklaces b/c we are adopting from Uganda as well : ) We are friends with the Penners as well. I would love to talk via email. Can you email me? I can't seem to find your email : )

shawndauganda at hotmail dot com

thanks so much!
shawnda

Laurel said...

I haven't had a blog check-in day for quite some time, also. I am STUCK in Africa. Would appreciate your prayers for a young boy's passport that got LOST at the Ghana Passport office.

Laurel :)

Kathy said...

I am so happy for Joseph and for your family! God has so many kids just waiting for open arms. So glad you opened yours!

I read The Dream Giver at the very beginning of pursuing the big dream God gave me 6 years ago - to go back to school and become a nurse, so that I could serve Him by caring for the children of Africa. My story is one of amazing ways that God opened door after door, so that when I graduated from nursing school last summer at the age of 57, I had an invitation to come to Uganda to work for a time in a clinic there. While I was there, God asked me to open a small orphanage, and now the ministry there is growing, and more people are becomeing involved. Women and children are being cared for, and God is being glorified! Who would have thought?!! I have kept a quote on my refrigerator for the past 6 years: Dream a dream so big, it is bound to fail unless God is in it.

Kim said...

I am so excited for you. And in awe of all you are up to. You are making amazing things happen! Thank for the book recommendation.

Praising God on this 1st anniversary of Sam & Lucy's official adoption day! Movers come on Tues, 5/26. John Austin "graduates" from 6th grade on 5/29. We close on the house on 6/1 (it sold before it ever went on the market). We head to Disney w/ Nana on 6/2 then off to Hong Kong on 6/6.

Oh my!