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Monday, June 29, 2009

$14,000 ... The pictures speak for what the Lord did tonight !!!! We are humbled by His provisions !!!! OVER 800 in attendance for the blessing !!!











































48 kind words.:

Aaron and Erica said...

AMAZING!!! We've been home for over an hour but I'm still keyed up! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey...it was so good to meet you in person. And Praise the Lord for making the way for this child to come home!

mysistersjar said...

That is so AWESOME! Praise God! I'm so thrilled for you that the concert went so well. I passed on the info to friends who live near you. So encouraging!
~ Linda, Zaza's Mama

Kim said...

I am overjoyed for you Team Oatsvall (and totally JEALOUS that we could not be there if I am being honest)! It looks like an amazing night. I cannot wait to hear all the details!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong!
Kim

Tymm said...

what a blessing - GOD IS GOOD! So great to finally meet your team in person - you guys are inspiring.

We're praying Joseph home! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this journey with you!

tymm - laura - meron

amy said...

Love it! Apparently God did some pretty AMAZING things tonight..Thanks for sharing..

You are prayed for my friends

Steph said...

Praise the Lord! Oh what wonderful news! I so wish that I could have been there last night, but the 10 hour drive was just not practical. I've been praying for this concert & will continue to pray that y'all get to travel to pick up your sweet Matty Joseph soon!

-Stephanie Frey

Valerie Fox said...

Dearest Gwen & family,

It seems like our paths were meant to cross last night.

My husband and I, along with Beth Frazier and her mother, came to the concert to hear Point of Grace perform. I heard "Point of Grace" perform for the first time last weekend at the first ever captioned Grand Ole Opry Show on June 20th and was interested in hearing more of their songs. We knew the concert was a benefit event to raise money for the Oatsvall family--but we had not heard of your story.

My friend & CART provider, Beth, were touched to learn that the child you are to embrace into your family, Joseph, has hearing problems. We hope that we may be of assistance to you as you seek to find ways to help this special boy reach his full potential.

Please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to share my personal experience with cochlear implants with you. And Beth would be happy to tell you more about the amazing service called "CART"--which stands for "communication access realtime translation." CART is a wonderful aid to those who are not able to easily understand the spoken word and do not know sign language.

Much love to you & yours,

Valerie Fox
haroldandvalerie@bellsouth.net
2715 Tollie Road
Thompsons Station, TN 37179
*615-595-5756

Holli said...

WOW what a blessing!!! praise God for all His generous people, His love and HIS amazing provision!!!

Ann Marie said...

Congratulations on a successful night! We have been following your story and praying for your family. Continued blessings.

Ann Marie
joyfullybusy.blogspot.com

Mom 2 six said...

Looks like it was a huge success and a blast ! I am so glad things went well.

Kim K. said...

How fantastic!! I'm so happy for you, Gwen.

Kari said...

Good Morning Gwen,
How precious to wake up and see this amazing miracle & BEAUTIFUL photos of your night. We were ALL there in spirit and heart.... Emily, Julie & I wished like crazy we could be there to support this wonderful event with you. We are soooo proud of you & all your hard work:) The pic of you & family hearing the news made me cry. We've never met in person (YET) but I feel a special friendship with kindred hearts!!
Love ya!

KT said...

love all these pics! so happy for y'all and for Joseph having a new home!
God is GREAT!

Kelly, Mom to the Putty's said...

Girl, truly amazing. What a fab night it was. So glad I was able to come and be a part of it. And, wow!..There is some kind of message in that truck story.

Carrie S said...

Gwen and family,

I was away from the computer this weekend, but what a wonderful post to read on MOnday morning! What a blessing for you guys! This and your post before just gave me goose bumps. God is amazing!
Blessings!
www.promiseinethiopia.blogspot.com
www.stammfamily.blogspot.com

Rhonda said...

HALLELUJAH!

Jewels of My Heart said...

