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Monday, May 11, 2009

WHAT YOU HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR .... JOSEPH WAYNE OATSVALL

Grace Mayernick put this collage together for me ... Can you believe God allowed her to see my son while she was visiting Katie a couple of months ago and we didn't even know he was our SON yet ... God drew her to him so I could have these pictures ... The other pictures she has on the collage were given to her by sweet volunteers from Amani on facebook !!!


It is truly hard to breathe at times thinking the Lord has once again blessed the Oatsvall Team ... (Matthias) Joseph Wayne Oatsvall born March 12th, 2006 ... Scott and I have been given the priviledge of parenting another one of God's little survivors !!! Joseph was a preemie at birth with an approx. weight of 2lbs., he has partial hearing loss (which could come in handy in this family) and will need some ENT (ear, nose, throat)surgery when he gets home ... This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago while Katie was visiting and we are beyond excited that she can go and give him kisses for us till we get there ... We are thankful for all at Amani and for the care Joseph is getting ... WE ARE THANKFUL, THANKFUL, THANKFUL !!!


We struggled with what to do with his name and ultimately the fact that thousands of people have been lifting up the name Joseph guided us to keep the name. We will be calling him Matthias Joseph for a while and then drop Matthias ... His middle name comes from his uncle Wayne Felts (affectionately called BooBoo ... named by Jeremiah when he was a baby) ... and his birthday is from his grandfather Poppy ... All my men have March birthdays (Elijah -1st, Scott-3rd, Joseph-12th, Jeremiah-20th) ... Thank you Lord for this miracle, for adoption, for SETTING THE LONELY IN FAMILIES ...


We have no idea when we will travel, but would love for it to be before Christmas ...


KEEP THE PRAYERS COMING AND PLEASE CONTINUE TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE T-SHIRTS, CONCERT, NECKLACES, AND HATS ...



69 kind words.:

Eight Isn't Enough said...

Congratulations...what a gorgeous little boy. We will be praying that you go before Christmas:-)
Thank you so much for sharing him with us.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

YOU are sooo blessed.. he is sooooo HANDSOME.. and he shares a birthday with his Auntie Kim..
YES>.....
Sooooo HAPPY for you girly..
HUGS..

Diane said...

God is good all the time, all the time God is good!!

Waiting with you for Joseph ;)

Anita said...

Awww Gwen.....He's adorable!!!! I'm so excited for you guys. Can't wait to see him at home and roughing it up with your older boys and Scott and quite possibly driving the girls crazy like little boys do!! LOL!! Hugs!!

jennifer said...

He is just amazing! I am so happy for your family.

Mallory said...

Joseph is adorable! I am so glad that God was able to put him and grace together on that day! I know that you are going to bring home a precious little boy!

Regina said...

Congratulations!! What treasures those pictures are. I know you must be thrilled to have them. Blessings to you and your family.
BTW--I order a shirt. Can't wait to get it!!

Lori said...

He is just glorious! God Bless, enjoy this high. It's awesome!

Kari said...

Gwen, congratulation on a beautiful boy. I was instantly connected to his story..my own Awesome H was a 2 pound preemie. They are walking miracles:)) She is 12 & has a few learning delays, but has the attitude...I won't give up. I'm positive Joseph will have the same drive!!! What a special day and incredible photos for your family. You are blessed!!

Aaron and Erica said...

Praise God for this good and perfect gift for your family!!

I plan on ordering one of the new t-shirts :)

Erica

Diane said...

Okay!!! Look at him!!! He is just the cutest little Joseph Wayne Oatsvall I've ever seen!!!!

Praying that sweet Matthias Joseph Wayne BooBoo Oatsvall home!!!!

emily said...

I heart him so much! Honored to be on this road with your team.

Michelle said...

I can barely see to write through the tears. He is beautiful, Gwen. What a handsome boy!! And what a wonderful blessing that Katie can visit him, love on him and send you pictures. God is so amazing!! Praising Him for His goodness!!

Abbie said...

Hey Mrs. Gwen!
He is precious!!! I am so happy for you and your family! I am praying for you!

Abbie Whitehurst

blessedmomto7 said...

