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Friday, August 21, 2009

Heart to Heart Sisters ...

I have spent the week rejoicing and thanking the Lord for His provisions in our adoption journey and we are beyond thankful for our children and so ready to travel, yet I have some hurting sisters ... I have two sisters desperate to travel and yet THEY HEAR NOTHING ... They look at pictures of their children every day, they have rooms ready, clothes bought, and arms empty.

I want all who visit my blog to take a moment and lift up all the waiting families and their children, who sit in orphanages waiting ... I wonder do these children know they have families coming, praying, longing for them, and excited or do they just sit thinking no one is coming ... These images takes me down the road to the 147 Million Orphans, who are waiting and saying PICK ME to love, to feed, to adopt, to sponsor, or to pray for ... My heart's desire is to make a difference in this number ...








Just an update on the family:

Jeremiah is in 5th grade and loving going to school with Scott everyday ... Scott said Jeremiah came up and hugged him every time he saw him in the halls and just said how glad he was to be at school w/ his dad ... This makes my heart melt and I feel so proud that Scott has chosen a profession where he can be with our kids on a daily basis while they are in school ...

Elijah and I went to first grade together on his first day ... He held my hand all the way into his new school, through the halls, and into his new class ... He loves that Scott can come visit during lunch ... You have no idea how peaceful it is for me to have them all on the same campus.

Emily has decided that she isn't playing any sports, no dancing, no tumbling, not having babies, and she is never getting married ... She wants to live at home with Scott and I forever ... It is hilarious when the boys try to explain that one day she will change her mind and she just puts her hands on her hips and says NO WAY ...

Maggie still doesn't go to bed before midnight on most days, but she is sleeping through the night once asleep. Many people have commented that she seems so much happier and at peace in her life and WE TOTALLY AGREE ... she loves to talk (really loud I might add) and would prefer to be in a princess dress all day every day !!! She goes back to the doctor in September for check-up and surgery again in December ...

Please keep praying for Joseph and Daisy in Uganda ...

147millionorphans.com

17 kind words.:

Kim K. said...

I'm so happy that your kiddos can be with their daddy during the day at school. I love my hubby's elementary school job. I'll miss my Mr. Mom when MI goes back to school after labor day. Praise GOD Maggie is finally sleeping through the night (even if it's late bedtime). You and I will always have a bond over night terrors and our little sweeties. I can't wait to follow your journey to Uganda. Hugs!!

Over-Caffeinated X 4 said...

Hey sista, I'm up too.... :)

Yes, I can attest that Maggie is a chatter-box now!

I wanna go swim, I wanna go swim, I wanna go swim, I wanna go swim, I wanna go swim, I wanna go swim!

Bringing your chair tomorrow, got an idea or two on how we can pimp it up too! :)

LOVE ya!

Jewels of My Heart said...

So glad your babies are doing well.... so sweet and can't wait till your other two are home and we get updates.
Love the pics of your beautiful family.
Thank you for this post.... I will be lifting your friends and their children up in prayer along with the rest of us and our children who are waiting on the Lord.
God's Speed to the 147 million precious children longing for and waiting for their families....
you are loved little ones... oh, how you are loved.

Kim said...

Another beautiful post Gwen. We are lifting up Team Alexander from Hong Kong as the process the news of a longer wait.
Just loved the updates on your precious children. Matthew has been wondering about Maggie's next surgery. I will fill him in and you can count on him encouraging his classmates and church buddies to pray for his beloved Maggie! What a blessing to have Scott & the boys together at school!
Love & Miss You All!
Kim

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

Hi Gwen!

I loved this post and update on all the children!

We continue to pray for Maggie!

I rejoice with you for God's favor over the adoptions!!!!

Hugs and much love,
Jill

The Ferrill's said...

Oh I love this update on all your babies; especially to hear how your oldest gives his daddy hugs at school! Love that!
We pray for these adoptive families in process...Godspeed these babies HEALED AND HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love you! The beach pics are beautiful! You and your husband are a beautiful couple!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Sounds like things are going well in the Oatsvall house.. I sooo cannot wait to see Joseph and Daisy in your arms..
Love the photos..
I sooo hope that all their babies make it home soon..
love ya sister.
Hugs..

Mike and Lynne said...

Dear Gwen,
Thanks for all you are sharing and doing. I read Katie's blog and the 147 Million Orphans page. Are there 147 million orphans in Uganda? or in the world? I suppose Uganda, because there are 6 billion people in the world and a high percentage are orphans, I'm sure. We are both unemployed and do a skateboard ministry here in Montana, so the only thing I'm doing right now is sharing these webpages and blogs with my facebook friends. Take care and go with God's strength. ~Lynne
Ps. 59:16&17

Kari said...

Hi Gwen,
I'm taking both T's to Haiti tomm. Please pray for me and our special group... we will visit all 1,000 children our church family sponsors. Take a peek next week of new pics and I'm sure you'll see 147 Million Orphans on me:))
Love ya sister!!
xoxo

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

What a blessing. We homeschool and we start Monday!!! I can't wait! I love being with my kids so I can relate to them. Helps to have daddy nearby! Praying that soon you will get that call as well as all of those waiting!!!

Leigh Ann said...

These pictures are great! Can you email me the group shot of you guys on the beach? I want to print it out and frame it.

When do you travel to get Joseph and Daisy?

Love you!

Heather said...

Thanks for the update on the family. I bet it is nice having Daddy work at the kiddos' school. How neat is that!

Continuing to keep you all in our thoughts & prayers. Anxiously awaiting your journey to Joseph & Daisy!

emily said...

Thank you sister- can't hardly wait until you get over here!!!!

Shari said...

Gwen, I Love your blog and your story!! I just read the story about your friend Katie in Uganda!! AWESOME My daughter, Sarah follows all the blogs and asked me to read it. So Amazing what she is doing in Uganda. I was wondering how to adopt from Uganda. What agency did you go through and how long does it take? You can email me directly if you don't mind. We have four bio children and two brother and sister from Guatemala. We got that It's a Girl call out of the blue! FUN! that story is on encounteringella.blogspot.com
Please email and let me know how to adopt in Uganda. AND we would Love to support Katie
Shari

andrea said...

loving your update!!

and gwen...you've got a beautiful family!!

love ya!

Shelly and Family said...

Hi Gwen - Thank You for posting that update! And here's to a beautiful start to a new school year (how wonderful is it that your hubby teaches at your kiddos school)!!!!

Eight Isn't Enough said...

What a blessing to have your children in the same school with dh.

We will be in prayer for all the families who are waiting to bring their precious children home.

BTW: Just got my package from you in the mail Friday....I absolutely love the messenger bag. Anika took the other one for school, plus the t-shirts...she said they are an early birthday present from me:-) I posted pictures of her and Ethan on my blog.

I cannot wait to see all the new things you will be adding. I will be purchasing again, because I NEED to have the black messenger bag as well:-)

Thank you, Thank you!!!!