Wooooohoooooo! Thank You Jesus!
Oh, the Wonder of it all. He is oh, so faithful. God's speed home sweet Matty Joseph.
Look at all those precious children.... look at all those t-shirts.... look at all those necklaces from Uganda...... look at all those hearts lifting up the orphans in prayer..... look at all those hearts and lives forever changed.
God is GOOD!
Love you and am so happy for you!

Busy Mama said...

I look at these and my heart soars - Gwen, you are a God-given inspiration to so many. What a life girl, I praise God for you and your amazing family - and the path that He led us to bring us all together. Love you!

Ashley Castle said...

Wow! Praise the Lord!!!! Thanks for letting us be a part of your journey to get Joseph....we cant wait to meet him in September!

Leigh Ann said...

Incredible - I am so happy for you and the family! Love you...

Maria and Family said...

What an amazing showing of support and GOD's blessings! I am so happy for you. I wish we could have been there...alas florida is a bit too far away. So happy for you guys!!

Holly said...

oh Gwen. I just have chills on top of chills. Praise GOD for His mighty provision!
I know that there wasn't a person in attendance who wasn't touched by the hand of God.
I can't wait to hear more!!

Steffie B. said...

I knew it would be a huge success........I thought about you last night.....can't wait to see you this week! ;)

Hugs,
Steffie

Ali Tanner said...

I PRAYED NON STOP! I MISSED IT!! but am sooooooo thankful. Have been wearing the shirt so much and getting ?s and looks. please send me an update by email asap. love you

MommyBrec said...

OH. MY. GOSH. I SOOOO wish I could have been there! :(

I am SO HAPPY it went so well! Praise the Lord!

I absolutely LOVE the pictures! I love the ones of all of the children...all of the different ethnicities all together in love...it was so touching and so beautiful!

I loved, too, the picture of Katie holding the little girl. Her arms are never empty! You can just tell in the way she is holding the little girl and the look on Katie's face that she has a heart for children, and she can't stand to be away from them. I know she is missing her girls so much right now.

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing the pictures!!!! Congratulations on a wonderful night!

Breclyn
sixteensmallstones.blogspot.com
16smallstones.com
smallstonesafricaandchina@yahoo.com
mommybrec@yahoo.com
manygrandadventures.blogspot.com

Over-Caffeinated X 4 said...

Oh sister! I can't look at that picture of you in tears without crying all over again!

Last night I was so high when I got home I couldn't sleep... everyone is posting on their blogs today and I already wrote a book about my thoughts. SOOOOOO soooo soooo thrilled to walk this road with you. I just want to do more!

Love you love you love you... and I will ride in your blue van too.... Every mama needs a little ghetto in her life! :)

Noboyz said...

Oh Gwen, congratulations on a successful evening!

I loved scrolling thru all the pictures and all the bit smiles on everyone.

Your emotional picture was absolutely beautiful! What an incredible blessing you are.

Deb said...

Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow! We were so glad to be able to be a part of your special night. Thanks for letting us share your journey.

Tim, Deb and Courtney

Anonymous said...

I had so much fun! what's better than a night helpin some orphans, hangin w the girls, sellin the oatsvall merchandise, takin a family picture with our amazing (and HUGE) family, and goin to chili's and basically disturbing the whole resturaunt?! i can answer that-NOTHING! i couldnt think of anything i'd rather be doing...i think we're comin over in a lil bit so i'll see you then! love u!

grace

theheartofachild said...

I was praying for you last night!!! So excited to hear the success! No wonder you were under such an attack! Point of Grace was the first Christian CD I ever purchased back in the 90's...still love them!
Blessings,
Jenny

Tracy said...

Boy! Talk about pictures speaking a thousand words! I have tears welling up in my eyes, and all I keep thinking is "I want to know these people!" So so happy that the Lord has blessed you all!

Chris and Lindsey Wheeler said...

Praise God.....that is so incredible!!! We had a blast last night....and are ready to start talking about adopting another little Wheeler. We love y'all so much.