Isn't he just a doll :) CONGRATS!

Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five said...

Oh my! Can you ever stop staring into those precious eyes...and the photo of Katie loving on your Joseph.....PRICELESS!
Praying for speedy travels and awesome provisions from our Wonder-Working, Awe-Inspiring, Jehovah-Jireh!
Robbie

Kim K. said...

Congratulations!!! What a precious little boy. I'm thrilled beyond words for your family.

Extra hugs, Gwen!!

Heather said...

What a precious smile your dear son has! Seeing his sweet face brought such joy to my heart. Oh, I pray that you get to wrap your arms around him soon! Enjoy this time of excitement and preparation as God grows you all as you prepare to travel. In Him, Heather

Anna Grace`s Jie Jie said...

He is a baby doll! So precious! Congratulations! Praying for you along this journey and for travel before Christmas!

Tina said...

Oh Gwen this is wonderful! And he is precious!!!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

LOVE the new photos..
He is soooo CUTE...
Ok.. I am ready to see the hats and new shirts..
I am sooo excited..
Hugs..

Teresa said...

He's just gorgeous! Such a cutie-pie and with a great smile!

Another red-thread connection: Now not only do Maggie and Caroline share the thread of Huaihua, but Joseph was born on Caroline's 2nd birthday! She was born March 12, 2004, which was my 10th wedding anniversary.

Congratulatons you blessed mommy!

anna said...

God is GOOD!!! I am so excited!!

luffa you!
anna

The Fab 4 said...

How many creative ways are there to say Mattias Joseph is so very cute? I'm at a loss for any, but HE IS SO VERY CUTE!

Holly said...

Yahoooo! Thank you Jesus!
What a precious little guy...He looks like an Oatsvall :)
May the Lord continue to guide your way!

Kristi J said...

The Johnson Fam is so excited for you all and for Joseph....Yeah....We can't wait to meet him and love on him, kj

Gigi and Grandy in Katy said...

Still keeping up with you from Texas now! He is so precious! I'm praying for all yall! What a great smile!

The Ferrill's said...

Oh he's so beautiful! Look at him sucking those two fingers...how SWEET!
Praying for you all!
Can't wait to see the new design!

P.S. Oh I have to tell you a funny about the orphan shirt. I gave one to a friend of mine and she wears it so much she calls it her "uniform"! Isn't that great? So now I call it my uniform too, cuz it is my first pick to wear! ;)

Marla said...

What a precious angel! Congratulations to your big beautiful family!

Allison said...

Congratulations, girl! So thrilled for you guys! God is good.

Kelly said...

Gwen. I have no real words @ this moment, just tears of joy.

I love you sister.

Tracy said...

That is awesome Gwen! We are so happy for you! ......WOW!

Leigh Ann said...

How sweet! He sucks the same two fingers as his cousin Rayna did!

Mom 2 six said...

How absolutely wonderful !
He is precious. I am so excited for you and will think of him when I wear my necklace.
What a blessing.

coffeemom said...

WOw!!! He is so precious. Just beautiful and you are on our prayer list for a swift travel to go bring your sweet boy hoome. So exciting!!!
Michele

Jewels of My Heart said...

Oh, Gwen,
He is so beautiful. Thank You Jesus for answered prayers.
What a treasure all these pics of your handsome little man are.
God's Speed sweet little one....
Love ya

LaLa said...

OH he is soooo handsome!!! So happy for all of you!! What a blessing to have all these pics and know he is so well cared for!!

Carrie S said...

Joseph is absolutely precious! How awesome you have these pictures. God bless you guys!

andrea said...

oh gwen! i love him already!

Cheryl said...

Oh Gwen! I am thrilled for you and your family! What a precious boy!

God is so sweet in the ways He provides!! We "just happened" to take lots of pictures of our two beauties (before we knew they were ours) while visiting children for a friend ;)

Praying ALL goes smoothly and quickly!

Kristy said...

Oh Gwen he is just a beautiful child and that smile will fit in just perfectly with the rest of the Oatsvall Family. God is so good and for that I will forever be humbled by what he does in our lives every single day.
Love and blessings, Kristy

Doug and Steph said...