-Lindsey

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

Ok, if I wasn't fully jealous before now I'm 100% wishing I was there!

Oh I'm thrilled and praising JESUS for the work He did on your behalf and how He touched the hearts of all 800 who were there with you!

BIG HUGS and much LOVE!
Jill

The Fab 4 said...

It was absolutely worth the drive to witness this amazing event. Everything about the night was so well planned and a joy to sit an enjoy. I felt like there should've been a red carpet, though. All these adoption giants in one place--Oatsvalls, Katie, Putty's, Johnson's, Lucy Lane, Mayernick's, Mihnovich's.... Thank you for the chance to be a part.

Andrea said...

WOW! What an amazing night! LOVE it when God shows up BIG! Blessings
Andrea

Anonymous said...

THE CONCERT WAS AWESOME!!!!! I LOVED IT!!! I had a great time and I am SO SO SO happy that I got to be there!!!!

Abbie Whitehurst

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

YEA... I knew it would be BIG..
ANd you did Wonderful..
LOVE the photos..
I LOVE the black shirt..
I didn't see those....
LOVE YA..
Bring home Joseph and Abigail..
Love ya sister..

Nancy said...

Looks like it was a little taste of Heaven! :) Hugs to all of you...and PRAISES to our Father for providing such a blessing! You're coming home, Matty J...and Abigail, you need to come out of hiding! :)

Hugs and love...Nancy in CT

Amy Jo said...

Happy tears!!! Oh MY! Thanks for sharing all of the beautiful photos of the families God has brought together thru love and faith. Congratulations on the funds raised and for ALL of your hard work! I'm rejoicing with you and praying your precious boy home SOON!!! Sweetest blessings, Amy in OR

Andie said...

Looks like an amazing night! Congratulations!!
Andie

The Ferrill's said...

Wow Wow Wow...what a blessing, a privilege, a wonderful opportunity to see God show up in a HUGE, God-sized way, Gwen! Let me tell you, my children have been TOUCHED...hearing Katie, hearing your story, seeing all the forever families...it has sparked something in each of them. I cannot explain it in words. I pray that the words, songs, and stories shared last night will be cemented in each of our hearts and that God will use them for His GLORY! I'm so thankful to have witnessed such an outpouring of love. The minute we walked in the sanctuary, I got chills from head to toe. God's presence was so thick and full in that place!
I could go on and on...my heart is so full STILL!
My favorite part of the whole night was getting to meet YOU and your sweet family and so many adoptive mommas...Gwen, it was a slice of Heaven for me. A big, hunka hunka slice of Heaven!
LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!
Laine

Vanessa said...

It's amazing to watch God move mountains and tear down financial walls to bring home His children to loving homes!! I live too far to have come to the benefit concert but your story and your ambition to bring your children home never cease to amaze me!!

Shelly and Family said...

What a blessing! What a success!

Mark, Rebecca and Sophia said...

Wow! So glad that God showed up in such a big way! We REALLY wanted to be there. To be in aroom filled with people with hearts for orphans would have made my year.

So happy that you were blessed with love and financial support. Can't wait to see you bring those kids home!

Kristy said...

INCREDIBLE!!! Gwen I wish I could type the emotions that I am feeling right now. This is just incredible, ovewhelming, inspiring, touching and so soooo sweet!! God is so good!!! I am so happy for all of you, and Gwen I know I have probably said it before but I will say it again your family is so special and beautiful and Gwen you are absolutely gorgeous!
Love and blessings, Kristy

Brenda said...

Congrats to you Gwen and your family on this huge event...there are no limits high enough that you can't reach!!! :)

Unbelievable about your boys and that truck!

God's Grace said...

Gwen, what a blessing it is! God has certainly shown you grace and favor and blessed your household abundantly. Terry

*Overflowing* said...

Oh Gwen, this is beautiful news. I am so blessed to see how the Lord is providing for your adoptions....so cool!!!