What an amazingly beautiful little guy and what an amazing God to place Him in your family!! I will never get tired of watching these miracles unfold! Congratulations to your family! Our fifth, being adopted from El Salvador (coming home SOON!) was also born a preemie weighing in at 2 pounds!! I just marvel at God's amazing plan for these little lives, starting with the fact that they have survived!! Praising God and rejoicing with you! Blessings!

Amie@WildOlive said...

Oh Gwen... tears. tears and more tears. He is beautiful and I am in love with this little man. And to see Katie holding him... But God!

Happy Happy Happy Day Mama! And if I can work it out, I am packin up my boatload in big Mama, and we are heading your way for a benefit concert!!!

Love you tons and on my Knees thanking God for this blessing!
:)
Amie

redmaryjanes said...

Congratulations my dear friend!

Holly said...

I am so happy to see this post! He is absolutely precious! Can't wait to follow your journey while you are in Uganda!

Kim said...

I am covered in chill bumps! Thank you Jesus! He is adorable! Love ya! Kim

~love said...

gwen...i am so, so happy for you. what a blessing seeing his little face is.
with tears of pure joy (and anticipation!)....

~lovelyn

Anonymous said...

He is sooo gorgeous! Congratulations :)

Sherri
www.caringbridge.org/oh/kara

hollym. said...

What a sweet little man, Gwen!! Warm congrats to your whole family!!

Kristy said...

Oh my goodness! What a cutie!!! I am SO excited for you guys! Congratulations!

Denise C said...

OH Gwen!!!!! PRECIOUS!!!! What a sweet little blessing He is!!! Love you!

Erica said...

Oh Gwen he is just precious! Congratulations! What an AWESOME God we serve!! Did you get my email a couple days ago?

Nancy said...

Oh, that sweet face! And how extra special that Aunt Katie can cuddle him now and again for you, until you get him in your arms! :) Precious little man...what are the steps that need to happen before you can go get him?

Love...Nancy in CT

Ally said...

Such an incredible blessing for your family and a privilege for you and Scott to raise another mighty warrior for Christ's kingdom. Congratulations to you all!

Pam said...

I love his smile

Steffie B. said...

You already know how happy we are....so excited to see you soon...gotta call about the concert....Emmie wants to stay until we come down for the reunion....I'll be in touch.....when I can find a free moment....lol

Hugs,
S*

Heather said...

I am so excited for your family!!! I will continue to pray for you all and little Abigail as well. Oh I can't wait for you to be united with Matthias Joseph! Congratulations!

~Heather

KT said...

so happy for you!

Heather said...

Oh sweet friend, HE IS SO BEAUTIFUL!!!! And God is so very good! Thank you Jesus, for this most precious gift. Gwen, lifting your whole family as you prepare to be united with the newest member of the team!

Love and huge hugs!
Heather

Beth said...

He is perfect!!! God is soooo good!!!!!

Amy said...

Congratulations, my friend! Can't wait until he's home where he belongs.

Amy

Nate and Brenda said...

Congratulations!!! This is SO exciting!!

Mommy said...

Praise God! He is adorable and I'm sure he will fit right in with the team.

Terri said...

Haven't checked in on your blog in a while...Wow! So fun to pop in and catch up..and with such glorious news of a new child. Joseph is beautiful. Praising God with you!

Robin said...

I'm SUCH a lurker on here but had to say CONGRATS!!! I've visited Amani alot over the past 4 years and "Matthias" is such a cutie!! I'm so excited for you and for him!!

rk2 said...

Gwen and Scott,

Wow, what an exciting venture you are on with your family!!! It's neat to see how God is using you. The concert is amazing, and I've thought about how to make that weekend work driving down from Michigan!

God bless,
Rhoda Klopfenstein

Missy said...

GWEN!!! I haven't been blog hopping lately, due to school coming to a close. GOD IS SO GOOD!!! Your handsome boy is a blessing and I am so happy to hear that he will be loved and cared for while he waits for you all. I am SO happy for you all!!!

waitingarms said...

Congratulations! Joseph is beautiful!

Laura Nipper said...

Another blessing from the Lord. Congrats on another Oatsvall. Hope you guys are doing well.